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Publisher's Summary

J.S. Kelley weaves epic fantasy and hardboiled noir in this fast-paced, twisting tale of magic, mystery, and a whole lot of unruly behavior.

In a kingdom where magic fuels everything from street lamps to horseless carriages, the mage guilds of Penador wield power equal to the king himself. So when Lord Edmund’s infant son is kidnapped by the ruthless Alath Guild, he turns to the one person who’s feared by even the most magically adept: Rosalind Featherstone, a.k.a. the Gutter Mage. 

But as Roz delves into the circumstances behind the child’s disappearance, she uncovers an old enemy from her traumatic past and a long-brewing plot that could lead to the death of countless innocents, as well as the complete collapse of Penadorian society itself!

©2021 J.S. Kelley. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Refreshing

First off, Tanis Parenteau nails this audiobook. Her voice fits Roz perfectly and knows how to draw out feeling. Secondly, the story is refreshing. It caught me off guard. It’s original and entertaining. A great way to spend an afternoon and evening.

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The mouth on this one

“Well, F me gently with a halberd!” … uttered within first ten minutes.
Should be obvious with a title like Gutter Mage and a genre of medieval noir, but this story is salty.
The F bombs, metaphorical crotch measuring and gutter banter fly fast and furious from “go!” It works for me when I’m in a salt, tequila, lime kinda mood.

“Try to unclench a little, Mage Lazaro, the fate of the world may depend on it.”
Thankfully, MC Roz isn’t just another loner white guy with mad magical skills. She’s a mage school dropout whose got parents and a BFFF since childhood (yes, for this story the third F is intentional). There’s a high level of irreverence masking an endearing level of vulnerability in Rosalind Featherstone. There’s also some LGBTQ fluidity organic to the story.

“Sometimes conversations with him were like holding both sides of a velvet curtain-
more or less impossible to do on my own.”
Despite the strong channeling of Deadpool level snark, this was occasionally poignant and deep. The characters, world and magic system are engaging and, as advertised, have that deliciously noir feel. There’s gas lamps and carriages powered by spirits, guilds and mages, sigils and forced possession.

“If it were physically possible to F a library, I’d be suggesting we go back to my place for a drink.”
But, this story chases the dark with snark and boy, did that ever work for me here. Outside of the Quincy MFing Harker series, I don’t usually tolerate so much mouth.

And, can I take a moment to bow to narrator Tanis Parentau? Ah-mazing!
I liked this so much that, if book 2 was out now, I’d be tempted to drop a credit on it.

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Vulgar and Foul: Gutter is an Accurate Adjective

I only got a few chapters into this story before I turned it off. If books had warning labels this one would be marked restricted for the sheer volume of invective. The author goes beyond casual cursing and tries to be edgy by making the protagonist into a tough woman who embraces every form of vice. The story wasn’t anything special for as far as I listened, but I’m not willing to subject myself to its crass dialogue any further.

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Wretched

Really I’m trying to come up with something positive to say here, but I tried this for a few hours and unfortunately have nothing to show for it but regret.

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Chapter 8. Not that interresting

Chapter 8 is Borring. to me but I like the rest of the book.interesting. Adventured..

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Super entertaining

Great main character and tone. Solid story and world building. Good narrator. Really enjoyed it

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Surprisingly good

I got this on a whim when it was on sale and was pleasantly surprised. The MC was well developed with a great back story that was introduced throughout the book. The sidekick support character was good, and led to a pretty cool twist with him that would lead to some neat options in a sequel. The magic system sadly didn't have hard rules and a solid structure, but was interesting and never became the overpowered fix all that so many fantasy book use it as. The story also questions the morality of how they have built their society, and again would lead to a great sequel.

Overall, pretty darn good and worth your time.

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Everyday Magic

Roz lives in a world where almost everything runs on Magic. When she is hired to find the kidnapped son of the head of their society, finds much more about the reality of magic and its origins. Suffice to say, no magic means no society. Very well done with fully-developed characters and an interesting world.

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An ok listen for the most part, a strange but understandable twist on the use of magic. Good narration.

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Daily deal for the win!

So scored this little nugget on the daily deal and I’m thrilled I did. I saw the mixed reviews and it almost put me off but I’m glad I went for it. I’d pay full price for the next one if it was available today.
Heads up the gutter mage cusses a lot. I’m not mad about it. It fits. The narration is very good. This was my first time listening to Tanis Parenteau and I really enjoyed her! Don’t let the reviews scare you off. Listen for yourself.