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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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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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What a great story!

Let’s start with the narration! It’s probably a bit like the Marmite analogy, either love it or hate it! I have to say the accent grew on me and within 5 or 6 chapters felt the Irish accent really did add something to the story. The story was imaginative and is extremely well crafted, with the main characters well developed and likeable! It sits on top of the fantasy books I have listened to and read. This is exceptional and kept me listening and wanting more! Fantasy at its best!

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A ripping yarn.

An American doing an Irish accent, a narrator who is also the author. That sounds like a sure-fire recipe for disaster. But....he pulls it off. Really enjoyed both the story and the performance. Thanks.

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Great, refreshing take on the genre

Really enjoyed the book, the characters were great and good to see a step outside the normal tropes in a fantasy story. The narration was great, I've seen some reviews questioning the author's narration but to me it was as good as any actor could've been.

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An hilarious romp

Like a lock-in in some mad Irish pub and listening to a very shady bloke lie his way through a great quest story. Excellent fun, with some dark parts. And a cat.

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A Classic Formula Made Fresh

Beuhlman does a phenomenal job taking a classic fantasy plot line and breathing fresh and unique life into it. The world building is fascinating, grounded and organically done. Character work is likewise convincing and enjoyable, and while the pacing feels a littler meandering at times it's entirely in keeping with the narrator's perceptive. Buehlman goes the extra mile by featuring wonderful songs aswell.

Excellent narration, it's brilliant to hear the story read directly by the author.

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Loved it.

Fantastic book. Loved the music interludes. Going to see if the author has written more books.

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What a tale

The first mistake a listener could make is to assume the narrator is speaking with an unconvincing Irish accent. Instead, accept that this is the Galtish accent of the protagonist.

Now, onward.

This story is great; Buehlman's writing is always excellent but this is such a convincing first-person narrative I was completely lost in the world he created for me. Odd bits of worldbuilding provided a rich flavour that I found absolutely delicious and I so I ate it all up and now I'm waiting for more.

The context of the story is vast but I was never bogged down with ham-fisted, info-dumping dialogue. Buehlman, instead, chose to - on a few occasions - forgo the narrative in favour of scene-setting and I am extremely grateful for this move.

The pace is quick as it is in Buehlman's other work but that only serves to make this work which, in other hands (cough Brandon Sanderson cough) would push 1000 pages, accessible to casual readers/listeners like me.

There is darkness here, sure, but there is humour, too, which lifts this above the typical grimdark setting. Buehlman has broken the dark fantasy mould with this one and I hope to see much more from Kinch, Galva, and Bully.

With Between Two Fires and Blacktongue Thief, Buehlman has cemented himself as my favourite author.