Listen free for 30 days

The Mercenary Code

The Shattering of Kingdoms, Book 1
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Shattering of Kingdoms, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Break the Code. Shatter the World.

Centuries ago, the murder of a beloved king tore apart the Kingdom of Caledun. The land was plunged into chaos and thousands perished in the aftermath. A new order was established in an attempt to return Caledun to its former glory. It failed, but in its place rose the beginnings of the Code. 

During this same period, the mystical caretakers of the Great Wood retreated from the world of Kal Maran, their disappearance an ominous harbinger of the suffering that was to follow. The Great Wood now grows out of control. Cities, towns, and villages have fallen before the relentless march of the forest. Without the former guardians to keep her tame, the wood has become a place of peril, and dark creatures of legend now hunt beneath its leaves. 

The summer season is now a time of armed conflict. The fall of the old monarchy has brought about a ceaseless cycle of combat. Grievances are settled by the strict tenets of a binding Mercenary Code and the men who would die to preserve its honour. 

However, change is in the air. Political rivalries have escalated, and dire rumblings of a revolution abound. Thrust to the forefront of the shattered land's politics, a mercenary fights for more than just riches. In the north, a borderland soldier wrestles with his own demons and looks to find his true purpose. And in the shadow of the Great Wood, a young man's chance encounter with a strange visitor gives hope to a land divided.

©2019 Emmet Moss (P)2020 Podium Audio

More from the same

What listeners say about The Mercenary Code

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    7
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for King Daddy
  • King Daddy
  • 27-07-20

Quite Impressed

I have over 150 titles in this genre - essentially, I've read everything out there. I've never left a review before, but in this case feel obligated due to the fact that the book clearly does not have that much exposure, at least on audible, yet I'd rank it somewhere in the top 15%. That's pretty dang good by my estimates. If your search for a new epic fantasy feels like an exercise in futility, as mine so often does and has for quite some time, I believe you'll be thoroughly pleased with this one. Excited to start book two, keep them coming.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ken
  • ken
  • 10-06-20

Loved this book

I found the each character’s story line engaging. The author does a great job of making you want to continue listening. The character building and the little bits of history that you learn about the world keep you interested the whole time. I don’t remember any part of the book where I lost interest and had to rewind to listen again. When it was playing it had my full attention. I have listened to a lot of books on audible and this is one of my favorites. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Oh and as always Simon Vance did a great job but honestly I didn’t need to say that haha.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer1
  • Kindle Customer1
  • 21-05-20

Engrossing and unique content

I could not put the book down. It was enjoyable. There is a nice twist in the long lost heir trope. Figuring out the plot was one of the charms of the book. The protagonists were relatable. There were minor editorial errors. For example, at least one time, the transition to conflict may have been too abrupt. This was only a minor inconvenience, though. All in all, a great read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Abel Henry
  • Abel Henry
  • 15-05-20

Bland story and characters

The characters and story are unremarkable. No magic system, no compelling characters. The story suggest a vast world of multiple human nations and magical creature kinds. Yet, the story revolves around 6 or so main characters. Simon Vance is the only worthwhile element. I guess its my fault for assuming that the best voice actors are reserved for the best works/authors.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mimi A.
  • Mimi A.
  • 15-09-20

What a nice surprise

Great new series! Good story, likable characters, excellent writing. Bought the second book immediately upon finishing.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for D Smyth
  • D Smyth
  • 26-05-20

Vance brought characters alive!

Having bought this book on a whim last year and thoroughly enjoying it, I was extremely excited to see Simon Vance was doing an audio version! I just finished listening to it over the long weekend and loved it! I thought Vance brought a nuance and his flair to certain characters (loved Corian Praxxus). Production values were great, and it was paced well, and it's always fun to hear someone do a character's voice and compare it to what I thought in my own head when reading it. Hoping Vance returns to narrate Book 2 in this series as well!