Summary

Gifted with meta-human powers in a world full of capes and villains, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated.
Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem. The education of a villain is not an easy one, and Tori will have to learn quickly if she wants to survive. On top of the peril she faces from her own teacher, there are also the capes and fellow apprentices to worry about, to say nothing of having to keep up a civilian cover.
Most dangerous of all, though, are those who loathe the guild's very existence. Old grudges mean some are willing to go to any length to see the guild turned to ash, along with each one of its members. Even the lowly apprentices.
©2016 Andrew Hayes (P)2017 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By L. Henderson on 17-04-17

Excellent! Enjoyed much more than expected!

Great listen, very interesting to hear from a villains' viewpoint. Loved the humor twined through.

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5 out of 5 stars
By mat brown on 13-02-18

Utterly utterly Awesome!

Been ages since I was gutted to reach the end of a book but I was unbelievably gutted to each the end of this

What a great listen, characters were well rounded and compelling, the story was a rollercoaster ride and the narration was perfect

Come on Drew get your Pen out and get the sequel out NOW!!!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 20-06-17

Well written and engaging anti-hero story

Would you listen to Forging Hephaestus again? Why?

When the sequel eventually drops I'll likely give this book another listen. I listen to enough books that a refresher is usually necessary. It would be fun listening again, the book was well written enough to be entertaining even with knowledge of the plot.

What other book might you compare Forging Hephaestus to and why?

Super Powereds, also by Drew Hayes. It's a similar story of anti-heroes gaining acceptance and overcoming adversity. They're both well paced and entertaining.

What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did a great job. The voices were all distinct and memorable. She brought them to life very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It didn't quite grab me enough to keep me from doing other things, but it was definitely one I looked forward to hitting play on in the morning.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jerry on 16-04-17

Would a Guild of Han Solos be so bad?

Unlike his Super Powered series, which leans toward the optimistic side, this is more realistic (as much as a book of super heroes CAN be). The "Capes" get caught up in the glitz and glamor while the "Villians" end up doing the good (but not for noble reasons, just because "chaos" is not profitable). I love the characters and the back stories are awesome! Zealous is a personal favorite!

Keep it up and I look forward to Ivan's tiptoe on a razor's edge of power and sanity! Well done!

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