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    The tale of how an orphaned thief escaped the slums, united a nation, and brought a mighty empire to its knees.

    The truth is neither plain nor simple. Sable, a reluctant thief from the slums, can feel truth when people speak. For years she’s been using that skill to try to break free from the vicious gang boss to whom she's indebted.

    Escape comes in the form of an odd set of companions: a dwarf running from the past, an actor with a magical, glowing tree, a too-helpful kobold, a playwright with a knack for getting stories out of people, and a man and woman with suspicious, magical powers.

    But Sable’s freedom is short lived. On the edges of civilization, they discover hidden, terrifying lies in the offers of peace from the brutal Kalesh Empire. Now, she must return to the city she fled, and along with her companions, attempt an impossible task: convince everyone, including the powerful Dragon Prioress, of the truth.

    Except the Kalesh web of lies has ensnared everyone.

    With her land, her people, and everything she loves hanging in the balance, Sable is the only one standing between freedom and certain death.

    The Keeper Origins trilogy and the Keeper Chronicles trilogy can be listened to in any order. They take place in the same world but are stand-alone books.

    ©2020 JA Andrews (P)2021 Podium Audio

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    • Kimberly A.
    • 29/01/2021

    Exceeded my expectations!

    I like to listen to audiobooks while I work. Sometimes I miss parts of books because of that and can only effectively listen about ninety percent of the time. With this book, I didn't want to miss a thing! I felt like this book was very well written, and had some great storytelling.

    Kate Reading is flawless as always. She is incredibly talented and by far one of the best narrators out there.

    I can't wait for more books!

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    • Bigt983
    • 28/01/2021

    More Keepers please!

    Before I get to the rest of the review I want to strongly suggest that you read the previous trilogy (The Keeper Chronicles) as well as the side stories first. The best part? You get all 3 books narrated by one of my all time favorites Tim Gerard Reynolds in a publishers pack so is there really any reason not to?

    As a fan of the previous series I was super excited to get to see the events first hand that helped shaped the world I just enjoyed living in so much. It took me a little while to settle into the story, this is my first time listening to Kate Reading and I listen at high speed, but once things began to click I buzzed right along. Part 1 is really all about building up the relationship between Sable and Talia and their complicated relationship with Kiva.

    Part 2 was where I really got into the meat & potatoes of the story, once the acting troop was introduced I really began to get drawn in by the characters, This is about where I got swept up in the first books and one by one I began to identify with each of them, getting drawn in by their stories just like I did in the first series with Ayda and Duglon. It almost makes me want to run off and join the circus...

    As the book drew to a close I could feel JA drawing the lines of the story together, Through the subtle callbacks and little tidbits I could see the parallels between the characters in the story and the ones in their plays and even their antagonists. You begin to see magic being wielded more and more and are introduced to all kinds of new critters including an amazing little kobold. I have a feeling we will get some bloody vengeance in the next book or so and I can't wait to see the fireworks.

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    • Greg
    • 27/01/2021

    Its not as bad as the number of stars, but

    So, first....the book ends horribly, its not quite a cliff hanger, but after all the time spent...it might as well have been. The prose and flow within each individual chapter are nicely done, but the plot is a plodding, awful mess. You spend a lot....and I mean a lot, of time sitting on the sidelines doing nothing....while nothing is really going on.

    I had a real hard time connecting the MC with her age and experience....she just felt naive and younger than the 25 years she is suppose to be....I almost wonder if the writer changed her age(and her sisters) at the end.

    Part I felt like it was stripped out of another novel and thrown in, while changing the MCs. Part II started to get interesting, flowing....and then it started to plod along again. Part III, was the worst parts of Part I.

    The book ended and I just didn't care about the MC, her sisters, the troop.

    Is the book really that awful...no....certain chapters and sequences are very much engaging....but as a whole its just not very good.

    Is it worth a credit...if you like plodding plots(and let's face it, you are out there), yes its a nice a story....but I can not recommend.

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    • Bill D.
    • 24/03/2021

    Can't Wait for Book 2

    Blown away. Great characters, great story. Listened without attention as Kate Reading brought life to all of the cahracters, so much so, thatI ended up yelling at the characters in my mind as to what they should do. Kudos to the author on a job well done.

