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4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,797 Ratings  ·  466 Reviews
Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard ...more
ebook, 270 pages
Published December 3rd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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“Y-you're a giant because an ordinary man's body is t-too small for what you are.”

3.5 stars. And the award for the sweetest main character goes to…BRUTE! (Ironic, isn’t it?) Indeed. Brute is an amazing and selfless person. Always there to help, without being asked to and not claiming any reward afterwards. Yet, he saved the life of a prince and had been given a post at the palace, as the guard…of a traitor. One every person fears and can’t stand to be close to. Brute, kind and wonderful Brute,
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

4 stars for the book, 5 stars for the narration, 4.5 stars overall! This was an excellent listen!

Just from those first moments of the audiobook sample, I knew it would be a hit for me. K.C. Kelly did a gorgeous job narrating Love, Like Water, so I had the utmost confidence that he would kill this one. And he did. With a rumbling bass for Brute and a perfect stutter for Gray, the narrator nailed it.

I happen to have a tender spot for stutterers, so listening to K.C. Kelly narrate Gray had me almo
You’re a giant because an ordinary man’s body is too
small for what you are.”
(Chapter 15, excerpt belongs to author)

Sometimes a powerful book comes without having to shout its existence, without having to offer actions and fireworks, without having to throw the characters to emotional or physical obstacles. Sometimes a powerful book comes with a quiet sigh, compelling tale, and unforgettable characters. This is what "Brute" means to me...

Brute was simply one of the gentlest character I encounter
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Dear GR friends, friends of friends, lurking followers and so on.

May I have your attention, please?


Stop googling pics of hot men.

Stop swooning over Marco’s steamy gifs.

Stop whatever you’re doing and give this wonderful book a chance.

You’ll find yourself lost in a marvelous world full of sweet giants, blind sorcerers, clumsy princes and smart kids. You’ll smile over a heartwarming tale of true love and heroism. You’ll be transported in the kingdom of Tellomer, were even ugly giants can find frie
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Owners of beating hearts; People in need of restarting their unbeating hearts
"It's always good to have a giant or two looking after you."

Words so true, especially if that giant is Brute aka Aric aka the current tugger on my heartstrings.

How to describe Kim Fielding's "Brute"? It's a sort of fantasy featuring a gentle giant among men, Aric/ Brute. He's seven and half feet tall, ostracized, abused (emotionally and physically), scarred and never knew any kindness. His father was a thief, his mother took the easy way out and left poor young Aric on his own in a cruel world
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m
He'd learned a long time ago...
That wishing was useless.

Brute lost his parents at a young age...and from then life has been difficult. Abused by his uncle, bullied by other children, Brute grows up knowing his life won't be easy. His seen has ugly, a monster and at times an abomination.
People always assumed he was stupid anyway.
But people only see whats on the outside, and not Brutes beautiful heart...and his need to simply be wanted.


After some unfortunate events, Brute finds himself in a new
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars!

I simply do not have the time to write a review for this book at this time. However, trust me when I say that Brute was such a wonderful book. I fell absolutely in love with the gentle giant known as Brute. This book was unique and definitely melted my heart.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-favorites

4.5 stars

Wanna know what I love?

I love Brute.

I love the gentle giant with the HUGE capacity to care for others.
I love the simple man who's been forced to survive a hard and lonely life but doesn't let that impact how he treats people.
I love the strong and brave man that does everything he can to save his love.
I love Aric.

"Brute" is set in mythical/fantasy times in lands unknown...and is about a 7.5 ft tall man named Aric with a heart of gold, a prince who shows him appreciation and generosit
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingela by: Jenni
Full review written January 7, 2014

4.3 Stars - Emotional and very nice about a real old-fashioned hero

Brute is such a beautiful fairy tale about a wonderful gigantic, and fantastic good hearted, hero. I really, really enjoyed this lovely story and it showed me how strong grand love is and how brave a person that no one believes in can prove to be.
“Y-you're a giant because an ordinary man's body is t-to small for what you are.”

I always LOVE these old-fashioned fantasy romances. Stories with
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
4.5 stars

Buddy read off the Old and Moldy shelf with Mish.

