Arriving in the royal city of Cynegil just after the good king's death, Liam and his traveling troupe face arrest for entertaining during a time of mourning. The new king, Riordan, offers them a choice: play for the court as he demands or be punished for the crime. With little recourse, they acquiesce. While the troupe entertains within the hall, Liam witnesses the dissension between the king and his twin brother, Shamus. When Shamus enlists Liam to record the kingdom's history from his own viewpoint, the king becomes suspicious. And when Liam becomes involved with Molly, the mysterious redheaded washerwoman, and Tristan, the royal soldier with a deadly secret and a skill for causing unfortunate accidents, his life becomes even more complicated. As the kingdom staggers beneath drought, famine, and conflict, Liam and Shamus must flee Cynegil with prices on their heads. Will they survive their journey or will they become just another ballad to be sung?
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It has everything you could possible want in a tale : Love, mystery, betrayal, heart stopping action sequences. Everyone should own this.
The world created by Marissa Ames contains characters that are multi-dimensional, in a world that is totally believable and it was easy for me to loose all sense of time whilst listening.
Matt brought the characters to life, his accents matching the visuals in my head perfectly. His voice had a soothing quality, and the subtle way he built tension allowed me to appreciate the story so much more than if I had only read it.
I can't pinpoint any one moment in the book that moved me as there are way too many to say, you'll just have to listen to it and find your own moments.
- Laura Jamez
This Minstrel will make your heart sing
That would be impossible. The story, which I loved already from the ebook, is given such life by Matt Thurston that this listener experienced a myriad of emotions. Three words for such a resonating read? Can't be done.
It rather reminded me of Karen Maitland's 'Company of Liars', not because of any plot similarities, but rather due to a beautiful evocation of the worlds and the finely-drawn characters that inhabit it.
Molly. Truly remarkable work from Mr. Thurston in bringing to life quite a difficult, complex character.
No (although I did read the eBook in one massive go). Taken in one chunk, the exquisite nuance of Mr. Thurston's delivery would be dulled. It is far better to take a leisurely pace, and savour a voice that, according to my mother, caresses the ears.
Roll on Vassal, the next in the series!