• A Sellsword's Wrath

  • The Seven Virtues, Book 2
  • By: Jacob Peppers
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (774 ratings)

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A Sellsword's Wrath

By: Jacob Peppers
Narrated by: Steven Brand
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Publisher's Summary

Aaron Envelar thought a sellsword's life was as dangerous as any life could be.

He was wrong.

Trapped in a conquered city with a reward on their heads, Aaron and his companions must find a way to elude the soldiers pursuing them while he struggles to understand his bond with Co, a magical creature of myth and the Virtue of Compassion. There is power within the bond, power that could help him protect his friends, if he's lucky enough to master it before the darkness within the bond consumes him.

But luck, Aaron knows, is a blade reached for in the dark, the man who grasps it as likely to bleed for his trouble as find the handle.

Stalked by Belgarin's soldiers, Aaron and his companions struggle to find allies before it's too late. But Belgarin's army is not the only danger they face, and even should they escape, even should Aaron master his bond with a legendary creature of magic, they may still fail. They may still die.

For there are other legends in the world, other magic. And not all legends are good ones. Not all magic is benign.

©2018 Jacob Peppers (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Great story but contradicting about Skills

So I like the story and characters for the most part, but Aaron keeps being described as this excellent sell sword, but rarely escapes a fight without coming close to death. A few I can understand, but what sell sword goes after the younger scout before the more experienced one?!? Sometimes it’s really difficult to continue through the book with stupid actions of a supposed excellent sell sword. I understand the issue with a sell sword suddenly having to deal with compassion, but how many times does his virtue have to be right before he listens to her. I’m heavily weighing my decision to continue this series.

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Too much rambling, too little plot movement

While I sensed some of the same problems I'm about to detail with book one, I was willing to give the next book a chance since I found the idea of magical virtue spirits novel and hoped that book 2 would focus more on moving that part of the story along. Regrettably, it had not and had seemed to move somewhat aimlessly for large sections of time.

The protagonist gets severely cut, stabbed, poisoned and shot with arrows yet somehow seems to recover enough within a few days allowing him to fight on and within a few days more, ready to get himself impaled, sliced and diced once again. This with Co only being able to dull the pain for a short period of time. This type of super-endurance is only found with the well-armored, magically enhanced healing or some type of super hero trait, none of which our protagonist possessed.

The author also seems to have a fetish with using the people's private parts for many of his bawdy metaphors which, while humorous when used judiciously, only makes his characters less interesting when overly used, this is especially true when the protagonist tends to favor using them.

Most disappointing was how the author decided to smother the protagonist with female companions who seemed mostly there to fret over his wounds after each fight encounter; the princess being the worst example of this.

I could only last for a bit over four hours before I could no longer continue.

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Oh yes

Now this is what I’m talking about. this book was amazing can’t wait to hear more I am so hurt

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Stupid Main Character

Aaron keeps making the same mistakes over and over. He isn’t very sympathetic or hero like. In fact, the guy is a doofus
Yeah, ok, I listened to the first book and am halfway through the second. I had hoped the main guy would grow a bit out of his stupidity and self absorption. But, no way; like just now he has forgotten he doesn’t have a forking award in his hand! I’ll not buy the third book and that’s for sure

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Returned it...boring

The first book was OK, so I mindlessly bought the second, but the defects of both books quickly became apparent. Every character tends to express himself in overly flowery language and rambles endlessly, rather than having a style of their own, which gets tedious. Supporting characters don't have much to do except be around for our hero to rescue. The Virtue "Co", while in theory playing a critical role in the story, almost seems like an afterthought throughout much of the book.

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ok

story is decently good. but the narrator is awful. havent heard such a monotone voice before. No inflection between him being stabbed or eating.

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Finally! Something new for the genre!

Sword and sorcercy has been lacking a new angle for years without getting wierd/ "unrealistic"/ to complicated, this series is a breath of fresh air and more! bought all three after only a few chapters of the first book and never regreted it

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It turned ugly.

The first book was at time unnecessarily violent, but this second revels in descriptions of pain and ugliness.

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Awesomeness

Another great book in the series. Steven Brand is the best, and I'm looking forward to the next book.

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Awesome

I can't wait to read more of this guys books. This one I could not put down

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  • Poppey
  • 06-28-20

Death is Not the Story

I had hoped the Aaron Character would improve and act like the mercenary he was supposed to be, but there has been little improvement. Adina also seems to come across as arrogant, naive and quite an irritating character.
Leomin's ramblings seem to take up a lot of space and I am not sure whether they are a plus or negative. Also, I think the narration is a real let down, which, doesn’t help sell the book.

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  • INVIZ
  • 05-12-22

What happened?

The first book showed so much promise. Now it's full of rambling dialogue and the plot armour is on another level. It baffles me how his dead weight companions are not dropping like flies. And Aaron has turned into season 8 Jon Snow. Will be dropping the series here. Shame.

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  • Anders Clark
  • 03-19-22

A bit cliche and slower than the first book

i still enjoy Aaron's inget dialogs, but most characters and events in this book are quite flat and boring while Aaron's character is beginning to border on toxic masculinity.

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  • Quad Stomp
  • 08-05-21

Has potential but it feels dumbed down.

Like a sports car that's handicapped by a speed limiter or weighed down by a trailer. It ploughs on and the scope, range and variety of the story seem LIMITED. I picked it up after finishing the 1st book and prologue but this story....or this author seems reluctant to move on. (like it's on rations)

The main character is TOO THICK at times. Now anyone can miss a hint but in this story it feels unrealistic. Broke my suspension of disbelief. Especially as he is introduced as clever, alert and intelligent.

In a way it's suddenly starting to feel like a Young Adult book. Dim character, slow paced to ration out the saga, unbelievable outcomes....

It's not all bad, but if you like RANGE; variety of scenes, personalities, development, events...then this episode has stepped firmly on the brakes. Unless you like the Young Adult genre.