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Summary

Today, he has nothing.

Tomorrow, he'll have power beyond reckoning.

When a powerful mage slew his parents, Pryvet had nothing left but revenge.

Now, a desperate wager with a distant goddess is his only path to vengeance. He'll risk everything for power undreamt.

Yet, when he discovers that three gorgeous women need him, he realizes everything includes so much more than just his own life. He holds not only their lives in his hands, but also their love.
For growing his family is the key to this wager and the power he seeks.

(This novel includes language, violence, and unconventional relationships with detailed intimacy.)

©2021 Mark Torr (P)2021 Royal Guard Publishing

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a new thing

this is the first time I've read mark torr, and I was very pleasantly surprised. a good story, a new concept and very good stuff. the narrators are my old favorites and I always enjoy their work. it's a must read.

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amazing start

a great start very interesting story and you get very invested in the characters very well written and great narration

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  • Avid Fantasy Reader
  • 04-10-21

Half Decent Story But Lackluster Storytelling

This could have been a really good book but there were issues that in my opinion detracted from the overall book.

"SPOILERS"

The first thing I noted was when the Inn at the start of the story is attacked. Given the violence that the Elves exhibit (loosing an arrow with the intent to kill) why would anyone in that tavern let them continue their violence. In my opinion it was a lazy way to introduce the Villaness of the story. Our MC talks about the old Women and about their proclivity for protecting their young charge. Yet neither they nor the (ALL POWERFUL) Crone do anything to stop the Elves from continuing to attack. The whole situation was odd to me.

Something I could not stand was the act of an archer cutting off a person's limb with a single shot from an oversized arrow. Ignoring the fact that arrows are named bolts several times in this book. BOLTS ARE SMALLER ARROW LIKE PROJECTILES FIRED FROM CROSSBOWS. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW.

Unless said arrow is magical then the likelihood of it cutting off a limb is zero. Arrows are a peircing weapon and like a spear are capable of killing someone however they do not cut off limbs. And we won't mention that blood loss from a cut off limb would incapacitate any person in short order making energy intensive magic a ridiculous notion. At least in my opinion. Lol

Lastly I'll bring up how strange a pitched battle inside a castle is. Battles in fortresses are always fought on the walls. If the enemy ever pushes deep enough inside a fortress then that most certainly means that the castle defenses have failed and the battle is all but lost for the defenders. MEANING THEY ALL DIE. The only other explanation for what happens in the Valkyre's castle would be that a small elite force penetrated into the castle with some goal in mind. However such a plan is all but suicide. I am just puzzled because the Valkyre seem to still be a powerful force (meaning they didn't get wiped out) and the elven leader was not killed or captured by the Valkyre as they no doubt rallied and killed the invaders to their home.

There were many such small issues that bugged me as I continued listening to this audiobook.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-10-21

Good start

When I'm reviewing, I usually give a lenient review to the first in a series and the last in a series because at the beginning its new and tends to be rough and rocky and then if it even makes it to the end that dismount can be a real mother. With that said the other thing I do is separate personal preference from the rest of the review. This book is a good start to what should shape up to be an amazing series. I do have one note about the lady narrator which is that her performance comes off like an actor acting. If that's clear as mud the example that I would give, is you're watching a TV show and one of the characters is supposedly starring in a play and so the acting is played up for that scene in the story. I didn't realize until about halfway through the book that I had listened to another audio-book with this lady narrator and while I couldn't find the review for that book it seems to me that I had the same note back then but that it wasn't as noticeable because it was a solo narration. After a while I stop noticing it because I was so into the story. The other note that I have is for the author regarding the MC’s accent. I think given the circumstances the gentleman narrator made the right choice if it was all up to him. Now I'm not a writer so forgive me if I don't articulate this correctly, but the story is written in first person which the narrator performs in American English and then when the MC speaks to themself internally or talks to another character it's a non-American accented English. At first, I was confused because it sounded like there was another person in the scene but quickly, I realized what was going on. Given how the book was written I don't think that there would have been a better way for the narrator to do this however my recommendation would be to write in third person and then have the MC with the accent. It's not a deal breaker, but it's just one of the things that I noticed that was a little off. Moving on to my personal preference I'm going to say that I was a little confused with what was going on in the story at the beginning and I've still got questions now that I'm at the end. I was not a fan of the MC’s accent, but after a while it really didn't matter to me. I don't like the evil Valkyries though I'll admit I've not seen them really treated that way in anything else I’ve read or listened to. That's a new one for me, but it's not quite to my liking. At the end of the day the book was entertaining enough to get me to go check out book 2 which is available now as an eBook only. I do want to see where the story goes from here.

