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Plumbess Seg

Narrated by: Alison Campbell
Series: Plumbess Seg, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

For as long as she can remember, Seg has lived in the orphanage. She was brought there by her spiteful mentor, Plumbess Roc, to learn the art and danger of plumbing - to become a plumbess. But when Seg struggles, when she finds nightmares in plumbing’s dark recesses, she always turns to another plumbess - the warm, caring Plumbess Zag - for solace.  

Until Zag dies.  

Seg blames Eck for Zag’s death - Eck who was raised by snakes, Eck who left a scar on Seg’s neck when they were children. When Seg finally leaves the orphanage to find a pipe lord and do her work, she's weighed down by loss, hatred, and the heavy lead around her neck, which reopens her old scar. But she takes her plunger in hand and follows the pipes, even though they lead back to her nightmares - and back to Eck.

©2018 Jude Fawley (P)2019 Jude Fawley

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Bizzarly enough witches meets plumbing in another world - It works

I was given this book for free, at my own request, to provide a hopefully unbiased review by the author. Who would think that plumber witches would work out? Not me. In this world orphan girls can be taken under the wing of a plumbess (basically a plumber witch) and is trained up to become one themselves. The entire universe is wrapped in pipes and valves. These plumbess do everything from magically hunting down water sources, to delivering babies and even a dash of traditional plumbing. Plunger in hand much like a witches wand. We don't see that much typical magic, discounting the gal who speaks to snakes and the miraculous ability to shove any item into any pipe regardless of size with sufficient motivation. The story wraps around a young woman, jumping back from time to time to explain her early life being trained up newly certified as a plumbess striking out into the world to make her own. Her quest is to find an employer and do her job, plumbing. The people in the world initially seem fairly incapable. It seems to imply they cannot give birth or even dig a ditch to take a dump in without a plumbess to show them the light. Turns out that's not the case, the training to create a plumbess just starts at step one and we see that training well before we see any actual people going about their life. If you like what you have heard so far this book may well be for you. The names can get a tad confusing since eveyone seems to have a one syllable name and those prone to mis-hearing things (myself) can end up halfway through the book confused as to which of two characters our main girl isn't a fan off. I think I'm off to give it another listen perhaps this time I will fully grasp who's who (and even dispite that it's a fabulous book). For me the only downside is that there doesn't seem to be any more of these books. I would love to see more books in this universe.

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A very nice, if oddball, tale

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The Book The first thing you have to do when listening to this is realise its a very oddball concept, once you're past that then its easy to settle down and enjoy whats actually a good little story. The characters develop nicely as things go on and we see how Seg and Eck's relationship evolved and how Seg eventually takes her place in the cycle and returns to where she set out from at peace with her life and choices and able to see the good things from her own past now she shared her old mentors experiences. The Production The narrator is so easy to listen to, it's nice to have a good english accent reading a book and she reads with good emphasis, emotion and does character voices too. Great choice and definitely one to remember for other audiobooks.

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Definitely an unusual read!

Excellent narration, the story meandered initially but was well worth plumbing the depths of the story! Great listen for those looking for somethung a bit odder than regular fantasy, towards the stylings of Yathzee Croshaw. The flaw was very well world-built, but story could have been longer

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A story for our time.

Obligatory disclaimer: this book was offered to me. The fantasy novel has always been a mirror held up to reality, and this story reflects the problems which preoccupy our cities: access to and use of water, treatment of waste, and to a lesser extent, the dignity of labour. It is also a coming-of-age story, and as such might find an audience among young adults who can handle a bit of gore. I was mildly surprised when the book ended where it did, it must be said, but I daresay a sequel will clear up my many unanswered questions. Alison Campbell has done a workmanlike and competent bit of narration, clear and easy to follow.

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Loved it!

It's a very thorough view of the world from one single aspect - plumming. Told as a story of the people who grow and learn to be masters of such a world. It's most definitely a fantasy novel, almost a children's story and it is delightful! Narration is very very good, the whole world view is carried through the voice of the two main characters.

