Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?
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Found this by accident on Audible and I'm very glad I did. Edmund is not even a typical anti-hero (they are still inclined to have something going for them). He is fat, middle aged, stammers and is a librarian!
Having been totally humiliated one night, he spots a poster from the King promising that whoever brings back a particular relic, will become Lord of the Northern Lands. Amongst his books he has a diary from the lord who owned the relic, and so his travels begin.
He meets up with all kinds of bad guys, Trolls and particularly unpleasant Goblins - beautifully spoken by Fleet Cooper. It is very bloody, there are some terrible scenes of torture, but at times it is also very funny. Edmund's arguments with himself are entertaining.
There are some loose ends which promise a sequel, so that is something to look forward to.
I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.
An unusual hero, totally believable whose decision to leave his village has a domino effect of devastating consequences.
There's a wonderful mix of of goblins, trolls and elves with a definitive dark undertone having a flavour of the Brother Grimm Fairy Tales of old, I loved it.
I was standing by Edmund all the way, even though he tended to argue with himself before making a decision it was like his old self arguing with the emerging new Edmund.
Relished the cacophony of individual characters I especially enjoying the nefarious Goblins and the realm they lived in.
A wonderful début, can't wait till the next instalment, on my automatic reading list..
A must for fantasy fans who like it dark and epic.
Lovely main character - not a swashbuckler hero but engaging. A really good listen (and the next 2 books are also excellent) with a gentle pace to the story but no dull bits. A few plot twists but not contrived.
The beginning is very tough to go through. The main character is pretty annoying and his decisions and inaction are infuriating. But it's his development as a character from that that is great. Worth sticking with
Convicted Scifi and fantasy nerd, much to my wife's disdain
The story follows a unlikely hero Edmund, a librarian who sets out on a quest to basically better himself and impress a girl. Needless to say it quickly all goes wrong and it ends up becoming a disaster.
First the good points: the plot and basic story are fairly original. I enjoyed the story for the most part although it drags in places.
The bad points: I found the writing style a little light for the material. A rather painful life changing event happens at one point to Edmund, which is just brushed over. To be fair, it does trigger a character change but I just didn't quite believe it. There a few times in the story I was left wondering 'why do that.'
The author uses the inner monologue to explain what the character is thinking. I can't work out if it the reader's fault (Fleet Cooper) or its overused but it make the character seem unintentionally schizophrenic in places.
There are a few clichés in the book, especially the two main bag guys. Every time they speak I reminded of Mr Wint and Mr Kidd from Diamonds are Forever.
I am really loving this series about a "fat, stuttering librarian" who turns out to be so much more. I find Fleet Cooper's pronunciation very odd on occasion 'pawlm' and 'cawlm' for palm and calm. This is an accent that I have not encountered before and it distracts me a bit but I am getting used to it.
Not a bad beginning to a new series. The book is longer than average and at some point the story dragged on a bit. Also, the meaning of the riddle in stone was a bit anticlimactic, I must say. Well, perhaps not the meaning itself, but the was the message was coded. This could have been done in a bit more clever way. Also, clearly the author struggled a bit to create suspense in the action, but all in all was enjoyable, so you should definitely give it a go.
A good story beautifully narrated, can't wait for the sequel, a must listen to for those of us that like magic, goblins and really nasty baddies.
Love the characters. Had to rename my cats, Filth, Pond Scum, Crazy Bastard and Turd. The narration is excellent as well. The story put me in mind of the audible versions of Joe Abercrombie's work. I am looking forward to the second book.
Very interesting story and well presented. It has many twists and turns if not a tad dark in story line. However, good and interesting listen!
"A terrific story"
This isn't a book I would normally listen to -- but I'm really glad I did. It was an entertaining and an overall great story.
"Loved this book! Refreshing take on fantasy genre"
Don't know. Only listened to the audio book.
Three come to mind immediately. Ed in the bar, being chased out by the storyteller. Could really feel his pain. Meeting the goblins, Kravel and Gurting. LOL. Who would have thought bad guys could be so cruel and funny. Honestly. They're brilliant. Probably the best characters I've ever come across. And then the ending...
Meeting Kravel and Gurting in the tower. I still have to chuckle. "What? Behind his tears?" LOL.
What makes this book so special is that it's character, Ed, isn't this muscled guy who is good looking and everything. He's just this ordinary guy who is incredibly flawed, but in a way I can relate to. He is torn by constant self-doubt, but tries to do the right thing. And in the end...it's hard to explain without giving things away. He isn't exactly a "hero", not in the typical sense, but he's different. He's the friend every girl wants to date, but never gets out of the friendzone. Touching and unique. I HIGHLY recommend it!
"Wonderfully enjoyable easy read!"
In the category of easy reads it is #1. By easy read I mean it does not get bogged down with political strife, intrigue and messy relationships. I also enjoy reading the heavier novels (Abercrombie 's First Law trilogy and the books that followed, Martin's Game of Thrones series until he pulled a Jordan. Martin will probably pass away of old age before he finishes it).
Theatre. He provides wonderful voices for the characters that fit the personality the writer has presented them. He also brings the non-character-speaking words to life. If this were a movie and the scene was heart-pounding-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, Cooper's inflection as he reads the scene intensifies and you can feel the excitement. This is were a movie would have intense background music intensifying to the climax of the scene. He does this as well with reading disappointment, fear, etc.
He does all of this without overpowering the text or the story. This is the first book I have listened to with his narration and I dare to say "Sorry Michael Page, you are my number two favorite narrator now." *hugs*
I have often seen the question something like 'Is this a book you would have wanted to listened to in one setting?' The answer to that question, had they asked it, would be a resounding YES!!!!
I loved the characters and enjoyed the story for the most part. My 4 stars is because of the continuing darker and more horrible events that happen throughout the book. I don't enjoy the feeling of despair and always like to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Edmund was a unique and fascinating hero.
"Fat nerdy and stutering is the new sexy"
yes absolutely fun listen, if you like Butcher, Routhfuss, and Sanderson you will like this book. simply, it's a fun read
with a main character that stutters a lot I honestly don't know? Different concept but The Rook is close it is also another great read.
The stuttering Edmund. But all were great
A stuttering fat man is one of my new favorite hero's.
I took a chance on this book and I'm glad I did. Perfect story & perfect narrator!!
Occasionally the main character can be exasperating but overall a wonderful book and fantastic narration.
"The only good in this story was the narrator."
This was boring from beginning to end. The only thing that saved it was the narrator. It was an excellent performance of a poorly written story.
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