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Written by number one New York Times best-selling author Marieke Nijkamp, Critical Role: Vox Machina - Kith & Kin follows a brand-new story, featuring the cunning ranger Vex'ahlia and the conning rogue Vax'ildan (and, of course, Trinket) years before they meet Vox Machina. 

After leaving the unwelcoming refuge of Syngorn, the twins become entangled in a web spun by the Clasp, and 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.

©2021 Marieke Nijkamp, Cast of Critical Role (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Storyline: Cliche & Boring. Performance: Supurb

Wow I wanted to like this book and, when it started I did. The performance is fantastic. Robbie is an amazing narrator and it is great to hear Laura and Liam do Vex and Vax. I love these guys.

But honestly it doesn't save the slow moving, cliched and frustrating predictable plot.
Buy it if you are a fan I guess.
But I have read better fan fiction for free.

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  • George Hancock
  • 01-24-22

A critter’s delight, but not a stand-alone

As a critter I very much enjoyed this as a short and easy listen. The story is simple to follow and dives an appropriate amount into vax and vex’s backstories though without the context of the show I’d imagine it would lack the same emotional punch.

The flashbacks that dot the story from beginning to end are content that any long term fan will already know. The bulk of the plot however is a new tale that has vax and vex divided both physically and philosophically. Through it all you see the same sibling bond and trust that is to be expected from the two. All the while they pick up items and equipment that we know they have come the start of the comics.

This story is enjoyable enough though somewhat predictable once the main themes are introduced. Insteas the story thrives on the audio narrative medium. You listen to hear vex and vax again, with performances unique to Laura and Liam’s depth of experience with the characters. Robbie also did a fantastic job as narrator and I’ve added him to my sadly short list of audible narrators I can tolerate.

I appreciated the books darkness and willingness to portray the cruelties of dungeons and dragons like combat and more so it’s spell list. The magic system I found lacking in description, though ultimately it isn’t necessary. This is no name of the wind or mistborn, this is a fantasy world with fantasy things that you are expected to ‘roll’ with. I did however find the absence of magic used by vex strange given her ranger background. I also couldn’t help myself joking about what feats and classes the side characters were and the rolls they must be getting in battle.

If you love critical role and need some new content with vox machina, I recommend picking it up for a nice weekend distraction. But, only if you need to burn some unused credits. 15hrs is too short to go burning valuable audible slots, when there are more efficient book choices out there ;)

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  • Natalie Faulkner
  • 01-22-22

Smashed every expectation!

A surprise to absolutely nobody, this was excellent. Stunning narration from Robbie and Laura and Liam were wonderfully familiar and felt like a giant hug from the best Vox Machina members. Loved it from start to finish.

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  • Hancartay
  • 01-17-22

A must for any CR fan

Vex And Vax are a staple of the series and this gives a great insight into there past. as well as a bit of conflict between the 2 on them.
Great book. Recommended.

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  • Andy
  • 01-14-22

Amazing return to vox machina

loved this book amazing reading by Robbie and the story was exciting I could not stop listening and did not want it to end

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  • Liza
  • 01-14-22

So much better than I anticipated

Robbies Narration- best I think I’ve ever heard
I’m going to have to read it physically too in case he just carried it too much

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  • Varzoth
  • 01-12-22

didn't disappoint.

A fantastic book, read extremely well. I enjoyed every minute. a worthy addition to the cr franchise

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  • Luke Thomas
  • 01-10-22

Fantastic For Existing Critical Role Fans

A very captivating performance and compelling story. Listened throughout my working hours and my shifts flew by.
If youbare familiar with the setting and characters from other critical role material then this is definitely perfect for you. However does allow a lot of room for new comers too. Albiet a little more difficult I can imagine.

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  • H. O'brien
  • 01-09-22

A stunning performance and great insight into the Twins

I’m fairly new to Critical Role but absolutely loved this audio book, well written, great insight to the twins back story, excellent performance from Robbie, Laura & Liam. I hope there are more to come!

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  • Brad Humphries
  • 12-28-21

A perfect sub story for critical role!

After going back and finishing campaign one recently this was perfect for me to dip into.
From campaign 1 to this there is perfect overlap and despite being finished so long ago you would never know; Laura and Liam did an amazing job!
Although it’s a treat for critters I can easily see your average fantasy enjoyer following along and enjoying it regardless of how little they know of the lore.
And of course Robbie did a great job with the story telling and the pacing was really good.

10/10 can’t wait for the next one! :)

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  • Myk
  • 12-17-21

perfect, more please

Great story, great performance please do many more. I loved the reading by cast members it added massivly to my enjoyment

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  • Jojo11ee
  • 01-03-22

A book for critical role fans

Loved every moment of the story and honestly would love more to listen to.

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  • Budgie
  • 12-21-21

A beautiful introduction to the twins

A beautiful introduction to Vex and Vax. I hope we get to hear some more prequel stories for all of VM.

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  • Mathew
  • 12-21-21

Amazing

Huge fan of critical roles work and this does not disappoint in the slightest, having Liam and Laura voice their characters was just an extra treat.

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  • Noarev
  • 12-10-21

It pulls you right in

As the plot moved forward, I found myself getting worked up over decisions the characters made, over how things seemed to progress. And I realized that for the first time in ages, I was feeling invested in the story, in the stakes, and the lives of these fictional protagonists. Definitely recommend for newcomers and Critical Role fans alike!