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The Seascape Tattoo

Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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The latest spellbinding adventure in Larry Niven's acclaimed collaborations with Steven Barnes.

Aros of Azteca and Neoloth-Pteor are the deadliest of enemies: swordsman and sorcerer, locked in mortal combat, who have tried to kill each other more times than either can count. But when the princess Neoloth loves is kidnapped, there is only one plan that offers any hope of rescue...and that requires passing off the barbarian Aros as a lost princeling and infiltrating the deadliest cabal of necromancers the world has ever seen.

They cannot trust each other. They will betray or kill each other the first chance they get. But they're all each other has.

©2016 Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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There's a 5 star story in the 2nd half of the book

The 2nd half of the book is excellent even with the small hiccup near the end. It's the 2nd half where the characters become three dimensional with relatable motives and complex dilemmas, the story becomes fantastical and the route to the end is unpredictable.
All this would usually make it a must read book, but the start is so jarring and the characters start off as generic cut out of the wizard, warrior and princess that's it's hard to recommend this. There is a point to the first half but that feels more to get the characters to a set place to set up the excellent 2nd half. It must be said the first half isn't bad, it's good but not excellent it's very by the numbers.