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Winner of the 2018 Fantasy Prize and Kindle Storyteller Finalist.

This is one secret he’s keeping to himself. And who would believe him anyway?

Farin, the gravedigger’s son, lives in the medieval village of Heap. The 18-year-old is an outsider who is bullied and ostracized by the villagers. His father has succumbed to a life of drinking, and the young man has no option but to take over the job of gravedigger.

But Farin’s life takes a dramatic twist when the village witch dies. As he prepares her for burial, he finds an amulet hanging around her neck, and he can’t resist trying it on....

©2020 Sam Feuerbach (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Thoroughly Enjoying This Series

I wasn’t sure if this was going to be my sort of book but, I am so glad that I went for it. I am thoroughly enjoying listening to it and am going straight onto Audible to buy the next in the Series.
The Narrator is excellent and brings life to each and every character.
I would definitely recommend it to fantasy fans.

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4hrs in, nothing happened

In the first four hours, the only thing that happens is that an old woman is strangled to death and the gravedigger's son takes a pendant from her corpse. That's it! She may be a witch or (more likely) everyone's a superstitious peasant. Impossible to tell.

The rest is composed of hours and hours AND HOURS of horrible people being horrible with each other for no other reason than that the author was incapable of creating compelling conflict so he resorted to the simple trick of making everyone have antisocial personality disorder. I was curious about the premise and wanted to know how this book ends but listening to it is so unpleasant as to be punishment. That initial curiosity is fading by the minute.

On top of everything, it's written in an inappropriate style, like it's a children's tale, which mixes awkwardly with the tons of sadism, adult themes, and general filth of the world. The desperate attempts to humor are generally unfunny and embarrassing to listen to.

The narrator has no fault in this and his work is great. Nice dry voice and wry manner.

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Great

It's nice to listen to a fantasy novel who's writer has real voice . A great start to a series . Entertaining . Well paced , unlike to many novels that rush pass the start or take so long I find them great to get to sleep with . The narrator does a wonderful job . If you love or even like fantasy ; or just a good story ; this is a must get

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What a great surprise

For fantasy addicts, you have to put up with a lot of mediocre or average books while you wait for your favourite authors to release their next, or for new kids to arrive on the block. What a treasure these books were. A real delight! Strongly reminiscent of Robin Hobb, in my view. The characters and ground work takes awhile to bed in, but patience pays off.

I can't wait for Feuerbach's other books to be narrated in English!

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Excellent.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of this audiobook. I thoroughly enjoyed it - from the well paced and enthralling storyline to the outstanding narration.
I can't wait to find out what the rest of the collection has to offer.

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Brilliant

The reading was really good, I listen as I drive and the kilometres fly past thanks

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Agree with ai83 ...

The main reason for my choice in downloading this book was Gildart Jackson, whose voice I love: however, the rest is a mitigating failure. After listening for some time and getting bored with the story I had to go check on whether I had inadvertently picked on a childrens' book in error. I was surprised to find that was not the case. Won't be listening to anymore of this series.

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I enjoyed the book

I like this story, it’s view on people and society - while sometimes a little “harsh “ the book manages to keep an optimistic tone and not become to “dark “.
I now have to get the rest of the series :)

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Easy listening.

Easy listening audio book. It has a good story line and cannot wait to hear what happens next. Looking forward to chapter 2.

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Awful Narrator

Couldn't finish this, all the characters
voices sound the same and they all sound like childish idiots with whiny voices , no depth, no brains .
Considering all the strange and mystical things happening to the protagonist, he sounds as tho he is talking about a shopping list. Thankfully I didn't use a credit.

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  • Christopher
  • 03-08-21

I’m ambivalent about this one.

I found this book entertaining and was engaged most of the way through. The characters were fun to learn about in spite of being a little YA. As for the writing, it was hit and miss, but mostly well edited.

The problem with this book is that the story did not progress very far over the course of the novel... At the same time I will most likely pick up the next installment.

To sum it up, if you’re like me and often feel like you’ve already listened to almost every worthwhile fantasy title on Audible, then this isn’t a bad choice to pass the time between new releases of audiobooks you’re actually looking forward to listening to. It’s probably not going to be your new favorite series, but you won’t have to return it after only listening to an hour or two.

