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As far as bad luck goes, Tiadaria's has been the stuff of legend. After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn't commit, she finds herself facing the executioner. The only thing standing between her neck and the sharp edge of the axe is the village Constable.

After thirty years of loyal service to the Imperium, Royce has retired to King's Reach as the village's Constable. He thought that the frontier town would be the perfect place to rest, relax, and die in peace. He was wrong. With a crooked Magistrate on one hand, and a conniving slaver on the other, things are anything but peaceful. To complicate his life even further, the slave with her neck on the block seems to possess the same magic Royce has hidden all his life.
Paying off Tiadaria's bond, Royce takes possession of a slave in a land where slavery is verboten. Now he must teach her to trust him, teach her to fight, and teach her about her unique abilities before they both run out of time....
An ancient menace is coming. The Xarundi have returned. They are the most dangerous enemy humanity has ever faced, and they have a thousand years of bloodthirsty vengeance to exact.
©2012 Martin F. Hengst (P)2013 Martin F. Hengst
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By J. Larson on 09-22-17

Choppy, hard to believe the characters actions

I really wanted to live this book. It had some good concepts, but the actions of the characters often made no sense based on what happened in the previous chapter! For example, the main character lets a group of slave girls beat the snot out of her without offering any resistance or so much as a block and then the next chapter, the slaver is getting rid of her for being a hellcat who’s too much trouble!

The author makes a huge point about how slave collars can’t be removed and how much the main character hates being a collared slave and then the next chapter presents a way to remove it which she declines. It made no sense to make such a big deal out of what it meant to be a slave if you were just about to negate it! I couldn’t take it anymore and stopped listening just an hour shy of the end of the book. Very disappointing.

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By Nguyening on 04-06-17

great book. must read for fantasy gans

This is a great book and I'm excited to read the second one. maybe i should say listen.

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