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An imperial family is found butchered. Officers of God are called to investigate. Evidence points to a rebel group trying to seed fear into the very heart of the empire itself. 

Inspector Khlid takes the case and begins a harrowing hunt for those responsible. But when a larger conspiracy comes to light, will Inspector Khlid be able to trust those working within her own precinct?

©2021 Daniel Greene (P)2021 Daniel Greene

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Great despite the lack of goblins

Been following Daniel for awhile on YouTube. I find my tastes align pretty closely to his for scifi/fantasy and I think his reviews are very balanced and insightful. Was excited to check out his writing and see if he can apply all the skills and details he talks about in his reviews and was happily impressed! This goblin has got serious writing skillz! I really enjoyed the book, especially the end. Can. Not. Wait. for his full novel to get published!

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This should have been a full-length novel

This is the first novella I have ever read, and I gotta say, I don't know that they are for me.

Though the world and story were interesting enough, there was little to no character development. I think the entire story took place over the course of one day. There are definitely ways to create likable characters in a short amount of time, and the author did that with one in particular. Unfortunately she was not a main character and only appeared in two scenes.

This story would have been better served as book two in a series, or at the very least a full length novel... With a different ending, as it kind of ruined the entire story for me.

As it is, I did not care about any of the characters enough to feel anything that happened to them.

I would not read another novella from this author, but would give a chance to a full length book 1 of any future series.

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amazing first Novella from the goblin

now I'm not a review person I either love something or I don't. I loved it

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Very, very good. Would strongly recommend.

Had me on the hook the whole time, what a ride. Uses it's smaller page count to incredible effect. Congratulations Daniel, excellent book.

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I want more!

this excellent novella is a proof of concept for new artist, Daniel Greene. he builds an intriguing world so casually, while giving us a gripping adventure with characters you can't help but care about

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Great first entry

Looking forward to further entries in the series. A brief and enjoyable point of entry into a new world.

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Great first novella

A great first opening for Mr. Greene. A nice mystery, with a fast pace and some interesting early world building. I can't wait for the next one. I wish there was more

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what a wild ride!

I loved this debut Novella by my favorite YouTuber.

what a wild ride. It was so fast paced.

I loved the characters. I just loved everything about this story. there is so much I want to say, but I don't want to spoil anything for people who haven't read it yet, but Daniel does something in this book that I have never read in another book.

Never saw the end coming.

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Entertaining fast-paced mystery

I especially enjoyed the well-realized, subtle and touching husband/wife relationship. It was a delight!

A female protagonist is always a refreshing point of view. The hints of world building definitely left me wanting more. The mystery and investigation aspect had a satisfying payoff. Be warned that it is quite gruesome, in case that's not your cup of tea.

I definitely recommend this well-crafted story!

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Brilliant Debut from Daniel Greene

Suspenseful, Gory, and more than a little scary, this story is sure to please. The breakneck pace and masterful action will make you feel as if you have heard a full-length tale in half the time. I can't wait for the next book! P.s.- squeamish listeners, don't listen to this before bed.

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  • Eric in CA
  • 2021-03-18

Praise the Goblin King

Let me lay it on the line
He has two on the vine.
I mean two sets of narrators;
So divine

On an algorithm made of crystal
He patrolls the land
With knife and tattoo
In his perfect hand

Here comes Daniel
in control
Readers dig his prose
and his gallant stroll

Enlightens brains
Like he was Moiraine
Hes publishing
hes publishing
hes publishing


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  • Joshua
  • 2021-03-21

Great start to a world. Minor hangups.

Overall I enjoyed this short journey. I just wanted to write one thing that bothered me a little bit. I'm a Materials Engineer with some experience in metallurgy, and the concept of "a new way to manufacture steel" bothered be quite a bit. I could've looked past it if there was a little bit of explanation as to the method, but the vague way that this was introduced and not explained threw me off. Its cool because I wanted to know more, but also not because I cant imagine a more efficient way to make steel that would allow us to "pave the streets with it". Hope there is some elbaortation on this in the continuation and it doesn't just stay a new way to make steel that is somehow much more efficient without explanation. And Daniel if you're reading this, I would be happy to be your materials science consultant haha.

