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Publisher's Summary

From the Gemmell Award-winning author of The Vagrant, a thrilling new series of power, intrigue, and magic.

The demons.

Creatures lurk in the endless forests of the Wild, plucking victims from those who scratch a living by the sides of the great Godroads, paths of crystal which provide refuge from the infernal tide.

The deathless.

Humanity’s protectors reign within crystal castles held aloft on magical currents – seven timeless royal families, born and reborn into flawless bodies. As immortal as the precious stones from which they take their names, they fight to hold the Wild at bay. For generations a fragile balance has held.

And the damned....

House Sapphire, one of the ancient Deathless families, is riven by suspicion and grief. Their hunting expeditions against the Wild are failing and entire villages have begun to disappear.

Then, when assassins strike, House Sapphire shatters.

Nothing lasts forever.

©2018 Peter Newman (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A unique world." (Robin Hobb, best-selling author of Assassin’s Apprentice)

"Addictive." (Starburst)

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Not my thing but not bad for what it is

These is more on the high fantasy side, thing are the way they are because it’s cool that way not because this a logical part of the world. Like a picture made form peace severely different puzzle it’s pretty but...
That the feeling I got from the world building.
The magic is also a bit unclear there seems to be a 2 system one with rule we get hints at the other is unclear every time i thought I know the rules they seemed to change. Like do you need to make a deal with the wild or can it just take stuff, what can you trade, does what you trade have to be yours, what determines value (what do you get for a drop of blood vs a human sacrifice)....

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Mixed Feelings

Let me start by saying that I almost gave up on this - as a story. I listened to the story on audible and as I listened, I came to hate the protagonists. I will not use this review to spoil the story, but I will say that the roles the protagonists plays are ones that I come to loath in real life people. I did powered through and was rewarded with a different twist than what I expected. The protagonists, in my mind, had not changed, but a reveal that came up near the end made me go 'oh!'. I will not immediately move on to the second book, but I will give some it some consideration.

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  • Karen
  • 06-22-18

Promising start, great story, medicore narration

Having loved Peter Newmans Vagrant series. I couldn't wait to give this new one a listen.

It does seem to be, a tad more conventional storywise, than his previous Vagrant series. But the story still sucked me in.

There are, some similarities to his previous books, and once again his wonderful imagination has created some wickedly interesting, beasties and demons who all inhabit his world of Immortals, "The Deathless"
The Deathless reside in skycastles and play caretakers to the rest of humanity who eek out a living in settlements close to the God Road they are reliant upon The Deathless to keep them safe by keeping the demons at bay.

Great start to the series can't wait to see what direction it goes in.

Narration though I did struggle with. General story telling was fine, though there were few times I had to rewind as I didn't find her voice very engaging and had lost track of what was going on, this got better further into the story, guess I was getting used to her. Her character dialect parts were not the best. she made most of the characters sound as though they where whiney which got tedious, or they reminded of Pam Ayres! and that was pretty much how it was for all the characters little to differentiate between them Skyborn = whiney, the rest where Pam.

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  • BK
  • 05-28-19

Another excellent tale from Newman

Wow this guy, what a writer another fascinating world to be brought into full of horror and mystery. If you liked The Vagrant and The Malice you'll love this too.

The narrator left a little to be desired, there was not much variation in voice between a lot of the characters and it took me a while to get comfortable listening, that being said once you are swept up in the story it becomes less noticeable.

overall an excellent listen, I would certainly recommend

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  • Mr. Eric D. Fehr
  • 05-12-19

Decent work let down by narration

The narrator's voice is pleasant and clear enough, but the dialogue in the book is very hard to follow as she has one "voice" and uses it for all characters, regardless of sex etc. Very, very difficult to track who is talking in conversations that switch back and forth every sentence or two.

The story itself is decently enjoyable.