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When creatures that lurk in the dark dare to venture out into the world, lives are changed forever.

Conrad lives a quiet rural life with his parents in the Northlands. During one fated night, his world is turned on its head, as nightmares become reality. While his Northlands blood cries out for revenge, Conrad’s head tells him surviving is the best he can do. 

Rescued by a motley band of mercenaries, Conrad embarks on a life he could barely have imagined. As new challenges, friends, and enemies present themselves, Conrad knows that one day he will have to face the evil that so altered his life, and when that day comes, he must be ready.

©2021 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Similar Feel to Wolf of North + Society of Sword

Narration - Threw me off at first, as nearly all the accents are thick and some were hard to tell apart, but by then end the characters feel familiar.

Plot - At first it seemed like another "bad guy gets powerful magical artifact that lets him do anything," but gladly it took a bit of a different turn as more of the plot unfolds. It felt less gripping than some of Hamilton's other titles, but less action/suspense now set us up for more character and plot development down the line.

Characters - Unlike most fantasy series, by the end of book 1 the main character still feels like an average guy in extraordinary circumstances, with one exceptional ability but nothing overpowered. I hope this continues even as the character grows into his own more! Backstory is minimal for everyone other than the MC, but there is significant development of the overall Middle Sea world's history (for everyone who's read Hamilton's other titles).

Overall - Definitely worth it for readers new to the Middle Sea or those already familiar with Hamilton's world, but don't expect to be swept up quite as quickly as some of his other titles.

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Well Done.

Took a flier on this book and in glad a did. Pacing is good. The author doesnt overwhelm you with 35 different characters in the beginning which I appreciated.

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Young boy goes on adventures

I was hoping for a more original world, but it's the usual "sell swords" and coming of age story. It does hold the interest, bizarrely despite the obvious copies of Harry Potter (young boy goes to school, bullying, and adventures with a little magic) and Game of Throne "icy bad guys" (won't say more and be a spoiler). The Intelligensia should have a different name since she's not very intelligent--more like a typical cope going through the motions-rather than thinking outside the box. Thank goodness for a 14 year old boy who can!
A good beach read.

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Not Hamilton’s best

I’ve read most of the authors books and found them enjoyable, this was by far his worst showing. Story dragged on, the narrators accents were atrocious, overall very poor quality. I hope he ends the series now before it gets any worse.

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John Lee was great!

Great world introduction - I can see it going in multiple directions. Kudos for snagging John Lee to read!

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looking forward to more

Other than and ending that was slightly anticlimactic the story was great.
John Lee is one of the best narrators out there. I'd recommend the book on that alone.

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Very Very Frustrating

If you are excited to read a book about a weakling 12 year old MC that runs from danger and literally pisses his pants in terror and freezes when in danger then this book is for you. Who wants to read or listen to that?

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Good start, abrupt end

Overall enjoyed it but ended just when it was getting good. The story overall feels very grounded, nearly low fantasy, but the magic is there.

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Start with a good John Lee's performance is voice Actor Is always great. But the story Meanders along with no character development. No sense of world development for a fantasy world . Contradictory Plotlines And an abrupt ending that leaves you saying Uh-huh

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Great Story, Meh narrator

Story was a great start to a new series.
Narrator tried, and you can tell, but all of his voices sounded similar and it made it hard to tell who was speaking sometimes.
Conrad seems like an interesting character, and all his adoptive dads are cool with enough depth to keep them interesting, though I hope we get to learn more about them as Conrad grows.

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  • 09-24-21

Had potential but flawed, he said

Story is a pretty well worn coming of age kinda fantasy. I enjoyed the setting, a quasi renaissance type era. Not sure the narrator does it justice though,he goes for his stock Colonel Blimp voice for all military types while the rest of the voices drift between Moscow and Mumbai often for the same character. My main gripe is the character dialogue. Pretty good descriptive passages are followed by dialogue that is from nursery age book. Example; “Everyone ready” Nicholi said. “Whenever you are captain”. Franz said. “Let’s get moving then”. Heidi said. This is just a minor example, there are lengthy passages of this. The he/she said at the end of most of the dialogue sentences made it lifeless and really grated on me. I would be reluctant to use another credit on this series.

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  • Lindsey Hatton
  • 09-21-21

Narration Lets This Story Down

For those of you captivated by the characters brought to life by Derek Perkins and Simon Vance in Duncan M Hamilton’s first two series of books will be sorely disappointed by John Lee’s efforts in The Squire. The brusque Northlands men with which we’d come to love has somehow become filled with exotic (almost a Arabic) sounding noblemen, which seems out of place for the narrative. The worst thing is, everybody sounds exactly the same and it’s difficult to figure out who is meant to be speaking. I gave this an hour and although the story was really getting going I just couldn’t listen any further - it was when the story spelled out that Conrad “hears an accent he’d never heard before” and out comes the only voice that John has given every single character that I had to stop. I’d like to hear this again with another narrator and may consider reading it on Kindle but won’t continue this series with John. Sorry.

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  • J Smith
  • 01-10-22

“It can always go better or worse but how it went is all that matters”

A great book and looking forward to the next in the series. Maybe not as good as the other books by Duncan but it may just be the narrator letting it down slightly.
John seems a great narrator in his own right, but trying to fill the shoes of Simon Vance and Derek Perkins is a hard ask. There’s a similarity that is distracting and he just doesn’t have the same atmosphere unfortunately.

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 07-05-21

Excellent book

The Squire excellent novel, can't wait for the following books in the series. Can't find any info on the follow up, this story is not yet finished

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-22

Underwhelmed

I wanted to love this book as I’m a big fan of the Dragonslayer series but I was left wondering if this was written by the same author. This is amateurish .
The narrator is positively jarring and atrocious with different accents. Frustrating and monotonous storyline with no depth .