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Publisher's Summary

Return to the world of Clockwork Boys in this all-new novel from T. Kingfisher!

Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle's estate...and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws...and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all....

©2018 T. Kingfisher (P)2021 Tantor

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refreshing

a fresh point of view on the fantasy genre. I enjoy the hero in a sword trope. the romance part does get a little strung out but it is satisfying. not too explicit.

there is an interesting array of supporting characters. however I think the prophesying bird was underused. I wish we'd heard more from it. maybe in the next book.

the story calls for a sequel which I hope we get.

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Oh......please listen to this book!

Let’s just say that I have had very few audiobooks that have made me sit in the car drain my cars battery. Just so I didn’t miss a word even after I arrived home. The character’s were amazing. Real and somewhat honest....their personalities are refreshing flawed. The Bird scenes had me in stitches! No spoilers..... just a funny and thrilling adventure. Please, please, please I want to know what happens next!

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too stupid to enjoy

being naive is one thing, Halla being too stupid to figure it out is another. I enjoyed clocktaur wars, but this is not anywhere near as good.

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Fantastic listen!

Loved the story! Loved the characters! This was laugh out loud funny and the narrator was exceptional! Highly recommend!

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Wrong Narrator or Wrong Interpretation

I can't listen to any more of this book, although it seems to be a fun - and possibly funny - story. The narrator chose to portray the female "lead" as a silly, stupid woman prone to shrieking. Not a character I wanted to spend any more time with. Too bad because I was interested in the story.

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Fantastic performance by Narrator!

Jesse is the first female narrator I’ve listened to who manages to make the male lead sound legitimately sexy. I loved all her voices for the characters; very distinct and easy to tell who is speaking. Gives them so much personality! Bravo!

Story-wise, this was a great listen. Halla is a fun character, she gets a little trying with her constant self-doubt but I think a lot of women will relate to her caregiver/selfless attitude. My one misgiving is that she kept referring to herself as old and past her prime, and she’s the same age as me (36) which made me give my phone the side-eye more than once but I recognize she’s just repeating the cruel things her terrible family has abused her with. I loved Sarkis, he truly respects women in his inner monologue which you can tell the author is a woman.

The supporting characters of Zale and Brindle (and Pretty Foot!) make a fun traveling group with Halla and Sarkis, and I’d love to read more of their traveling adventures.

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On Chapter 5

We’re on chapter 5 and loving this book so far. Characters are delightful and the narrator is good. Looking forward to the rest of it.

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Loved story and narrator

I had to get through the first ten minutes. After that, I really enjoyed the experience. Writing was excellent, and the narrator was superb!



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Highly entertaining

Highly entertained by this narrator and the story. I did see the cliff hanger coming very early, though. It was built in to the back story. Looking forward to the sequel.

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A New Favourite

I loved this book! My only complaint is that I need a sequel and there isn’t one, at least not yet. This is absolutely now one of my all time favourite books

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  • 04-01-21

Jarring narrator

The narrator gave the leading man a terrible and bizarre accent which kept changing

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  • Musebeliever
  • 09-05-22

Riveting story and excellent narration

Kingfisher is a masterful storyteller. I love going back to her universe.

I'm frankly puzzled at the negative reactions regarding the narrator. I thought they did a great job!

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  • Very Satisfied Customer
  • 07-22-22

Fantastic reading of a wonderful book

I’d already read and loved Swordheart before listening to this audiobook, and Jesse Vilinsky does it full justice with a performance that brings to life the various characters in a way that enhances the funny, clever dialogue and twisty (or at least back and forth) story. The only voice l’m not 100% convinced by is that of Brindle the gnole, which is not Vilinsky’s fault but because for me Khristine Hvam, who reads the equally excellent audio books of T Kingfisher’s Clocktaur Wars duology, does the definitive gnole voice.

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  • Tiff
  • 07-11-22

Love the story, painful accent

Struggling a bit with the narration of this, if the narrator could pick one ‘northern’ accent and stick with it, it would be less painful. Am trying to make it to Zale and see how they are done. Nope could not do it

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  • ai83
  • 06-06-22

Awesome narration, good story, a bit too romancy

The narrator is amazing: Sarkis' northern accent is fabulous, and the bird is one of the most hilarious things I've ever heard.
Unfortunately the story was disappointing, or rather the characters. They're both way too insecure for 40 year olds and we're given way too much time with their navel gazing. This is an attempt to increase romantic tension but doesn't work because to readers there's no suspense regarding what the respective other one is feeling, which means that to us the characters just look weepy and contrivedly dense. 15 year olds angst in old bodies that should know better. Bottom line, too much sappy, bodice ripper romance in my adventure novel. I wish the romance didn't overtake the plot so much.
BUT there was no point I wanted to put the book down and not come back. I wanted to know how it ends and I'd listen to the next installment. In fact I hope there is a next installment and we get to see the other swords.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-06-22

A fun journey once it gets rolling

Read the book and picked up the audiobook to share it with my partner.

The initial chapters are loaded with unpleasant characters, so you're hit with the narrator's 'worst' voices out the gate. Reviews claiming that Sarkis' accent jumps around aren't baseless, but by the end there's a consistent voice for the main cast.

This book is good fun where I find the start a bit of the drag but really enjoy the latter half -- Brindle and Zale are my stand-out favourite characters. Halla and Sarkis are fun and charming in their own ways but can feel a bit repetitive.

Recommended, but I'd maybe suggest any newcomers to T Kingfisher's fantasy romances try out Paladin's Grace first! (Certainly second!)

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  • J. LoVecchio
  • 09-19-21

wonderful

I have always loved Ursula Vernon/T Kingfisher's work. these stories are brilliant. witty and engaging with very real characters and interactions. good representation. gnoles. real world wisdom and fantastic magic

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  • Mr Michael McCullagh
  • 08-28-21

Good Narrator, Good Characters, hard to follow

I think that the performance of this book by Jessis Vilinsky is actually really good it is easy to tell the difference between most of the characters. . She even went as far as to voice the animal noises for the squirrels screeching. However I had to knock one star off because of the direction/editing, there is no gap given between scene changes so the narration will get a few lines in before you realise that you are now it a completely different place and this made it a little hard to follow at times. The characters are actually quite good and their banter back and forth is actually quite entertaining. This may be due to my major fondness for the "Kings of The Wyld" audiobook and their banter. Although not as funny it still does the job while allowing for the characters to progress to a certain degree as well.. The story is serviceable and some moments seemed unnecessary, "the entire section about the hills for example", I could talk about all of the small/ and sometimes large plot conveniences and how predictable it was overall,. But to be honest I was not expecting a Song of Ice and Fire level saga and like I said it was serviceable . It also allowed for us to see this verging romance blossom. Due to my complaints you might wonder why I still gave it a 4 out of 5 stars and that is simply due to how endearing I thought this story was. If you want good funny fluff story to listen to while you go for a walk. I don't see you going wrong with Swordheart read by Jessis Vilinsky.