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A Sellsword's Compassion

The Seven Virtues, Book 1
Lu par : Steven Brand
Série : The Seven Virtues, Volume 1
Durée : 10 h et 7 min

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War sweeps the land as the sons and daughters of the late King Marcus battle over who will claim their father’s throne and able-bodied men and women flock to one cause or the other in the hopes of a better tomorrow. At least, most of them. 

If life has taught the jaded sellsword Aaron Envelar anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing. But when his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand.

Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet - staying alive.

This debut novel from Jacob Peppers is a new entry in the great epic fantasy tradition of Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Joe Abercrombie.

©2017 Jacob Peppers (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • David
  • 12/08/2018

My favorite new author.

I listen to audiobooks every day for at least 4 hours mainly historical fiction and fantasy. My favorite authors are Larry Correia, Bernard Cornwell, Jim Butcher and Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. But I've listened to alot of George Martin, Kel Kade ,Anthony Ryan, Ra Salvatore and many others this author is by far my newest favorite his characters are interesting and the dialogue is great. the story along with a solid performance by steven brand make this well worth listening to. the only down side is there is currently only about 10 hours of stories available . I can't wait for the next listen.

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  • Chax
  • 19/02/2019

MC is a veteran merc

who meekly does whatever he is told.... wait what?

yep you heard right, despite not having enough information to satisfy anyone. let alone a veteran mercenary. he just grumbles and obeys

if that is your idea of a good time enjoy.

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  • Sailfish
  • 24/11/2018

Mostly Staging for the Follow-on Books in Series

The novel contains magic but so far mostly centered on persons who have acquired one of the 7 Virtues spirit-form traits. Our protagonist, Aaron, unwantedly acquired that of Compassion or 'Co' for short. Co instills her compassion trait onto Aaron along with the ability to deaden pain for a short period of time. While Aaron makes good use of the nerve-deadening ability, he is troubled by the compassion trait.

Aaron is a recluse but is not without friends and the ability to acquire new ones and Jacob Peppers provides sufficient backstory for each along the way; likewise for the various antagonists he encounters. All of them are written in such a way to make them interesting.

There are two main plot arcs revolving around Aaron, one, his quest to save a kingdom along with one of its princesses and the other defending himself and Co from a madman driven to kill him and tear Co from him.

The various encounters during his two pursuits are interesting but involved a bit more philosophical navel-gazing dialog than seems necessary. Still, the tale unfolds in an interesting fashion. While there were many encounters, by the end of the book nothing had been fully realized and, essentially, ended with the listener/reader having a clear understanding of who the major characters are and their roles for the follow-on books in the series.

There are a few instances of sexual content but none of it graphic nor hardcore.

Steven Brand's narration is very good and enhances the listening pleasure.

The was a solid book and I look forward to continuing the series.

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  • Amy
  • 06/02/2019

What is up with this trend of incompetent protagonists?

It seems like there is a trend recently for all the protagonists to just “Forest Gump” their way through the story. I loved the movie, but come on. Why does every hero have to bumble his/her way through life while supposedly being the best “put title here” ever. I’m really tired of this theme.

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  • levy
  • 12/12/2018

Rushed

This whole story felt hurried along and the reasons for people to do what they do is barely touched upon. None of the relationships, romantic or otherwise, feel believable at all.

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  • NoOneSpecial
  • 15/09/2018

Not enough meat on the bone

It was good but not great. I liked the characters and narration. Needs world-building.

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  • John
  • 11/03/2019

meh...

it was an okay book. But I found myself missing big chunks when I walked in another room - and other reasons - and ended up not caring enough to rewind to listen to what I missed.. Steven Brand is one of my favorite narrators, but in this book I felt like he was flat during all argument/conversation/battles etc.. I didn't know really what the mood was from one moment to the next.. idk. not BAD but not good..

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  • Judy
  • 08/03/2019

Getting there...

Young author with some previous success in shorter-form sci-fi/fantasy attempts jump to epic format. Having just finished this first installment of The Seven Virtues, I really think he'll make it, so am moving on through trilogy with hope and crossed fingers. Voice actor Steven Brand a joy, as always, and voices entire series - YAY!

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  • Trip Williams
  • 14/08/2018

Very Good First Book, A Few Plot Holes

This was a good start to a promising series. It's a bit clumsy transitioning the Main Character to different Mental Phases of his life, and there are a few GLARING Plot Holes (IE: Fighting in an Arena with acoustics designed to let EVERYONE in the spectator crowd hear the slightest WHISPER of "Yield" from a combatant, AND allow "The Powers That Be" to hear EVERY word said by ANYONE in the crowd.. Yet, later, NO ONE can hear the assassin confessing everything to the Main Character in the fighting arena while baiting him)... Overall its a GOOD listen, and I'm sure the "Mental Transitions" made by the Main Character will smooth out, and the holes in plot-lines will tighten up, in future books.

Steven Brand does his usual FANTASTIC Job of Narration!

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 22/08/2018

A wonderful collaboration between author&narrator

My second read from author Jacob Peppers. I'd gotten the Kindle edition for The Silent Blade back in April and never got around to reading it until the author gave me an Audfans audible edition fot it, after reading/listening to it I went right out & bought A Sellsword’s Compassion while it was on sale, then I went & got the Audible edition since the first narration was so good. Owning both the Kindle & Audible editions I was able to follow along while listening. Great read, great narration, Steven Brand has become the voice of Aaron Envelar! What other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. On to book #2. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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