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Web of Eyes

Narrateur(s): Luke Daniels
Durée: 11 h et 37 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 31,27
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Description

Madness sits upon the throne. Rebellion rages in the South. Dark magic threatens all life. The kingdom is desperate for heroes.

When the young king's soul is stolen by a traitorous cultist desperate to resurrect the Buried Goddess, disgraced knight Torsten Unger makes it his sworn duty to get it back. He has one chance to restore his honor. But he can't do it alone. He'll need a thief.

Whitney Fierstown planned the perfect heist, one that would have made him a legend among thieves, until he got caught. Now, a knight with a questionable reputation is offering a deal: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition to put his skills to good use and earn his freedom.

Whitney and Torsten must put aside their differences and work together to battle unholy cults, demons, rebels, and worse to become the heroes their war-torn kingdom never expected...if they don't kill each other first.  

Get Book 1 of the Buried Goddess Saga today! It's perfect for fans of epic fantasy adventures like King's Dark Tidings, The Riryia Chronicles, and The Hobbit.  

©2018 Aethon Books (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Ce que les critiques disent

"Fantastic world building and masterful prose. Definitely a must read for Epic Fantasy fans." (Brian D. Anderson, best-selling author of The Godling Chronicles)

"An interesting and exciting start to a series. I'm looking forward to reading what the authors come up with next!" (Dakota Krout, author of the Divine Dungeon Series and winner of Audible Top 5 Fantasy of 2017)

 “Bruno and Castle built an epic fantasy world that captivates the imagination and brings the reader on a thrilling adventure that will leave the devotees of fantasy eager for the next tale." (Jason Anspach, best-selling author of the Galaxy's Edge series)

"Where Web of Eyes really stood out to me was the distinct narrative voices.... The stick-in-the-mud knight and mischievous rogue partnering together is nothing new to fantasy, but I cannot think of one where it is done with better flair." (Fantasy-Faction)

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent start to a series

I enjoyed this first book in a new series. The authors did a great job of establishing the world and the characters. There's a good amount of humour ro help balance out the darker elements of the book.

As expected, Luke Daniels is fantastic as usual. His performance of Whitney is a particular highlight.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Joliet Jill
  • 2018-11-15

I loved this book!

OMG, this book is amazing. I chose this book because Luke Daniels narrates it, so I knew I would enjoying listening to it but I was beyond surprised on how good this story is. I already added the next two volumes to my wish list (coming out in December 2018 and January 2019).

The characters are wonderful and the combination of the head of the Royal Guards and a boisterous thief was fun to listen to. Their characters stayed true to who they are while working together. The dialogue between the two was fun. The other characters added perfectly to the story. The world was well thought out and I liked how the authors combined the traditional fantasy aspects into their story without make it seem like all the rest. I cannot wait for the rest of these books to come out on audible. We'll see if I can wait long enough to do it or if I will be buying the books as well, I think I remember how to read :O)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Justin
  • 2019-01-13

Good story

Overall I enjoyed this title and it was paced well. It's an interesting blend of characters, almost like a D&D adventure. The author does a very solid job of concluding this story while still getting you interested in the next one. I found the characters to be a bit over dramatic in terms of their stereotypes/archetypes, but I still enjoyed the story. While I'm not immediately rushing off to spend my next credit on the sequel, I am considering it and I'm curious what will happen next in this world.

8 personnes sur 8 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Marco
  • 2019-01-29

Great story! Great Voice Acting!

Once again Luke Daniels deliver an amazing performance to an amazing book. Loved the characters and the world setting. Although, it took me a minute to accept Whitney’s voice, I’m glad I did. On to book 2!

5 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Reynijhia K. Serrano
  • 2019-01-06

Amazing Chracterization! Amazing Narrator!

the story took a long time to get started, but once it started it really went full force. whitney was slightly frustrating because his charisma made him similar to a Vash the stampede type character but he was not as loveable as Vash. torsten was a pretty amazing character as the wearer of white and I love noble characters with amazing conviction.

the book suffered from a little boredom at the beginning tho until it got all crazy, lol. I do appreciate twists and I hope the characters can manage to find some form of real friendship as I would rather whitney not be completely frustrating the whole time.

I loved the ending twist!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • John Kang
  • 2018-12-24

A Fantasy Version of 48 Hours

I saw an early cover for Rhett C. Bruno and Jaime Castle’s Web of Eyes, and knew I wanted to eventually read it. While the new covers each feature one of the three main characters, the original had all three: a warrior, rogue or ranger, and elf mage, plus an ominous drider/Lolth figure (if you’re on this blog, you probably don’t need to be told that this is a centaur, only the lower body is a spider instead of a horse) looming in the background. It screamed heroic fantasy with a Dungeons and Dragons flair.

What I did not expect when reading it was a fantasy version of 48 Hours—the iconic comedy with Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte as a cop and a criminal who are forced together, and mayhem and hilarity ensue. The stick-in-the-mud knight and mischievous rogue partnering together is nothing new to fantasy, but I cannot think of one where it is done with better flair.

Thornton is head of the king’s elite guards, Eeyore in his pessimistic disposition, Joan of Arc in his religious fervor, and Rasputin in his unflappable determination. Coming from a humble birth, he is utterly devoted to the king who rose him up out of poverty, and totally faithful to the state religion.

His foil is the thief, Whitney, who is something of a cross between Danny Ocean and Robin Hood: the titular figure of Oceans 11, because he comes up with outrageous plans where he is always two steps ahead, yet can improvise when plans inevitably go south; and Robin Hood in that he essentially has a heart of gold, motivated more by the challenge and the desire for infamy, than by wealth. With his flamboyance, drama, and snappy dialog, Whitney owns the pages to the point where the story doesn’t even matter.

But oh, what a story. The king is dying, and enemies are circling. His son is incompetent since being cursed by the foreign queen’s warlock brother. When the king dies and the prince falls comatose, it is up to Thornton to recover a doll which supposedly houses the prince’s soul. With no idea of where to start, he reluctantly recruits Whitney to help. What follows is twists and turns, where no mansion or fortress is safe from burning down; and it turns out there is more to the religion than the fervent Thornton wants to believe.

The middle of the tale, where the two go their separate ways for a time, it gets a bit muddled, and I do feel the pacing lost some of its momentum. Still, it moves the plot forward, with Whitney reuniting with his childhood friend, the elf magic-user, Sora. She’s a cutter; inasmuch she needs blood to funnel her magic in the vein (see what I did there?) of Aliette de Bodard’s magic system in Servant of the Underworld. They all reunite as the plot threads weave together into a web, for a creepy, yet explosive climax, worthy of these characters’ chemistry.

Where Web of Eyes really stood out to me was the distinct narrative voices. The authors capture Thornton’s dour inner monologue, and Whitney’s flamboyance. I hope Sora turns out to be just as unique if she turns out to be a POV character in books two and three.

Where Web of Eyes came up just a little short for me was the worldbuilding. It’s a prototypical medieval setting, with rebellions, plotting, and a pantheistic religion. The magic system doesn’t break new ground, at least not from what I could tell in book one.

Still, Web of Eyes was thoroughly enjoyable and made honorable mention in my Top 10 Fantasy Reads of 2018. I rate it a 4.5.

Note: the narrator nails Torsten's and Whitney's voices; I'm not as impressed with Sora's. Still, excellent delivery.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Delgado
  • 2018-12-22

Good Story, Great Performance!

This story is good, though not one of my favorites. The plot never truly grabbed me, though I enjoyed it enough. The performance of Luke Daniels was fabulous though. He really explored his vocal range and accents, and to wonderful effect!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Zachary Albertson
  • 2019-02-27

A must listen/read!

Luke Daniels performance makes for a great listening experience. The story is also very captivating and brought to life thanks to Luke. I will be continuing the series!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • steven p mathis
  • 2019-02-26

Outstanding

Luke Daniels does a fantastic job of bringing the story to life for listeners. If you enjoyed the book then you will thoroughly enjoy listening to the audio book, given great invocation by Luke. Rhett and Jaime have not only outdone themselves with the story but with finding a voice for the tale as well!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-20

loved it!

loves the story. started out a bit slow, but I'm glad I gave it a chance and kept listening.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Peter
  • 2019-02-09

Epic Adventure Ahead!

4 very enthusiastic stars for both this story and the talents of Luke Daniels.

In this book we follow the unhappy partnership of a thief and knight who are on a quest to save a kingdom in turmoil. Thrown together after a series of mishaps, the two must battle evil magic, foreign wanna-be conquerors, and royals who don't seem to want to be saved from themselves. Filled with adventure, magic, and a healthy dose of humour, Web of Eyes is a very strong start to this series.

I have to admit that for the first 25% of this book I was a bit worried about my friendship with the person who raved to me about this book. I struggled a to get immersed in the story and was starting to think that this story was going to be placed in a position of prominence on my "Where are the strong female characters?" shelf. Thankfully, just before I got too frustrated with the male-dominated story, a great female character showed up, and she was definitely strong. I hope she has an even bigger role in the stories to come.

I can't give this a full 5 stars because I did have a few tiny qualms (beyond the above-mentioned lack of females). There were times that the voices were just a bit too silly/overdone for me, and there was one really rough section that needed an editor's hand. That said, the strengths of the rest of this story more than redeems those tiny issues, and I wholeheartedly recommend this book, especially to anyone who enjoys the Off to Be the Wizard or NPCs series.

A very big thanks to Aethon Books for providing me with a review copy of this audiobook.

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