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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Fantasy Prize and Kindle Storyteller Finalist.

This is one secret he’s keeping to himself. And who would believe him anyway?

Farin, the gravedigger’s son, lives in the medieval village of Heap. The 18-year-old is an outsider who is bullied and ostracized by the villagers. His father has succumbed to a life of drinking, and the young man has no option but to take over the job of gravedigger.

But Farin’s life takes a dramatic twist when the village witch dies. As he prepares her for burial, he finds an amulet hanging around her neck, and he can’t resist trying it on....

©2020 Sam Feuerbach (P)2021 Podium Audio

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I’m ambivalent about this one.

I found this book entertaining and was engaged most of the way through. The characters were fun to learn about in spite of being a little YA. As for the writing, it was hit and miss, but mostly well edited.

The problem with this book is that the story did not progress very far over the course of the novel... At the same time I will most likely pick up the next installment.

To sum it up, if you’re like me and often feel like you’ve already listened to almost every worthwhile fantasy title on Audible, then this isn’t a bad choice to pass the time between new releases of audiobooks you’re actually looking forward to listening to. It’s probably not going to be your new favorite series, but you won’t have to return it after only listening to an hour or two.

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Proses makes novels (change my mind)

This novel would be a B- under normal circumstances, the narrator was incredibly loud here and there, there's some anachronisms, etc. I say this not to dissuade future readers, on the contrary, this a damn good novel. See the proses are what novels worth reading/listening to. If sufficiently good enough proses are put together than anything can be glossed over. Plotholes? clichés? it don't matter none, if it got prose, hun.
And thats why this novel is getting the full 5 stars in order to boosts good stories to greater heights because there's too many "novels" (Sufficiently advanced, litRPGs, Hayes) that are on the recommended list that are actually written for drunk toddlers. While a selected few may different opinions. They're wrong.
So because others have fail miserably, by comparison, this novel far excels

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an instant favorite!

a great start to an interesting series. nothing formulaic about this one folks IMHO. looking forward to the rest of the series and it appears that it's just being translated from the German versions which are already on audiobook. Hope they get it done quickly cuz I really enjoyed them.

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A knightly adventure with a twist

The Gravedigger's Son and the Waif Girl (Part 1) is originally written in German. Not sure if the author, Sam Feuerbach, translated the story himself or someone else did it.

The story is based in the middle ages and starts out on the grim side, laying the groundwork of the conditions of the time and the rigid social structure during that period. As it unfolded it brought to mind many short stories and books I've read by KJ Parker that are set in a similar time period. But KJ Parker's stories seem more accurate somehow, while there are romanticized aspects in them (dragons, etc) overall there’s a sense it’s recapturing what it was really like if you lived at that time. Sam Feuerbach's story was shaping up to be in the same vein, then deviates with the waif girl's introduction. Her situation is still grim and keeping with the times, but she has very modern attitudes and it's reflected in her dialog as well. (Not sure if this is how it was written or the result of how it was translated.) She's a bit of an Artful Dodger, but thinks and sounds like she's on the mean streets of NYC. There's also a supernatural element introduced into the storyline that modernizes the story even more, transitioning it from a medieval period drama into an Arthurian style fantasy. It takes about a quarter of the book for this change, so stick with it. The grimness gives way to a lively adventure.

Gildart Jackson's narration makes every character distinct and stepping off the page. His emoting skills enhance the depth and dimension of the dialog, but he does get a bit screechy and shrill during some of the characters interactions. Aside from that the performance is entertaining.

I enjoyed Part 1 and Part 2 is already cued up with Part 3 on deck. Part 4 is available in ebook at this time, but I'm hoping the audio will be released soon.

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Absolutely Entertaining in my Favorite Era

Absolutely Entertaining in my Favorite Era and easy to read ... thinking HURRY WITH BOOK 2 ON AUDIBLE!
Enjoyed characters and special guest 😃

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Super Interesting

Genre: Realistic Medieval Fantasy

The story is very unique and interesting. There is some fantasy, but the world has the weight of realism. The MC is inquisitive and insightful, and has the "underdog" element since he was born into a stigmatized profession. He does much more than just gravedigger duties throughout the story, so you don't have to worry about it being boring.

The narration was rather slow and a bit flat. After I cranked up the speed it became very decent. Definitely gets the job done.

Con: This novel doesn't feel like a complete book. It didn't end on a cliffhanger or anything, and the book itself was quite enjoyable and interesting. However, it ends as things really start picking up. Makes me really want to get the second book. Hmm

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Excellent !

I listened to the whole seriess before writing a review. First, the story moves quickly and is well written. No filler and it it does not drag as some multi-volume series tend to. I loved the narration as well. Nice and clear with great character accents. I am really happy I stumbled upon this series. I highly recommend it.

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Great non overbearing witty takw

What a stellar narrator.Great lead easy to root for.The titular waif really is about 33-45 % of the book.Kind of fitting ad the bolder finger grave digger has the most meat in this tale

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Nice and easy listen

I enjoyed this book because it didn’t have to many characters story lines going at the same time.I hope that the next book in the series follows the same way. It’s a unique story and that’s always a plus.It’ll make you want to hear the what happens next.It’s not overdone and it keeps the story moving. I’m glad I purchased it because now I have a new series to look forward to.

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Great start to the series

really enjoyed the narrator, the story. the main characters are well fleshed out as well. getting the next book

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  • 08-10-21

Great

It's nice to listen to a fantasy novel who's writer has real voice . A great start to a series . Entertaining . Well paced , unlike to many novels that rush pass the start or take so long I find them great to get to sleep with . The narrator does a wonderful job . If you love or even like fantasy ; or just a good story ; this is a must get