The Thieves Guild is renowned for their ability to steal anything. Its elite members have robbed nobles of wealth, reputation, and even their honor. The Guildmaster rules them with brutality and fear, yet his name and past are a mystery. From the depths of the Evermist swamp, he seeks a master thief, one who can help him reclaim his lost power.
Young and brash, Jack Myst has drawn the Guildmaster's attention. His feats mark his potential, but his audacity and cunning make him dangerous. After years of preparation, an invitation from the guild is exactly what he desires. When he gets it, his hunt begins, and there is nothing he cannot steal.
Even the Guildmaster's secret.
©2016 Ben Hale (P)2017 Podium Publishing
I hate being critical of someone else's hard work, and to be fair the writing isn't terrible, if this is a first attempt at a novel by a young adult writer then I'd say it shows promise.
The story it'self is clunky, the characters two dimensional and ham-fistedly presented, the world building nearly non-existent, the magic system unexplained and uninteresting and the imagery honestly felt as though it was drawn straight from a bad computer game or a dodgy kids cartoon.
It serves as a salutary lesson in being skeptical of any book with a 5 star rating, but I've read plenty of other equally pulpy sci-fi / fantasy novels.
A great performance, clear and with consistent characterisation, can't ask for more in a narrator.
It inspired me to find something more enjoyable to listen to and to write this review.. so yes, yes it did.
Ben, do yourself a favor and read "The Anatomy of Story" before plotting your next book.
Very big audible fan.
This audio book was an outstanding listen. I can not wait until the rest of the trilogy is released. Ben Hale is fast becoming my number one author. I really hope there are many more books in the future.another strong narration by Derick Perkins. If you want a good book to loose your self in then give this a try you wont be disappointed.
I was happily listening to what I thought was a nice story when the plot grabbed me and held me strongly till the end. i listen to multiple books at once unless one is so compelling I can't switch to another. Doesn't happen often so I know that when it does I have a gem in my hand. hey
"Story premises were fine; lacking execution"
The major story points were unique and interesting but there was too much repetitive and unimaginative focus on the Jack and Beauty budding romantic interest. Also, Jack's continued brashness made him annoying and a less interesting protagonist. Lastly, Derek's narration tone came off blandly which further dimmed my curiosity toward the novel.
Even so, the novel wasn't bad; just not exciting enough. As such, I will not be pursuing the subsequent books in this series.
"Excellent world creation and story"
Yes. I listen on my iPod in the evening and often go back the next morning and listen again. The story is engaging and the narrator does a great job.
No. This is my first book with Derek Perkin's as narrator, but I will look for his work. I enjoy his work.
This is a book that keeps you wanting to see what happens next so you keep listening.
"Start of a new classic series."
Yes. The narrator performs well. The story is entertaining and engaging.
The shaven dwarf. He makes cool gadgets like 007s Q. Hes funny as well.
Yes I couldn't put it down.
Definitely worse a listening. Ever wonder whats its like to be a thief in a fantasy world. This is the book for you.
"Great story full of mystery, magic, and mischief!"
awesome read and ready for number 2 to be available, the book keeps you wanting more!
"A new adventure"
It really is good, trust me, a random person yes but I say it's awesome!
"Please release part 2 on audible"
See above comments. See above comments. See above comments. See above comments. See above comments. Thank you very muck
"Funny, to root for thieves"
I won this audio book in a give-away. I had entered said give-away because I like fantasy stories, and because I enjoy Derek Perkins' narration. I've listened to many hours of another series narrated by Derek Perkins, and it is like listening to a friend now.
I really enjoyed the story. There are guilds (something I've always been fascinated with), there's magic, there's friendship, and betrayal,and, of course, there is a mystery to solve and probably the world to rescue.
Jack has to learn to work in a team, and at some point, he appreciates that the benefits are greater than his independence as a solo thief.
The characters are likable, the world is fascinating. The story had a nice closure but for the epilogue. Now I have to know how the story goes on. Unfortunately, the sequels aren't available as audio book yet.
All of Ben Hales books have been great. The narrators have been full of life. Jack first viewed from another book has been one of my favorite characters. With this book Ben does not disappoint.
"Must read at least twice back-to back"
You known when a book is good after finishing reading it you want to go back and read it again. This is that book then there are books that build charters and you want to know more about them this is that book. If you have read any other books by Ben hale then you know you are in for a treat if this is your first then look into the books
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