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  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth, Book 5
  • Written by: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins

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Noble Roots

Written by: Drew Hayes
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Publisher's Summary

For generations, nobles have gathered at a scenic estate once per year to compete. What transpires there is spoken of only in rumors, save for the prizes. Potent, powerful, and precious; the winners are said to receive a gift from magic itself.

Reeling after their loss to Kalzidar, the adventurers from Maplebark can only press forward, following advice imparted by the gods. Their divine directions will lead them on a series of twisting paths, branching between old friends and new challenges, before ultimately pointing at a particular estate on a specific evening.

Thrust from the familiar comfort of the wilds, the party will have to navigate the perils of noble society while keeping themselves in the competition. Between scheming nobles, a hidden high priest, dangerous challenges, and too many familiar faces, just making it out alive will be a challenge. But surviving alone won't be enough; not with a vengeful god scheming in the shadows, and a stolen soul waiting for rescue.

If the party wants their chance to strike back, they'll have to find a way to emerge victorious.

©2022 Andrew Hayes (P)2022 Tantor

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 04-09-22

Did we listen to the same book??

I've listened to literally every audiobook that Drew Hayes has written and not only is this the worst in the series, it's his worst period. Three times longer than book 1 and 1/3 as good. Hour upon hour of grinding through pointless collection quests. There are enemies where the protagonists are literally invulnerable. And his obsession with tournaments is so bad here, there's even a tournament inside of a tournament. The worst sin though is wasting our time with no-stakes encounters which do nothing to further the plot or the characters. Where Super Powereds starts strong and gets better and better with each book, this series started with the stellar NPCs and has gotten weaker and weaker with each book.

The plot is not progressed substantially in this book and this series feels like there's no actual end. It's still Drew Hayes so the good writing style and well-written battle scenes get a few stars. Also there were a few interesting moments in the 'real world' setting so those were worth while.

I'm incredibly disappointed. Drew Hayes is SO much better than this.

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  • MMay
  • 12-08-22

confusing in audiobook form

I don't remember the previous books being so confusing when switching between the characters in the game versus playing the game. it will be super confusing when you're listening to the character in the game for the first half of a chapter, and then out of nowhere switch to a completely different person outside of the game doing something completely different. I could get over it if it happened once or twice, and if there was a reason story-wise where they're doing something that interacts with each other and so it makes sense that it switches between people like it does. but it almost never made sense, if anything, it almost always made everything super confusing and made me need to re-listen to sections again almost constantly.

I feel like that didn't happen in the previous books, or it's been so long that I just don't remember it happening even though it did.

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  • MetalWingedWolf
  • 04-08-22

Long awaited

The anticipated wait was worth every minute. This book is 24 hours long and needs a replay as soon as you finish it. It was wonderful right up to the literal last word. No spoilers, go listen to it, it is all kinds of epic that builds on parts of the characters that were entirely unexpected.
The only downside is the next wait. In the future when this series has been completed in its entirety there will be some ttrpg/ fantasy fan that gets it recommended to them and trades weeks of their life for an enthralling binge that they will carry with them forever.
In particular I feel like this series can be blindly recommended to anyone interested in the genre without risk of disappointing them.
Five stars all around, always on board for more of this.

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  • Daniel K
  • 03-08-22

The best in the series so far!

It has a great story, good humor, and a huge advancement of understanding the world and story. While all the other book were very fun and I loved them, this was the first one where I could begin to see a possible conclusion and begins to answer a lot of questions.
I personally love all drew Hayes books, but NPC was my first one, and have loved SS&S since. This was my favorite and the longest one, great narration and a great story, absolutely loved it

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  • Samuel Warren
  • 02-08-22

Drew Hayes does it again!!!

Awesome continuation of this story! In this book things have come to a head in that alot of the things that have been being set up or explored in the last few books have all been blown up and we're getting into deeper waters so to speak. We're playing a bigger game in this book as well as seeing new sides to some of our beloved characters and learning more of their complex history. As always Drew's character development and relationship arcs are flawless. This book did not disappoint one bit!! (as to be expected)🙌🙌🙌🙌

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-22

Awesome adventure

Each book gets better and better! The story is complex and multi dimensional. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Johnna L. Pabilona
  • 03-08-22

Drew does it again!!!

Just when you think that there is too many directions Drew pulls the strings and it really starts to come together. I LOVED this book and the whole series. The only thing that I don’t love is that I have to wait again for the next one. Thanks so much Drew for the fun ride!!!

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  • Shafan Knight
  • 02-08-22

About Time!

