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"Has your life here been so difficult? You seem to fail upward at every opportunity." 

So says Careena, the hag teaching Clyde Hatchett how to use magic. It certainly doesn't feel like that to Clyde, who's still got a day job scraping mud (at least he hopes it's mud) out of monster pits, and whose "thieves' guild" is more concerned with baking cookies than with protecting him against a rival gang. He keeps accumulating roommates - like a freed sex slave and a retired paladin - who make him nervous, but for very different reasons. And let's not get started on the mimic that's taken up residence by Clyde's shower, or the supposedly tame grimeling in his closet....

And yet even with all the annoyances, distractions, and occasional death threats, Clyde's found himself at the center of a massive conspiracy to kill the Emperor. He's the only one with proof that could save the man, and take down an entire network of corrupt nobles, evil slavers, and power-hungry despots. Clyde really hopes Careena is right about him - the fate of the entire Empire depends on it.

©2019 Eric Ugland (P)2020 Tantor

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Good story but ...

Good story but the author has an annoying attachment to cliffhanger endings. I say this after having gone through 8 books in the good guy series. The introduction of the Kobolds is fun and amazing.

I can get behind his bad guys are bad idea. And Clyde is a decent protagonist that that seems to have just to much on his plate but my god take a second to breath and plan my man.

I was also hoping that this character would be a little more intelligent than Montana. But in alot of ways he just is not and I am seeing some of the same problems I have with the good guys series on repeat here.

All that being said still a enjoyable book, especially if you can launch into the next one.

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  • Trevor Caldwell
  • 2020-03-23

Complete waste of time

Nothing happens. The main character gets kidnapped repeatedly and doesnt seem to care. Possible interesting story lines are alluded to then abandoned, never to be mentioned again. A bunch of new characters are introduced then never allowed to talk. The main character gets a bunch of new skills that he completely ignores. I hated this book.

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  • BlindWanderer
  • 2020-03-03

Full circle

Good book! Not sure how I feel about the end. Lets hope it ends well.

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  • bill
  • 2020-04-11

Awesome story, even better series

Eric Ugland has been writing some of the best recent stories they're engaging, sincere characters. Generally, the characters Ugland writes about are like many of the people I know in my personal life. The most fun characters in this story and series all have just a tiny bit of larceny in their hearts but at their core are good and decent people. Good story telling.

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  • MVF
  • 2020-03-25

can't stop listening

this continues the story of Clyde hatchet as he gets deeply involved in learning his craft. and thrown into politics.

well done adventure, world building, and characters-- all of them are exceptional!!!

I highly recommend!!
(I'd wrote a lengthier review but it would spoil things -- READ IT)

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  • Jordan Davis
  • 2020-03-03

Great story

Great book just wish it was longer 8 hours flew by fast. I can’t wait for the next book to come out

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  • Lisa H
  • 2020-02-28

A great read good pace hated to see an end

I Tend to enjoy the fish out of water type stories where people have to learn their new environment. This may prejudice me to these books.. I also like the romanticism of the rogue type character. And medium fantasy of violence is not a problem for me I hope you enjoy Mr. Ugland books as much as I do.

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  • Summer
  • 2020-08-06

Great Series

If you loved The Good Guy Series, you will love this one. I highly suggest you ignore the summary of what this book is about cause it's very wrong. I think the author had it as a place holder and never updated it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-03-12

Eric doesn't disappoint another great book

Again another great book in the guys series I didn't want say good or bads since I believe it the all be tying in together. Was at 1 point drinking a soda when the author talks about one of the guards doing what any guard would do what any guard would ever do. And then he ran away screaming . I was drinking soda at the time I blea mountain pew out of my nose it was very painful but very funny. Good time can't wait to see how they tie to together.

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  • Brian k. Friedman
  • 2020-03-05

Can’t get enough

The good guy and back guy series have me hooked. Can’t wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2020-02-27

Is that a bug on my windshield?

Nope, just a dagger in my eye.

Props to Eric Ugland on another excellent book in this series. This and 'The Good Guys' series are so good, I wish they were written a few years back so I could binge-listen to them. Lots of stealthy pursuits, court intrigue the loss of what seemed to be key 2nd tier players.

Neil Hellegers' performance is perfect for these series.

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