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Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?
©2013 Robert Cimera (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By r. on 09-20-13

Excellent story.

Love the characters. Had to rename my cats, Filth, Pond Scum, Crazy Bastard and Turd. The narration is excellent as well. The story put me in mind of the audible versions of Joe Abercrombie's work. I am looking forward to the second book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 07-06-13

Very Good!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Very interesting story and well presented. It has many twists and turns if not a tad dark in story line. However, good and interesting listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bibliophile on 09-05-13

Dark fantasy

Found this by accident on Audible and I'm very glad I did. Edmund is not even a typical anti-hero (they are still inclined to have something going for them). He is fat, middle aged, stammers and is a librarian!
Having been totally humiliated one night, he spots a poster from the King promising that whoever brings back a particular relic, will become Lord of the Northern Lands. Amongst his books he has a diary from the lord who owned the relic, and so his travels begin.
He meets up with all kinds of bad guys, Trolls and particularly unpleasant Goblins - beautifully spoken by Fleet Cooper. It is very bloody, there are some terrible scenes of torture, but at times it is also very funny. Edmund's arguments with himself are entertaining.
There are some loose ends which promise a sequel, so that is something to look forward to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sharon on 07-26-13

Dark Fantasy...Wonderful...

An unusual hero, totally believable whose decision to leave his village has a domino effect of devastating consequences.
There's a wonderful mix of of goblins, trolls and elves with a definitive dark undertone having a flavour of the Brother Grimm Fairy Tales of old, I loved it.
I was standing by Edmund all the way, even though he tended to argue with himself before making a decision it was like his old self arguing with the emerging new Edmund.
Relished the cacophony of individual characters I especially enjoying the nefarious Goblins and the realm they lived in.
A wonderful début, can't wait till the next instalment, on my automatic reading list..
A must for fantasy fans who like it dark and epic.

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