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The destruction of the secret archive of the Royal Order of Keepers on Mars has left Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King, with his enemies defeated, his lover dead - and his questions unanswered.

When he seeks out the remaining Keepers for answers, he discovers only violence and death in their strongholds. Someone else is hunting down the survivors to make sure they never answer Damien's questions - or anyone else's.

As a wave of murder sweeps Mars and the consequences of the Keepers' conspiracy sink home, Damien is summoned before the Council of the Protectorate to answer for the deaths of two other Hands. In the political heart of the Protectorate of Mars, he finds he may be forced to choose between honoring the oaths he swore and preserving the survival of the Protectorate itself.

©2017 Glynn Stewart (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Emily
  • 06-08-2017

I hate omniscient villains

For me there was just too much of the bad guys always getting their way, too much of the good guys being just a little too late, too much of almost knowing the secret. I admit I got annoyed about halfway through and listened to the rest in bits and pieces but I am truly disappointed in the ending - I hate omniscient villains!

I give the title 3 stars because I'm still interested in the plot to give the next one a try. I hope it's a more balanced story.

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  • Kelli
  • 03-08-2017

First Hand... when is the next book

This book is just as good as the previous ones if not better. Unlike previous books (arguably) this one focuses more on political intrigue but still has the action you would expect. We don't get to find out what the keepers secret is in this book and I'm not quite sure we will ever find out. But I would really like to know what it is. We see more of the Mage King in this book and I quite like him. I am eagerly awaiting the next book can't wait.

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  • Bunty
  • 02-08-2017

WOW, ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

Wonderful writing and performance. Damian Montgomery, the Hand of Mars, is kept busy trying to find the Keepers but is constantly thwarted by his enemies. With his strength and his mage powers he was able to save so many people from death. I like that the Mage King of Mars appreciates his efforts and loyalty and he was rewarded at the end of this book with a promotion and recognition of his achievements. Glynn Stewart is a talented writer and I hope he will publish the next book in this series ASAP. Jeffrey Kafer performed excellently and I hope he will continue to narrate future books in this series.

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  • K. Dorsey
  • 07-04-2018

Entrancing

Boy oh boy! I can’t stop listening. This tail of intrigue keeps me fascinated. Darn it, I didn’t do some of the work I planned listening to this. If you have something that really needs to be done, don’t start this book.

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  • Shinobisan
  • 01-03-2018

Stringing along

I am enjoying the series, but it is definitely starting to feel like we are being strung along. The author enjoys his little dark secrets he keeps from us perhaps a little too well.

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  • Raistlin Majeres
  • 18-02-2018

Judgment

Once again Mr. Stewart has done a great job. He has elevated the story further along than I actually expected. I have a few faults with a couple of his character happenings myself, but that is part of reading/listening to an authors work, so it is not a fault I will hold against the book. Full marks from me. Also Mr. Kafer did a great job once again in his narration, full marks.

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  • Stanley Adkins
  • 07-12-2017

Great Read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, character, and plot. The performance by the reader was flawless.

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  • selma lee
  • 17-11-2017

can't wait for book 6<br />

was worried about the premise. but it turned out to be a to quality book

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  • Sailfish
  • 07-09-2017

Many narrowly escape battles but...

Not much story movement.

Damien hops around pulling wins out of his magical hat and hand but, for all the flash and bang, the actual story didn't move much. Also, some of the magical moments were outright farcical.

Glynn also introduces a new character who is an inspector who he coaxes to work for him to help sleuth out the case of the Keepers killer. He makes special note that she is a devout Muslim who wears a head scarf. All that is fine but after the third time where he mentioned that she's taking care to bring her scarf, it was already old. It's not like any of that was needed since this story isn't religious based. There's never been a reference to a devout Christian who has to wear a cross necklace; nor a devout Jewish person who has to wear their kippah. The point being is that these continued references took away from the flow of the story and never played any part in it.

I've enjoyed this series up until this book and while Glynn writing is still quite good, the story itself no long is ... to me.

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  • hhs
  • 18-08-2017

Judgement of Mars

loved it. was engrossing.
Glynn Stewart has done a great job on this series. looking forward to each new book.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 11-01-2018

excellent conclusion to the series.

another excellent story in this series. good narrator even though he was grim but still good.
hopefully this is the last one but I do hope there is more.

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  • david
  • 22-09-2017

getting more action

the past book has lacked excitement but this one makes up for it and can't wait for the next

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  • Ed
  • 02-09-2017

Great book, can't wait for the next installment

The whole series is great. I look forward to each new installment. this book was one of the best.

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  • Mathias
  • 31-08-2017

good continuation of the series

i think this is a typical middle if series book. it can't stand and you need a for working knowledge of the series, but it dives much deeper into tge world and gives a lot more context to the intrigue behind the scenes.

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  • sir_helsing
  • 02-08-2017

Excellent

Another fantastic book and up to Glenn Stuarts usual excellent standards. If you read the other books in this series it will not disappoint. In the fifth book of the series hand Damian Montgomery faces off against several enemies which are no more than knives in the shadows and not even he can come away unscathed this time.