Damn! It seems like forever for this continuation of the NPC’s series to come out on Audible. Love this series! This series in my top 5 right now!

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  • phillip
  • 24-09-22

confusing

I only read the audiobook so I don't know if this applies to the print version as well but it is extremely confusing when it shifts to another character's perspective.
it feels random as there's no indication that it's about to happen, and it will happen in the middle of chapters without warning so so it takes way longer than it should for your brain to register that you're now following a completely different character.

also this book creates a massive plot hole.
this book reveals that paladins are completely immune to poison and Venom but this entire book series started because a Paladin and his party accidentally kill themselves by unintentionally poisoning themselves

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  • A. P. Roewe
  • 19-09-22

Things just got interesting!!

Man, I hate waiting for the next book. I think this was the best book yet in the series. the mystery deepens in the real world at a gaming convention. More is revealed about the NPCs and the world they live in.

My only major complaint, is that there isn't a bigger break/pause between when the story shifts characters. There were a few times I had to go back because we jumped from the NPCs to real world and it caught me off guard.

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  • MICHAEL J BAXTER
  • 17-12-22

Another smash hit!

I loved it. This series is one of my favourite fantasy series, and I've been waiting for the release from the moment I finished the last one (and now eagerly await the next book in a few years!)

The characters are well fleshed out, and it's great to see them developing, both in their abilities and in their personalities.

The overall story in this book was a good solid continuation. There were a lot of cool fights and discovery of new abilities, but I think my favourite bit was finding out more about the Novak family and about Eric's family.

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  • Kezer
  • 17-10-22

i need more

how dare there not be more, whens the next one?! There are still so many questions I want answered

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  • mat brown
  • 11-10-22

Awesome awesome awesome

Why the hell Netflix hasn’t picked up this utter gem of a story I don’t know

This series kicks ass!

Get back on your laptop mr hayes and get us the next 3 pronto!

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  • Joshua
  • 26-09-22

Fantastic writing if for some narration issues.

Another fantastic entry in this great series, a little slow and confusing to start but tying every thread woven together satsfyingly. This audiobook has the most narration issues of the series with an entire conversation occuring with the voices swapped, but asside from that it's still a good emotive performance. If you're this far into the series, I only see you being disappointed in it taking full advantage of its longer format to go at a slower pace.

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  • Mr WJG Horton
  • 21-09-22

another fantastic story!

What a great journey! Again Hayes captivates with the adventures of these wayward npcs and the real world players! Another tale that i will be relistening to again.

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  • Tia
  • 07-09-22

Perfect

I couldn’t stop listening to it. I love this series, and cannot wait for the next book. Thank you Drew Hayes

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  • Lon
  • 04-09-22

enjoyed a lot but

I had hoped it would advance the story of the connection with the real world more, still seems quite distant

enjoyed the length

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  • Kevin Gilmartin
  • 30-08-22

Loved book 5 just like all the others

Hayes has done it again. After what felt like a long wait (not Patrick Rothfuss long, just COVID long) Noble Roots comes along and makes every minute worthwhile. Some of the revelations in this one are jaw-dropping, and seeds of mysteries are sewn but not reaped (hehe), leaving us hanging on until book 6, whenever that may be.

Absolutely love this series.

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  • Shaun Lee Park
  • 29-08-22

Can't get enough!

Love this series! Dont want it to ever end! I keep reccommending this series to anyone who would remotely be interested in this as I just want everyone to lose themselves into this world. It's everything any D&D fan would love

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  • TrickstersDaughter
  • 23-08-22

Another fantastic instalment

I have loved this series from book one and was delighted when I could pre order this title. Took me a while to get around to listening as I’ve been so busy with work and so it’s been the journey to and from work for a few weeks now but I enjoyed every single second. Delighted the same narrator keeps coming back and the story, although in some ways we could see what was coming is developing nicely.
This is not a stand-alone and you need to read the others before this but by the time you get to this one you’ll be just as hooked.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-23

Returning to Adventure

This series of books has reawakened a passion for RPGs and adventure in me that I once thought was well past the stories are well written and enjoyable. I am not a scholar so cannot describe the writing further but I can feel the passion with which this adventure was written and it has passed into me wanting to enjoy more of my own adventures as a player and game master Thankyou for your buetifully written world

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  • ALBERT L
  • 26-08-22

A splendid masterpiece.

After the long wait, I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and am looking forward to the next one. Great and consistent performance by the narrator throughout the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-22

Another great entry in the series with a fantastic performance

I am still loving the story and am very excited to without spoiling it find out the new stuff at the beginning of the next book. Only complaint is I wish the books came out faster but I still prefer quality of quantity.