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The Blacktongue Thief

By: Christopher Buehlman
Narrated by: Christopher Buehlman
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Summary

Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.

But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.

Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.

Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva's. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford. 

©2021 Christopher Buehlman (P)2022 Orion Publishing Group

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Very Difficult Listen.

Authors narrating their own work is rarely successful, as this attempt proves. I found it impossible to listen to the story, as the author gabbled his way through the narration. I'm returning the book unfinished. Leave it to the trained professionals please.

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Offensive Irish Accent

DNF. I'm returning this book because the author decided, in all his good wisdom... to narrate his book in an Irish accent. The sort of accent Americans think all Irish people speak with. Take Tom Cruises accent from Far and Away, Yes... its that Offensive. And it not only the accent, this book is full of Irish clichés that grate and irritate every bit of my culture, we are rolling in our Graves.

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Original

A good lark well told. Many good ideas well executed. I enjoyed this book thankyou.

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a real gem and highly recomend

brilliant narration - you can really tell that the author is reading it as every character is brought to life by the voice. the world is good and so are the characters but what really makes the book is the tone of the narration and the unique voice that the writing has - making even the most mundane elements of the story a pleasure to read and very funny in places. only slight problem I had was the way the book ended - it didnt feel suitably climactic for the epic story leading up to it and was a little rushed. that said really recommend the book - its original and funny and you wont regret the credit.

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Listen to this book immediately!

I loved every minute of this adventure. The writing is so full of character that it jumped off the page when reading. But the biggest treat was the author’s narration, which brought the story to life and had me hooked and fully entertained all the way through.

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Who though Goblins could be scary?

I’m always trying to find fantasy adventure genre books that surprise me, or are just plane good, if a book exists on a “best of” list, and you can get it on audible, I’ll listen. This one will be soon.

Recent books that have impressed me have been “Black Leopard Red Wolf” by Marlon James and “Fairytale” by Stephen King and this I think from this book is their equal.

Very funny, if you like your humour dark, a very well constructed world that makes sense and is easily relatable. For example, the mechanics used to feature lots of female characters with agency is very well thought out and does not jar with a mediaeval setting. The sense of adventure and peril and pace all work, I would love to visit that world again, with or without the remaining characters.

I would recommend this to any DND podcast fan, Pratchett fan (over 18 years old), Joe Abercrombie fan, Stephen King (dark tower) fan, or Anyone who enjoyed the darkly comic dialog in Marlon James’ Dark Star Trilogy.

I noticed the review that said the narration was off, I disagree, I never would have thought the narrator wasn’t a voice actor, or that they were from Florida. The protagonist’s (who is actually the sidekick) Irish accent does move around the island of Ireland a bit, but the protagonist isn’t Irish is he, he’s from a fiction place that is Irish adjacent. And the people have black tongues.

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Wonderful!

I absolutely loved this! Humour throughout, goblins and giants and assassins and all read in an Irish brogue. Highly recommend!

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a great book

I can only say that this a pleasure to listen to and a truly fantastic story

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Brilliantly imagined, written and read!

One of the very best fantasy audiobooks.
Exciting, witty, surprising, original and engaging.
I very much hope there is more to come.

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Bloody brilliant

I've always loved a thief type in my fantasy and this is a great example. Kinch is a great character. I wasn't put off by the comical accent, it suited the vibe. One of my faves of this year.

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Surprising

This novel took me by surprise. Initially i was unsure about the writing and reading style. by the end I was chuckling constantly. Well read, cleverly written.

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Amazing story!

Stumbled upon this Complete Gem, looking to fill the gap the First blade series left and oh boy! It sure did!

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