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Madness sits upon the throne. Rebellion rages in the South. Dark magic threatens all life. The kingdom is desperate for heroes.
When the young king's soul is stolen by a traitorous cultist desperate to resurrect the Buried Goddess, disgraced knight Torsten Unger makes it his sworn duty to get it back. He has one chance to restore his honor. But he can't do it alone. He'll need a thief.
Whitney Fierstown planned the perfect heist, one that would have made him a legend among thieves, until he got caught. Now, a knight with a questionable reputation is offering a deal: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition to put his skills to good use and earn his freedom.
Whitney and Torsten must put aside their differences and work together to battle unholy cults, demons, rebels, and worse to become the heroes their war-torn kingdom never expected...if they don't kill each other first.
Get Book 1 of the Buried Goddess Saga today! It's perfect for fans of epic fantasy adventures like King's Dark Tidings, The Riyria Chronicles, and The Hobbit.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 37 minutes|
|Author||Rhett C. Bruno, Jaime Castle|
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|Audible.com Release Date||November 13, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,503 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#9 in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#119 in Action & Adventure Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#151 in Dark Fantasy
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Readers are taken to the Glass Kingdom in Pantego, where Great King Liam lies dying. The Queen, a bride stolen from a heathen land of sorcerers to the far North, the Drav Cra, which King Liam once conquered, is a beauty, but by no means a leader. Queen Oleander bore the great king a son to continue the lineage, but her treacherous brother, Redstar the sorcerer steals the child’s soul talisman, and sets the scene for this first adventure and quest in Pantego.
Main Character Torsten Unger is the Wearer of White, the Captain of the King’s Shieldsmen, a huge dark-skinned knight. Like Worf the Klingon, a man of absolute honor. King Liam took him in as a child hooligan and raised him. Whitney is a rogue and a thief; quick tongued, quick witted, and fast-fingered. He decides in a bored and drunken moment, in a bet with a dwarf, to try to steal the dying king’s crown. Along the way they encounter Whitney’s childhood friend, Sora, a sort of witch-in-training with some pretty handy skills developing. Some of Whitney’s comments, quirks and dialogues are laugh out loud good; they will definitely remind readers of sharp-tongued characters that Lindsay Buroker writes. Not to be missed.
The Pantheon for the land of Pantego is very interesting and well-crafted by the authors, rich and complex, including God theories, creation tales, legends and prophecies, and some real live magic thrown in.
The story moves along at a pretty good pace after setting up the characters and the scenario. It is a little slow at first to get through as you start to see who the characters are, what the lay of the land is, and what the meaning of it all is. But it is not boring by any stretch of the imagination, nor is it tedious. It is engaging, absorbing, well-paced and interesting. About halfway through the book Rhett and Steve kick in the afterburners, superchargers and turbo, and it takes off like a Donzi speedboat at full throttle. Hold on! What a ride!
It really starts moving from interesting, absorbing, wanting to know who lives, what happens next, will the kingdom be saved to Whoa, Baby! The pace accelerates to breakneck can’t-put-it-down-going-to-lose-sleep speed.
This book represents a newer genre and a really interesting change of pace and direction for the collaboration between the two authors. I am a huge fan of Rhett Bruno for his story telling ability, his literary prowess and his skills as a sci-fi author. It just is stunning to me that the same mind and keyboard that brought us The Circuit Trilogy and the Titanborn series can change gears, worlds, millennia and genres and still produce excellent prose.
Steve Beaulieu for me I will admit has been hot and cold. I have liked some things by Steve, others not so much. But this collaboration admittedly seems to bring out the best in both authors. I am not typically a fan of fantasy nearly as much as I am a fan of hard science fiction, military sci-fi and space opera. I’m from the Heinlein/Simak/Asimov era, to be sure. But I have long been a fan of Tolkien, LeGuin, Pratchett, McCaffrey and many others, and I can certainly appreciate good writing and world and character building when I experience it. Jamie Castle and Rhett Bruno have accomplished that. The book is a success. And you will quickly find yourself a fan of Steve Beaulieu.
If Amazon allowed decimals I would give it a 4.5 star. Alas, it does not so I plant my flag at 4, not 5 stars. While the prose is clean and engaging and the editing good, I see some room for improvement in this author collaboration duo – and a lot of promise.
For me the litmus test is three-fold: Did I enjoy it? Was it engaging and believable? Did it make me want more and want to know what happens next? The answer to all of these questions for me is yes. Lastly, would I buy the next book? And the answer here is yes again.
