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A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief - three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.
©1990 Tanya Huff (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By a on 01-11-13

Overall an enjoyable listen

Any additional comments?

Tanya Huff is just really *good* at this, even in her earlier books it's possible to find enjoyable characters and an interesting and well thought out story.

Some elements are predictable and spelled out but overall just a fun listen and worth the credit (although it's only 11ish hours and not the 22 it was marked as, this seems like a weird bug audible, because I'm sure I've seen it happen before).

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-08-15

Tanya Huff my go to author

When I want something with strong female characters, no limits on sexual preferences and stories of emotional turmoil followed by a happy ending, I read Tanya Huff. Her worlds are refreshingly accepting except for the bad guys of course. This story has emotionally tormented characters with depth. They grow and change and learn about themselves. There's action too. It can be humorous at times too. For me this was a satisfying story. However I didn't care for the narrator. He was adequate but towards the middle he suddenly became inconsistent with strange pauses. He also changed the tone of one of the male characters to something more feminine then back to his original voice toward the end of the book. His female characters were a little too high pitched for my taste too. I didn't care for his narrative style for the parts without dialog. I was able to focus on the story and ignore my dislike of the narrator because he wasn't bad just not great either. Overall an enjoyable fun story with a so so narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By CeNedra Red on 08-16-16

A Fun Frolic

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

Yes I would. As to why? This is a fun book, and the narrator does a fair job of telling the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The three main characters were so well written that they could almost be real people, with all the flaws and foibles that real people have. I also loved the humour. Even though not everything in the garden was rosy, there was a great deal of fun, and laughter to be had from this story.

Which character – as performed by Bill Hensel – was your favourite?

I liked the drunken prince, Darvish. But I also like the thief Aaron. I wasn't very fond of the wizard Chandra.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Same as the tag line for this review. A Fun Frolic

Any additional comments?

I read this book years ago, and really enjoyed it. I don't often read single books, preferring series to stand alone stories. I really liked the characters of Darvish and Aaron, both very different on the surface, but so very similar underneath. I would like to thank Bill Hensel for doing a passable job of reading this book, though I do wonder about some of the odd pauses in strange places. That said he did give the characters, all of them, a sense of individuality, so that the listener could distinguish between the various characters easily and also infused the story with the humour it was supposed to contain. So many of my favorite books have been ruined in this format by terrible narrators, I was so relieved that this one was done as well as it was. All told, a keeper this one. I'll very likely listen to this again at some point, Well done.

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