Dragon Precinct : Cliff's End

  • by Keith R. A. DeCandido
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Cliff's End
  • 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure - or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.
Gan Brightblade is one of the world's greatest heroes and a personal friend of the Lord and Lady of Cliff's End. So when he's brutally murdered in grubby lodgings in Dragon Precinct, on the eve of a great quest, the Captain of the Guard puts his two best investigators on the case.


What the Critics Say

"All in all, this is a fascinating excursion in genre-bending; worth a try even for readers who usually take either their procedurals or their fantasies unadulterated." (Booklist)
"Dungeons and Dragnet... As a take-off of the standard crime drama, Dragon Precinct succeeds nicely. Dressed in sword-and-sorcery trappings, the cliches of the genre are given a fresh twist. I would like to see more stories in this same setting." (The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society)


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Customer Reviews

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If you like police procedurals

And I mean word for word police procedurals, in a world of wizards, gnomes, and elves. With all the same scenarios: overbearing wealthy, demanding captains, sniping coworkers, prostitutes, petty thieves and grifters. The crime has to be magic but everyone swears there is no magic. The victims are withholding important information. There are red herrings and prejudice and motivations straight out of Mickey Spillane.

So if you enjoy the same old same old set in a magical world, you probably will enjoy this. My opinion is colored by my personal annoyance with people in a completely different environment using the same old worn-out dialogue and tropes.
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- Ijw

A perfect blending of cop drama and D&D

This is a fun little blending of Law & Order style cop drama with a fantasy universe. It's heavy enough to take seriously, and yet light enough to be thoroughly entertaining. Using the cop drama style really helps to build the city and people of Cliff's End in your imagination, and fools you into accepting magic and fantasy races as a given in that world.

As an observation (as opposed to a criticism), this book doesn't go too deeply into the past of the main characters (Torin ban Wyvald, and ex-soldier and Danthres Tresyllione a female half-elf), at least not at first. You do get enough for proper development, so no worries there, but you also don't get bogged down in exposition. In that way, the story moves along at a proper pace. I will say that after listening to this book, I feel more acquainted with Danthres than with Torin, but that may be because she is the wittiest of the two. She is easily my favorite character in the book. As I understand it, we get a bit more of Torin's nuances in the next book, Unicorn Precinct.

I must compliment the audio book narrators performance. He does an admirable job differentiating the characters. Though one or two character voices do seem to blend together in places, it doesn't happen enough to distract or confuse you. He also seems to capture the tone and spirit of the story perfectly. Well done, Michael Page!
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- Nerdbliss

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios