Blackguards

  • by Michael J. Sullivan, Mark Lawrence, Lian Hearn, Anthony Ryan, Paul S. Kemp, Carol Berg, Richard Lee Byers
  • Narrated by Steven Brand, Michael Page, Scott Aiello, Lauren Fortgang, Nick Podehl
  • 20 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rogues. Assassins. Mercenaries.
Whether by coin or by blood...you will pay.
A fantasy anthology featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. Blackguards consists mainly of stories in established series, and the authors range from wildly successful indie authors to New York Times best sellers. If you enjoy roguish tales of scoundrels and ne'er-do-wells, this one's for you.
Contents:


Foreword by Glen Cook (Black Company)
Carol Berg, "Seeds"
Richard Lee Byers, "Troll Trouble"
David Dalglish, "Take You Home"
James Enge, "Thieves at the Gate"
John Gwynne, "Better to Live than to Die"
Lian Hearn, "His Kikuta Hands"
Snorri Kristjansson, "A Kingdom and a Horse"
Joseph Lallo, "Seeking the Shadow"
Mark Lawrence, "The Secret"
Tim Marquitz, "A Taste of Agony"
Peter Orullian, "A Length of Cherrywood"
Cat Rambo, "The Subtler Art"
Laura Resnick, "Friendship"
Mark Smylie, "Manhunt"
Kenny Soward, "Jancy's Justice"
Shawn Speakman, "The White Rose Thief"
Jon Sprunk, "Sun and Steel"
Anton Strout, "Scream"
Michael J. Sullivan, "Professional Integrity"
Django Wexler, "The First Kill"
Paul S. Kemp, "A Better Man"
James A. Moore, "What Gods Demand"
Jean Rabe, "Mainon"
Bradley P. Beaulieu, "Irindai"
S. R. Cambridge, "The Magus and the Betyar"
Clay Sanger, "The Long Kiss"
Please note: "The Lord Collector" by Anthony Ryan, which appears in the print edition of Blackguards, is not included in this audio edition.
Full cast of narrators includes: Richard Poe, Gabra Zackman, Karyn O'Bryant, Macleod Andrews, Ray Porter, Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Keating, Kevin T. Collins, David DeVries, Elijah Alexander, Allyson Johnson, Oliver Wyman, and Victor Bevine.

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What the Critics Say

"This story collection truly has something for everyone who loves the fantasy genre, especially as enhanced by some of the best voices in the business.... The uniform voice of Victor Bevine introduces each of the stories - sounding every bit the rogue with his gravelly timbre and tying together the wide range of worlds and narrators in this lengthy production." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great BOOK. Disturbing FORMAT ( Streaming ONLY no Download)

I can't help imagining some engineer in Seattle about to ruin Audible for those of us who don't spend our whole lives bathed in low cost/ high speed Internet access. This title only streamed. I couldn't download it. That means I couldn't use it on a plane, on a long drive or outside the United States. If this is a precursor to a more universal format, DONT DO IT!!!

The collection of stories was great when I could hear them.
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- Jeffrey B. Livingston

Some worthy tales in the mix, but not many.

All the stories in this collection are set in a historical fantasy realm. It is advertised as being about villains. In the best cases, this means that the story is set in some old-style place where magic may or may not exist and there is a person of questionable morals that is trying to do the right thing or maybe just survive. In the boring cases, this means some poor attempt at a GoT imitation or some cliche about the tough lady playing a damsel in distress. In the terrible cases, this means some story contrived to describe throat slashing in detail with some child molestation thrown in.

Overall, I would have trouble recommending the entire set though there are a few good stories thrown in the mix.
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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios