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Rise of the Shadow Rogue

By: Mike Truk
Narrated by: Ryan West
Series: Shadow Rogue, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Betrayal cuts deepest when someone you love wields the knife. 

For Kellik, a once-rising star of Port Gloom's guild of thieves, it also leaves him floating in the bay, bleeding out and without hope or allies. Saved by an urchin and healed by a disgraced saint, Kellick is consumed by a single desire: to find out why his guild master ordered him cut down moments after passing his initiation trial. 

Burning with injustice, Kellik recruits a number of gorgeous rogues to his side: fallen assassins, dark elf witches, and unnervingly polite necromancers. Together they journey through the shadowy underbelly of Port Gloom in pursuit of bloody revenge, daring to face impossible odds and uncover the grim truth: not only the reason for the guild's unnatural monopoly on crime, but why his guild master might have been justified in ordering his death after all. 

Warning and minor spoilers: Rise of the Shadow Rogue is an 18+ audiobook intended for mature listeners. It contains graphic sex, medieval violence, and nudity. People swear, betray their loved ones, set each other on fire, seduce each other, and are scared witless by abysmal horrors. Most importantly, you'll meet gorgeous, powerful women, some capable of twisting the very fabric of fate, others of tearing a man in half with their bare hands. All are willing to enter unconventional, polyamorous harem relationships if it means helping Kellik achieve justice, and with this many powerful women on his side, he just might stand a chance.

©2019 Mike Truk (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Xes in the city.

Just a forewarning, every encounter/story beat is punctuated by 'meeting' a hot fantasy girl. While not all of them end in xes the story revolves around collecting them as a fighting force to take down his former gang. The story serves as a back drop to make this happen and to give an excuse for the MCs growing strength.

The city has an interest in treating magical girls as a commodity and the MC has a change of heart, allowing him swoop on by and take all the girls for himself. Each of these encounters is contrived and lack stakes considering how central the MC is to the story. The story has a lack of notable enemies despite the story being centered around revenge. The ending would amount to a CGI boss battle.

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fantastic story

The whole story is so good from start to finish! only thing I will say is some sex scenes that pop up are very very descriptive so be careful who you listen to this with

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  • Trevor
  • Mornington, Australia
  • 26-05-2019

Excellent - Can’t wait for book 2...

Enjoyed Mike’s other audio book, but this series has surpassed it and I can’t wait to listen to the next when its release in audio.

Excellent narrative brings all of the characters to life.

I highly recommend adding to your Wish List

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very talented author

it took me a little while to get into it but loved it. cant wait for mote

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Amazing

Omg this book though a little slow at some times was brilliant and I am eagerly anticipating the next book

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  • Jeffrey
  • 30-04-2019

not the harem book I expected, in a good way.

mild spoilers ahead

based on the summary, I was expecting some multi girlfriend somehow we all agree to date one guy thing. what I got was a more an action movie with James bond level of sexual encounters. but instead of one interest per movie, he shags multiple girls. all told I enjoyed the story.

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  • Lucas Weismann
  • 30-06-2019

Great story. Can’t recommend it to friends.

I loved the story and the world he built, but due to the harem elements and graphic sex scenes, there are few people I can recommend it to.

This is definitely action/rpg/porn.

I’m sure I just missed the tag in the description.

Looking forward to part 2

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  • Sabrina Miranda
  • 28-04-2019

Great gritty fantasy

If your looking for a gritty , dirty, fantasy novel this is it. But very well done. Not like game of thrones realism. It’s sort of like the lord of the rings but incredibly darker. And a word of warning the scenes are like reading a playboy fantasy. All in all very good.

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  • Benjamin
  • 23-04-2019

just gonna leave it like that.

write the next one, i gotta know. i need to find out! too damn good.

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  • Peter harris
  • 21-06-2019

to much sex

it was a good story. however I felt that every scene was a build up to rough sex..I was looking for a story not a litorotica. but plot wasn't bad good story.

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  • David S.
  • 21-04-2019

Master piece

once again he's done it ,great mc lost of intrigue and keeps you on the edge rooting for him to win ,like his other books you can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-2019

Impressive and dark

This book was so well written. In a way that you take it very seriously as high quality main stream fantasy. The only part which may keep it isolated is the explicit sex scenes which although done well I suppose confines it to a smaller audience. That aside this is Joe Abercrombie level story and gore which is a rare rare gem in a world where mediocre books have to be waded through on a regular basis if you want real dark fantasy.

