• Going Rogue

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 3
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6,515 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Adventuring is a costly affair, and while the tolls are often paid in blood, gold can drain away just as quickly. The party's trek out of Solium and across the lands of Alcatham has left them with only a handful of gold between them. Fortunately, they have drawn near Camnarael, Alcatham's capital, where all manner of quests - and rewards - await. But all is not as expected in the capital. Unusual occurrences have been happening throughout Camnarael: figures in the shadows making unsavory bargains, attackers harassing innocent parishioners, and adventurers from all over the land gathering to partake in a Grand Quest offered by the royal family. Most curious of all are the rumors that speak of a strange artifact serving as the reward for this rare and legendary quest...an artifact that sounds just a bit too familiar to the former NPCs.

©2016 Andrew Hayes (P)2017 Tantor

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I must admit, I wasn't expecting the tale to go this far. I was not only surprised, but pleased as well. Hayes has put together a group of characters that you can identify with. My fear, as the series went on, they they would become just another group of adventurers. I was not disappointed as the characters maintained their solid backgrounds and proved true to their core.
The other side of the fantasy role playing coin was just as exhilarating. Although it was roughly reminiscent of the book series, Critical Failures, it departed sharply from the vision of ALL players being foul-mouthed jerks, to show most are actually heroic and caring without being overwhelmed with hack and slash mentality. As a gamer, I applaud the author showing a more realistic view of great gaming.
What can I say about Roger Wayne? He is a joy to listen to and his portrayals of each of the characters brought a gleaming, brilliant light to the printed word... like magic! He could actually teach a few things to many of the audiobook narrators out there about character separation, distinction and actual performance.
Not only do I recommend this book and the series of which it is part, but the author and narrator. They seem to work very well together as a team. Wayne is also highly recommended by me and I suggest seeking out the many other books he has done.

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Great continuation of the series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but only if they listened to the 1st two.

What other book might you compare Going Rogue to and why?

none really. This is the continuation of a great series and it feels like it could be ongoing thing, which is great because there's so many aspects they could explore or pathways they could go down.
I don't really listen to fantasy books, but Drew Hayes is such a great author which is why i gave this series a try. Was glad i did, however it means i haven't really got much to compare it too.

Which scene was your favorite?

No particular scene, just the overall plot construction. For example why does the mage selling stuff along the way purposefully give Gabrielle the axe that takes blood and life?, the girl that sells Russell & his sister the latest module of the Spells Swords & Stealth game, and the company behind it all. It all sounds really intriguing and i will look forward to the next instalment.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction. In fact at the start i was reluctant to listen to it because the genre of this book is more pure fantasy. Whereas the last few books i listened to were Sci-fi fantasy, and i wasn't quite ready for the change. But once i got back in it was great. There's little explaining of what happened in previous books, each character has well developed back stories that so far we have just heard the tip of the iceburg... and it's just overall a great story.

Any additional comments?

Drew Hayes is now my favourite author. I would highly recommend anything by this author, including even listening to him in podcasts and interviews talking about how he writes or constructs all the different books he's writing.
Every single book i've listened to of his is fantastic. I normally don't like fantasy books, but this one is intriguing and even exciting. The twists and this latest plot directions.. even though you could see coming was great!

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Drew and Roger crushed it again.

Loving this series. Nice balance of humor, RPG tropes and fantasy. Can't wait for 4!

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3rd book in my favorite guilty pleasure series.

Can't wait for the next book! Perfect fantasy escape. Entertaining and fun. Makes me want to play DnD again.

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AWESOME

What did you love best about Going Rogue?

THE QUEST THE CHARACTERS ALL OF IT

Which character – as performed by Roger Wayne – was your favorite?

ALL OF THEM BUT I'M FALLING FOR THISTLE

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

ALL OF IT

Any additional comments?

WHEN'S THE NEXT!!!!!!!!!
HOW MANY PIECES OF THE BRIDGE ARE THERE? WHAT'S WITH GABBY'S AX? WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO RUSSEL AND HIS PARTY? AND WHO IN THE HELL IS BROKEN BRIDGE PUBLISHING? N*E*E*D T*O K*N*O*W!!!!~!~!~!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reads like a gaming manual.

The whole series has a tremendous drawback, which is quite common amongst beginner/niche writers - zero differentiation between character vocabularies. If not for a brilliant narrator, it would have been impossible to tell who speaks. Because ALL characters share the author's vocabulary and style.

Also, no "gamer" is speaking in character, everyone refers to their "character" in third person - which is incredibly weird and jarring.

Due to these 2 main shortcomings I could not follow the storyline, and quite literally kept falling asleep for over two weeks, despite really wanting to like the series and purchasing three books in hopes that the style improves. Alas.

