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Publisher's Summary

My name is Sumto, and everyone thinks I am a gambling, lazy, good-for-nothing drunk. Frankly, I think they have a point. Right now I may have to join the army and fight in a war I am frankly too corpulent to cope with.
Still, it looks like being a small, short war. So that's got to be as bad as things get. Am I right?
Trained in his youth for war and politics, Sumto is interested in neither. As the son of a Patron, he should gather clients, acquire wealth, learn magic, husband a political power base and take his place amongst the Assembly of Patrons, the rulers of the city. Sumto would rather gather friends, acquire books, learn history, husband a hangover and take his place at the gambling tables. That is not going to be an option for much longer.
Unknown to Sumto, everything is about to change. There is a war in the north and Sumto is about to become a very unwilling participant.
©2009 Chris Northern (P)2015 Chris Northern
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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Huber on 10-05-15

The other review that said this work was horrible was completely and unequivocally wrong

I enjoyed the transformations of Sumpto and his tale greatly. I am disappointed that audible doesn't have the sequels available.

Occasionally there were quirks or notions of Sumpto that conflicted with his previous character in ways I cannot truly describe.

A minor irritation: some lines are repeated leaving you wondering if the editing was done incorrectly.

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3 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-20-16

The narration was great!

Where to start, this book was definitely not “my cuppa tea” I had this book as a freebie from Kindle for a couple of years…book has a cool cover and the blurb sounded interesting……. so when I saw the audio was available for review I thought cool, great time to give this one a shot….I really wished I had passed on it. Sumto, the main character describes himself as a gambling, lazy, good for nothing drunk….. and it is a quite accurate description, in fact it might be a bit to nice….personally I found him to be a completely useless person. I did not like him and could not for the life of me figure out why people kept saving his life. I was also extremely bored…..at about the 25% point I upped the reading speed on the app to 1.5x just to get through this. When I initially read the blurb this book sounded interesting but unfortunately it was not. Because I was bored and could not find it in myself to care about Sumto or any of the situations he found himself in my mind wandered a lot while listening and most of what I heard was forgettable.

The narrator Matt Franklin is the only reason this book received more than a 1 star rating. I would say his narration was solid 4 stars, he did an excellent job differentiating the voices of the characters, and I look forward to listening to other books that he narrates.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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