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From one of fantasy’s biggest recent breakthrough authors comes an exciting, brand-new series.

The demons....

In the endless forests of the Wild, humanity scratches a living by the side of the great Godroads, paths of crystal that provide safe passage and hold back the infernal tide. Creatures lurk within the trees, watching, and plucking those who stray too far from safety.

The Deathless....

In crystal castles held aloft on magical currents, seven timeless royal families reign, protecting humanity from the spread of the Wild and its demons. Born and reborn into flawless bodies, the Deathless are as immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names. For generations a fragile balance has held.

And the damned....

House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and madness. Whole villages are disappearing as the hunting expeditions holding the Wild at bay begin to fail.

Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.

Nothing lasts forever.

The Deathless is the first in an astonishing new series from Gemmell Award-winning author Peter Newman.

©2018 Peter Newman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Promising start, great story, medicore narration

Having loved Peter Newmans Vagrant series. I couldn't wait to give this new one a listen. It does seem to be, a tad more conventional storywise, than his previous Vagrant series. But the story still sucked me in. There are, some similarities to his previous books, and once again his wonderful imagination has created some wickedly interesting, beasties and demons who all inhabit his world of Immortals, "The Deathless" The Deathless reside in skycastles and play caretakers to the rest of humanity who eek out a living in settlements close to the God Road they are reliant upon The Deathless to keep them safe by keeping the demons at bay. Great start to the series can't wait to see what direction it goes in. Narration though I did struggle with. General story telling was fine, though there were few times I had to rewind as I didn't find her voice very engaging and had lost track of what was going on, this got better further into the story, guess I was getting used to her. Her character dialect parts were not the best. she made most of the characters sound as though they where whiney which got tedious, or they reminded of Pam Ayres! and that was pretty much how it was for all the characters little to differentiate between them Skyborn = whiney, the rest where Pam.

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  • 28-05-19

Another excellent tale from Newman

Wow this guy, what a writer another fascinating world to be brought into full of horror and mystery. If you liked The Vagrant and The Malice you'll love this too. The narrator left a little to be desired, there was not much variation in voice between a lot of the characters and it took me a while to get comfortable listening, that being said once you are swept up in the story it becomes less noticeable. overall an excellent listen, I would certainly recommend

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  • 26-10-20

Not my thing but not bad for what it is

These is more on the high fantasy side, thing are the way they are because it’s cool that way not because this a logical part of the world. Like a picture made form peace severely different puzzle it’s pretty but... That the feeling I got from the world building. The magic is also a bit unclear there seems to be a 2 system one with rule we get hints at the other is unclear every time i thought I know the rules they seemed to change. Like do you need to make a deal with the wild or can it just take stuff, what can you trade, does what you trade have to be yours, what determines value (what do you get for a drop of blood vs a human sacrifice)....

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