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Who are the Deadly Troubadours? Artists? Thieves? Pranksters? Punks? The answer depends on who you ask. In the summer city of Tryst the Deadly Troubadours seek to make a name for themselves - unfortunately that leads to a stupid oath after a night of heavy drinking. Because of course it does. Kestra: former gladiator. Demetrius Tate: magician and huckster. Talbert Gretchen ...more
Paperback, Crowdfunded Edition, 255 pages
Published December 25th 2015 (first published March 14th 2015)
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G. Derek Adams
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: The author of this book is one of my closest friends. I’ve written plays with him. We’ve have swung imaginary swords together in many strange lands. I have eaten his mother’s chewy ginger-snaps. Whether that makes me meaner or nicer is best left to your judgement. From a writing standpoint, our worlds are kissing cousins at the very least – linked by Pratchett’s ‘consensus fantasy universe’ and a shared wavelength of universes touched by the Fall of Gilead and the breath of the ...more
Bryan Winchell
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really fun book that offers some interesting twists on the fantasy genre. The main characters are the deadly troubadours, and each has his or her backstory told through much of the book. The author does this by intermingling chapters from the past with the chapters from the present and while it took me a bit to get myself situation in this technique, I found it worked pretty seamlessly as the book wore on. In addition, the back stories do a lot to illuminate what drives our characters ...more
Jonathan Hertzog
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extremely engaging from the very beginning and wonderfully written with an addictive quality of prose and colorful vocabulary, this humorous fantasy novel hooked me and never let me go. To be honest, I do know the author, so I was slightly afraid that if the book turned out to be garbage I would have to say nothing at all. But happily this is one of the best novels I've read in a while, and I found it even better than Yahtzee Croshaw's Jam. I do hope that this wonderful first novel gets praise a ...more
Britt
***this review contains some mild-to-moderate spoilers***
DNF @ 30%
...Yikes, all right. So, I'm usually not a huge fantasy reader, but the fact that this book was fantasy was not the thing that made me have to put this book down. I'm not a huge reader of the particular genre, but I *have* read some good fantasy books before. That itself was not the issue, and if it were then I probably wouldn't even be writing this review due to a simple conflict of interest. However, there were some...things th
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Garry Donaghy
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: The author of this book is a friend of mine.

I have for a long time read Brent's fiction (short stories) online. They have covered a range of subjects and genres, but have always been interesting. I was pleasantly surprised to learn he had decided to turn his hand to writing a full-length novel. I have to say honestly I would rate it as a "not bad" effort for a first-time novelist. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the pace. It evoked memories of Terry Pratchett for me, cr
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Rafael Munia
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
For someone that never cared too much for stories of knights and dragons, I found myself immediately caught up by this narrative.

Maybe because this book is more than a good story, but it is also a good and clever writing.
You can see that nothing is put in the story without it being meant to be used (Chekhov would be proud), a character, a weapon, a statue, every element of the story is the beginning of a new and interesting one, which is behind what I like the most about this book: The narration
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Deborah Thomas
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy fiction is not a genre I typically read; I prefer more realistic plots. But, from the first chapter, I was engaged in this book. It has all the qualities of an excellent story--captivating characters, suspenseful plot, enticing prose, emotional twists, and descriptive settings. The author cleverly combined reality and fantasy which transported me to a believable world where dragons really do exist! I can't wait for the sequel, and there must be a sequel! I want to know more about how the ...more
Alison Shimizu
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book written by Brent Thomas and I enjoyed it immensely. His writing style is such that as I was reading I could completely visualize the characters in my mind. I felt the sights, sounds, smells and energy jumping off the pages. Mr. Thomas does something that many authors fail to do effectively. With each chapter he alternates between past and present and character point of views in a clear and seamless manner. The technique works beautifully and it kept me intrigued throughout ...more
Leigh Vandiver
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things right with this book. Needed just one more pass. Great job, man.
Laurenthelas
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a super fun adventure. Lively characters, enthralling back stories, a dragon! Can't wait to read more stories about the Deadly Troubadours one day! ...more
Jessica Mullins
Feb 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the few books in my life I've just had to give up on. I pushed through several chapters, but as another reviewer pointed out, the shifts between present and past became hard to follow and there were so many errors (I think the one that made me give up at last was a mistake between conscious and conscience) that I simply had to put it down. I also found the female characters to be somewhat lacking in depth. Could have used some better editing. ...more
Shannon (That's So Poe)
I was excited to get this book as part of Brent's Indiegogo campaign. I knew he had great story-telling and world-building abilities since he had done such a great job as the DM for our small D&D group, so I had high expectations. I was actually pretty blown away by how amazing his writing is, though! Since this is a self-published book, and his first, I thought it might be a little rough around the edges, but it really was an incredibly high-quality, gripping story that I would rank as one of t ...more
Jessica Haydon
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew when starting the novel that I would like the story- the author is a friend and I know I like his writing and storytelling. I was really surprised at how much I loved reading this book though! The characters are not only likable, but relatable on an emotional level. There were often moments when I found that I was feeling relief, fear or happiness in tune to the story and needed a moment to get back to reality. I also missed my stop on the train a few times because I was so deep in the mo ...more
Len
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book via Goodreads Giveaways.
After wading through the tons of imaginative detail, I found an enjoyable fantasy tale. I found the characters to be compelling, and the plot to be solid.
Brent Thomas
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the author of Deadly Troubadours and I liked it. I hope you agree.
Rodney Sloan
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The author, Brent Thomas, has a natural talent for story telling, which makes Deadly Troubadours a fun read. I look forward to more from him.
Simon Green
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of epic fantasy with intertwining storylines. With this book the main cast may not be as a wide as say The Malazan serieses(as if that's even possible, ha!) but the multiple lines that weave through time, fleshing characters and developing vivid back story's really entrapped me to read on. I'm really excited for the next book, not only to discover what comes next for the deadly troubadours, but also everything that came before.
This book is a fun and refreshing path away from darkl
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