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  • Jack C. Duval
  • 2021-03-18

The beginning of greatness.

Daniel, thank you for writing this story!

As far as the audiobook goes, there’s no one out there better than Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.

I’m excited for the next two novellas, as well as the larger novels set in this budding world.

Some major Stephen King energy right off the bat - a story that makes you really think and ask questions. Since it’s a quick listen (and/or read) I’d highly recommend this to anyone reading this review! You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Courtney
  • 2021-03-22

potential

so being a fan of daniels YT channel I bought the book and I'm a bit torn. the cons first

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characters felt bland aside from our MC the other characters didn't feel alive to me. chapman and williams I really felt could have had more impact and needed more development. sam could have been a dog for as little as he was developed. I didn't find myself attached to anyone really aside from khlid

the first half of the story slow, not slow like setting up the story just kind of meh not much feeling or humor and only basic level introductions. I'll get to back half in the pros.

a bit too much forshadowing. the mystery of it all was a bit given away.

pros

khlid is well written. if he had the pages to bring along the other characters like he did with her alot of my cons would be solved.

the final 90mins or so saved the book for me. I really enjoyed the final 20 minutes especially. good job on the ending DG!

I like the world although I would have preferred a bit more description in the beginning to really help set the time period. had he mentioned the breech loaded guns earlier it would have allowed me really feel the setting a bit earlier. still though the setting and world are good.

it's his first book and while it's not great there are issues, overall I did enjoy it and if he trusts himself to allow a bit more side character development in his next books my issues with performance would be gone. keep it up daniel I have faith in you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-19

I'm in. Excited to see where the story goes

I will preface this by saying that I've been subscribed to him for years, and have watched many of his videos regarding progress of his worldbuilding. It is very likely that has affected my enjoyment in a positive way.
If you are not subscribed to his channel, I am not sure what you would think. Personally I've been hyped for his series for a while.

What did I like?
The tone - This book sets the tone wonderfully with the gruesome introduction. The overall vibe is pretty grimdark in my opinion but there is still fun to be had. I finished the novel in a good mood. The fight scenes come across as brutal but not sickening.
The characters - They were certainly well realized and I enjoying getting their perspective on the events in the book.
The worldbuilding - The world itself is pretty bleak with so many sprinkles of mystery involving the society.
The ending - I will not spoil it, but the reactions from the characters of the events unfolding are very realistic. I was on the edge of my seat.

What can be improved?
There were quite a few minor things that drew me out of it a little bit, but not enough to halt enjoyment.

I understand that, being a novella, there isn't the time to establish certain character motivations and morals. There were a few occurrences where a character is introduced by acting a certain way that, as we are told, contradicts actions they usually take. The thing is, we're not introduced to them in their normal state. The one example I can think of is Sam when he doesn't want word to get out of details of the crime scene yet he's described as trusting or how we're told the police chief is a good person after he's seen being a jerk to the main character. I guess this stuck out more just because this happened quite a lot.
A possible way to remedy this is to include a brief scene of seeing Sam trust a guard with some important task before entering the crime scene, or showing the chief's concerned reaction to Khlid's return to the station in her state.

It would have also been nice to see a grip too at some point. Granted, I feel that could be perceived as showing your cards too early so that one is understandable.

As always, Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are amazing.

That's all I can think of for now. I'm very excited to see what happens next. Keep on truckin'

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  • Josh Angel
  • 2021-03-18

A Vivid Horror, Fantasy, & Detective Mashup

I saw this pop up on Audible and stopped what I was reading out of pure nosiness. I follow the authors YouTube channel regularly if not avidly, and curiosity got the better of me. I'm pleased to find that the novella is quite good!

THE GOOD

Prose & Storytelling: This reads very well, with straight forward but vivid prose that effectively conveys the horror elements of the story, as well as the hard-boiled detectives personalities. No flowery imagery here, just the facts ma’am. But for a debut novel, this was far better than I expected. The story flows smoothly and the author has a confident voice.

"Khlid pulled a cigarette from her pocket and took a moment to pity the man with so little to lose. A boom of distant thunder cemented the dread in her stomach."

