So here's the plan: Kill the demon, steal the treasure, and retire to a life of luxury!
It sounds easy when put like that. However, most unfortunately for warrior-priest Egil and sneak thief Nix, when the demon they kill turns out to have worshippers in high places, retirement is not an option.
A wonderfully fast-paced fantasy adventure redolent of the classic tales of swords and sorcery, from New York Times best-selling author Paul S. Kemp.
©2012 Paul Kemp (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"This rollicking tale hooked me from the get-go. Egil and Nix might not be the safest guys to go adventuring with, but they're sure good company." (Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms)
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"4 stars standard sword and sorcery fantasy"
Since 'The Lies of Locke Lamora', I can not seem to pass any fantasy book with thieves and promise of humor. This book however is not of a caliber of 'The Lies..'. It is pretty much a standard fantasy book about two thieves who also are little bit of magician and priest (go figure). Use of magic openly used to gain more power magical powers by the main bad guy making this book pretty much standard.
Characters are flushed out to an extent, but I am not too sure if world building is as good. There is humor in the book as well, but it will not make the reader uncontrollably laugh while driving.
There are couple of interesting points in the book. The pact with the devil is of unique kind I thought. Also, end has a bit of a surprise as well. Depending on your perspective, it could be a one of the more satisfying endings.
Another good reason to pick this book up would be the narrator. I am having 'King Killer Chronicles' withdrawals and listening to Nick Podehl helps : ) Needless to say that narration is very good and entertaining.
In conclusion, it is light standard fantasy book with good narration. I would recommend this book for times when we are waiting for high caliber books to arrive.
"Just Plain Brilliant"
I downloaded this on a whim, and then was thrilled when I realised the narrator was Nick Podehl who lent his voice to Patrick Rothfus' last two books.
The story itself is rollicking and downright fun. It is witty, adventurous and the characters are incredibly well drawn.
well worth a listen, I cant wait for more standalone work from Paul.S.Kemp.
Edgel - his wonderful dry and somewhat conflicted nature.
Yes, brilliant as always.
"Karma she is a Witch"
Nix and Egil. They crack me up. Their like brothers. Always busting each others balls. Laughed out load alot.
All of this story was very good at keeping me engaged. The scene that really got me was the last scene. Justice was served.
This story did have me hooked. I listen in 2 listens. I think Nick Podehl had Alot to do with that. Every Nick Podehl story I've listen to has been Awsome. Even the ones not highly rated. He seems to pull it off.
This was surprisingly good.It did not BLOW my mind, but very entertaining.Check it out .You will enjoy it.
"Perfect Sword and Sorcery"
This is the perfect book. Not too complex but easily gripping. Just clean fun.
A Conan story written by a modern author.
The very firs scene!
I have been looking for a a book for several months. It reminds me why I fell in Love with the genre.
Lots of action. Great story and the characters are really funny. Was laughing out loud throughout the story and a great ending. Will have you looking and waiting for a sequel.
"adventuring outcast trying to be better men"
A great tale of fantasy adventure.
No grand heroes on a quest for greatness to drive back the foul doers of evil.
Nope, just a couple of tomb robbers trying to retire when an unforeseen debt comes there way. Forced into serving a malevolent sorcerer to his ends.
But the story proves it's worth. The characters have great depth and personality. Good spirit of adventure overall.
The final act is a great turning point. Where our ragtag duo or put to a choice, Walk away and let bad things happen to innocent people or Be better men.
"Full of excitement and excellently read!!!"
Paul kept you guessing, very well read, excellent fight scenes. Nick did very well in narrating.
"Tip of the Cap to Fritz Leiber"
Absolutely, if they are a fan of classic sword and sorcery fiction. The humor, dark sorcery, and bizarre situations the two heroes, Egil and Nix (close enough to a certain well-known duo from Lankhmar but different enough to be interesting!), find themselves in is a definite salute to classic pulp sword and sorcery fiction from yesteryear. However, these two are less "roguish" and more "heroic" than most classic sword and sorcery characters and there is a bit more of a contemporary presentation of the two main female characters who a) drive the plot in a way that is not dependent upon them being romantic interests for Egil and Nix, and b) are very intelligent and strong characters in their own right.
Egil. His devotion to his dead god and his heroic disposition made him very easy to cheer for.
His voices for both Egil and Nix really bring the characters to life.
I liked the second book in the series almost as much as this one. It has more background development for both Egil and Nix and a very interesting villain as well. However, the adventure they are on in the second book I found a bit less involved.
"Old School Pulp antasy"
Unfortunately, what with not being able to see and all, I've never read the print version.
While I throughly enjoyed this book, I didn't have any strong emotions tied to it. Now that I think about it, that might be one of the reasons I liked it as much as I did. With some many fantasy novels these days having strong and distinctive social or political messages, it was nice to sit back and veg out to some good ole fashioned sword and sorcery, It reminded me of some of the early Conan short stories which I loved as a kid.
"Derivative D&D Fantasy"
This book reads like someone's D&D campaign notes. Charismatic rogue and dual-wielding war cleric versus the world! Nix and Egil, tomb-robbing duo, end up Dominate Person'd -- excuse me -- enspelled -- by an evil sorcerer who seeks to free a long-lost demon so it can rape his sisters.
Nix, the narrator, has one year of wizard training, can pick any lock, and has a smart tongue. Egil is the taciturn foil to his quick-talking friend, and the two of them together do whatever they want: including breaking into tombs with textbook Dungeons and Dragons acid traps and animated statues, backpacks full of minor magic items, and traveling unsurvivable Demon Wastes.
I'm going to listen next to Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone, or to Two Serpents Rise, also by Max Gladstone. Or Tehanu, by Ursula LeGuin.
I haven't listened to any of the narrator's other performances. He did a good job with this material, and I'd listen to his performances in another genre, or by another author, with little hesitation.
This might make a decent movie -- after all, it fails at all the things Hollywood routinely fails at, and would do well with good special effects.
If you want a derivative D&D fantasy novel with a plot that isn't completely unoriginal and don't mind female characters who exist only as props, or feeling like you're listening to someone war-storying his D&D campaign, this book is great.
If you want a 3-dimensional fantasy universe, female characters with agency, villains who are more than 2-dimensional, or non-stereotypical main characters, look elsewhere.
The only women in this book are mother crone figures, a variety of tavern whores, and two drugged sorceresses who only exist in order to be raped.
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