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The Henchmen of Zenda

Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Jasper Detchard is a disgraced British officer, now selling his blade to the highest bidder. Currently that's Michael Elphberg, half-brother to the King of Ruritania. Michael wants the throne for himself, and Jasper is one of the scoundrels he hires to help him take it. But when Michael makes his move, things don't go entirely to plan - and the penalty for treason is death. 

Rupert of Hentzau is Michael's newest addition to his sinister band of henchmen. Charming, lethal, and intolerably handsome, Rupert is out for his own ends - which seem to include getting Jasper into bed. But Jasper needs to work out what Rupert's really up to amid a maelstrom of plots, swordfights, scheming, impersonation, desire, betrayal, and murder. 

Nobody can be trusted. Everyone has a secret. And love is the worst mistake you can make. 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 K. J. Charles (P)2018 Tantor
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  • 14-11-18

Intrigue! Swordfights! Dalliances!

This was sooo much fun. It's Prisoner of Zenda, from the POV of Jasper Detchard, one of Black Michael's six henchmen. It cleans up a lot of the more ridiculous and/or sloppy details (one that gave Charles the most trouble was that the drawbridge apparently opens from both sides in the original... She picked the direction most crucial to the pivotal end-scene), and comes up a lot more plausible as a result.

While reading Prisoner of Zenda is not required, I would recommend it. It's so much more entertaining to have that background in mind while you see what the henchmen were really up to.

I loved this narrator as Jasper. He has just the right sneering attitude. There are one or two places where I quibbled with his tone of voice, but overall it's excellent.

#MM #Swords #Castles #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Clara
  • 11-09-18

Perfect

Funny, clever and just plain fun. I walked around with a big grin while listening, I just couldn’t help it. I haven’t read The Prisoner of Zenda but the story still worked really well for me.

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  • NYC wheeler
  • 14-02-20

Wonderful stand-alone MM fantasy novel

KJ Charles does it again. Such lovely characters that make me want to talk with them. I didn’t think I would be that interested in the plot, as it’s the one novel in a complete fantasy realm, a country that doesn’t exist, out of all the rest of her novels, which are around the Victorian era, but I found myself getting truly immersed in this fantasy country and the intrigue the two main characters are dealing with. There are so many twists as it is put at one point, paraphrased, “one better have a notebook to keep up”, but it’s definitely something you can chose to just coast with or really keep track with, either way works well for a listener.

Anthony Ferguson doesn’t do quite as well as the plot with female characters, I’m not sure if it’s because he has a deeper voice or because he tries too hard to pitch his voice higher but considering how spot in he is with the two main male characters, it’s something I can live with, I just imagined Tony with a sultry low alto voice instead of a higher soprano voice.

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  • VHB
  • 06-11-18

Good but not a keeper.

This was written well
Narrated well
Everything was well.
The issue I had with this storie is that
Non of the character were likeable,non of them endear them selfs to me.
They did not give the “feels”.
They all seemed very self absorved and selfish.
The ending was ok but lacked luster to me .
I usually like K J Charles Books and this one was ok, but I don’t love it
To keep it for ever.
I do adored her World of Magpie lord and the Magpie lord series and highly recommend it.
I wish she would write more of it.

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