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  • Lux
  • 25-03-21

Proses makes novels (change my mind)

This novel would be a B- under normal circumstances, the narrator was incredibly loud here and there, there's some anachronisms, etc. I say this not to dissuade future readers, on the contrary, this a damn good novel. See the proses are what novels worth reading/listening to. If sufficiently good enough proses are put together than anything can be glossed over. Plotholes? clichés? it don't matter none, if it got prose, hun.
And thats why this novel is getting the full 5 stars in order to boosts good stories to greater heights because there's too many "novels" (Sufficiently advanced, litRPGs, Hayes) that are on the recommended list that are actually written for drunk toddlers. While a selected few may different opinions. They're wrong.
So because others have fail miserably, by comparison, this novel far excels

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  • William Jousha Hoos
  • 24-01-21

an instant favorite!

a great start to an interesting series. nothing formulaic about this one folks IMHO. looking forward to the rest of the series and it appears that it's just being translated from the German versions which are already on audiobook. Hope they get it done quickly cuz I really enjoyed them.

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  • Alex Sumner
  • 12-08-21

A knightly adventure with a twist

The Gravedigger's Son and the Waif Girl (Part 1) is originally written in German. Not sure if the author, Sam Feuerbach, translated the story himself or someone else did it.

The story is based in the middle ages and starts out on the grim side, laying the groundwork of the conditions of the time and the rigid social structure during that period. As it unfolded it brought to mind many short stories and books I've read by KJ Parker that are set in a similar time period. But KJ Parker's stories seem more accurate somehow, while there are romanticized aspects in them (dragons, etc) overall there’s a sense it’s recapturing what it was really like if you lived at that time. Sam Feuerbach's story was shaping up to be in the same vein, then deviates with the waif girl's introduction. Her situation is still grim and keeping with the times, but she has very modern attitudes and it's reflected in her dialog as well. (Not sure if this is how it was written or the result of how it was translated.) She's a bit of an Artful Dodger, but thinks and sounds like she's on the mean streets of NYC. There's also a supernatural element introduced into the storyline that modernizes the story even more, transitioning it from a medieval period drama into an Arthurian style fantasy. It takes about a quarter of the book for this change, so stick with it. The grimness gives way to a lively adventure.

Gildart Jackson's narration makes every character distinct and stepping off the page. His emoting skills enhance the depth and dimension of the dialog, but he does get a bit screechy and shrill during some of the characters interactions. Aside from that the performance is entertaining.

I enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 is already cued up with Part 3 on deck. Part 4 is available in ebook at this time, but I'm hoping the audio will be released soon.

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  • Rnrwest
  • 22-01-21

Absolutely Entertaining in my Favorite Era

Absolutely Entertaining in my Favorite Era and easy to read ... thinking HURRY WITH BOOK 2 ON AUDIBLE!
Enjoyed characters and special guest 😃

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-07-22

torture and more torture

the torture is both in the story and it's predictability. I usually refer to these types of stories as torture p&rn because that is what it is. it wallows in suffering not simply acknowledging it but making it the center of the story. suffering should be acknowledged then moved on from. these sort of stories bread hate both of the other and the self. save yourself

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  • brian burton
  • 23-07-22

Just a really enjoyable book!

Are you looking for something to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step? Yes you say? Well.... look no further. I just wish these books were longer but like my ol' dad used to say "wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up first! "

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  • maria H
  • 17-07-22

Hook line & sinker

This story caught me hook line & sinker. I enjoyed getting invested in the characters. There is struggle, intrigue and mystery wrapped up in these characters. I'm looking forward to the next book.

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  • CherBear
  • 12-07-22

Kept me interested all the way through..

This is story about a kid from a small town born into the trade of grave digging, like his father before him. It follows him on his journey to becoming a squire for a great knight under unusual circumstances, and with a little help from an unlikely friend.

The story kept me listening and was engaging and entertaining. But it seriously lacked a plot. There’s no climax and ending. It’s just a story. It was still entertaining, but lacked any “edge of your seat” suspense.

Overall I still really enjoyed it and will probably pick up book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-22

Loved it!

Was not expecting such a great story. The banter kept me smiling. The only criticism I have is that not enough was done to justify the ending of book one. I am forced to now start with book two just to know anything. Books should have an ending not a "be sure to tune in next week for the continuing adventure of the ditch diggers son."