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"I shall baptize you, sir, and my baptism will burn your folly and flesh away!"

A year has passed since Auric Manteo descended into the haunted depths of a Djao ruin to return a lethal artifact, only to face down a bloodthirsty, imprisoned god. Now, his daughter, Agnes, comes to bring him back to the capital with promises of hidden secrets finally revealed.

But the city decays, poisonous disorder is rife, and whispered prophecy foretells of cataclysm and doom. Summoned by their no-longer human queen, Auric and Agnes are commanded to carry out an impossible task, one that can be accomplished only with the mysterious blade, Szaa’da’shaela, gifted to Auric on a lunatic's whim.

Can Auric and his daughter survive a journey fraught with blood, menace, and madness? And can they pay the price demanded by a being every bit as evil as the Aching God?

©2019 Mike Shel (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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In the best traditions of D&D fantasy

I came to this trilogy due to the narrator, Simon Vance, whom I have immensely enjoyed through his Dickens performances. So you may not think me a fantasy aficionado 🙂. However Mike Shel’s books are taking me back to my youth of fighting fantasy, D&D and adventure. He also takes the time to explore his characters and develop an understanding of their motivations and decisions. And perhaps there is some of his views on society and religion mixed in too. I hope he explores a little more of the other nations of this world in the third book.

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  • Julie Moran
  • 09-11-19

Disappointingly predictable to the end

I was terribly disappointed. Not with Mr. Vance--- his vocal talents were superb as always. No, it was the story that left me ... well, I would say 'wanting' but I'm not at all wanting to continue with this series.

First off, the social issues of the fictitious day, were too modern in its approach (homophobes, 'woke' younger daughter, same said woke daughter sniggering at her not-so-woke-possibly-sexually-repressed friend and daddy-daughter issues). Yeah, I get that those things are as old as time itself, but plenty of good material out there, a lot of it I've read, and the first book had none of that garbage, so to put all that in this book was odd and frustrating. I read to escape such trappings. In this installment of what i considered to be a great start to a gripping series, it drove me to distraction. And made Auric's daughter wholy unlikeable.

Secondly, the ending. So predictable. I had hoped... desperately hoped it wouldn't go there. But it did. And not just for the loss of my favorite character, but because it was so predictable, and seeing what character I'd have to put up with in a 3rd book...? Nope.

Sorry to the author for the down-in-the-dumps review. And can I just add, when you have an androgynous character, rather than the constant "he or she" narrative, go with "it" instead, or just go ahead and call it "he" or "she". They aren't the focus of the story so it's really okay. It's fine to point out in the character's headspace that there was no way of telling the sex of the deity or whatever, but the "he or she" stuff got annoying.

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  • D. Fisher
  • 16-03-21

Turning a Non-Fantasy Reader into a Fan

With a turn of phrase, Mike Shel brings dimension into characters and wit into otherwise points of interaction among characters. Sin Eater is a great story and is thought-provoking if you want to think about it. Shel weaves life and spiritual battles into the characters of the book, making it a fun and rewarding read.

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  • Farkwad
  • 10-03-21

excellent story!

great characters, excellent story, cannot wait to see how this ends, only thing i hate is the wait

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  • Daniel
  • 25-02-21

These books are intense!

Found this series off a random reddit thread searching for something new to dig into. when I saw there were audiobook versions I figured why not give it a go. So glad I did!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-01-21

Superb

Every bit as good as the first maybe even better! I wrote a review of the first book so if you can find it insert text below.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-19

another great book

not as good as the first book, but still an amazing read. the narrator is God tier and does a great job reading this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-21

Didn't enjoy it

I would have guessed two different people wrote these books i enjoyed the first one did not like this one.

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  • Britnee Janowski
  • 11-12-20

Read it!

If you liked the first book in the series you'll love this one. Read it. I can't wait for the continuation.

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  • justin peterson
  • 14-11-20

3.5

if you liked Aching God, you'll like Sin Eater. it follows the exact same pacing but with a little more politics, which I actually thought was to its detriment. still a great book but I hope the finale to the trilogy is able to do something different.

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  • Michael D.
  • 14-11-20

horrible

narration was difficult to understand when voicing side characters. The story was horrible with huge plot holes. I really regret listening to this book. the first was better but not great so I hoped the second book would work out the kinks. That didn't happen.

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