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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • Explore the past of Critical Role’s daring half-elf twins, Vex’ahlia and Vax’ildan, in this original prequel novel to their adventures with Vox Machina.

Vex and Vax have always been outsiders. A harsh childhood in the elite elven city of Syngorn quickly taught them not to rely on others. Now, freed from the expectations of their exacting father and the scornful eyes of Syngorn’s elves, the cunning hunter and the conning thief have made their own way in the world of Exandria. 

The twins have traveled far and experienced great hardship. But with the help of Vex’s quick wit and Vax’s quicker dagger, they’ve always kept ahead of trouble. Now, unknown perils await them in the bustling city of Westruun, where the twins become entangled in a web spun by the thieves’ guild known to many as the Clasp. Trapped by a hasty deal, Vex and Vax (along with Vex’s faithful bear companion, Trinket) set out into the wilds to fulfill their debt to the infamous crime syndicate. 

As the situation grows more complicated than they ever could have imagined, for the first time Vex and Vax find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict that threatens the home they have carried with each other for years.

Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp, Critical Role: Vox Machina—Kith & Kin follows a brand-new adventure that delves into the twins’ unexplored history, and returns to some of the iconic moments that forged Vox Machina’s most unbreakable bond.

©2021 Ballantine (P)2021 Random House Audio

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One of the best made audio books I've listened to!

Robbie Daymonds performance and uniqueness of each side character is amazing and greatly executed. Great narration and great performances from laura Bailey and Liam O'Brian when Vex and Vax have dialogue. The performances are believable and well done. Great story set on the world Matt Mercer created and it is a story that is worthy of his, Liam and Laura's work in Critical Role as well. This is a must listen for people who enjoy audiobooks. It's not the best story in a book I've read or even listened to in my life, however the author does a great job at creating conflict and tension between the main players in a natural way. Also love the flashback chapters to give context to the characters, well done. Everything in this book only adds to the show if you rewatch. Well done and I think crit role fans and muggle book listeners alike can enjoy this installment. Enjoy everyone, because it's worth a buy.

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Great performance for an exceedingly average book.

Robbie Daymond does a superb job reading this fantasy novel, but the material he has to work with is very weak. This is a very generic fantasy story, and really does not read as a uniquely Critical Role story with legendary characters at the forefront. This is only recommended for Critical Role completionists, casual fans and neutral parties should avoid.

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This was everything I wanted

I usually read romance but have been intro'd by my husband to Critical Role Campaign 2 during the pandemic. When I saw a book was coming out, I took a chance on characters I didn't know to see if I'd be interested in Campaign 1. I loved reading and listening to this book that I am going to give over my life to Campaign 1 for the next couple months.

This book covers Vax & Vex as they are early in their adventures pre Vox Machina, with flash backs to their childhood. The plot is a combination of fantasy tropes and role playing back story. But it never felt cumbersome and there were some unexpected twists. The narrators we're awesome (I will be looking for some more narrated by Robbie Daymond). Thhe different voices blended and I didn't ever hear a change in quality.

Again, I'm sacrificing my free time to Critical Role for the next while. Maybe by the time I get caught up there will be another book to enjoy.

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good!!

The author seemed afraid of letting characters have dialogue, which made it a bit too choppy. overall it was really good!

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Very bland

All of the voice acting was great no complaints there. The story itself was just so bland the flash backs were the best part by far and the book really should've been about that, the plot was very generic and predictable. If I didn't love CR I wouldn't have finished

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Sooo no one told me ambrosia came in audio format.

Remember that day when critical roll took over the audiobook world...me too, good times..
everything about this was stunningly perfect! From story to characters to VO and narration. Amazing!

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Narration is the life of the story

I haven't finished yet, but I couldn't help saying that Robbie. Daymond. Is. Incredible. He brings life to the book, and throws himself into the voice of each NPC (?) with ease and theatricality. And as the descriptions, he matches the theme of the book as the story progresses--it really feels as though I'm witnessing the events of the book, instead of listening to someone telling me a story.

Of course, as it's Critical Role, the story is made up of jaw-dropping descriptions of the world and its locations. Just reading it is a visual clog, and I would probably skip the paragraphs to get to the story, but listening to Robbie Daymond reading those massive pictures is a treat. Easy to listen to, and intriguing.

The nostalgia from Laura and Liam coming as their characters again is the magic in the book. It's amazing, meeting Vex and Vax before the campaign, and I truly hope if CR chooses to write more novels such as this for the other characters, they follow the same pattern of one narrator, and the original player as all their own voice lines.

The story itself is low magic, high fantasy, yet homey, tension-filled, descriptive, and quite a masterpiece. In and of itself, it's a unique portrayal, what with the time skips. And the best part--it feels like a D&D game, even told in novel form.

All in all, stunning first novel. I'm eagerly awaiting more!

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Such Talent

Big Critical Role fan over here, screaming to the high heavens to get this book in audio format!!!!

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love it!

I love it. Great story, and very well read. It is always interesting with the twins.

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Great voices, meh story

why did this book take 16 hours? it went on and on and on and on, with nothing really happening.

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