Characters: Despite the brevity of the story, I was impressed with how quickly I came to know and care for the characters. We follow three characters, all detectives, and two of them a married couple. There is some fun dialogue and testosterone soaked rivalry going on that made me chuckle. The bond between the married couple was touching, contrasting with their decisiveness, competence, and violence when needed.

Worldbuilding: We only get some broad brush-strokes of what this world is all about, but what we see is tantalizing. It seems to be some subtle criticism of social upper classes will be a theme in the series moving forward, with a God and seeming demi-gods at the center of the world being built.

Action: The author effectively creates and sustains tension during several action scenes, and the horror elements were quite visceral in their descriptions. There were a few genuine edge-of-your-seat moments.

Ambitious: I can see where some readers may not care for the ultimate ending, but my take was that it shows the author is willing to be bold, and go to some dark places. This is not a book for kids, and I love this dark and horrific vibe. Not what I was expecting from a Fantasy author.

THE BAD...ISH?

Complete Story, but Too Short: The only negative I can think of for this story is that it is too short. Just as I'm really getting into it, the story ends. I know that more is coming, but I can't quite give this top marks, not because of the quality of the content, but because the brevity of the format.

THE VERDICT

This feels like an epic prologue to a great story to come. I will be first in line for the next novella!

4 out of 5 stars

p.s. This audiobook featured the always reliable Kate Reading and Michael Kramer, who of course did a great job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-19

Amazing first book

I went into this book expecting it to be somewhat okay due to it being his first ever book but boy was I wrong. Opening scene hooked me right away, and I ended up immediately binging the entire book. Very interesting and thought provoking world with well written characters that show a lot of promise for what’s next to come in this series. Only complaint I have is that this is the only book out currently.

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  • David
  • 2021-04-04

I don't like Kate reading performance.

Kate will read a line of words and at the end it will go up in volume for the last word. I know she is very popular voice performer but sure wish authors would pick someone else or maybe change how she speaks so it's normal. It's really hard to focus on the story when she does this. As far as the book goes it was good. There are sharp transitions a couple of times but other than that it's a good book.

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  • Michael
  • 2021-04-01

Great start to a new series.

I enjoyed the majority of this book, which did a great job of giving listeners an introduction to the world. The characters were well written, and I really want to know what happens next. My only real complaint is the lack of Magic systems. Two were teased on the author's Youtube channel but only lightly introduced in the book and not very clearly. Still, it was a fun listen and I'll be grabbing the next one.

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  • Francisco Estrada
  • 2021-03-24

A Good First Outing

Hey, Daniel wrote a book!

And I read it. Or rather, listened to it because of the early release on audible.

Either way, I was really impressed by our resident goblin boy’s first outing as an author. It was short and to the point, yet there was a lot of world building and character. Khlid was a great main character and the chemistry with her husband was one of my favorite parts of the book. Their marriage actually felt real in the sense that you could tell they cared deeply about each other, but they would call each other out and have friction due to their chosen professions and strong personalities.

The prose was good here too. Lots of incredibly vivid descriptions of the environment, but what sticks out to me are the crime scenes and creatures. It was delightfully gross and perhaps a bit indulgent, yet it matched the story and the tone. This allowed for the action scenes to be pretty tense as there was also a clear sense of consequences.

The world itself is interesting. I was reminded very much of a more advanced Luthadel in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, where we are following people who work under the Lord Ruler instead of actively fighting against him. It was angle I didn’t really think of before and it’s part of what makes me want to continue forward with this novella series.

Now let’s talk about my issues. I understand that this is a novella, but I felt as though we could have used more time to just spend with the characters and delve further into certain plot points. This story is told primary from Khlid’s perspective, but we also get the point of view of another character who becomes more important later on. I feel as though this additional perspective could have been fleshed out or removed entirely. Perhaps the author plans on incorporating this perspective more effectively in the next installments, but here it felt a bit out of place. Also, I didn’t always agree with the creative direction the author took, especially at the end where the characters face a lot of those consequences I mentioned earlier.

Overall, Breach of Peace is a really good novella that I’m eager to see where these plot threads end up. I’m going to give it a 7 out of 10 and highly recommend checking it out. The audiobook especially is worth a listen because of Kate Reading’s performance being able to build on the emotions and personality in the text. Looking forward to see what else Daniel can accomplish as an author.

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