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Rise of the Shadow Rogue

By: Mike Truk
Narrated by: Ryan West
Series: Shadow Rogue, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Summary

Betrayal cuts deepest when someone you love wields the knife. 

For Kellik, a once-rising star of Port Gloom's guild of thieves, it also leaves him floating in the bay, bleeding out and without hope or allies. Saved by an urchin and healed by a disgraced saint, Kellick is consumed by a single desire: to find out why his guild master ordered him cut down moments after passing his initiation trial. 

Burning with injustice, Kellik recruits a number of gorgeous rogues to his side: fallen assassins, dark elf witches, and unnervingly polite necromancers. Together they journey through the shadowy underbelly of Port Gloom in pursuit of bloody revenge, daring to face impossible odds and uncover the grim truth: not only the reason for the guild's unnatural monopoly on crime, but why his guild master might have been justified in ordering his death after all. 

Warning and minor spoilers: Rise of the Shadow Rogue is an 18+ audiobook intended for mature listeners. It contains graphic sex, medieval violence, and nudity. People swear, betray their loved ones, set each other on fire, seduce each other, and are scared witless by abysmal horrors. Most importantly, you'll meet gorgeous, powerful women, some capable of twisting the very fabric of fate, others of tearing a man in half with their bare hands. All are willing to enter unconventional, polyamorous harem relationships if it means helping Kellik achieve justice, and with this many powerful women on his side, he just might stand a chance.

©2019 Mike Truk (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • OB
  • UK
  • 17-04-19

By the hanged god's raging cock!

Rise of the shadow rogue straddles the edge between fun, flippant escapism, and a complex, gritty world building. You have a roguish MC who, thankfully, isn't cold and unrelatable, in fact, he's just as goofy and endearing as I'd imagine myself to being in many situations and that's one of the main strengths of this book.
The other strength is the length of the book. As the story builds, characters (and there are lots of strong, vivid characters! Creys and Iris are my bae.) thankfully have enough time to develop between moments of action, and *action*.

I can't say that this book is for everyone though, as some might be put off by sudden and graphic sex scenes, but, in this case, these scenes actually serve the plot and drive the characters forward. It doesn't have Five Trials elements of progression fantasy, but it makes up for it with a mystery that sucks you in, and an MC most will love.

My minor criticisms are:
Rough sex scenes might not be to everyone's tastes.
No epilogue/abrupt ending (but then again, maybe less is more in this case?)
Not enough Iris! (ha)
Mike Truk is not writing fast enough

Finally, Ryan West's Narration was excellent, with a clear differentiation between male and female characters, and a good mix of British and American accents - was so good actually, that I'm now looking at what else he's done in this genre... Scratches chin...

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  • COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
  • 08-05-19

well written and performed.

ot the usual s and f hareem. much higher quality writing. well performed as well. would recomend

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Trill ride

At first I didn't know what to make of this book but as I got into the story. The story grabbed me and held me. I felt the suspension, the chills, the laughs. I could stop until it was over leaving me with a thirst for more

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awesome!

great story, solid pacing and interesting characters. it's easy to get emotionally invested in what's going on.
can't wait book two!

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  • Jeffrey
  • 30-04-19

not the harem book I expected, in a good way.

mild spoilers ahead

based on the summary, I was expecting some multi girlfriend somehow we all agree to date one guy thing. what I got was a more an action movie with James bond level of sexual encounters. but instead of one interest per movie, he shags multiple girls. all told I enjoyed the story.

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  • Bryan S Guzman
  • 26-04-19

surprisingly great

after this guy's last series I really wasn't expecting much but oh my god did he really improve I don't know what it was that made the difference but this is a very very good book. Perfect there are a few flaws I wasn't exactly happy that he never got with the Healer but I'm sure he'll correct that soon assuming there's a sequel The Twist at the end was nicely foreshadowed and there is a lot to like I can only hope that future installments Every bit as enjoyable as this was

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  • Benjamin
  • 23-04-19

just gonna leave it like that.

write the next one, i gotta know. i need to find out! too damn good.

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  • Steven Schieb
  • 23-04-19

Will Definitely Buy Sequel

The book flows really well and I have come to feel for Kellik and his companions. Most characters were fleshed out nicely, however I wish to see more of Tamara and how she develops in the future. I would like to see her to take command and take what she wants rather than staying in the backround thinking it's better that way while it eats her up inside. That's just my opinion though. I look forward to reading/listening to book 2 whenever it comes out in the future.

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Ryan West did a wonderful job on the narration. Despite there being many different characters both male and female it was easy to distinguish each.

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  • David S.
  • 21-04-19

Master piece

once again he's done it ,great mc lost of intrigue and keeps you on the edge rooting for him to win ,like his other books you can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-19

Impressive and dark

This book was so well written. In a way that you take it very seriously as high quality main stream fantasy. The only part which may keep it isolated is the explicit sex scenes which although done well I suppose confines it to a smaller audience. That aside this is Joe Abercrombie level story and gore which is a rare rare gem in a world where mediocre books have to be waded through on a regular basis if you want real dark fantasy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-19

by the hanged gods' hairy ass

This book was an amazing listen. I also enjoyed the 5 trials. Now the author has 2 series started I hope he plans in continuing one before a third.
The writing was done well,never bored with fluff. necessary information was there at the proper time without being predictable.
everyone likes a little sex in a story .It wasn't harem because he was never with the same female twice he is just a man slut.
I like that most characters didnt wrestle with moral issues or seem too goody goody. who wants an orc that is cuddly? In this genre I declare you are now the master. michael-scott who?
Mike, please add the second book before the hanged god takes us all.

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  • Micah
  • 30-04-19

Get It

I'm not one to usually write reviews, but in this instance I feel compelled to do so. This book has an entertaining plot, action, humor, outstanding characterization, a dark setting with light aspects, hot, gorgeous women, and a main character that isn't a whiny noodle. I felt the author did an exceptional job at making the MC embody what it's like to be human, relating to myself in many ways no other character has. The only reason I didn't give five stars, is because, like every book, I have found things that can be improved(from my point of view). However, that is for the author only. Lastly, my fellow avid listeners and readers. By the hanged god's empty ball sack, do yourself a favor and get this book!

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  • Sabrina Miranda
  • 28-04-19

Great gritty fantasy

If your looking for a gritty , dirty, fantasy novel this is it. But very well done. Not like game of thrones realism. It’s sort of like the lord of the rings but incredibly darker. And a word of warning the scenes are like reading a playboy fantasy. All in all very good.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-19

more

there had better be a fucking book 2 or I will lose my shit you here me

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