Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A great review I had to share

I got a message on Facebook from someone who linked me to her Amazon review of The Jester. For those that don't know, this is a short story that was originally published in the Unfettered anthology (edited by Shawn Speakman and released by Grim Oak Press).  I've made it available for sale on the various platforms, at the lowest price they allow ($0.99).  But my intention was never to "make money" on this short. I want to share it with others, hopefully to entice them to read more of my works.  So, in case you don't now, you can it for free from me or audible. If you've not read any of my work, or read the novels but not the shorts, please use the links to get your free copy. And to let you know why you should even bother, well here's the review that I enjoyed so much:

5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read!March 9, 2015
This review is from: The Jester: A Riyria Chronicles Short Story (Kindle Edition)
Being thrown into a deadly, watery trap isn't your typical idea of treasure hunting, but Royce and Hadrian definitely make it intriguing and entertaining! The two friends are serving as escorts/protection for a woman named Myra, who possesses pieces of a map that leads to riches galore. However, it's cursed in a sense, because the dwarven Jester who distributed the map pieces wanted to teach the greedy and cowardly nobility a lesson.

In this tight space, where Myra, the pig farmer Wilmer, and Royce & Hadrian are trapped, we see glimpses of each personality, and even of the motivations that brought them this far on the trip. Hadrian cares more about others and their safety, and Royce (a professional thief) reminds his friend to save his own bacon if he wants to make it out alive. These two men are very different, yet at the same time, their banter and implicit trust of one another is natural and central to the story.

I have to catch myself to make sure I don't let any spoilers slip, but suffice it to say, this is an entertaining read that will make you want to crave the next Royce & Hadrian adventure (and yes, I WILL be following these two).


  1. I listened to both this one and "The Viscount and the Witch" for the second time over the weekend. They're so much fun that I decided to use my Audible credit for this month to listen to "Heir of Novron", even though I already own a copy in print. It's a few spots down my physical reading queue, and I decided I didn't want to wait (and besides, it's a bargain--long enough to take up pretty much all of my commute time for the next month until my next Audible credit is available (if I don't get too excited for the ending and binge-listen on weekends)). Tim Gerard Reynolds really is an excellent choice for narrator.

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