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Summary

Did you know that the gods can use mobile phones?

They can, and Odin has a message for Conrad....

Conrad Clarke, former RAF pilot and alleged gangster, gets a text – and a visit – from The Allfather.

Odin has a challenge for Conrad: Sign up to protect England from wild magick and get a commission in the King’s Watch. 

All he has to do is find a missing witch. Simple. 

Conrad never could resist a challenge. Before you can say “Ragnarok”, he’s plunged into a world of gods, mages, witches, dwarves, and one very aggressive giant mole.

But the witch doesn’t want to be found, and powerful mages will kill to keep her hidden. Going back isn’t an option. Going forward looks a lot like death. 

Armed with nothing but a sense of humor and a willingness to cheat, Conrad has to find the Witch and save his life. 

Superbly narrated by Ciaran Saward, the first two books of the King’s Watch are now available in audio format.

Treat yourself to a copy now and experience a whole new universe of magick. And moles....

©2017 Mark Hayden and Paw Press (P)2020 Mark Hayden and Paw Press

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Awful robotic narration.

I’m about a 1/4 of the way through the book but I’ struggling to continue, I’ve speed it up to 1.5 x but the narration is awful. It sounds so robotic and unnatural, I’m genuinely disappointed as I love Audible and the ease it’s brought allowing me to « read » significantly more books than I ever would have been able to, but the narrators can really make or break a good book and despite the racing reviews from friends who physically read the book I am struggle to persevere. I’n shocked no one has mentioned this before but as someone who reads 2-3 audiobooks a month I consider myself a fairly avid reader not a newbie to Audible. Hugely frustrating and the thought of a further 7 books with this narration fills me with dread.

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Different, yet familiar

If you like Ben Aaronovitch and Benedict Jaka this series is for you. Great narration. Hope they release the rest of the series soon!

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At last, the Audio Book

I've been waiting for this for ages. I have read all the books in this series and am looking forwardto the rest being issued. The reader was excellent.

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Good book

I love this narrator and the story is good my only issue is the way he goes on about all the female characters appearances even his sister who he says is hot a few to many times ? a bit weird?
But other than that it’s a good book and I’ll be getting the second one

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brilliant and funny

I have been looking for a while for a new series to tide me over between rivers of london releases, chose this after seeing a review online and was not disappointed, loved the story but think it was the narrator who truly brought it to life, hes right up there with stephen fry for listenability, have already downloaded the next one and cant wait to listen

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Been waiting for this.

I think that I have read all the authors published works, but this is the first that I read of them.
Unfortunately those I wished to press it upon don't read.
It's a odd book and series, especially given Conrad's past history in other books. That doesn't prevent it being great fun.
One other review complained about a robot voice, it's deliberate. The thing speaking looks more like R2D2 than any animal, has few recognisable emotions and is made out of rock!

Still, if you came to this book from the authors other work you might well be shocked. Especially as Conrad carries through into this series, as does another character in a later book in this series, not yet available.

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Thr best new series of Urban Fantasy

This is Hands down the best new series of Urban Fantasy I found in the last years.
It's not so easy to find a new series. The narrator does a gread job and I'm looking forward to hear more about this world.

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Odd

I’m not sure about this book at all. Initially, the reader’s “Narrator voice” seemed stilted and somewhat “ordinary” (though not in the “robotic” and slow way mentioned by another reviewer - I think that must have been a bad download). I got used to his voice more or less and was impressed with his comparatively excellent Geordie accent - 7 1/2 out of 10, bonny lad👍. The story, however, made no sense to me and appeared to jump from one thing to another, leaving me wondering what was going on; I actually got fed up with rewinding and re-listening in case I’d missed something. Perhaps this is abridged and I just didn’t realise - I’ll go back and check. Ultimately I found this book confusing and unsatisfactory and it didn’t engage me sufficiently to warrant going back to the beginning and starting again.

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  • 06-11-20

Fantastic listen

Having already read the operation jigsaw trilogy I had high expectations to this first audio book and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

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  • 16-12-20

not as good

This book is compared to the rivers of London books but...

The characters are not as engaging. the framework is crude by comparison and the situations are not as well written. The breadth and depth of this book does not live up to that formula. The main character is not engaging - more like a James Bond with a mythological God for a sponsor. All he needs is a little magic and kapow.

On top of that this book uses a magical term that is used frequently in the rivers of London books but redefines it differently. Grates on the ear.

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  • 09-11-20

A great story becomes even better

This is a great series of books, so I was a bit nervous about whether I'd like the audio version or not, but I need not have worried. As good as the books are, the story becomes even better with the narration. Little bits and pieces of the original story come alive under the effects of Ciaran Saward's voice. I was reading the latest book (Six Furlongs), and could almost hear the text in his voice! I can't wait for the next one!

If you're new to this series, it's a great mystery, with a strong urban fantasy element, and a nice romance thread that surfaces from time to time.