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A thief in the dying Earth.

In an age of wizards and walled cities, Raffalon is a journeyman member of the ancient and honorable guild of Purloiners and Purveyors—in other words, a thief. His skills allow him to scale walls, tickle locks, defeat magical wards. He lifts treasures and trinkets, and spends the proceeds on ale and sausages in taverns where a wise thief sits with his back to the wall. But somehow things often go the way they shouldn’t, and then Raffalon has to rely upon his wits and a well-calibrated sense of daring.

Here are nine tales that take our enterprising thief into the underworld and overworld, and pit him against prideful thaumaturges, grasping magnates, crooked guild masters, ghosts, spies, ogres, and a talented amateur assassin. Includes “Inn of the Seven Blessings”, from the best-selling anthology, Rogues, and “Sternutative Sortilege”, written specially for this collection.

©2017 Matthew Hughes (P)2022 Matthew Hughes

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Fun suspenseful Fantasy

Raffalon is a thriving thief and a connoisseur of spirits (the drinking kind). In these nine tales, Raffalon travels this world and the mystical one where he finds himself facing different characters and situations that force him to rely on his wit and his talents as a thief.  His survival depends on his ability to outwit his adversary human and otherwise.

Matthew Hughes, the author, reveals his story set in the era of wizards and mystical experiences.  Although the main character is a thief and not honorable, he is a rich character that listeners are drawn to.  The storyline divided into nine stories featuring different entities makes the audiobook easier to follow and builds suspense. Vivid details enrich the story and characters.

The narrator, Jack Wynters enriches the story with his tonal inflections and unique voice. He speaks clearly and with enthusiasm reflecting the emotions of the characters and situations.  His delivery is smooth and steady drawing the listener into the story.

If you enjoy stories of the fantasy genre, this is a don’t miss; fun yet suspenseful.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

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A worthy successor to a Grand Master!!

How gratifying it is to have found this author, particularly for one who has read and re-read all the works of the—until now—inimitable Jack Vance.

But Matthew Hughes is no imitator. His vivid imagination and luxuriant prose style are all his own. They are matched with a keen wit and a true storyteller’s gift of character development and world-building through unfolding plot and dialogue rather than lengthy preamble and descriptive asides, making him a worthy successor to a Grand Master of the fantasy genre.

Raffalon is decidedly no Cugel the Clever but his own very well-rounded character, and these nine beautifully crafted tales will leave you, as they have me, wanting more!

The narrator is absolutely superb! His characterizations are so acutely defined and fully formed that one can easily picture the speaker’s very features and expressions—at least it seemed so to me. After just a few words from the remarkably taciturn main character, and purely through the tone, timbre, and timing of the narrator's delivery of Matthew's wonderfully Vancian prose, the listener will learn so much about the thief, Raffalon, and the same holds true for every character. A stellar performance by Jack Wynters!

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  • 08-29-22

great stories, well read.

Fantasy on a smaller scale, following the trials and adventures of a thief called Raffalon. Some are almost fairy tale like.

Great narration that really suits the author.

highly recommended