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  • Cthaeh
  • 16-10-21

mediocre at best

The story and characters have very little framework that makes sense to me. The characters are constantly reacting and acting in nonsense ways. My main issue is with the story and world building after listening to 60-70% of the book I still don't understand the world the magic the motives of any character or faction. Why are elves nature hating human hunting psychopaths and a bunch of other Qs that are never answered. The entire world building story and characters don't have much substance and isn't solid enough to have plot holes. Voice acting has all the problems other reviewers have mentioned shifting accents though its hard to blame the acting when the dialog and chars are so unrealistic and nonsensical. I think most of the story and characters exists in the authors mind and never made it to the page in a way that makes sense to a reader

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  • Chris
  • 04-10-21

It's like listening to a Classic Radio Serial!

With an MC that sounds like Inigo Montoya's randy brother, and a narrator that sounds like he smokes several packs a day, it instantly reminds me of those old pulp radio serials. Cheesy but fun!!!

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  • Aoth
  • 19-11-21

good story, bad narration

The story was good. The pacing was good and the characters were fun. The female narration left a lot to be desired. It was difficult to distinguish which character was talking because they all sound the same. The inflection was also strange and made the story difficult to enjoy.

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  • CHASE MORGAN
  • 08-11-21

Terrible narration

Could barely focus in any story. Every "Ssss" sounding words or syllables the man WHISTLED DESTROYING MY EARS.

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  • Walter Gottschalk
  • 05-11-21

An Entertaining Surprise Find

This story felt originally slightly formulaic to the genre but then picked up. Some of the story characters felt recycled from similar quest stories. That did lend an air of revisiting some long not seen friends. I assume there’s a volume two and more?

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  • Dylan Schell
  • 03-11-21

grating voice actor ng

weak exposition, even worse accents in the voice acting. never again do I want to hear either of these performers. Christian Gililand sounds like he has false teeth, Erin Bateman sounds like a 12 year old attempting to sound like a grown-up.

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  • J. Brown
  • 02-11-21

Couldn't get into this one.

I think the subtitle on this works well to describe the genre of books. I tend to gravitate toward 'Progression Fantasy Harem' which is combo harem and lit RPG. I've listened to a lot of these types of stories in the last few months and that being said I can't recommend this one. I made it about 3 hours in before it lost me.

To review the audio portion: The primary male narrator seems okay when he's reading the scene, but the choice of accents for the main character's dialogue is really off putting. He's described as a foreigner but read with a voice emulating Peter Lorre (if you ever watched the 1950's 20k Leagues Under The Sea, he's the professors assistant) and it doesn't seem to fit the character. For the female voices, I was having a really hard time differentiating which female character was talking.

For the story itself: This was one of the first that I had a really hard time trying to follow what was happening and why. The events and the ways of the Free Isles are not laid out well. They are explained, but they don't really make any sense and left me confused through the 3 hours I listened. Also, given that this is a harem story, I expect there to be some focus on the girls but its done in a pretty ham fisted way here. Every girl is described by her chest and rear first. Every time the main character talks about a girl, 9 times out of 10 its referring to these as well. There doesn't seem to be any redeeming features of any of the characters in the first 3 hours.

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  • Jason
  • 26-10-21

Elves of Jersey Shore

2 items: why is his inner voice (narration) and outer voice different and I love that the Elves sound like they're from Jersey