A short prelude to Edward Cox's new fantasy series....
|Title||:||the relic guild hemlock|
|Format Type||:||Audible Audio|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
the relic guild hemlock Reviews
this is the second prequel to the series that I have listened to as a freebie from audible. I have not read the series at this point. I notice that this prequel story hasn't had good reviews but also note that the series itself gets increasingly higher ratings as people read through the various volumes. The story is well read by Imogen Church who does well to convey the sense of menace - I'm not normally a lover of female narrators who often are pitched too high but Imogen Church is a good one
This was quite a dissatisfying read. It's short and almost immediately there's extreme violence to two women, which is particularly distressing. Does not entice me to read the rest of the series.
It's pretty obvious this is meant as a near-time prequel to the full-length fantasy novel "The Relic Guild", by the same author. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as interesting as it could have been, and in some ways I find it extremely off-putting. To have violence against two women within such a short piece, one kidnapped and tortured while the other is casually murdered, says a lot about both the author and the universe for which the short story was written. Women in refrigerators, anyone? If this 'verse doesn't yet have a page on TV Tropes, I think I may have to create one myself. Both of the aforementioned scenes are very central to this short, and both potentially triggering to any survivor of similar assaults, though fortunately low on the detail (I believe this to be due to the length, which is another reason I'm not particularly tempted to try out the novel). I don't judge the writer personally on his choice of content - after all, a character and an author do not necessarily share all the same views - but I can't help but be wary of any story that has such a violent, misogynistic kind of beginning.As for the narrator, Imogen Church, she mispronounces a word or two in this book, but she's quite good at accents, it would seem. I think I might enjoy her reading something else. I certainly wouldn't recommend this piece. I'm glad it was free! Rated an average of 3 stars on Audible between tale and reading, 2 stars on GR (as 3 stars on GR means "liked it", and I certainly did not).
Short scene prior to the second scene in The Relic Guild.
Accomplished narrator. Interesting world building. Poor story.Supposedly serving as a teaser prequel, this tale does not inspire me to seek out the rest of the series.
The story was slightly lacking but the narration was skillfully written and made up for it. It definitely made me want to have a gander at the rest of the series.
an enjoyable little audiobook that was juat long enough for me to listen to during a train journey. it has me particularly intiugued for the main series