Kim Fielding never disappoints. She paints fantasy worlds that we can dip into and believe. Brute was at once heartbreaking and sweet. I loved the idea of two lost souls finding each other. I do wish we had seen more of the passion between them, but there was was more than enough tenderness to make me believe in the love between Aric and Gray. If this has been lingering on your shelf, read it. You won't regret it.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gift, romance-fantasy
Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

So much pain, grief, and yet solace in finally not being alone. Simply heartfelt, a love beyond.

It was the only time anyone ever touched him, and, as meaningless as those touches were, he suspected that he’d shrivel up and die without them.

And to Bree: This made me so happy. I kept saving it for a special moment since you told me it was amazing.
"The true thanks is the happiness of the recipient.”

Gift from my reading twin. Thanks, Bree
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, fantasy

Fantastic fantasy story about a giant of man who everyone perceives is a brute because of his size and looks when in fact he is loving caring man. He's injured saving the life of a prince and is offered the job of caring for a blind prophetic prisoner.

This story just killed me in some places. Heart wrenching stuff here, I really loved it. There's some really solid fantasy world building here. Great characters and dialogue. This was so close to a five star read for me but the ending wasn't as
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time in a land far far away, where magic exists there was a man who lived a lonely and abused life.

In fact the villagers where he lived didn’t even call him by his name. They called him Brute, that’s how they saw him as a large, dumb, strong, disfigured beast only good for labor. Aric (Brute) is alone in the world, both of his parents dead he is merely existing. Until one day the prince comes to inspect the work and falls over a cliff, Brute rescues the prince and his life changes……

Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ETA 6-9-14: After due consideration, I just promoted this book to my favorites shelf.

So not what I was expecting. The "there's someone to love everyone" theme was done so well here. The love story was sweet and emotional. The writing was fluid. The paranormal elements were subtle enough that I didn't feel like I had to stretch my imagination to believe the story.

Thanks Dani for picking this book for one of our Old & Moldy reads. I look forward to cleaning out more of my bookshelves with you.
This kinda broke me. That's why I loved it.


I don't listen to many audiobooks, but I decided to give 'Brute' a try because of the raving reviews from my friends. I was hooked from the moment I pressed play. This is was my first time listening to K.C. Kelly, and I was completely blown away. The narrator breathed life in to every character, with each voice being entirely unique. Often I have to really concentrate to follow along when I'm listening to an audiobook, but here I didn't even ha
Tiya Rosa
I'm self-centered, sullen, and frequently rude, so it's usually a toss up when I read about someone so pure and good. Either I want to scoop their eyeballs out and just go Hostel on their holier than me asses because who are they kidding with their Mary Sue-ing and Gary Stu-ing - people are not that fucking kind; or I want to self flagellate and curl into a fetal position because I'm a horrible person and I deserve horrible things.

This book is all in the latter category. I went through it alter
3 Stars for the story.

5 Stars for Brute.

Overall a 3.5 star but I'm round up for the giant.

Fantastical fairytale story. Heartbreaking, bitter sweet reading with an oh so satisfying conclusion.
I really liked this one, and I have to be honest and say it was because of Brute - the gentle mistreated giant.

Loved him, absolutely everything about Brute endeared me to him. There is nothing you can say against Brute without me killing you. I will defend him viciously against any and all who dare.

A wonde
Kaje Harper
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely M/M romance set in what is very definitely a fairy-tale mood and story arc. Brute/Aric is a wonderful, slightly larger-than-life character, in more ways than one. He is kind, patient, strong, smart if uneducated, compassionate, restrained... and lonely. Gray, the prisoner he is set to watch, and whom he gradually befriends, is a perfect foil, a man whose treatment has been so harsh that he needs every ounce of the caring and support Aric gives him. The fact that Gray gives back ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love rooting for the underdog and that's exactly what I was doing in this whole book!

Where do I start?? First off, Brute was such a lovable giant with a heart as big as he was. He was mistreated and still had a heart of gold. I absolutely fell in love with him. The way he was with Gray was so sweet and it just made me want great things for him.

This was a story of selfless love. Neither Gray nor Brute (which isn't his real name by the way) had a selfish bone in their body. Each damaged in thei
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sofia by: Giulio
Shelves: favourites

When I was little we had a great armchair placed in our loggia in which I used to curl up with a book and spend many an afternoon (or a day). In this armchair I felt safe and lost in another world, a world full of dappled sunlight, the buzzing of bees and stories. When my parents threw away the armchair, I lost a part of my childhood. Reading this book reminded me of that kind of feeling, of sunlight, warmth, good story, lost in that world and I loved it and cried for that armchair all over agai
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was thinking of deleting a star for this book but after thinking it over I realised the problem was mine and not the books. The story telling and the world created deserve the full 5 stars.


