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The Miscreant

The Transcended Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: J. S. Arquin
Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
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Garran Holt is a troubled young man. Unable to tolerate his self-destructive ways, his mother sells him into indentured servitude as part of work crew building the King Remiel’s new trade road. When mercenaries sent to disrupt the road’s construction attacks his work camp, Garran discovers an inner power capable of turning him into a warrior of unparalleled ability. Recognizing Garran as being one of the transcended (a fighter able to slip into the swifter currents of time), he is trained as an agent, one of the kingdom’s elite spies. Crude, abrasive, and deeply committed to destroying himself with drugs, alcohol, and debauchery, Garran might be the kingdom’s only hope against falling to The Guild, the powerful trade cartel bent on becoming the true and undisputed power in the land.

©2014 Brock E. Deskins (P)2018 Brock E. Deskins

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Great anti-hero type book

Where does The Miscreant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of the most humorous

Who was your favorite character and why?

Garran. Everything he did was so totally wrong.

Which character – as performed by J. S. Arquin – was your favourite?

Garran

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

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This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a review.

This was a humorous anti-hero type book. Garran did absolutely everything for the wrong reason and was full bore selfish and self serving. He abused his body with drink, drugs, and women and refused to take responsibility for his actions.

His only salvation was that he was that he was a Transcended who could swim the tides of time and extremely rare.

The entire book was about him flouting every authority and still managing to survive. His antics were funny but really sad at the same time.

Great read and worth the time.

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A rogue can just be a rogue and not always a hero

This is not the first series I have listened to from this author and just as he did in the first book of the Sorcerer's Path series, he took some familiar fantasy novel plot elements and then proceeded to give them an interesting twist.

The main character of this book is a young man called Garran Holt, he is a fairly charismatic character who seems to be on a path of self-destruction, be it from drink, drugs and debauchery or simply from his self-centred nature being destined to eventually lose him what friends he does make.

The pacing of this book helps to keep things interesting with the author choosing to not linger on a particular element such as his time at the work camp or his time at school any longer than is necessary for that part of his development, which makes sense when the underlying conflict between King Remiel and the Guild would not really suit a young teenager, no matter what gifts he has due to his nature of being one of the Transcended and it is this conflict that seems likely to occupy subsequent books in this series.

The narrator gives a good performance overall with the main character seeming to fit his performance and the supporting cast being given distinctive enough voices that were appropriate to the class you would expect.

This was an interesting start to a series with a strong main character and it definitely drew me in enough that I would want to see what happens next in it.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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An Awesome Listen

Well I truly loved this book.

Brock E. Deskins has written this book in a manner where the story flows effortlessly throughout, it was a pleasure to listen to each chapter and it left me wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Garran aka ‘The Miscreant’ is a most delightful rogue who has a knack for ending up in the all sorts of trouble and mischievous circumstances.
He has a total disregard for all authority and their rules, he actually enjoys breaking them causing mayhem and havoc in his wake.
He is scheming, calculating, devious and at times debaucherous too.
Yet beneath his care free exterior you know he has a good heart.

This book sets the scene for his future adventures by explaining where he comes from, the difficulties that he endures and overcomes, although it has to be said that many of which are the consequences of his own nonchalant actions.

During his journey he makes friends, meets mentors and outwits enemies as he battles to control and develop his special power to transcend.

J.S. Arquin does a most amazing job of the narration. He delivers it in an easy to listen style with a myriad of magnificent voices.

I’m so looking forward to listening to the next book of Garran’s adventures in The Transcended Chronicles.

This audio book was requested by myself and provided free by the author
The review I have given is voluntary and solely my opinion of this audiobook, which is completely independent and unbiased.

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A wonderfully surprising book. Misdeeds abound.

This book builds from the start and just keeps going.
I never really liked the main character but loved how the author has purposefully pushed the lesser side of the character to make you dislike him whilst still admiring his ability to continue to thrive and survive in the most ingenious, morose and often despicable ways.

The book has twists and turns aplenty, elements of mystery, thriller whilst all wrapped up in a fantasy world.
All of the characters are well developed and grow over time through the story. Lots of unanswered questions but none that really spoiled the story for me.

The narration is good with nice distinction of characters and strong performance for tone and effect. It is immersive and adds to the story.

This book is great for someone wanting a strong antihero story set in fantasy with humour throughout without actually trying to be funny or clever.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this unbiased review.

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