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This series got better & better.

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Reviewed: 11-03-20

I enjoyed all of these four novels. They’re each one a superb tale. Violent, mysterious and at times totally hilarious.

I shan’t go into ‘spoiler’ detail. Just give you some observations.
Malvery has become one of my favourite characters ever. A rotund alcoholic, but a man of great depth, honesty, loyalty and bravery. He is often the funniest of the bunch.
I loved the whole daemon aspect.
Appreciated the world building.
Couldn’t help but visualise Harrison Ford’s Han Solo every time ‘The cap’n’ talked.
Was pretty much hooked from start to finish.
Found the ending a slight let down.
One of the best narrations I’ve listened to. Brilliant accents and really brought the whole thing to life.

I’m missing the crew of the Ketty Jay already....

Brilliant!

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Reviewed: 12-10-19

I read / listen to a lot of fantasy. Occasionally, it (like most good things) can become a little samey. I’d had ‘Traitor’s Blade’ in my wish list for some time and decided to give it a whirl. Almost unenthusiastically, if I’m honest. As I said, I’ve pounded this genre mercilessly.

All I can say is, I’m so pleased I did. It has the usual array of magic, political intrigue, evil & good. However, it also possesses characters you believe in and want to hear more about. It makes you laugh, feel squeamish, sad and angry in equal measure.

However, most importantly for me, it held my interest throughout and left me wanting more.

Excellent stuff, Monsieur de Castell.

I shan’t go on forever, but I also must give plaudits to the narrator, Joe Jameson. He made a great book even better.

If this type of thing is your bag, definitely give it a listen.....

Superb. On so many levels.

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Reviewed: 11-04-19

As an avid Audible listener, particularly in the realms of Historical fiction and fantasy, I’ve often wondered why some of our best authors of the former aforementioned genre don’t turn their talents towards the latter.

I’ve now discovered two who have had the forethought to meld. I loved Conn Iggulden’s two (so far) Empire of Salt novels and now Angus MacAllan (really Angus Donald) has followed suit.

I adored Angus’s ‘Robin’ series. I enjoyed his ‘Blood’ book, although not as much as the ‘Outlaw’ series. However, ‘Gates of Stone’ grabbed me from the first paragraph.

It’s superb. Amazing world creation, excellent characters and a plot line which kept me hooked til the end.

If you’re into this type of thing, give it a go. I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

A final word for the narrator. At first, I wasn’t sure but she won me over and did a superb job.

Superb

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Reviewed: 30-12-18

A wonderful story superbly delivered by the narrator. I look forward to the final part of the trilogy. Hopefully it’ll be on Audible soon...?

A brilliant tale, most excellently told.

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Reviewed: 02-10-18

It’s a travesty that this book has so few reviews. It captured me from the off and kept hold all the way through.

Apart from the excellent plot and characters, I really enjoyed the author’s take on the business of war.

It’s also superbly read.

I feel that Bernard Cornwell & Angus Donald aficionados would be well served by giving it a go.

Really looking forward to part 2....

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Absolutely brilliant

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Reviewed: 07-09-18

My only regret is that it was about a year since I listened to the first three in this series. Therefore, I was a little rusty over some of the finer points of the unravelling story.

I still loved the book. The rise of a Gold with honour and the desperate struggles of the hero, Darrow are fascinating. Duplicity, violence and tension are everywhere and it is all once more delivered superbly by an excellent group of narrators.

I can’t wait for the next one....

Excellent, from start to finish.

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Reviewed: 22-08-18

It’s a particularly tough book to review without giving too much away! What I will say is that it kept me on the hook from Not Alone Book 1 to this second and final instalment, ‘Contact’.

As well as the subtle ‘are they, aren’t they?’ Alien thread, the story is just a much an examination & critique of top end global politics and the nefarious role of the media.

Dan & Emma are particularly well rounded, believable and likeable characters. In fact from the down right nasty to the good guys it all feels plausible throughout.

I couldn’t stop listening. Give it a whirl, I doubt you’ll be disappointed.

A great tale, delivered peerlessly

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Reviewed: 21-05-18

Great characters, loads of battling & a scary but interesting set of foes.

I rattled through this rollicking tale at a rate of knots!

I enjoyed the fact that some of the Captain’s enemies were explained. I.e. why they were taking up arms & that not all of them were just man-flesh hungry nightmare creations.

I also found the ‘Christianity’ slant to be interesting. I don’t thing I’ve ever read any of this genre which doesn’t just have some ‘new Gods’ to worship / despise!
It gave light to some complex & interesting characters.

Finally, it’s read masterfully. I loved the various accents portrayed. This really helps making it a joy to get lost in.

I shall return for more....

Keep going. It’s long, but excellent.

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Reviewed: 30-04-18

I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. Plausible, interesting characters with depth juxtapose an implausible storyline. This helps to make the outlandish become almost ‘everyday’.
You’ll understand what I mean when you read / listen.

It’s a fascinating subject made real.

It is long, but twists in new directions just when you think it’s going to get a bit dull & samy.

It’s really well narrated. I could be picky & question of few of the English accents, but to be fair, there can’t be many Americans who can perfect a South Yorkshire lilt. And, Sheffield apart he makes a decent fist of most of them!

I’d thoroughly recommend this book to science fiction fans. Also, if you like to stray into politics.

I loved it.

A superb end to a great Trilogy

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Reviewed: 09-03-18

I’ve really enjoyed all three of these books. They’re really well written with excellent characters. I was pretty much rapt throughout.

I though the narrator, Mr Vance did a wonderful job too...