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Lords of Asylum

A Grimdark Fantasy
Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

For the best in grimdark fantasy

Plague howls across Europe, the Hundred Years' War rages across the land, and the city of Asylum is consumed by a brutal civil war. Amidst this threefold maelstrom of havoc, enter Sir Luther Slythe Krait: a knight long bled dry of chivalry and shorn of heroism. A man whose lone desire is to slink through the backwaters and alleyways of civilization. To go unnoticed, unwanted, unneeded. 

But Sir Luther is a man who gets what he deserves, not what he desires. Thrust into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse amidst Asylum's power-mad lords, can Sir Luther play one off against another long enough to accomplish his task? Can he unmask the truth behind a vile murder? And hunt down the killer? Will he bring him to justice? Or will he just die trying?  

Listen to Lords of Asylum and find out today.

©2017 Kevin Wright (P)2018 Kevin Wright

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Lead character is clear strength of this book

Detective work features prominently in many urban fantasy novels, but it is rather less common in a more traditional fantasy setting and yet that is exactly what we have with this book with the flawed knight, Sir Luther being forced into investigating a crime in order to save his captive brother and it works rather well as a premise.

The author does a good job of setting the scene, in a historical Europe rather than an invented world with the various characters and factions all helping to add to the feeling of it being a real and very flawed place.

The style of the narrator also helped to add to the overall feel of the world with his tone effectively conveying the cynical and world-weary nature of the main character while also being suitably distinctive with the rest of the cast too.

Overall, this was an interesting and enjoyable listen that made a nice change for me since most dystopian novels tend to go with a sci-fi setting instead. One very slight complaint, the suffix to the title seems a little unwieldy whether it is the book or audiobook version and just keeping it as Lords of Asylum would have seemed better.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • TU
  • 24-12-18

quite good

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty good book, in my opinion. I really enjoyed the fast-paced, action packed story. I liked the characters and story line. The narration is very well done, too. All in all, I really liked this and would love more from this authoer/narrator duo.

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  • Brian
  • 20-12-18

Epic and Brutal

Lords of Asylum is a journey into a land of sickness, suffering, brutality, and political intrigue. You can count the number of completely good people on one characters missing fingers. But that doesn't mean there's no one to root for. As the story ratcheted up towards its frenetic conclusion I listened with rapt attention wondering how the main character would get out of situations. That to me is the mark of good grimdark. Where a person can be awful in many ways and yet written well enough to keep interest rather than being a caricature.

The narration was great as well. I'm a sucker for a fantasy tale told in an European accent (even uk) and this fits the bill. I could listen to Paul Jenkins read the dictionary, so it's a blessing to hear him give voice to this story.

I received the audiobook review code for this at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review. This was a great listen and I'd love to revisit the world.

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  • Believer50
  • 13-12-18

Well

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This story was fast paced with so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep up. The many encounters the hero had were well written but they kept me guessing what will happen next. the narrator added to the story. This type of fantasy is not my forte. But the overall story was good.

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  • Nothing429
  • 08-12-18

Sleuthing - Grimdark Style

This book was given to me for free at my request and I am providing this voluntary review.

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I have to admit that while this book has its moments, I did not find myself enjoying the book as much as I hoped. I had difficulty following in some parts and it made the story feel disjointed to me. That being said, I did finish the book with the last few hours being altogether more interesting to me than the previous 13. If you are into mystery novels within a medieval-era setting, this might be the book for you.

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One of the voices the narrator used (Nils) seemed a bit mumbly/nasally to me and in a few parts I had difficulty understanding what the character was supposed to be saying. Coincidentally, I have listened to another book narrated by Jenkins and the dialogue was fine. In my opinion, this was not one of the narrator's better performances.

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  • Nickie
  • 07-01-19

Too Much Of Everything...

I tried three times to like this audiobook but I never could. This book had way too many avenues, too many people were introduced, seems like there were three or four different plots..It was just all too much. I couldn't enjoy this story...I wanted to but just couldn't.

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  • T. Winter
  • 11-02-19

Odd Narration

The story seemed good, but I couldn't get past the narration. The narrator used weird rhythm and inflections, like he didn't like the idea of ending sentences, so he just left them hanging. I found it too distracting to finish. Will get it on Kindle.

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  • Cindy
  • 24-11-18

Really, Really Fast Paced

Alrighty, unfortunately I started off confused and stayed that way until I finally called it quits. I was never sure what Luther's goal was. It moved so fast thru scenes I kept going back to see what I missed and not finding any base.
On the other hand, the narrator had an excellent range in his voices, clear and distinctive. I knew which voice went with who... unfortunatly even with his good narration, I still stayed confused with the story.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.