Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour - a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little, so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.
Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won't turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough: the mercenaries are less stupid and vicious than most he's met over the years. So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.
©2016 Tom Lloyd (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group
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"first impression and last"
I'm writing this in the first 5 minutes of the book in case I don't bother to review later or I become accustomed to the reader. The reader is poor. Little difference given to different characters in voice male or female and despite the author writing an action packed start of the story the reader fails to deliver the urgency and violence in how he reads the book.
I finished the book. you get used to the reader. the writing is mediocre in terms of character development and plot and hints at more fantastical development of its world in terms of God's and monsters. I wouldn't be buying the sequel though.
buy to listen to only if you haven't a better book to choose or if it's a "bargain " there are many better fantasy stories however.
"I can't finish this book"
I'm not quite sure if the story is good because I don't think I can get over the monotonous tone of the narrator. He seems bored reading the story and I often find my mind wondering away. I have given it several attempts, where I often have to skip back to see what I missed.
Not very much inflection in the narrators voice and it's hard to distinguish characters.
So I can't fairly rate the story because I'm not sure if I'm bored with the characters or bored of listening to the narrator.
"A great listen!"
Yes, but then, I am a blind person.
Any of the works of Joe Abercrombie. The combination of adventure, character and banter is not dissimilar.
Yes. The conversation between Links and the prison governor who freed him.
Jay Villiers narration really deserves a mention. He handles a disparate and distinctive group of characters and narrative with deceptive ease.
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