• Eight Kings

  • The King's Watch, Book 6
  • By: Mark Hayden
  • Narrated by: Ciaran Saward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Eight Kings

By: Mark Hayden
Narrated by: Ciaran Saward
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Publisher's Summary

The king is dead. Long live the king.

The Mage-King of Wessex has passed away, and the stage is set for a battle royal: the richest mage in England versus the most powerful coven of witches. And Conrad finds himself in the middle.

The struggle is a civilized one at first - Lord Mowbray and the Daughters of the Goddess meet for a conference in Mowbray’s Mage Palace of Pellacombe, with Conrad, Mina, and Saffron sent to see fair play. Until first tragedy and then murder plunge the staff kingdom of Wessex into a dangerous crisis, and Conrad has to draw on all his team’s powers and his own experience to avoid a bloodbath.

The sixth installment of Mark Hayden’s The King’s Watch is a deep study of power at the sharp end, where families and clans are stretched beyond breaking point in the brutal world of magick.

Grab yourself a copy of Eight Kings, and immerse yourself in the addictive world of the King’s Watch.

©2019 Mark Hayden and Paw Press (P)2021 Mark Hayden and Paw Press

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Enjoyable to a point.

In the first books, I loved the world, The Watch and The Invisible College, The author is very talented, but the books are becoming too cumbersome with endless introduction of side characters. The most interesting and fun character was Mr. Mole who left too early. I really enjoyed the books at first, but I really needed a list to keep the characters and their plotlines all straight. I started to make one and then realized that I didn't want to work that hard for books that weren't holding my interest any longer. If the author would just keep to a core cast it would be easier to follow. When my mind starts to drift away from the story, I know I am bored and need to put it down.

If the author starts a new series, I will definitely give it a try.

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Couldn't Finish

This series has gone completely off the rails. I liked the first couple of books enough to keep going but the last two books have been just awful. I hate the main characters so much I wish for them to be killed off horribly. Conrad is a sanctimonious prig who treats everyone as if they are children and is always telling them what they can and can not do. That is except for his narcissistic fiance who has self-titled herself a princess. Come on - she is a criminal and absolutely not a princess. She has no business in the magical world and the way she treats people who actually do have magic is disgusting. The way Conrad worships her and does whatever she says is also disgusting. And now the author is giving her a voice and her own portions of the story to tell. Oh yea, and there are multiple times throughout the book where you are now referred to read other books to get "the story" being mentioned.

Anyway so I'm three quarters of the way through the book and I realize I have no idea what is going on and I absolutely don't care. So that's it. I turned it off.

Claran Saward is an awesome narrator and I would definitely listen to more books that he reads.

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Unique story, really fun plots & love characters.

I really enjoyed this entire series. I'm admittedly a fan of series, i am one who can let myself fall into another world and feel like I'm experiencing it if the tale is written well enough. I couldn't get enough of Mark Hayden's Conrad Clarke and his pals. I keep checking weekly to see if there are more of the series on Audible. Will undoubtedly purchase every last one! And Ciaran Saward's narration is spot on. Absolutely perfect snark and the female characters are not lost in the high pitched version of a man's voice. Just a great experience. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. MORE!!!!!!!

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  • carolb
  • 03-24-22

I loved the first five books but..

I've forced myself to listen to over 6 hours of this as I enjoyed the first five books, I'm still waiting for something of note to happen. There is a massive cast of characters, keeping track of who was who and how they related to each other began to feel like research for a history assignment. We have swapped Vicky and Hannah for Saffron (insipid rich girl) and Mina (ugh!) and magical adventures for political conferences - dull, dull, dull. Maybe something would have happened if I continued listening but I found I no longer cared

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  • Amabel Thornton
  • 02-16-22

Excellent voice work on a great book

I adore the King's Watch series and was looking forward to this one coming out on Audible so that I could listen to the book after reading it a couple of times previously.
Ciaran does an excellent job of brining all the characters to life with their own distinct voices. Quite how he manages to slip from one to another when narrating a conversation is a mystery to me!

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  • W.L.
  • 02-13-22

The least, of a very good series.

Mark Hayden has created an innovative and engaging magic series that I have thoroughly enjoyed. They are very well read by Ciaran Saward and I would recommend them.

My one reserve stands particularly strong with this story. Up to this point the stories have been quite direct and compact; easy to follow and very engaging. This one appears to have a complicated cast of many, many characters that will have you wishing you had started the series again from the beginning to keep up with who’s who.

Sadly to top this, the main characters fiancé ’Mina’, is one of the most self obsessed, obnoxious characters I’ve ever had to listen to and she starts to take a greater part in this novel. So be warned!

The narrative wanders a little aimlessly in this story unlike the previous tales but does get there in the end. More of a political thriller than an adventure story, but very well observed. Hopefully we’ll get back into the action (without Mina) in the next novel!

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  • Carole Stone
  • 01-29-22

Wonderful

This series is probably my favourite set of books so well written and thoroughly entertaining. The narrator is first class really making the characters come to life fabulous

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  • W. Quinn
  • 01-27-22

A little confusing but still enjoyable

I liked the book on the whole, the characters remain engaging and the world interesting.

That said the shifting POV towards the later sections is a touch clunky, and I do think characters relaying info to Conrad would be better in the whole.

The conclusion feels a little unsatisfactory, not so much in what it’s setting up which seems fine, but in the fates of certain characters.

The weakest of the books so far, but still sufficient to keep me listening out for the next.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-24-22

fantastic story

so far I've read this book twice, now listened to it - I hear more of the plot every time, its so complex. when is the next one coming out.