Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin—enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.
This started a bit slow for me while it did it’s world building and set up of the plot, but once it took off, it shot out of the gate. It was a fast paced adventure and I loved every minute of it. Mouse was a wonderful main character for me. He was bristly and grumpy and I found him endlessly entertaining. The grumpy MC falling in love is one of my favorite sub-tropes and I feel like the author nailed it here. He did a great job of showing us Mouse’s internal struggle as he falls for Garron. Garron was also a great MC. He was a nice balance to Mouse. I felt like the chemistry between the two jumped off of the page and so did the more tender feelings. The happily ever after at the end was really touching.
There were a lot of side characters but they all added to the story and I never felt overwhelmed with them. I was glad to see this was the first book in a series and I immediately went out and bought the next book. I would love to see the author do more books in this world.
This audiobook was narrated by Joel Leslie and I thought he did a really good job with all of the voices. For some reason I have listened to a lot of this narrator’s books lately (about 7-8) and I think this was one of the best ones. He really nailed every aspect of this book.
If you’re looking for a story that is both well written and narrated well this is a definite recommend. I think that story has something for everyone.
This cover was designed by AngstyG and I love it. I think it’s both artistically beautiful and it fits the plot of the story super well. I actually chose to review this book based solely on the cover.
Published March 10th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published November 6th 2015)
Edition Language English
SeriesLords of Davenia #1