The Church of the Book has assembled a team of twelve battle-hardened adventurers to slay the dragon once and for all. But tensions run high between the leaders of the team who view the mission as a holy duty and...more
Told in first-person, the narrator isn't the protagonist, making this quite an original way of relaying the story. Stagger, the narrator, actually dies right at the start of the story. Following his long-term companion around in ghost-format, Stagger tells the story of Infidel, a super strong female mercenary, and his secret love interest. ...more
Our protagonist is Infidel, a magically overpowered woman working as a mercenary and occasional thief. She has super strength and is impervious to most damage. When her closest friend dies, she decides to take one last big job so she can retire in style. Her best chance ...more
Stagger and Infidel are bounty hunters searching for highly prized dragon bones. While chased by pygmies, Stagger accidentally stabs and kills himself with his bone knife, and is transformed into a ghost tied to his knife, he must go where it goes. Infidel, the beautiful warrior with impenetrable skin and unnatural strength, mourns his death, not knowing Stagger is still following her. She joins a strange band o ...more
I liked the heroine, Infidel, though I wish she'd been a little less objectified. All of the secondary characters were really interesting, a ...more
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Narrated by the ghost of a deceased drunkard, Greatshadow shows off the strengths I've come to expect in James Maxey's writing: it gushes with cool ideas brought to life; it moves at speed through unexpected and intriguing plot turns; and it features sympathetic characters who are larger than life and twice as flawed.
Some of the phenomena in this book rank with the most fascinating I've seen in any story anywhere: a chamber constructed of false matter, i ...more
While this isn't a book that will change you world, is was vastly entertaining. Take your usual cast of quest characters in a world with some interesting non-h ...more
Even though I like fantasy, I am quite picky with this genre, and I found that many fantasy books do not fulfill ...more
A cool addition in listening to the audiobook for me, we get small sound effects! There's a noise that matches the waterfall, lightly in the background to give us the feel of the story with the narration. I enjoyed the sly or laid back, knowing voice of the clientele at Black Swan that he used. Very fitting of the characters! I found I really enjoyed Jake as the narrator fo ...more
My first book narrated by Jake Urry was a psychological thriller, and his way of narrating really got to me. I then listened to his performances of an occult thriller series; so when I found out that he was the narrator of Greatshadow, and fantasy being my favourite genre, I absolutely ‚had‘ to listen to it.
Now, the brain is a funny organ: when starting Greatshadow, at first I couldn’t help picturing Harlan Ulrich, the main protagonist from the occ ...more
There are many characters, and a high body count to go along with it. Stagger the ghost drunk is the narrator, but Infidel the superpowered rebel princess is the real lead. She gained her powers by eating ancient dragon blood while escaping a forced marriage to another major character, the paladin Lord Tower. Father Ver ...more
The story starts as little more than a D&D type escapade, but eventually digs deeply into morality, theology, love, s ...more
The narrator within a book not being the main character can sometimes detract from a story if the author doesn't get the tone quite right, but thankfully that is not the case and the nature of that narrator makes for an interesting change too ...more
I thought the writing was clear, concise, and imaginative. I did find myself bored in most chapters, but I was satisfied with the ending and the fact that I grew somewhat attached to the characters by the end of this 15-something hour long audiobook.
As for the narration, Jake Urry was the ONLY reason I continued listening. His voice ...more
Complicated plot lines always intrigue me because it challenges my brain to remember everything. And when done right, it’s awesome. The story line for this book was done right. It was an intense action pack story about dragons and warriors. Right now, I’m on a dragon kick, so this book came along at the right time. The author’s world building is well-developed and it was easy to see the story unfold as if I was watching a movie. I think listening t ...more
TBH, the first 30 minutes or so of the book, I was not sold...in fact, I almost DNFed this one.
I am glad I didn't.
This was a very entertaining read...it reminded me a little bit of Eragon, but for adults. It was adventurous, funny, and all-together captivating!
I loved the different characters in the group...their powers were fantastic and really pushed the book forward in regards to k ...more
So, What do I think of this book? Excellent, fast moving and a fantastic fantasy.
The characters are really enjoyable. Infidel our heroine, Sta ...more
I definitely wouldn't suggest this if you want romantic fantasy, so I feel that person was way off with that suggestion. Yet, I am so happy to have read it.
The magic is fun. It's not like Sanderson where it all makes perfect sense with proper rules but it has some limitations and there are a lot of forms of it. The characters are all likable and interesting, I wanted to read more instead of skim ...more
I was immediately drawn into this rich world, and loved listening to the adventures of Stagger and Infidel.
What a story!
Great narration by Jake Urry!
So many interesting things going on, I don't even know where to start. Best listen for yourself!
I think everyone would really enjoy this tale, and want more!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have vol ...more
I'm also a writer. I wrote my first book as a kid, an adventure about pirates and ghosts. When I was a teenager, I used to write superhero adventures. The ...more