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Forging Hephaestus

(Villains' Code #1)

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Gifted with metahuman powers in a world full of capes and villains, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most pow ...more
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Published February 24th 2017 by Tantor Audio
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Drew Hayes While I do plan to start writing Villains Code #2 this year, due to the size of these there's no telling when it will release. I have schedule updates…moreWhile I do plan to start writing Villains Code #2 this year, due to the size of these there's no telling when it will release. I have schedule updates on the site each year, so while I can't offer concrete dates you can always see what's planned to be worked on for the year ahead: http://www.drewhayesnovels.com/blog/2...(less)
Drew Hayes Nope, this world is a brand new one. I wanted to do some stories set against a more traditional, less reality-based superhero world, so rather than mu…moreNope, this world is a brand new one. I wanted to do some stories set against a more traditional, less reality-based superhero world, so rather than muddling up the SP-verse it made more sense to create a new setting.(less)

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Cloak88
Villains like you've never seen them before. Villains of the Code. 4.5 stars

Tori Rivas, is stubborn, intelligent and a truly independent minded. Imbued with the power to control fire and a technical mind to rival any genius. Even soo she knows, she's but smallfry, in a world where Legendary Heroes and Infamous Villains could destroy whole cities in their fights. Now living and working as a smalltime thief to fund her own tech-projects, things go wrong in the most horribly interesting way. During
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Lindsey
So we get a villain story in a world of supers!
Tori is meant to be a too difficult apprentice in the big baddies guild. In the villains guild the ever important code is more important than doing crimes. This is one aspect that makes you question how bad these baddies are as they have to get their crimes approved to ensure no loved ones on either side of the good or bad field are hurt. Anyways Tori has been bucking against her teachers and it comes down to either death or taken under the wing o
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Carla Enright
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasy comedy
I loved this book. So, so very much.

When I found out Drew Hayes was writing a novel about villains, I'm not going to lie; I was a bit concerned.
My primary concern was that it was going to take away some of the magic that is Super Powereds, and that a lot of villain novels tend to follow a similar formula.
Forging Hephaestus not only proved me wrong on both accounts but also seriously exceeded any expectations that I had for a new Drew Hayes novel.

In a world where "meta-humans" are created fro
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Timothy Boyd
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Very good superhero novel. Drew Hayes always gives you an interesting and fun read. I was interesting comparing this story to his magnum opus superhero series Super Powered. Very enjoyable. Recommended
Barbara Douglas
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drew Hayes does it again! Forging Hephaestus is emphatically a Drew Hayes novel. It is long -- it took me three days to read. The tone is light-hearted, the language is fairly colloquial, the plotting is complex, and the cast of characters is large. The over-all plot, discounting the details, is bordering on the formulaic, so, if you want formal, poetic language, read Patrick Rothfuss. If you want to have no idea where the plot is heading, also read Rothfuss. But for all it was clear where the p ...more
Cloak88
Villains like you've never seen them before. Villains of the Code. 4.5 stars

Tori Rivas, is stubborn, intelligent and a truly independent minded. Imbued with the power to control fire and a technical mind to rival any genius. Even soo she knows, she's but smallfry, in a world where Legendary Heroes and Infamous Villains could destroy whole cities in their fights. Now living and working as a smalltime thief to fund her own tech-projects, things go wrong in the most horribly interesting way. During
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Becky
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly think Drew Hayes can do no wrong. (If you're reading this, Mr. Hayes, well done!)

I wasn't sure about this one at the beginning. It took time for me to bond with Tori and Ivan and the rest. But, with a book this long, there was plenty of time to get attached. By the end, I was wanting more and was sorry it was over. Now I can't decide which of this author's series I want him to hurry and work on next, because there are so many, and every one of them is golden. (Get to work, Mr. Hayes,
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Mikhail
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drew Hayes is sort of my version of an airport novel. Villain's Code isn't the most innovative book out there, but it's solid and fun and keeps my attention. If you like superheroes, definitely worth a read, though I suspect the plot would be a bit lost on someone who doesn't know the superhero/villain tropes very well. ...more
Lukas Lovas
5/5, 10/10...this book was great any way you look at it. Surprisingly original /considering how saturated the market is with the superhero themed stuff these days), thoroughly enjoyable, and an absolute pleasure to read through. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Robert Maxwell
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super villains, super heroes, robots, magic, dragons... what more could you ask for? Fantastic
GaiusPrimus
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap... I don't even know what to say about this book. Might have to take a few days to make something out of the awesomeness spinning around the brain right now.

If you get the choice between written or read, take the read. It might take longer to get through it, but the narrator was spectacular.

Is there anything Mr. Hayes can't write about? At this point in time, I think I would read technical manuals for routers if he wrote them. I would read scientific papers about the growth scales of m
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Trevor Sherman
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A surprisingly deep book about superheros and villains. Drew is great at taking a silly premise and making you really care for the goofballs though, So I shouldn't be surprised by this one. I will try to get a full review up on my blog https://thebloggoblin.com/ soon but for now this is well worth the 5 stars ...more
Superbunny
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome. Well written and not a boring minute! For someone who usually gets bored 15 minutes into an audiobook, believe you me that this one is as exciting and interesting as they come. I listened to all 26 hours and 58 minutes of it. If you're ever interested in reading about superheroes and super villains this is the book for you. I can't wait for book 2!!! ...more
Douglas Debner
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This review deserves an “executive summary” because, while Drew Hayes is an excellent author, this is not his best work and my full review is a lot of complaining about that. This is a better than average book that makes some mistakes Mr. Hayes doesn’t make in his other books. Those mistakes are (1) using stupidity to move the story forward and (2) a ridiculously convenient ending that just so happens to set every thing up for a second book.

