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Publisher's Summary

Kagen the Damned marks the first installment of an exciting new series of dark epic fantasy novels from bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.

Sworn by Oath

Kagen Vale is the trusted and feared captain of the palace guard, charged with protection of the royal children of the Silver Empire. But one night, Kagen is drugged and the entire imperial family is killed, leaving the empire in ruins.

Abandoned by the Gods

Haunted and broken, Kagen is abandoned by his gods and damned forever. He becomes a wanderer, trying to take down as many of his enemies as possible while plotting to assassinate the usurper, the deadly Witch-king of Hakkia. While all around him magic—long banished from the world—returns in strange and terrifying ways.

Fueled by Rage

To exact his vengeance, Kagen must venture into strange lands, battle bizarre and terrifying creatures, and gather allies for a suicide mission into the heart of the Witch-king’s empire.

Kings and gods will fear him.

Kagen the Damned

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press. 

©2022 Jonathan Maberry (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Get this while you wait for Winds of Winter

New York Times Best-Selling author of Joe Ledger and other blockbuster thrillers, Jonathan Maberry brings us Kagen the Damned, the first highly anticipated book in a new and exciting series of dark fantasy novels featuring unlikely heroes, remarkable characters, a sprawling world, dark magic, war, and exotic locations.
I loved it from the first chapter and wasn’t able to stop listening until late into the night. I picked it up again early in the morning and just now finished listening. The writing is excellent, the plot moves fast, the action is furious, bloody, gory, visceral and extremely entertaining. I like the world, the characters are colorful and flawed, the setting feels original and the story is intriguing.
If you’re curious to find out more about the story and the world you can read the publisher’s summary, but I highly recommend that you just dive right into this new instant classic! This is an epic and spellbinding adventure that in the years to come will stand shoulder to shoulder with other Giants in the fantasy genre, such as The Wheel of Time or A Song of Ice and Fire!
Award-Winning voice-over actor and narrator Ray Porter perfectly captures the feel and atmosphere of this universe and gives life with talent and passion to Kagen and other secondary characters. He reads with enthusiasm and talent, he acts and he makes this wonderful epic adventure even more enjoyable for the listener.
He manages to deliver the perfect performance and at the same time elevates the audio production to the highest level of immersion possible.
It seems that Ray can perform anything flawlessly! From funny science fiction to thrillers, to sweeping crime sagas such as The Cartel Trilogy by Don Winslow, to mysteries and now even to dark fantasy, Ray is a force of nature, he shouts in all the right moments. He is sad, funny, scary or neutral as the plot dictates it.
If you like dark fantasy, you will definitely appreciate the way Mr. Maberry writes. I highly recommend that you just purchase this audiobook and enjoy it while we all wait for Winds of Winter to be released. I guess that it is a real possibility to get more books from Jonathan Maberry in this series before that even happens.
I hope that you also found this review helpful. Take care, stay safe and don’t forget, always listen with your heart!

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A beast of a tale with award worthy narration

I will admit, some of it was hard, but that fault is entirely my own. I am also not a huge fantasy fan, I am very selective. This epic has checked all my boxes so far. I always knew Jonathan would spill very haunting and spellbinding tale. It feels entirely unique, one of a kind. Ray's narration is truly award worthy. I can find no other example of a stellar performance, he is absolutely one of the very best.

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I SWEAR BY THE ELDER GODS.......

If you make us wait a long time for the sequel, im never buying one of your books again! Ok, that's a lie, but seriously, please don't make us wait?

I love most of Mr Mayberrys work, and I'm now adding this one to the pile as well. It starts FAST, then gets a bit slow and repetitive for just a little bit, but then, wow. Really enjoyed this one. Mr Porter, as always, was awesome. Think if Mayberry wrote a phone book and Ray read it, I'd still like it...Well done sir's!

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Holy crow Kagen!

Zero spoilers. Everything thing I love about this author and this narrator. The dynamic duo. I laughed, I cried (boy did i cry), my mind went on walkabout and it did not want to come back. THANK YOU!!

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Kagan lives in a damned world

Epic fantasy is not my usual genre... while Ray Porter does a good job this story is a little too dark for me. There's also a lot of just sitting around talking and the action is mostly rape and getting drunk with a little fighting thrown in. I think Jonathan Maberry is quite brilliant but this is not my cup of tea.

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The ending is very, very weak and disappointing.

This might be Maberry’s best work writing wise but the ending is very weak and the actually story and world development is extremely slow, to the point that much gets accomplished in this novel other than introducing the land and a few characters. Lots of things introduced but never followed up and character development is not as good as I expected from Jonathan Maberry. Lots of bladed fight scenes…to the point they get boring. Too much time spent on the raping and pillaging, it grows stale it is brought up so much. So I guess it’s not his best work because with that ending it seems like it could have been about 5 hours shorter and we wouldn’t have missed anything. We will have to wait till book 2 to see if this is going to be as good a series as the Ledger books. I honestly don’t think I would have gotten through it without Tay Porter’s excellent narration.

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Useless pointless violence w zero plot

Maybe I didn’t listen long enough but there is zero character development. There is just repeated violence for no reason. The R word is mentioned a dozen times and the v card is brought up even more times then that. Personally not my kind of story when I don’t know anything about one single character. A nun who has to tell her novice all about the god they worship? Too implausible and Unenjoyable to listen further

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DNFing

I usually love this genre, but this book just dragged on and on. Everything is either a long drawn out monolog or way too descriptive.

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Masterpiece change my view on this genre!!!

awesome... took a chance on a genre that I had never tried on... WoW... captivating, production is holly awesome by the gods!!!

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Jonathan Mayberry plus Ray Porter!!!

The book was great! love anything written and narrated by this pair. The action is incredible, especially at the beginning and end. Slows a little in the middle but still a great read.