While reading this one my emotions were put through the wringer. The cruelty, be it intentional or simply in ignorance really tore at me.

Brute is the kinda guy that if you just took the time to talk to him you would see he is a wonderful human being. Sadly, as in too many cases, his size and looks stopped
Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
I wrote a big-ass and lovely review for this wonderful book but goodreads stole it from me and I'm really sad :((

So I'll just recap really quickly:

"Brute" is a fabulous and amazing fairytale about kindness, self sacrifice and love. The world building is EXTRAORDINARY and I loved every minute (word) of it.

You're going to fall in love with Aric and Gray,two broken men who save each other..

“Th-thank you, Brute.”
“It’s not my name.” He clearly was no master of his own tongue.
But Gray only tilted hi
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Combine action, adventure and angst. Mix in the most lovable, unassuming anti-hero you've ever met. Stir in a vulnerable love interest. Sprinkle with magic. Bake at 350, and voila: you're ready to sink your teeth into Brute.

Set in a medieval fantasy world, Brute is a story about a lonely man finding his way through the hardest of times. When Brute steps in to save an injured prince, he's rewarded for his effort with a seemingly cushy job at the palace taking care of a mysterious prisoner named G
4.5 giant stars


Because I can attest, this book is responsible for many.

Let me tell you about Brute. He's seven and a half feet tall, with mismatched eyes and a heavy brow, and ears that stick out of his unruly hair. He'd tell you he's ugly, but he's one of the most beautiful characters I've ever read. Regardless of the insults slung his way and the disdain he's regarded with, he's anything but his namesake. He's only known abuse and loneliness. Where everyone, including himself, thinks of him as
I'm a secret sucker for the redemptive power of love (but don't tell anyone) and this book has that in spades. Lots of people have written gorgeous reviews about this fairytale love story with damaged heroes and perfect love and I don't feel like there's much I can add. It was a beautiful story, with a lovely, rich world. I think my decision to give it 5 stars has lot to do with how even when it descended into sappiness, I still really enjoyed it. Absolutely recommended.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Only 7% but really liking the voice of this story so far

It's really slow at parts but not bad. I didn't really care about him walking around the city window shopping with the kid. And stuff like that just seems like unnecessary filler.

I'm still liking it but its really repetitive. Keeps saying te same things over and over. About his mom, his uncle, the village people. And about his whore house visits. And I that's not bad enough there's now a flash back to him visiting the whore house. Which i
5.0 Stars

Wow. This book proves, once again, why Kim Fielding is one of my MOST FAVORITE authors. I want there to be some parenthetical information after this book's title (e.g., Brute #1) because I want more of HIM. I need to revisit with these characters. How are he and Gray doing? Where did they end up going? Can we come with!?!? How are Alys and Warin? What happened with Friddy and Maud? What's the haps in the palace? Please, please, please, please! I'm having withdrawals. I need more Brute!!

The book has a high rating.
Everybody like it.
People who has a totally different book taste than me LIKE it.
People whom I trust with a book taste LIKE it.
Almost all my GR friends LIKE it.
Except me. is not a book, it's me.

The book is good if you like a sweet fairy tale fantasy.
You'll enjoy it. You'll be excited. You'll be in love with the characters and the plot.
Unfortunately I'm not a fan of THIS kind of fantasy.

=> It's my fault:
*I didn't read a blurb- maybe I should start to read it

If your only idea of a fairy tale is a rags-to-riches story or some debonair prince always saving the day, then this is not the right book for you. But if you've always rooted for the despondent underdogs, then this is highly recommended.

What I love most about Kim Fielding's Brute is the main character who is bursting with life and personality. Brute is this larger-than-life character, literally and figuratively, who doesn't have any bad bone in his body. Although at first glance he can be very

Lost. It happens to the best of us. My husband goodheartedly claims I am navigationally challenged, and I can’t deny it. This is one of the rare times that I was delighted to have lost my way. I couldn’t escape this book. I was pulled back in again and again, completely content to stay. It was the writing, the characters, the story and the narration. I didn’t just love it, I was addicted.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to K.C. Kelly before…you must.

If you enjoy fairytales and haven’
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