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  • Mary
  • 14-07-2019

Disappointing

The plot was weak and very predictable. Th main character asks like a high school boy focused on girls. I could not finish after several tries.

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  • Chris
  • 24-05-2019

Great except for the porn.

Sex because it's part of the story is fine, porn for the sake of porn, no thanks. Sadly, the story is great and doesn't need to stand on the porn. If I want graphic porn, then I will go buy some audio porn, but really I like better fantasy. Hopefully, Mike will let his stories stand on their own merit and realize he doesn't need a gimmick like gratuitous sex scenes. Thankfully I can use my 30-second advance button to skip ahead to the rest of the story. I could have lived with it for the most part, but damn, one scene just dragged on for several minutes, I just wanted it over so to hear the story again(was in bed). Wish that Mike spent the same amount of time and detail for the fighting and action scenes. Not finished with the book yet, so I will have to see by the end if I want to pick up the second book later or not. Like I said, great story, just divided by non-story parts.

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  • Steven Schieb
  • 23-04-2019

Will Definitely Buy Sequel

The book flows really well and I have come to feel for Kellik and his companions. Most characters were fleshed out nicely, however I wish to see more of Tamara and how she develops in the future. I would like to see her to take command and take what she wants rather than staying in the backround thinking it's better that way while it eats her up inside. That's just my opinion though. I look forward to reading/listening to book 2 whenever it comes out in the future.

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Ryan West did a wonderful job on the narration. Despite there being many different characters both male and female it was easy to distinguish each.

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  • OB
  • 17-04-2019

By the hanged god's raging cock!

Rise of the shadow rogue straddles the edge between fun, flippant escapism, and a complex, gritty world building. You have a roguish MC who, thankfully, isn't cold and unrelatable, in fact, he's just as goofy and endearing as I'd imagine myself to being in many situations and that's one of the main strengths of this book.
The other strength is the length of the book. As the story builds, characters (and there are lots of strong, vivid characters! Creys and Iris are my bae.) thankfully have enough time to develop between moments of action, and *action*.

I can't say that this book is for everyone though, as some might be put off by sudden and graphic sex scenes, but, in this case, these scenes actually serve the plot and drive the characters forward. It doesn't have Five Trials elements of progression fantasy, but it makes up for it with a mystery that sucks you in, and an MC most will love.

My minor criticisms are:
Rough sex scenes might not be to everyone's tastes.
No epilogue/abrupt ending (but then again, maybe less is more in this case?)
Not enough Iris! (ha)
Mike Truk is not writing fast enough

Finally, Ryan West's Narration was excellent, with a clear differentiation between male and female characters, and a good mix of British and American accents - was so good actually, that I'm now looking at what else he's done in this genre... Scratches chin...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-06-2019

By Blind Fortuna's silken ****

This is possibly my favourite audiobook. The written is brilliant, the character development is outstanding. The undertones of free will and the conflicted nature of Kellik's growth and ideals throughout the plot kept me wondering how the story and world could grow. The world is bleak and gritty, though the family built throughout and towards the end adds a certain lightness to it all. Ryan West performance was excellent and the voice of our charismatic rogue was spot-on. The ending isn't exactly an ending as its simply the finishing of one goal leading them strike up another. Which is exactly why I signed up Patreon, first 3 chapters of the sequel are already out.😋

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  • P.T.
  • 27-08-2019

Fun, quirky and involving!

Brilliant writing backed up by great narration makes for a fun adventure which doesn't take itself too seriously, but still managed to keep me hooked with a good story and plot

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  • jay
  • 29-04-2019

Trill ride

At first I didn't know what to make of this book but as I got into the story. The story grabbed me and held me. I felt the suspension, the chills, the laughs. I could stop until it was over leaving me with a thirst for more

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2019

Very, very nearly unbearable

The things that got me to the end are: the narrator and some plot elements.

Every sex scene made me want to delete the file then and there. The made-up language sections were only just tolerable.

I don't know how I finished this book. The author is going on a list of "never agains".

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  • William
  • 08-05-2019

well written and performed.

ot the usual s and f hareem. much higher quality writing. well performed as well. would recomend

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  • colum
  • 18-04-2019

awesome!

great story, solid pacing and interesting characters. it's easy to get emotionally invested in what's going on.
can't wait book two!

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