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Publisher's Summary

A ranger’s duty. The rotten heart of a king. Rebellion spilled from the blood of family. 

Rew, the king’s ranger, accepted a role on the far edge of the realm to avoid the morass of intrigue and betrayal that bleeds from the heart of the kingdom. His only desire is to shoulder the burden he’s taken, to protect the village of Eastwatch, and to monitor the wilderness beyond. 

When three youths are arrested for petty theft in the village and beg for his help, Rew’s oldest friend insists he take responsibility for them. By ties stronger than steel, Rew is forced onto a path he knows leads to chaos and death. Through a resurgence of monsters summoned in ages prior, war between the royal line, and back-stabbing treachery, the king’s ranger will battle to grant the youths a life he never had a chance of. 

But as they venture farther from the wilderness he calls home, Rew can feel the magical pull at the center of the kingdom, demanding he return to face his past and his family’s terrible legacy. Only he knows the secret of the king, and the risk it poses to the entire realm. 

The King’s Ranger is a classic fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Michael J Sullivan, Brent Weeks, James Islington, and AC Cobble’s Benjamin Ashwood series.

©2020 AC Cobble (P)2020 AC Cobble

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Ranger Fantasy

The plot line is generally similar to high fantasy adventure stories, but there is good world building and creative plot devices to keep the story interesting. The narration is good, creating a smooth flow to the story line. Characters have little depth but are likeable. it is worth your time.

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Good Story, Interesting Characters, Well Acted

When I purchased this book, I assumed I knew how this story would go. I was wrong. It’s not as cliche as I assumed it would be, but took to a direction I really enjoyed. The main character, Rew, is the standard, mature, deep, and silent tough-guy that one would expect from a character type like this. But the story takes a left turn as you get to know more about Rew. It makes for an interesting story.

As always, Simon Vance does an excellent job telling the story. He’s a fantastic story-teller and brings it to life.

I recommend this book to anyone considering adding it to their collection.

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Great book

This book was amazing , straight to the action , good character building , a lot of adventure and interesting unique sounding creatures . Definitely worth the read and listen !!!!

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a outstanding fantasy novel... this will be fun

I've read so many fantasies in my lifetime it's always hard to find something that is fresh and new and this certainly is. it's a great first effort in a series I really look forward to the second it has lots of elements that we've all read before but the story is interesting and complex and the performance was good... I look forward to the second book in the series

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Could not get into this series

I really enjoyed the simplicity and fun of the Benjamin Ashwood series and have since tried the Cartographer and now this one. I couldn't finish either. In this case, I think that the author made a fundamental error in the YA genre; underestimating the reader. I look forward to another Ashwood.

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But tell me you are working on fourth book

it was a awesome some series but just let us know if there is one more chapter you can't leave it like that.

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Hate when no conclusions, not finished! Bought book and have to buy 5 more to get through I will not do it

I liked the story but hate it when it is not finished. Do not want to listen to the same book three times to draw to a conclusion

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Breath of fresh air

I liked this story and will continue in following Rew with every new adventure.

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Spoilers. difficult to review...

The book is well written. However there are other issues for me.

Some of the characters are very appealing. Others are definitely not. The nobles are not at all appealing, they are thoughtless and self absorbed. There are very few characters who are likable. The likability or level of interest seems the primary criteria for how quickly a character will die off. Stupidity means they will stick around.

The MC foolishly seems to do what these unappealingly spoiled characters want. Personally, I wonder he doesn't just let these mostly strangers just dash off and suffer the fate they bring on themselves. It is nice when a book can make you care about entirely fictitious happenings. But, I just didn't like any of the young people. I was outraged when the Ranger didn't extricate himself when he saw how awful they were. Especially after one of them got a second ranger killed. Like Rew said, run! Too bad he didn't take his own advice.

I love Simon Vance as a narrator, he reads so very well. I actually enjoyed listening to the story. Yet, I doubt I will listen to the next book. I don't care about what is going to happen to those people.

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Dialogue

I enjoyed AC Cobble’s The Kings Ranger. The dialogue was predictable. I look forward to the author refining that part of his craft.

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  • 10-25-20

WoW

it kept me gripped right from the word go normally when I listen to this genre of books I tend to get a little bored after halfway through but this one was different.

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Disappointing

Just finished the Cartographer series, which I really enjoyed, and Simon Vance is one of my favourite narrators.
However, in this performance he give all the main characters a really quite naff American accent, while reading the main plot in his usual voice. Combined with the story not really pulling me in, I gave up on it before long.
I really wanted to like this, but found both the story and character voices really disappointing :(