• by Kim Fielding
  • Narrated by K.C. Kelly
  • 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute's life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.
Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people's deaths - dreams that come true.
As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So lovely

Relistened to this again. KC Kelly is the perfect narrator for this story. I love it to bits. I get carried away with Brute on his life's story, and particularly the love between him and Grey. An absolute favourite of mine.
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- M. L. Tieman

excellent, much more than I expected

What did you like best about this story?

if you are told you are stupid and useless and treated like dirt for over 20 years you are bound to believe it.. but just a few small things soon show you otherwise.. young Warrens friendship and Alice's 'love' where wonderful.. of course I could say more but am not into spoilers. all the way to the bitter end Brute could not see the man he truly was..

What about K.C. Kelly’s performance did you like?

on first listening, I felt Mr Kelly's voice was slow and emotionless... how wrong I was. his voice was perfect for the character of Brute, and really brought the character to life.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. even aimlessly riding round in my car just to continue listening, though I think this is a stand alone story, I hope we have not heard the last of the characters, how does Alice fair and young Warren? and of course I would like to think we can revisit the main characters to see where life leads them next.

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- alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC