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Web of Eyes

Narrateur(s): Luke Daniels
Série: The Buried Goddess Saga, Livre 1
Durée: 11 h et 37 min
4 out of 5 stars (35 évaluations)

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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 Riyria Chronicles, and The Hobbit.

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

Ce que les critiques en 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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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 to 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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Luke Daniels Was Brilliant

Listening to Luke Daniels narrate and do all the unique voices was just like playing D&D with an amazing DM. Thoroughly entertaining.

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Great performance but lacking story

This was a very predictable story with pretty average characters who seemed rather run of the mill. The performance was great though, an interesting enough voice with a good range of change between characters.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ree
  • 2018-12-08

Memorable and Fun Epic Fantasy

This was a really fun story. I enjoyed the world-building, and the characters and dialogue were hilarious. How an obnoxious rascal like Whitney Fierstown can be so utterly likable is a serious feat. The action scenes were exciting, the main characters well developed with distinct narrative voices, the humor was spot on, and the danger real. The story also managed to be clean and family friendly without feeling like it was trying to. Spectacular narration. The various voices, especially of some of the palace guards, were fantastically funny and well done.
There was a bit of a cliffhanger ending but that doesn’t bother me since it’s the start of a series.
Excited to catch the next one!


*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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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  • 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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  • Kelly R
  • 2020-02-29

A GREAT read!!

After finishing Titian Born to the series end, I was looking for a new series and I really liked Rhett C Bruno,,,,, this book sat in my wish list for about a month. I wasn’t sure about it I read the reviews and could not make up my mind.
This has been one of the BEST series books I’ve read!!! To me it has it ALL. I would recommend this to any adventurer who is looking for twists and turns and unexpected jaw droppers!!! I just don’t know what to read after this!!! What’s can compare??!!
Happy listening 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  • J. Wilson
  • 2019-03-19

Kept me listening all the way!

I would not call the book riveting but it is well written with great characters.
I think what made me like the book so much is because of what was missing....and thank you so much Rhett!

So what is missing? The apparent need to turn drama up to 11 that is rampant in both books and video these days and you know what? The book was a lot better for it.

Sure there is plenty of action but it is actually somewhat believable, as much as fantasy can be.

Thank you also to Luke for changing it up a bit. Enjoyed the changes you made.

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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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  • shannon
  • 2020-04-19

good, gread narrator

liked this book, Daniels does a axelent job as usual and the story was good but i found it a little tedius at times. i will buy yhe next book

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  • Muhd
  • 2020-03-02

The thief made me stay

At first I thought the thief was going to be an annoying character in the story but I am glad I was proven wrong. As I listened further down the book, their adventures and misfortune, together with the superb voice acting by Luke Daniels, kept me intrigued and looking forward to the thief's storyline. The story is grim, really grim, but I love it. Cheers to everyone involved in making this book possible!

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