Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears.
Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.
Though Rsiran tries to serve obediently, to learn to control the call of lorcith as his father demands, when his life is threatened in the darkness of the mines, he finds himself Sliding back to Elaeavn, where he finds a black market for his blades - and a new family of thieves.
There someone far more powerful than him discovers what he can do and intends to use him. He doesn't want to be a pawn in anyone's ambitions; all he ever wanted was a family. But the darkness inside him cannot be ignored - and he's already embroiled in an ancient struggle that only he may be able to end.
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By Colin A. Mcgee on 14-11-17
i was initially cautious but...
I'd read a mixed range of reviews around the book. however as I was drawn to the book and story I thought 'Well its only a book lets try it.' it proved a good choice for me. I enjoyed the early slowish development of characters and introduction into the new world.
I found it a pleasure to read and was interested in the next book very quickly. Almost finished the second book - (1 hour left and a long trip coming up) and bought the third book.
I have enjoyed the readers performance . The voices are just a little different which enables you to follow the main characters fairly easy without lots of over delivery. its been a pleasure to enter this world.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By David Hubble on 29-07-18
New to the Holmbergverse!!!! Amazing!!!
Okay I should not be picky about the voice of the narration but Vikas Adam for me kept pulling me back to this amazing story from DK Holmberg (Sadly unlike alot of audiobooks). I admit it i'm noob and a total stumble onto the book and series, but all i'm going to say is I am hooked. Big TIME!!! The Wife is Hooked and well!!! we are churning through the next one!!
So if you are unsure about this book give it a go! As a professional metal smith Rsiren's story makes me feel at home and its nice to hear/see a new rogue in town! Definitely in the list next to my favourites from JRR Tolkien, Gail Z Martin and Patrick Rothfuss.
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By Ashley A. Bettinger on 23-07-17
Decent but had potential to be grand
The story had so much potential. The world and the supporting characters were interesting. The main problem for me with it was the main character. He constantly second guesses his choices and indulges himself in self pity. And with all the second guessing of his choices you would think he would have some better plans. He was far to meek and soft for me through most of the book. By the last sixth of the book he had a little bit more of a backbone but still had undercurrents of the nauseating self pity. If you can get past this the book is amazing. Also was a pretty good performance. I will continue listening to sequels in hope of the main character evolving into more of a hero and less of the wimpy crybaby he seemed to be for so much of this first book. Like I said, this series has potential.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Bunty on 16-07-17
INTERESTING STORYLINE. HAS POTENTIAL.
I find the protagonist, Rsiran an interesting character. He defied his orders and was sent to the mines as punishment. He managed to escape and he joined a group of thieves. He has the power of "sliding" and made good use to help his friends. Not a bad start to a new series and worth continuing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful