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Gangster, soldier, priest. Queen's Man. Governor. 

Tomas Piety has everything he ever wanted. In public he's a wealthy, highly respected businessman, happily married to a beautiful woman and Governor of his home city of Ellinburg. In private, he's no longer a gang lord but one of the Queen's Men, invisible and officially non-existent, working in secret to protect his country.

But when the queen's sudden death sees him summoned back to the capital, he discovers his boss, Dieter Vogel, Provost Marshal of the Queen's Men, is busy tightening his stranglehold on the country.

Just as he once fought for his Pious Men, he must now bend all his wit and hard-won wisdom to protect his queen - but now he can't always tell if he's on the right side.

Tomas has started to ask himself, what is the price of power? And more importantly, is it one he is willing to pay?

©2021 Peter McLean (P)2021 Quercus Editions Limited

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Priest of Gallows does not disappoint

Building from the previous two books, the stakes are raised even higher in this, the third instalment.
Plots within plots, lies within lies, and plenty of brandy.
Props to the Narrator with another excellent reading!

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  • S. Horn
  • 29-05-2021

And now we know what the series title means

NOTE: This is not a stand-alone book. You should read The War for the Rose Throne series in order. This volume ends with an event that leads into the next and final book in the series, rather than with any kind of a conclusion.

Priest of Gallows, the third volume of The War for the Rose Throne, brings Tomas Piety, Bloody Ann, Rosie, Billie, and a few other members of Tom's Ellenburg organization to the capitol city of Dunnsburg, summoned by the Provost of the Queen's Men, Vogel. The queen has died, leaving her insane, young daughter as heir, thus setting the stage for the political machinations in which Tom becomes entangled.

There are few reviews for this book, given it was only released two days ago, and some may be concerned about the change in narrator. Don't be. This is as seamless a transition as I've ever experienced. All charaters are unchanged and are masterfully voiced by David Morley Hale with the same inflection and personality as they were rendered by John Lee. You may not even notice the difference--high praise, indeed.

Peter McLean is an excellent author and storyteller. His dialogues are believable and consistent with the characters voicing them. His descriptions of places, characters, and situations are interesting, complete, and yet concise. His grammar is impecable. I can't tell you how much it adds to my enjoyment of a book, when it just flows. I don't remember rolling my eyes even once, due to a clunker of a simile or an inept quip.

Priest of Gallows is not quite as strong a book as the previous two in the series, but it's still head and shoulders above most books in its genre. My quibble with it is that it's just hard to believe that Tom Piety goes along with what he is asked to do as a Queen's Man and takes as long as he does to catch on to the big picture. Nevertheless, there were still lots of intrigue, action, and well-drawn characters to experience, and we're all set up now for the big finale in Book 4: Priest of Crowns. I'd put it on pre-order, today, but it won't be out until 2022, Ah well.

You may want to think twice about reading this series only if you're squeamish about cursing, drinking, gore, grit, filth, murder, torture, etc. I'm not. Perhaps I should think about that.... But anyway, as to torture, for the most part, we aren't immediate spectators. We are informed it has happened, rather than being required to experience it in detail, There are no explicit sex scenes in any of the books,

Unless you are offended by the above-mentioned indelicacies, I highly recommend this series to you. It's hours of adventure with Tom and the Pious Men. Just remember to take time to eat and sleep.

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  • Robert
  • 29-05-2021

My Favorite Author

Is John Lee deceased? Why in the name of all that is holy would you EVER change the narrator?? Two years waiting to hear John Lee read McLean’s final edition to this masterpiece! Shame.

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  • Mark
  • 17-06-2021

Where’s John Lee?

The narrator is very good but not John Lee

The Author or whoever made the decision to go away from Lee was jarring and except for very few exceptions changing beloved voice actors between books is never a good idea.

Going forward if there is another book either stick with Hale or go back to Lee

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  • Zachary
  • 29-05-2021

Yes

A great third installment


This series just gets better and better

Highly recommend all three books in the series and look forward to the fourth book

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  • a.m
  • 25-07-2021

Felt like a filler in

The story felt like a filter in and could be completely given a miss; also charging the narrator.. didn't help at all.. wish at least in the next installment we get the Thomas Piety that we can't to live in the first two books

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  • steve
  • 17-07-2021

very good story

it's a very good story overall. I love all the books. but the only thing I struggled with in this particular book is the fact that we know how smart Thomas is and in this book he seems to have some of his wit taken away and the reader can foreshadow quite a bit. and it's sad in me that Thomas couldn't see that from a mile away

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  • Richard
  • 15-07-2021

Only one star because I could not give zero

A series of strung together, crudely written and crudely expressed, incredibly dull anecdotes we are supposed to believe is a plot.

A series that started solid but is a rambling, boring mess.

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  • Michael James Tanner
  • 29-06-2021

the author suckered punched me. I bought all of it

It's awesome! a bit of Peaky Blinders mixed in with a bit of magic. I was spell bound!

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  • Tewaz
  • 21-06-2021

Great addition to a great series

The story and characters are interesting and draw you in. This was a great continuation of the story. I am finding myself extremely pleased that I stumbled upon this author.

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  • chris davis
  • 02-06-2021

So Damn GOOD!

Thomas Piety is a straight G!!
I love this book and Characters. Amazing story telling and if I’m not wrong some dead on symbolism to current events.
So excited for the next book already.

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  • Nicko83
  • 02-06-2021

Oh my Grimdarkness

Whoa, Peter is such an amazing author, he fills these bleak evil books with such humanity and humour. Look if you liked the first two, buy this and you won't regret it. if you haven't.... buy the first one, I'll wait, do it now.

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  • Nick
  • 17-06-2021

Just superb. A fantasy version of the Peaky Blinders

Like many of you, I hunt and hunt for something new and refreshing in this genre. The first three books are brilliant.
Father Thomas is a wonderfully gritty character surrounded by some almost as good ones. The world building is great, the description visceral and I can’t wait for the final chapter.
Peter McLean should take a bow, as should narrator, David Morley Hale.
It really deserves more reviews….

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