Where I Got It: The library.
Who I Recommend This To: If you’re tired of the same old thieve-elf/troll/goblin-world calamity trope, this is very different and a lot of fun.
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation (2010)
Length: 15 hours 22 minutes
Series: Book 1 Chronicles of Siala
Shadow Harold is a trained thief, if not always respected. His role starts off simple – thieving for a bit of money. But his abilities have not gone unnoticed and soon he is taken before the high and mighty and given a quest that threatens his life at every turn, and probably shaves a few years off his life. A great evil known as The Nameless One is threatening the great city of Avendoom and the peace of the known world. Harold must assist a band of Wild Hearts, the goblin court jester, and a sharp-toothed elfin princess in retrieving a magical horn that will beat back evil.
OK – that sounds pretty straight forward. Now throw in some Russian folk lore, elves of ash-colored hair and pointy teeth, orcs being the first children of the earth, a wise-ass goblin, and a most reluctant hero. This book was a joy to listen to. It was one of those random picks that I borrowed from the library based solely on the cover. Shallowness did not lead me astray this time; this book is excellent adventure. Alexey Pehov gave us a nitty gritty tale filled with grey-area characters full of mystery. I especially liked Harold’s sarcastic wit and practical take on events.
The narration was excellent. MacLeod Andrews provided this gruff voice for Harold, capturing his jaded point of view. The narrator’s fun, high voice for the goblin court jester was unexpected, but by the end of the book, it truly fit.
What I Disliked: There really was only 1 female character and she had a minor role.
I’m including this in the Read & Review Hop hosted by On Starships and Dragonwings. Check her blog out to see other great reviews.