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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, a thrilling novel that kicks off a fantasy series with an entirely new mythology - complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts
Mother and warrior
Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd's two sons - all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.
Scholar and spy
Dervan is a historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he's drawn into intrigue when he's hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light.
Rebel and hero
Abhi's family has always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all - if it doesn't destroy him first.
Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.
©2017 Kevin Hearne (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"You'll laugh and cry and crave mustard as you're immersed in the literal magic of storytelling in Kevin Hearne's vivid new epic fantasy. I have experienced acute withdrawal symptoms since the book ended. I don't want to leave this world." (Beth Cato, author of Breath of Earth and The Clockwork Dagger)
"A Plague of Giants is an absorbing epic fantasy, with clever storytelling that allows its many threads to each feel important, personal, and memorable. I'm very much looking forward to the sequel!" (James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost)
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By Call of Kthalia on 11-19-17

It's a tough one to gauge...

I adore The Iron Druid Chronicles and fell more in love with the world when I got the audio books. Luke Daniels is my favorite narrator. He makes the story and characters come to life. Each voice is unique, spot on and feels real. So the magic is part the writing and part the reading.

This had to be mentioned because I'm not sure how to proceed with this novel. I've listened to it for a few hours - several hours of commute time - but I'm so disappointed with the female narrator and the brunt of the novel thus far has been in her voice.

Her tone is mostly flat. I could live with this but she also doesn always enunciate chunks of dialogue or narrative well and there are many parts I'm missing because I can't rewind while driving. To top it off, she has very little range in terms of creating different characters. Combine these three flaws and the book has so far been a bit boring, drawn out by the monotone voice and hard to understand on many levels with some of the story being lost to slurring of words and other parts to not knowing who is talking because we have basically two characters - 1. Female voice and 2. Gruff old maybe male or maybe female voice.

Since I am about 15% of the way in and I'm this unenthusiastic with what I feel are legitimate concerns I have put this no episode on pause. I'm not sure how to proceed and I'm deeply disappointed.

Sorry for the negative review and I hope to only help those who are looking for an experience on par with the other works by Kevin Hearne and Luke Daniels. Also beware of you are hard of hearing, will have ambient noises while listening or get confused when character voices are all the same.

If and when I come back to this novel I will update further but the experience so far was so poor that I felt compelled to share it.

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By Bombgirl on 11-06-17

Unlistenable

I just can't get past the contrived accents and mumbling of the voice actors. It was hugely distracting to the story, which I'm sure is good. Tip to potential buyers: Listen to the audio sample before you buy, since the voice acting can be a matter of personal choice. I personally found it unlistenable and will be buying the paper version of this title.

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By mark on 12-11-17

A plague of awesomeness

This book had me worried as being a massive Iron Druid fan would it be as good as those.
But once I started listening I couldn’t stop. The characters are strong and engaging, you care for what happens and the way the story is told you want more and more.
I can not recommend this book enough.

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