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Hope and Red

Written by: Jon Skovron
Narrated by: Jon Skovron
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
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In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance.

A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist.

When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible.

©2016 Jon Skovron (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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  • Just me
  • 2019-02-15

Vulgarity took away from my enjoyment.

I bought this book after reading a preview in another author’s book. The preview had none of the extremely vulgar sexual language that punctuates the book. The characters had some unique words for things, which was original and somewhat enjoyable. I felt the author’s reading of the story melded all the characters into a similar personality, as he changed his tone and inflection very little. Also, the characters would often say something in a way that seemed out of character for that player. A few times Red’s character said something that I thought another character should call him out for, and they didn’t, so I was irritated. There were a few times I laughed out loud and I did really enjoy the character of Hope, but I am not planning to read the sequels.

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  • Branko Matijasevic
  • 2016-09-21

Great book and performance

This book is a very fine example of fantasy story in tradition od Scott Lynch and Brent Weeks. Little bit of thievery, little bit of killing a lot of baddies, all wraped in wide-eyed outlook on life youths have. What is fantastic, though, is author's reading of it. I enjoyed every minute of narration. Great job!

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  • liltxtwister
  • 2016-07-18

DNF

This book read like a middle grade, but could not be with its content. I did not care for the story or the narrator. This one is not for me.

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  • Lee
  • 2016-07-16

I enjoyed it

Took a chance and was quite pleased.

A well done setting with a host of folks that weave an interesting tale.

A bit coming of age but in a way that does not seem forced.

Kept me up late, to finish a chapter.