So: Should you buy it?
The book is on sale right now, and at a ridiculous less-than-a-cup-of-coffee price for something that leaves me thinking and wanting more for a long time. I really do want to know more about the characters, the lands, the Gods, the magic, and especially, since we’re left on a wee-bit of a cliffhanger, what happens next! So, dear reader, there are a lot more stories to be told about Torsten and Pantego. There’s a lot of promise to Whitney and Sora. And many, many questions about what will befall the embattled Kingdom of Glass.
Jaime Castle and Rhett Bruno will only get better as an author and story teller, and so they will go from good – very good - to great in my opinion. Get it.
The main story involves a young prince who has a particular item with him, a Drav Cra Doll, that it is believed when crafted properly can contain the bearers soul. An evil magic user, who uses something called ‘blood-magic’ which was an interesting concept in the story, takes the Princes doll, as well as cursing the child. The Queen, who is now in command as the King has passed commands that anyone who can should try and find this doll.
They live in what is known as ‘The Glass Kingdom’, and guarding them are the Kings Guard, and at the head of the Kings Guard, is the Wearer of White, Sworn Protector of the Glass Kingdom, in this story a Knight known as Torsten Unger.
Torsten vows to get the doll back, but not without help.
So that is the kind of serious part of the story, and then we have the less serious part, in which we have Whitney Firestown, and whoever had the fun of writing him, it is a culmination of so many different humourous characters, all rolled into one. At times he is a little over done, but you can look past that for the sheer fun he brings to the story. Whitney is the (Insert Air Quotes), Greatest Thief in the known Kingdom, and through a series of events, is cornered into going with Torsten.
Their goal isn’t quite so easy though, as they have to enter some dreaded wood, in which a horrendous Spider creature of your worst nightmares lives, feeding on anything she can, but preferably humans. It is kind of like Shelob meets Medusa.
There are several other characters as well, but one of note is Sora, Whitneys childhood friend, who he has not seen in a while, but he runs into and she ends up coming along. She is also a ‘Blood Mage’, and this gives the story a few extra twists, but a somewhat familiar ending.
Overall, there are some good concepts, some fun things, some downright gruesome and horrendous things, and some good fantasy adventure. The fight scenes are well played out, and the story is an easy and enjoyable read.
As I said, I don’t do a lot of Fantasy, but after finishing this, I went and got parts 2 and 3, as I knew I was going to enjoy them. For those who want a good adventure story, some good characters (well Whitney is more funny than good!), and something that you don't want to meet in a dark alley, (or a haunted wood), this is is most definitely worth the read!!
The narration on this is just outstanding, Luke Daniels continues to be a stand-out as one of the best narrators on the Audible list today. His range of voices is just incredible, and his clarity and ease of listening make him a joy to listen to regardless of what he is doing. With this he brought to life the gruff Knight Torsten, the Queen who is both a sociopathic Queen, but also a distressed Mother, and lets not forget Whitney. My favourite though would be Sora, who he managed to create with her own special charm and mystique. Daniels is brilliant, and adds even more life to the story giving it an extra edge I don’t think it had with the written word.
Top reviews from other countries
This might easily have become a hackneyed retelling of old tropes but perhaps surprisingly it doesn't. It is a more focussed than usual tale, with a central cast of three taking the greater part, despite the military and civil threats. None of the three entirely trusts the other two although each is crucial to the eventual success of the mission.
I enjoyed this - it's a change from the often continent-wide wars and cast of dozens. Previous books by one of the authors have been massively epic full-blown space opera so this is a change of style and pace. I am looking forward to the next volume - several plot threads are left waving in the breeze although this volume comes to a satisfactory conclusion. It is quite a 'meaty' read, relatively long but very accessible.
I read this as an unrevised ARCand anticipate rereading the finished version (and have bought a copy to show my support for this new venture).
Well written, as would be expected, great characters, easy to read, and absolutely hilarious. I might even become a convert to the genre. Certainly, I look forward to book two.
I enjoy well-written stories in the fantasy genre and this book easily falls into that description. The irreverence and interplay of the characters put me in mind of David and Leigh Eddings and I can see the books develop into a multiple book series.
Enjoyable, thoughtful and a solid enough plot are enough to keep the reader turning the page and arriving at the end feels a let down, knowing that there will be a delay for the next book.
A good, solid debut in the fantasy arena and one that fans of good stories will enjoy.