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Publisher's Summary

Before Stone trained Kara Magari or taught the First Vagabond to master the blood loyalty, he was nothing more than a slave boy named Terric.
Terric is a curious loner hellbent on reading his master's forbidden books. When one heist goes wrong, Terric abandons his old life and runs for freedom - only to fall prey to a ruthless man named Niccoli.
Niccoli is an isen - a creature of magic from the hidden world of Ourea - and he awakens within Terric an unimaginable gift. But this gift comes with a catch. Suddenly in control of newfound power he is forbidden to freely use, Terric realizes too late he simply traded one master for another.
In Ourea, a world dominated by the gifted, few isen dare defy their masters. Until now.
©2016 Sarah Montee (P)2016 Sarah Montee
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rabid Reader on 06-27-16

Unique and interesting world

An unusual tale of servitude, soul stealing and doing what you can to survival. It tells the story of the life of a boy born into servitude, who trades one master for an even worse master while choosing to become an almost immortal being. It is an interesting and very unique story that is expertly narrated by Tim Cambell. He seamlessly navigates the different accents and brings life and personality to the various characters. The characters pull you into the story, even though the main protagonist is a rather uncaring, self cantered guy, but you still want to follow his life to see what happens. The author did a great job of creating sympathy and attachment to a character that really has only a few redeemable traits. She also created some very likeable secondary characters and a "villain" you really do want to see beaten. Even though this can be read as a stand-alone story, in this first book in the series the author has set the threads of what I think will become a complex and intricate story, not only with parallel worlds and different races but also with the multiple consciousnesses within the individuals. I will look forward to the next audiobook in the series. I received this book from the author at no cost in a giveaway.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Andrea on 07-08-16

Great Story

I won this audio book through a contest S.M. Boyce had. I love her other books, but I hadn't read anything in this series yet so I chose Misanthrope since I had already bought the ebooks for Lichgates and Treason and added the audible to both.

I enjoyed Misanthrope especially since it's different than what I have been reading lately. I think I may have gone out of order with the books. I have a two hour drive from work to home so I listened to the audio during my drives home. The storyline and characters were very interesting and Stone was my favorite character and I am going to presume that he will come up in the other books.

Regarding the Narrator: At first I didn't really care for the narrator, but I always give narrators at least 3-4 chapters before I decide whether to keep listening or not. In the beginning I didn't care for the accent, but it grew on me and it was understandable why the accent was there due to the era. I felt the narrator was somewhat monotone so I had some difficulty staying focused on the story at times. Overall the narrator was good I just had to adjust to the accent and tempo of his storytelling.

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