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  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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Forging Hephaestus

Written by: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Amy Landon
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Gifted with meta-human powers in a world full of capes and villains, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated.

Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem. The education of a villain is not an easy one, and Tori will have to learn quickly if she wants to survive. On top of the peril she faces from her own teacher, there are also the capes and fellow apprentices to worry about, to say nothing of having to keep up a civilian cover.

Most dangerous of all, though, are those who loathe the guild's very existence. Old grudges mean some are willing to go to any length to see the guild turned to ash, along with each one of its members. Even the lowly apprentices.

©2016 Andrew Hayes (P)2017 Tantor

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Interesting characters

I am sure this is a beginning of a series. It was the usually parade of super heroes in training. The characters were interesting and the story line interesting. Amy Landon does a great narration!!!!

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I did love this story and I'm looking forward to the next book. At times it felt more like a TV show with it's moving POVs. When first listening thought it would be a negative against the book but it was not. Though, I would warn that there are a lot of characters. For me they each felt different and I was able to keep them apart but it would have been nice to have a character list.

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Slow to start. Got totally into it.

That’s all. Except (and I’m not sure how to write this) but I like that the female characters actually sound like interesting women.

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Can't wait

amazing book, loved every single second of it. I can't wait for the next volume!

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AWESOME!!

There was a few times I thought the book was wrapping up. Then it just kept going. In a great way. I feel like I got a few really well written and narrated books for a steal!! I'm jumping straight to the second book.

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Un-frickin-believable

Absolutely stellar book! I can't wait for the next installment! Cannot say enough good things about this story line!!!

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Light superhero book

This book is an engaging start to a series. The story arc is fairly predictable but the interactions of the characters as well as the individual situations make it worth listening too.

At the highest level there is a guild of super heroes, and a guild of super villains. Their relationship is more balanced and symbiotic than the public realize until somebody upsets the balance.

Amy Landon does a good job bringing the material to life. The character interactions are amusing. This book both stands as a complete story and sets the stage for later books.

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fantastic look at the genre

Love the look that Drew gives the reader into the super hero genre. The narrator also blows it out of the park.

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Fun spin on things

The story had a fun world, characters and a fun perspective on the dynamic of super heroes and super villains.

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Not so bad not so great

The story isn't a super selling point but it hold up. The writing though is cringy way too often. The narrator is average nothing to write home about. I don't care to pick up the next book in the series

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