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    • Thomas J Bott
    • 06/04/2021

    More please!

    I did not want it to end! When do we get the next installment? Great characters and refreshingly novel situations.

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    • Brent
    • 17/03/2021

    WOW

    I've listened to literal months worth of audio books and this has been my favorite. A truly incredible story that ticks every box.

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    • Matthew Harms
    • 16/03/2021

    Wonderful voice acting and a wonderful story

    Truly enjoyed this continuation of the keeper chronicles. The narrators voice choices and delivery were wonderful. Pernicious's voice was especially apt. Looking forward to book two.

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    • connie
    • 10/03/2021

    Excellent Book. It is amazing!

    Totally different story, than I have read before excellent character development, it really leaves you wanting to read the next book.

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    • Dave
    • 15/02/2021

    A great start to a new trilogy

    I recently got into the Keeper Chronicles not too long ago and while the books were good, they always ended short of an epic and always seemed to short, but they were pleasantly written books and took turns that few others did. This book is a good size and really brought out the backstory and growth of the characters. It was well written as the other books were, and it brought a nice range of emotions. In the end, this book built up all the way to the end, and had quite a bit of logic to it which made me not have to second guess many of the decisions. There was a twist ending which set up the next book, which I am now looking forward to, but it wasn't too strong, though the ending revelations were a bit...a bit forceful and not set up as well in my opinion, but it did not dissuade my desire to read the next book. Also, Kate Reading is a great choice for the narrator.

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    • David
    • 02/02/2021

    Excellent Story

    Thoroughly enjoyable. A bit slow start as the characters and environment were introduced and fleshed out but the story definitely picks up. The main character, Sable, was outstanding and her character development and growth throughout the story was well done. I really enjoyed JA Andrews Chronicles series and look forward the next in this Keeper Origins series. The story ends with Sable in a "between a rock and a hard spot" situation and I look forward how it is resolved in the next book. Kate Reading was also outstanding. Definitely worth a credit. Some violence but overall a story that is suitable for a younger audience as well.

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    • Kitvaria
    • 05/02/2021

    Amazing characters, epic world, brilliantly narrat

    What an amazing ride of a story.

    I was hooked right from the start, because I simply love the capable, but yet far from perfect main character. Seeing a young woman go her way, and do all she can to keep her younger sisters save, and inadvertently landing in the middle of a big adventure is something I sadly rarely see without a major romance factor in the book. Sable however is way too busy with staying save, alive and kicking, to be pining after men, and there is only the tiniest ever hint of some possible romance, and even that late in the book. For that alone I'd like to give 5* and some extra!

    In accordance to this, one of the things I love about Andrews' writing is that she writes for an adult audience, with adult themes and deep characters, but she doesn't have overly graphic violence on the page. There is death (actually quite some in this book!) and it isn't glossed over. But instead of focussing on "what inner organs falls out of a body in what way", it focuses on the repercussions, and how it affects the world and characters. How they deal with it, and get on with things. While I do like to read grimdark with gore aplenty, I definitely enjoy this style of books as a breather between a all the bloodbaths, and I find them rather rarely. Books are often either gorey, or "cute" and avoiding problematic topics all around. Sullivan's Riyria is the best comparison I can think of.

    Aside from the main character, I also enjoyed all the side characters, who grew fully into their skin throughout the story and felt unique and real to me to a point that made me sad to leave them at the end of the story. There were some nice twists along the way that I really didn't see coming, but in hindsight they felt very organic and realistic...

    The story itself also progresses a lot. While it isn't like any of these books, it still reminded me of Lies of Locke Lamora first, with a city full of gangs, then of Rothfuss while we travel with a troupe of actors, and later we get to see there's a way bigger problem showing just beyond the horizon, that sets sequels up nicely.

    It ends not so much on a cliffhanger, but at a point where you so dearly want to read the next part, because you get a glimpse of what's up next, and I can't wait to read more. There's a whole new ... collaboration, if not voluntary, coming up, and I can't wait to see that play out!

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