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young adult and fun listen

firstly I should say I receive this book for free and it is outside of what I would usually choose to listen to but I really enjoyed this story. the concept is fun, the characters are interesting and the story is engaging. so much so I am looking forward to a sequel if one is to be released.

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  • Zora Marie
  • 19-05-19

Extremely Different

So, this isn't something that I would generally pickup, but the narration was good and I was looking for a change. I certainly found a change, though it's not something I'm particularly interested in and drags on with little progress for a good bit of the book and the book starts in a strange place. That said, the author did a superb job in making the main characters see the world through their own lens that revolved around plumbing.

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  • David Haynes
  • 14-08-19

An engaging introduction into an eccentric world.

I received this audio book for free. Here's my honest opinion:

Plumbess Seg is certainly unique. It's a story about pipes and drains and the heroines who maintain them. Fawley keeps a tight narrative, as he introduces few characters throughout the seven hour tale. Seg and Eck are certainly the most interesting. They are orphans who are trained to fill the coveted role of plumbess. They are strikingly unique in their own right, and Fawley does an excellent job fleshing out their emotions and convictions. The story moved quickly enough to keep me engaged. It also had some surprising twists, and it remained unpredictable throughout. It also ended rather abruptly. The final act was surprisingly truncated, but it didn't feel like Fawley left anything out. My main questions were answered.

Fawley introduced an interesting new world in the Plumbess Seg, and Alison Campbell does a superb job with her narration. She creates a unique voice for each character, which makes the narrative easy to follow. And she beautifully conveys the character's emotions in every situation. I'm excited to explore more of Campebell's work.

If I have any complaints about the book, it is that it's on the short side. I guess that simply leaves more room for sequels and prequels to follow. If you're listening Fawley, I hope you don't stop here. I'm certainly a fan of your work, and I'm excited to follow you on your next adventure.

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  • Jazz T
  • 01-03-19

Certainly different.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is probably not a book I would have picked up by casually browsing the releases and that would be a mistake on my part.

While this book is not without flaws: short for 1 credit, short names can make keeping track of characters a bit difficult, bits of unexplained travel / movement making for chaotic or unbelievable plot resolution, non-existent chapter transition in the beginning, it is still a very interesting story that is worth reading.

If you are surprised that I would mention so many negatives and give a review an almost a perfect score it is because of what the story accomplishes: Building a truly unique magic system, engaging characters, real struggle/loss, incredible suspense building. Most of the positives will be lost on people who are already not a little tired of the story on rails, so that might be a consideration before picking this book.

On the final note the decision to give this book an Overall score of 5 instead of 4 stars came down to the narration. The delivery, distinct character voices, pacing, basically everything. I am currently looking at the other books narrated by Alison Campbell to listen to.

I hope to run across more works by both the author and the narrator.

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  • Bryan
  • 27-02-19

Very Unique and Enjoyable

So, I’m going to say this is definitely a more unique story. It’s somewhat hard to explain why - but it’s less a story about someone and more a story about who someone becomes. In this case that person is plumbess Seg.

The book focuses on two young plumbesses who experience a tragedy and grow apart. The book flashes back from their current lives to explain how they got to where they are. A lot of the book isn’t literal but more conceptual and it comes off very well.

Overall, definitely recommend this book. It’s got some darkness to it and it’s very unique. The narrator did an excellent job and I particularly loved Eck’s voice - it sounded very naïve and innocent which suited her character perfectly. I found i more often than not just hoped for her chapters to be read just so I could hear her.

Again, very good book. I had not heard of Jude Fawley before this book but I will say I’m impressed.

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  • Tyler Mitchell
  • 25-02-19

Rushed at the end, but loved it

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

So I've picked up a few free books and this is the first time I've been surprised at the quality. The Author made a great choice for Narrator, the magic system was a fun transition from a "standard" magic system, and the characters were enjoyable to follow, and made this a great overall book.

