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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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By Amazon Customer on 11-10-16

Wonderful ! !

Exciting, funny & tearful. Enchanting story and engaging characters. The narration is expertly done and encorages the emagination to flow. I am in love with the whole series and the narator.

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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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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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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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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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