As for the stupidity, the main character, Tori, fails t
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Linda
An addictive intricately woven fantasy in a world of villains and heroes!

“Sooner or later, they’ll realize that having one spider in the house kills a lot of the lesser insects.”

Forging Hephaestus by Drew Hayes was an addictive intricately woven fantasy set in a world of villains and heroes. It was a given that I’d pick up this listen as soon as I saw it because I’m a sucker for super hero tales. Also, my appetite for more books by Drew Hayes had been previously whetted by another of Drew Hayes
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Kim
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This clever take on super-villains and super-heroes is funny and fast-paced without turning into parody or satire.

The book revolves around Tori Rivas, one of the growing number of metahumans that have been growing in number the past few years. She's a skilled survivor and thief who has preferred to work by herself. In the process of sneaking into a corporate office, by liquefying like molten lava, she discovers that she's has raided the headquarters of a guild of super-villains. 

This guild has h
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Josh
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun book, but not without its problems. Before I get to the issues I had with it, let me say that they didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. The premise is interesting, and the action sequences are entertaining. Read as allegory it is also timely. I just think it could have been better, and even more enjoyable.

Due maybe in part to the genre (superhero YA?), there is excessive explanation to the reader, that blunts the effects of ironic moments and major turning points in character or
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Disaster Reads
Holy Hell this book! Forging Hephaestus is no doubt going to go down as one of my favorite books of all time.

Before I start I’d like to say that this book is the start of a series that as of this review is still in the works. That being said this book can be read alone with no fear of major cliffhangers.

It’s a superhero book but the main point of view is from that of the villains. It’s been done right? Not like this.

The book begins with Tori Rivas, an intelligent young thief, getting caught ste
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Amber
“Look, we're moderately bad,” said the Villains, “but we're not so bad that we're willing to take the world apart either trying to destroy it or rule it by force. We just want to be bad in regular criminal mastermind sorts of ways. Heck, a lot of our evil schemes aren't even technically illegal if you have a really good team of lawyers and publicists. So how about you let us be, and we'll sort of, um, police ourselves, and when the Really Bad Guys get out of hand, we'll help take care of the pro
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Sylvain St-Pierre
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to start by saying that I truly enjoyed this book. it is filled with interesting characters, bigger than life situations and fights that had me tensing as they progressed because I actually felt afraid for the characters. the people in the book are compelling, the relationships complex, and don't always go in the expected directions.

That said, there are things that disappointed me. the main thing is almost certainly subjective, but where was the villainy? a museum robbery? fighting heroes
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Emma of Themiscyra
Holy shit. This guy needs to learn how to cut out words. Most of the book was a skim for me because there were so many scenes that did absolute nothing for the story. Not only that, but I didn’t connect to any characters besides Hephaestus herself (but even then the connection was loose), so there was no one I was really rooting for. The flip flopping of perspectives only made this worse--why read a whole book about 10+ different characters I don’t like? I get that some of it is to build tension ...more
Aundrea
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audible-owned
Wonderful characters, captivating story line, unique world building, and just plain fun. There was plenty of action, but this isn't what I'd call action packed either. There were a lot of slower scenes that focus on the world building and character development. On that same note I never felt like I was trudging through heavy info dumps either. My only complaint is that the second book isn't out yet. It doesn't end on a cliff hanger, but it definitely left me looking for more.

Audio: Excellent Nar
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Derek Jordan
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow.. This was good. I was very seriously not expecting to be as good as it was. Very fun story .. Great characters and just all around fun world to peek into. Seriously will keep reading in this series - and will likely pick up more Drew Hayes stuff. Loved the powers and the twist on the villain/hero motif.
Matt Ranlett
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-sci-fi
Pretty decent story about super heros (who are actually associated with the group of super villians) and demi-gods (who are easily duped). The story was a quick read and fun. Excellent summer reading!
Kaitlin Jones
3.5 stars
Frank Dominguez Jr
Very interesting take on heroes and villains. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and have recommended it to several people. Great stuff!
Christopher
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super-hero
I *really* liked this one! Drew Hayes is swiftly becoming a favorite of mine, and this novel pushed him up another notch. I'm an on-and-off fan of supers/metas novels, since people started writing them, so I wasn't sure how this one would go. I have liked his Super Powered and NPC series, though, so I gave this a shot...and couldn't put it down!

The characters have serious depth, the story moves along, and all the usual quirks of super hero fiction are pretty much explained in a rational manner.
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C.T. Phipps
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
FORGING HEPHAESTUS is a lengthy (700+) page novel by Drew Hayes about the Guild of Villainous Reformation. The organization is a semi-public group that exists for the purposes of redeeming villains but, actually, is the mafia that maintains a ruthless grip on the world's supervillains.

The Guild is in a very comfortable, almost chummy, relationship with the heroes and eliminates the worst of their kind while keeping the families of heroes out of their crimes' ways. This doesn't sit well with all
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Aaron Nagy
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: superpowers
Wow, Drew Hayes blew this one out of the park, this might be my favorite book of his yet, and that's saying something. ...more
Christopher
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, arc
Do Villains have a Code? Who Punishes the ones that go too far? Find out the answers to all this and more as you fall in love with an entire universe of brand new characters and powers that you see develop right before your eyes. I promise you, this book will be a seductive temptress keeping you from getting sleep until you finish it.

Drew is a master of bringing you to the edge of your seat and keeping you teetering on the knife edge the entre time your reading. I didn't want to put the book dow
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