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Publisher's Summary

Today, he has nothing.

Tomorrow, he'll have power beyond reckoning.

When a powerful mage slew his parents, Pryvet had nothing left but revenge.

Now, a desperate wager with a distant goddess is his only path to vengeance. He'll risk everything for power undreamt.

Yet, when he discovers that three gorgeous women need him, he realizes everything includes so much more than just his own life. He holds not only their lives in his hands, but also their love.
For growing his family is the key to this wager and the power he seeks.

(This novel includes language, violence, and unconventional relationships with detailed intimacy.)

©2021 Mark Torr (P)2021 Royal Guard Publishing

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Half Decent Story But Lackluster Storytelling

This could have been a really good book but there were issues that in my opinion detracted from the overall book.

"SPOILERS"

The first thing I noted was when the Inn at the start of the story is attacked. Given the violence that the Elves exhibit (loosing an arrow with the intent to kill) why would anyone in that tavern let them continue their violence. In my opinion it was a lazy way to introduce the Villaness of the story. Our MC talks about the old Women and about their proclivity for protecting their young charge. Yet neither they nor the (ALL POWERFUL) Crone do anything to stop the Elves from continuing to attack. The whole situation was odd to me.

Something I could not stand was the act of an archer cutting off a person's limb with a single shot from an oversized arrow. Ignoring the fact that arrows are named bolts several times in this book. BOLTS ARE SMALLER ARROW LIKE PROJECTILES FIRED FROM CROSSBOWS. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW.

Unless said arrow is magical then the likelihood of it cutting off a limb is zero. Arrows are a peircing weapon and like a spear are capable of killing someone however they do not cut off limbs. And we won't mention that blood loss from a cut off limb would incapacitate any person in short order making energy intensive magic a ridiculous notion. At least in my opinion. Lol

Lastly I'll bring up how strange a pitched battle inside a castle is. Battles in fortresses are always fought on the walls. If the enemy ever pushes deep enough inside a fortress then that most certainly means that the castle defenses have failed and the battle is all but lost for the defenders. MEANING THEY ALL DIE. The only other explanation for what happens in the Valkyre's castle would be that a small elite force penetrated into the castle with some goal in mind. However such a plan is all but suicide. I am just puzzled because the Valkyre seem to still be a powerful force (meaning they didn't get wiped out) and the elven leader was not killed or captured by the Valkyre as they no doubt rallied and killed the invaders to their home.

There were many such small issues that bugged me as I continued listening to this audiobook.

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Good start

When I'm reviewing, I usually give a lenient review to the first in a series and the last in a series because at the beginning its new and tends to be rough and rocky and then if it even makes it to the end that dismount can be a real mother. With that said the other thing I do is separate personal preference from the rest of the review. This book is a good start to what should shape up to be an amazing series. I do have one note about the lady narrator which is that her performance comes off like an actor acting. If that's clear as mud the example that I would give, is you're watching a TV show and one of the characters is supposedly starring in a play and so the acting is played up for that scene in the story. I didn't realize until about halfway through the book that I had listened to another audio-book with this lady narrator and while I couldn't find the review for that book it seems to me that I had the same note back then but that it wasn't as noticeable because it was a solo narration. After a while I stop noticing it because I was so into the story. The other note that I have is for the author regarding the MC’s accent. I think given the circumstances the gentleman narrator made the right choice if it was all up to him. Now I'm not a writer so forgive me if I don't articulate this correctly, but the story is written in first person which the narrator performs in American English and then when the MC speaks to themself internally or talks to another character it's a non-American accented English. At first, I was confused because it sounded like there was another person in the scene but quickly, I realized what was going on. Given how the book was written I don't think that there would have been a better way for the narrator to do this however my recommendation would be to write in third person and then have the MC with the accent. It's not a deal breaker, but it's just one of the things that I noticed that was a little off. Moving on to my personal preference I'm going to say that I was a little confused with what was going on in the story at the beginning and I've still got questions now that I'm at the end. I was not a fan of the MC’s accent, but after a while it really didn't matter to me. I don't like the evil Valkyries though I'll admit I've not seen them really treated that way in anything else I’ve read or listened to. That's a new one for me, but it's not quite to my liking. At the end of the day the book was entertaining enough to get me to go check out book 2 which is available now as an eBook only. I do want to see where the story goes from here.

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mediocre at best

The story and characters have very little framework that makes sense to me. The characters are constantly reacting and acting in nonsense ways. My main issue is with the story and world building after listening to 60-70% of the book I still don't understand the world the magic the motives of any character or faction. Why are elves nature hating human hunting psychopaths and a bunch of other Qs that are never answered. The entire world building story and characters don't have much substance and isn't solid enough to have plot holes. Voice acting has all the problems other reviewers have mentioned shifting accents though its hard to blame the acting when the dialog and chars are so unrealistic and nonsensical. I think most of the story and characters exists in the authors mind and never made it to the page in a way that makes sense to a reader

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I tried

I tried to get into this book I really did. I am now at chapter 21 and I just can't take it anymore. the characters are shallow and not life like. the girls seem to be there just for the MC's self a grandising. the world building is poorly done and why the character is fighting these others isn't explained or even if the mc doesn't know it does a poor job of explaining that, because the mc takes everything in stride. this book badly needs to be edited for grammar even though the narrator does his best to have it make sense it misses the mark. rewrite this book better then rerecord it.

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It's like listening to a Classic Radio Serial!

With an MC that sounds like Inigo Montoya's randy brother, and a narrator that sounds like he smokes several packs a day, it instantly reminds me of those old pulp radio serials. Cheesy but fun!!!

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Kinda bad

First and foremost the story just kinda drizzles. Little bit of flirting, but the people in charge of the girl at the bar where he racks up a debt did nothing to stop the attack?
Things don't really add up.

I found myself pondering things and questioning actions like how to cut off an arm with an arrow and other things more then actually listening to the book.

The male voice sounded like he was whispering into the microphone, he has a nice cultured voice, but dear God man. Speak up. The female voice would come in and her volume was at normal. I found myself missing what was being said from the male actor because of the volume bouncing.

The female voice actor sounds like a robot with slight voice inflections. Every word and Syllable sounds like she's over annunciating the words. Does not sound like natural speech. Example: most people say iron like eye-yern. She would say eye-ron. I don't think she ever said iron but it's just an example.

I powered through 3 hours of this book and it felt it was going nowhere and the bad voice acting made me return it.

Hard pass.

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just wow

this was a painful one to listen to the story was horrible the narration hurt my ears I wanted to like it I just can't believe that there will be more written by this author.

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Over all not bad.

Not bad but plenty of room for improvement. I don't like to leave negative reviews and I will continue that trend. However I will give the author some constructive criticism...change the male narrator and firm up world. A little bit of tweaking the story line here and there would do wonders for the book.

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long-winded and slow

The narrator was trying to put me to sleep and the story needs move. Sex was described by someone who has never had sex before.

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A wild new romp

I have never tried a book by Mark Torr and I'm suddenly glad I started now. Erin is my favorite female narrator and each time I listen to Christian he gets better and better. was so happy they were my gateway drug into Mark's writing.

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  • Dhruv
  • 10-06-21

a new thing

this is the first time I've read mark torr, and I was very pleasantly surprised. a good story, a new concept and very good stuff. the narrators are my old favorites and I always enjoy their work. it's a must read.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 10-08-21

amazing start

a great start very interesting story and you get very invested in the characters very well written and great narration