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Publisher's Summary

"Heroes are more than just stories, they're people. And people are complicated, people are strange. Nobody is a hero through and through, there's always something in them that'll turn sour. You'll learn it one day. There are no heroes, only villains who win."
Rob Sardan is going to be a legend, but the road to heroism is paved with temptation and deceit. Exiled to a distant and violent country, Rob is forced to fight his closest friends for survival, only to discover his mother's nemesis is still alive, and is determined to wipe out her family and all her allies. The only way the Pirate Lord, Mothar, can be stopped is with the Sea-Stone Sword - yet even the sword itself seems fickle, twisting Rob's quest in poisonous directions, blurring the line between hero and villain. Nobody is who they seem, and Rob can no longer trust even his own instincts.
Driven by dreams of glory, Rob sees only his future as a hero, not the dark path upon which he draws ever closer to infamy.
©2014 Sammy Smith (P)2017 Sammy Smith
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3 out of 5 stars
By sci teacher on 01-04-18

A well-narrate story about a quest going nowhere

*spoilers possible in discussion part*
Summary: A boy with grand ideas of being a hero finds the path much more complicated than the stories make it out to be.

Additional Comments:
- I fantasy books because they bring the reader to faraway places. This book was no exception in that regard. It contained quite a few neat world-building aspects, but there were also some major things I didn’t connect well with, which is how it ended up with an average rating (3 stars = it’s okay).

The Bad (I hate ending on negative points, so I’m going to start out with the things I struggled with).
- The book took me a long time to get through, even in audio form. That’s generally an indication that I’m just not that “into it.” Here are some of my major disconnects.
- I didn’t like the main character. I get from the blurb that the author wants this to come across as a gritty, realistic, life is messy sort of commentary, but I really like being able to root for the MC. Rob just annoyed me 90% of the time.
- Pacing – timeline and event flow didn’t seem smooth to me. That could be my fault as a reader/listener. Not sure. I remember being about a quarter into the book and being like “what? Who just died? Who the heck’s that guy?”
- Lack of Closure – There’s always a delicate balance to strike. Ending with a lot unresolved is a tactic to get most people to buy the next book, and maybe it works. But after 11+ hours I find the way it ended very annoying.
- Bad guy’s motives come across clear as mud. The amount of effort he goes through to manipulate events would be fine if something like world domination or promises of loads of wealth were at the heart, but that’s not the case.

The Good
- The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the world to life. I would most definitely listen to other works she takes on.
- The world-building is cool with multiple races.
- The plot has some neat twists.

The Neutral
- Not sure picking a female narrator was the way to go with the MC being a 14 year old boy. On the other hand, many of the other characters were female.
- There’s multiple interesting races, though I will say most of them came across as stereotypes of themselves. i.e. all Penguish (sorry about spelling, I heard the audiobook) are ___.

It’s okay. If you enjoy complicated fantasy (narrated very well), this might fit the bill for you. But if you really need closure in stories, avoid.

*I received a copy of the audiobook. I freely chose to review it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By mandy on 12-12-17


I think this story maybe wasn't what I was looking for- a bit darker than I was expecting. I did like the action/adventure and the characters were interesting, the story well written and the narration was really well done.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jeff on 12-02-17

sea and fantasy

was not what I thought it would be none the less a well written story

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