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Publisher's Summary

Royce Melborn is a superb thief, his partner; Hadrian Blackwater is a skilled mercenary. They make a profitable living as agents-for-hire to wealthy nobles until someone sets them up to take the blame for the murder of the king. Sentenced to death, the two are saved by an unlikely woman with a simple demand that will change the course of a kingdom, and the foundation of an empire.
©2011 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2012 Recorded Books LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-09-18

Two books in one : Slight Spoiler review

The books are light entertainment, with some larger world building. I loved listning to these stories and the duo is very entartaining.Two books in one

SPOILER about a charachter
I fell in love with the first book, in this series. It had everything. The second book, was more of a dissapointment. Micheal J. Sullivan is a wonderful writer and person. However the two main story girls in the second book are poorly written. The first book had the princess who truly intrested me, she was a wonderful addition. then in the second book she became annoying repetative, dumb. She kept telling she was a loner and one of the boys instead of showing with story. We already as a reader knew this about her in the first book. I think maybe Sullivan was afraid we were all dumb, and decided to make it painfully clear. Though this ruined the story, all her chapthers were compleatly unintresting. In a book about the coolest duo in forever, it really was not much of them in the second book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Aravind Sankaran on 02-08-18

Good but toooooo long

It is an unabridged version. And I found this to be too long. Narrator was fantastic.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 02-16-15

Light Entertainment


Story – 4/5

I may have been a little too generous with my star rating on this one. It lacks originality, it can be over detailed with description in places and then provides barely anything at all in others and it does feel a bit episodic. Even despite all these issues though, I still found it highly entertaining. Some of the characters are especially likeable and humorous, which I think is this story’s strong point. The young Prince’s character is developed very nicely.

You actually get 2 for 1 when it comes to this story, as it is in fact an omnibus of 2 originally published stories. You will notice the distinct ending of one, and the start of the other when you are listening. The First half/story is definitely the stronger of the 2, and will be the reason I continue with the rest of the series, but the second didn’t continue with the over-arching story enough in my opinion, although it did hint towards it here and there.

I would recommend it to fans of the genre who are looking for a light, entertaining read – but it isn't ground-breaking in my opinion.


Performance – 3.5/5

Tim Gerard Reynolds is a good narrator. He performs the story very well, and the vast majority of the characters have a distinct voice. I did find that they merged a bit during scenes with heavy dialogue, but the story was easy enough to follow and so it didn’t have a negative effect.

This audiobook was clearly copied from the CD version, as you still get the “Change to disk 2” comments through it. I thought this was a bit sloppy from the production company personally – and not something that I have come across before.


Overall – 4/5

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By graham on 05-27-13

Its not Game.Of Thrones-but I really enjoyed this.

Having complained that the actor narrating the Game of thrones books uses cliched voices and then changed accents/voices mid story GRRRHHH..However Tim Gerard Reynolds is FANTASTIC and consistent. Sullivan's writing is a league or two lower than Martins, but the story follows on to the next two volumes and concludes quite well, but there is an option to re-enter the world after that I believe but i have not done so..yet
only quibble would be that when he write a romantic scene ( twice through out the 3 books) it's excruciating...too long..like a teenager dreaming an encounter, rather that a genuine adult encounter.
I took this on a chance, then bought the two sequels..well that's not the exact word as they are ll one story ..INSTALLMENT...Give it go

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brendan on 11-28-17

Very enjoyable (provided you like a LOT of detail)

Fantastic narrator. Very detailed story telling. Not recommended for people looking for a swift story/plot.
Keen for the next book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rosee on 12-04-16

Couldn't stop listening

Incredible story. Couldn't "put it down". Immediately bought the next instalment.
I honestly wish I listened to the recommendations and picked this up sooner

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