• by Tim Marquitz
  • Narrated by Kara Kovacich Stewart
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wreathed in the ashes of betrayal, forced to come of age in the dungeons of her stolen inheritance, Kallie Brynn Soren died so that Dirge might be born.
In the midst of an undead invasion, Kallie is gifted powers by a dying priest. His last wish is for her to use them against the Necrolords in a way his faith would not allow. Reborn as Dirge and free of the priest's conscience, she is more than happy to do so.
But when fate brings Dirge into the employ of the emperor - the same man whose machinations brought about the murder of her father - the opportunity for revenge becomes too much to ignore.
Torn between vengeance and the need to protect the only people she dare call family, Dirge learns there is a much deeper purpose to the Necrolord's advance. Should it come to light, it might destroy everyone.


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Dirge is an exciting tale of an Assassin named Dirge. His character's very identity is a twist on the usual fantasy assassin trope. The author is great at creating flawed but likable characters, and truly despicable villains.

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- trixie

Gritty Medieval Fantasy

I really like the opening line, "Silence is a girl's best friend, that and a good, sharp knife". Knew I had forgotten something for all these years (snicker).

Tim Marquitz shows us a gritty and violent medieval world overrun by Zombies controlled by Necroloards, an interesting combination of place and enemies. The heroine, Kallie/priestess/Dirge, has had to endure more than her fair share as a young woman and now does everything she can to protect and provide for her adoptive family of clerics and the township of Eton. To help her with her mission she was gifted with some unique powers from a dying priest and friend, Rellan.

I would have liked a little more book time devoted to Dirge's friends and foes to 'flesh' them out a bit more so I could have developed more of an attachment or dislike of them.

Kara Kovacich Stewart did a good job of setting the mood and portrays the more prominent characters well. I would have liked a bit more inflection thrown in to keep my wandering, ADHD mind on track.

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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- Terri

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2016
  • Publisher: Tim Marquitz