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  • The Winter Road

  • By: Adrian Selby
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Circle - a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try. With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Teyr embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord has risen in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorizing its people. Teyr's battles are far from over....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal and heartfelt.

  • By J. Hunter on 15-01-19

Brutal and heartfelt.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Really enjoyed Teyr's story. This book is much more accessible than Snakewood, although the timeline jumping back and forth was mildly annoying at first ( more to do with my own impatience than the writing) but as it comes together and the gap closes I really became enthralled. Her sheer determination, at the possible and actual cost of those she loves, to see her ambition through, was impressive.
Adrian's writing style is different to your average fantasy novel, but once you get the hang of it you can't stop. I know a lot of people don't like first person, bit I don't think I would have 'got' Teyr, had I not been inside her head. this works really well as an audiobook.
I especially loved all of the letters at the end, so I wasn't left hanging, wondering what happened next. Although of course I already know what happens way in the future 'next' having read Snakewood. which I now want to re-read!

  • Snakewood

  • By: Adrian Selby
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Once they were a band of mercenaries who shook the pillars of the world through their cunning, their closely guarded alchemical brews and stone-cold steel. Whoever met their price won. Now, their glory days behind them and their genius leader in hiding, the warriors known as the Twenty are being hunted down and eliminated one by one. A lifetime of enemies has its own price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By TClews on 22-07-16

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-18

Loved this so much... Once I got into it. I started the print book twice, and wasn't feeling it. But so many people who's book choices usually match mine had loved it, I decided to give the audio a try. So glad I did. An excellent, grim, torturous, uplifting story of friendship, brotherhood and betrayal. With characters you care about and a hard, dirty medieval world that is mostly high on plant based drugs. Read or listen to it, you won't regret it. Joe Jameson is fast becoming one of my favourite narrators, and I will definitely be reading all of Adrian Selby's future books.

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  • The Ember Blade

  • The Darkwater Legacy
  • By: Chris Wooding
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He's never questioned it; that's just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend, Cade, are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free.... But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great..

  • By Texnik on 01-01-19

Really enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-18

Starts out as a fairly traditional epic fantasy, but doesn't conform to too many tropes and it kept me interested. Good world building, some likable characters. Great narration, although I did speed things up to 1.35. Looking forward to the next installment

  • Ghosts of Tomorrow

  • By: Michael R. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Rosa B. Watkinson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The Brain Trade: Grown in crèches and programmed with a tribal warrior code, the minds of children are harvested by the black market. Sold to the highest bidder, they're installed in deadly combat machines and assassin chassis. Griffin, a junior Investigations agent for the North American Trade Union, is put on the case: Find and close the illegal crèches. Installed in a combat chassis, Abdul, a depressed 17-year-old killed during the Secession Wars in Old Montreal, is assigned as Griffin's Heavy Weapons support.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ghosts of tomorrow

  • By JEYCEE on 21-11-18

Immensely enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-10-18

Really enjoyed this near future techno romp. Likeable characters, interesting ideas. Clearly narrated, even with my usual speeding up to 1.35. I've read 2 other of Michael's books, both of which I enjoyed, but this is my favourite so far.

  • Age of Assassins

  • The Wounded Kingdom, Book 1
  • By: RJ Barker
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land's best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But their latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder. In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies, Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to what should be a great series

  • By Swords and Spectres on 18-03-18

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Engaging characters, good world building, intriguing story, with a few surprises. Will definitely be continuing with this series.

  • Blood of Assassins

  • The Wounded Kingdom, Book 2
  • By: RJ Barker
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

The assassin Girton Club-foot and his master have returned to Maniyadoc in hope of finding sanctuary, but death, as always, dogs Girton's heels. The place he knew no longer exists. War rages across Maniyadoc, with three kings claiming the same crown - and one of them is Girton's old friend Rufra. Girton finds himself hurrying to uncover a plot to murder Rufra on what should be the day of the king's greatest victory. But while Girton deals with threats inside and outside Rufra's war encampment, he can't help wondering if his greatest enemy hides beneath his own skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable.

  • By Barry on 07-02-19

Solid 2nd book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Excellent continuation of Girton story, great narration once again. This series is definitely worth a go if you enjoy character driven stories

  • King of Assassins

  • The Wounded Kingdom, Book 3
  • By: RJ Barker
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King's throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat's nest of intrigue and murder, where every enemy he has ever made will gather and the endgame of 20 years of politics and murder will be played out in his bid to become the King of all Kings. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends and the god of death, Xus the Unseen, stands closer than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Anonymous User on 30-01-19

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-18

A satisfying end to an excellent trilogy, well narrated. Definitely worth a listen if you like character driven fantasy.

  • Blackwing

  • The Raven's Mark, Book 1
  • By: Ed McDonald
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long-dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard's paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent grimdark

  • By Dan on 05-01-18

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Loved it, great story, engaging characters excellent narration (although I speeded it up a bit, but that's usual for me).

  • Godblind

  • By: Anna Stephens
  • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire. That time has long since passed, and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border, where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost. But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too many characters

  • By Alexandra on 28-07-18

Loved it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-17

Fast paced, quite a few POV, all of which I enjoyed. Narrator took a couple of chapters to get used to but then really enjoyed her. Speeded up to my usual 1. 15 though.
Looking forward to the next book, hope it's not a long wait.