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A fun series ramps it up!

The funny, intriguing, and engaging tale that started with NPCs continues beautifully in this third installment. The unfolding of the background plot drew me forward and left me eager for the next volume. The great cast of characters gains depth and becomes even more delightful. The writing keeps a great pace with Drew's particular turn of phrase. The narration is excellent and just plain fun. Highly recommended.

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I love this writer and narrator

I cant wait for the next one. Great humor that i can listen to around my kid

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A continuation of a GREAT D&D adventure!

I have to admit right off that I am a big Drew Hayes fan-girl.

These books, honestly everything he writes is fantastic. He has a way of turning the typical tropes of any setting on their head and makes you rethink what you though you knew about being a nerd, gamer, geek, dweeb, whatever. Being a lover of fantasy for decades now, and devouring so many creations from that setting, its fantastic to see a new perspective, or old perspectives made new and different.

His characters are always believable, relatable and engaging. You can actually see some character set in their old ways while their fellows progress and grow. The story is rich and wonderful. The reader does a good job on this series as well, pacing, voices, timing, all good.

I would highly recommend any Hayes novel

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Good narration.. and parts here and there...

While the naration was good, the mystery of the "bridge" and the power balance of the gods were the only interesting things about the story. The rogue theme became overly used, forced, and convenient. The mission to resolve the temple quest was exciting and rewarding. But the second half of the book, the grand quest, lacked any real development and urgency. "Stuff" just happened in order for the characters to proceed and intersect with the bridge. And that "stuff" implies exactly what "stuff" is; bland, boring, meaningless, and uninteresting. Lastly, two things. First, it is annoying to be reminded of everyone's classes again and again. We get that Gabrielle is the barb and must do barb stuff - that Tim/Thistle is a paladin and can't back down - that Eric is a rogue and must do rogue stuff. We don't need a reminder everytime someone does something little or big. Secondly, is it just me or is the elf rogue in this book the same character as the human merchant from the previous book!?

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  • 01-26-21

gGeat characterisation, great plot reveals.

Loved it I read these as books and the story is every bit as good by audio.

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  • HopSMRT Ltd.
  • 09-02-19

Books keeping up high standard

This book was my favourite in the series so far. I enjoyed the addition of the perspective of the the 2nd group playing. Great narration and storytelling and you I found myself finding anytime I could to listen.

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  • Praise_Gourd
  • 06-28-19

Great book

Second reading and I still absolutely adore this book I can't wait to see what comes after the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-31-18

3rd Part of the S,S & S series - Still going stron

A great idea with cracking characters, the whole series has been a joy to listen to and I eagerly await installment 4.

An interesting take on the LITPRG and fantasy genre, from the NPC's point of view.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 12-08-17

Another excellent story.

this is another great story and I look forward to the next book when it comes out.

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  • Klaus Pond
  • 10-03-17

starts slow but then gets rolling

starts of slow with a lot of exposition but later on gets it's groove.
all together I enjoyed it a lot

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  • Steven Richardson
  • 05-11-17

Great Adventure

Loving this series and cannot wait for me. was really happy to see the third book released and I would say it was better than the second.

keep up the good work!!!

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  • Kevin Gilmartin
  • 04-04-17

Great fun! A must for any D&D fan

I bought the first book knowing nothing about it or Drew Hayes, thinking it would be some poor D&D fan-fiction. i was SO wrong.

I loved all 3 books and really hope there's more coming!

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  • MysDee
  • 03-19-17

Absolutely brilliant story and very well performed

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and found it to be a wonderful introduction to Drew Hayes. His style of writing is fantastic and I am thoroughly looking forward to reading (and listening to) even more of his books. I hope he writes more of the Spells, Swords and Stealth series as it is absolutely awesome!!!!

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  • Dave Hoggan
  • 03-05-17

Well worth the the time.

After the enjoyable, but perhaps somewhat slow, second book in the series, Going Rogue picks up the pace - and keeps it throughout - despite being considerably longer. Longer perhaps, but it still seemed to finish all too soon.

As expected the characters are developed, and all three groups are given the limelight. If you've been reading the series thus far, you're unlikely be be reading a review of this installment (as you'll simply have just bought it!) but in the interests of not giving away any spoilers, the forces behind Broken Bridge Publishing continue to work their mysterious plan. Still, I have no idea what that plan is, but with more pieces of the bridge "in play" the pace - and stakes - are increasing.

Now I just need to find another series to immerse myself in until book 4 is released.

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  • Chris
  • 03-18-17

you should read/listen to this it's awesome

I love this series can't wait for more the character dinamics are fantastic and the story is compelling

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  • James
  • 03-03-17

good book

good story with a compelling premise. had loads of potential but i cant help but feel it fell short of what it could have been.