The ending felt a bit rushed, and I would have liked to see the magic system better developed. The second part of that might be more to my liking than others, but it felt like there were a few places that magic was done my metaphor rather than a consistent system.

Overall if you're looking for a new world to fall into this might be a good start. I hope the Author writes more in this world I can't wait to see where it goes.

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  • J
  • 22-02-19

A Uniquely Derived World of Fantastical Plumbing

Plumbess Seg kept me entertained from beginning to end. While it isn't something I'd have normally picked up, it definitely succeeded in holding my interest. If you are in the mood to retreat from the traditional and descend into something more obscure, then Plumbess Seg will act as your ticket to the land of escapism.

I didn’t find Plumbess Seg to focus on lengthy plots or complex character development, but rather, it focuses on Seg's journey through a uniquely derived world of fantastical plumbing. There's a bit of grit, a dash of grime, and huge handful of fantasy along the way. Plumbess Seg is ultimately a tale of Seg and how she came to be, her life as a plumb(ess), and the world in which she lives - Plumbesses, Pipe Lords, plumbing, and all.

Fawley has an ability to thoroughly and imaginatively define each character/environment on paper, while the narrator, Alison Campbell, does an exceptional job of bringing it all to life. As odd as this story may be, I did find myself believing this world could actually exist in some alternate plumber-dimension near the book’s end.

So, is Plumbess Seg for you?

I think this will be a mood book for most people. Don't go into this book expecting a heavily-structured plot. Albeit well-written and well-narrated, it serves more in the form of a world-builder for something more to come. It does, however, efficiently and properly conclude its own story in the end.

With that being said, You’ll need to have the disposition to escape the traditional norm of literature. You'll also need to have the desire to experience something entirely new to ensure that you truly appreciate this book in its entirety.

If only for its eccentric concept, Plumbess Seg is deserving of a read and/or listen. So go ahead and give it a go if you find that it sparks your interest.



*Received this book for free and this is my unbiased review.*

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  • Amperson
  • 12-03-19

I usually like fantasy & love indoor plumbing...

I received a copy of this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

Typically, I love the fantasy genre and I am generally a huge fan of indoor plumbing. However, the concept of magical female plumbers (plumbesses) was anything but magical for me. I generally enjoyed the narrator; however, as one reviewer stated she did read the book very slowly. This was actually nice, as I was able to speed up listening to the book and did not need to devote the full length of time to the listening.

The characters were a little flat and due to their similar names of Seg & Zag (when read out loud sound very similar) it was often difficult to keep these characters separate.

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  • R
  • 15-09-20

For lovers of LitRPG and funky fantasy

This book was fun. It focused a lot on world building and I am excited to see where the next book goes. It follows two characters who have a love/hate relationship.

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  • William W. Lewis III
  • 16-07-20

Start of an enjoyable, facially confusing genre

This is the beginning of a facially confusing genre that you didn't know you would like.

As a threshold consideration, the author (via reddit) provided this audible book at no charge and I have voluntarily provided this review.

So I am primarily a sci-fi reader that delves into fantasy with some regularity, but I generally prefer hard sci-fi. Geek stuff, with plausible and/or an accurate basis in science. So it would be fair to acknowledge that I was a tad skeptical given the genre of the book. Wait for it... Witches with plumbing powers/magic... It's completely understandable if you need to sit with that for a minute.

Here's the thing, I loved this book. The writing is to quote another review of this book "brilliant." Also, the top notch narration really added to my enjoyment. I found this book to be extremely entertaining all around. The story, plot development, the characters.. you name it.

This isn't just the global pandemic talking either. I highly recommend this book and both congratulate and encourage the author to keep up the great work.

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  • Rain Quinn
  • 15-07-20

Excellent read!

Really fun and somehow made plumbing sounds magical and beautiful. The performance was absolutely perfect!