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Rise of the Shadow Rogue

Written by: Mike Truk
Narrated by: Ryan West
Series: Shadow Rogue
Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Betrayal cuts deepest when someone you love wields the knife. 

For Kellik, a once-rising star of Port Gloom's guild of thieves, it also leaves him floating in the bay, bleeding out and without hope or allies. Saved by an urchin and healed by a disgraced saint, Kellick is consumed by a single desire: to find out why his guild master ordered him cut down moments after passing his initiation trial. 

Burning with injustice, Kellik recruits a number of gorgeous rogues to his side: fallen assassins, dark elf witches, and unnervingly polite necromancers. Together they journey through the shadowy underbelly of Port Gloom in pursuit of bloody revenge, daring to face impossible odds and uncover the grim truth: not only the reason for the guild's unnatural monopoly on crime, but why his guild master might have been justified in ordering his death after all. 

Warning and minor spoilers: Rise of the Shadow Rogue is an 18+ audiobook intended for mature listeners. It contains graphic sex, medieval violence, and nudity. People swear, betray their loved ones, set each other on fire, seduce each other, and are scared witless by abysmal horrors. Most importantly, you'll meet gorgeous, powerful women, some capable of twisting the very fabric of fate, others of tearing a man in half with their bare hands. All are willing to enter unconventional, polyamorous harem relationships if it means helping Kellik achieve justice, and with this many powerful women on his side, he just might stand a chance.

©2019 Mike Truk (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 30-04-19

not the harem book I expected, in a good way.

mild spoilers ahead

based on the summary, I was expecting some multi girlfriend somehow we all agree to date one guy thing. what I got was a more an action movie with James bond level of sexual encounters. but instead of one interest per movie, he shags multiple girls. all told I enjoyed the story.

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  • Lucas Weismann
  • 30-06-19

Great story. Can’t recommend it to friends.

I loved the story and the world he built, but due to the harem elements and graphic sex scenes, there are few people I can recommend it to.

This is definitely action/rpg/porn.

I’m sure I just missed the tag in the description.

Looking forward to part 2

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  • Heather
  • 16-08-19

Start of the book sounded amazing then...

The narrator was great!! The book itself started out very well, However a little less than half way through the book it just crapped out.
Instead of a adventure/fantasy it became a boys wet dream.
It was so disjointed, at first the characters had life and you were getting to know them then all of a sudden after the first sex scene they became flat, it was like the author just wrote in lines so he could get to the next sex scene.
I got half way and had to stop couldn't take it anymore, sad, because this book had so much potential.

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  • Sabrina Miranda
  • 28-04-19

Great gritty fantasy

If your looking for a gritty , dirty, fantasy novel this is it. But very well done. Not like game of thrones realism. It’s sort of like the lord of the rings but incredibly darker. And a word of warning the scenes are like reading a playboy fantasy. All in all very good.

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  • Archform
  • 12-09-19

Basically, Bad D&D Porn.

It felt like the narrator was reading a script to a 1970s Porn movie based around the fantasy world of D&D. The story is basic and kind of weak. The main character is constantly seduced in VIVID detail by improbably hot humans and non humans. The narrator performance is lackluster. Very unoriginal characters, except one which was basically ignored. Could have been good...

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  • Chris Vernon
  • 13-08-19

Boring... The story needed 1/4 removed.

A decent plot and story... But only decent, nothing "Wow" or even original. The whole book flows like the author, took elements of familiar genres or ploys from popular books, and spliced them in. These inserts do not flow smoothly or even logically with the authors writing style. Like how only Stephen King can write his own style. And anyone trying to mimic it will never have the correct flow or style to play of one of his scenes.

This author can NOT pull off other successful plots or styles.

In addition, about a fourth of the book needs to be edited out to condense the massive empty over wording every possible scene or opportunity. Shorter would help keep the reader interested

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  • Benjamin
  • 23-04-19

just gonna leave it like that.

write the next one, i gotta know. i need to find out! too damn good.

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  • David S.
  • 21-04-19

Master piece

once again he's done it ,great mc lost of intrigue and keeps you on the edge rooting for him to win ,like his other books you can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-19

Impressive and dark

This book was so well written. In a way that you take it very seriously as high quality main stream fantasy. The only part which may keep it isolated is the explicit sex scenes which although done well I suppose confines it to a smaller audience. That aside this is Joe Abercrombie level story and gore which is a rare rare gem in a world where mediocre books have to be waded through on a regular basis if you want real dark fantasy.

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  • chris
  • 03-09-19

It was definitely different

The book starts out really well as far as the story goes. My major issue with this book was the lack of world building. Throughout the book more info gets tossed at you with no explanation from races to God’s it gets very annoying. As a side note the book does have some adult sections that are fairly extreme with the wording (I don’t mind but for those that do) and those scenes seems as if they all run back to back.

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  • OB
  • 17-04-19

By the hanged god's raging cock!

Rise of the shadow rogue straddles the edge between fun, flippant escapism, and a complex, gritty world building. You have a roguish MC who, thankfully, isn't cold and unrelatable, in fact, he's just as goofy and endearing as I'd imagine myself to being in many situations and that's one of the main strengths of this book.
The other strength is the length of the book. As the story builds, characters (and there are lots of strong, vivid characters! Creys and Iris are my bae.) thankfully have enough time to develop between moments of action, and *action*.

I can't say that this book is for everyone though, as some might be put off by sudden and graphic sex scenes, but, in this case, these scenes actually serve the plot and drive the characters forward. It doesn't have Five Trials elements of progression fantasy, but it makes up for it with a mystery that sucks you in, and an MC most will love.

My minor criticisms are:
Rough sex scenes might not be to everyone's tastes.
No epilogue/abrupt ending (but then again, maybe less is more in this case?)
Not enough Iris! (ha)
Mike Truk is not writing fast enough

Finally, Ryan West's Narration was excellent, with a clear differentiation between male and female characters, and a good mix of British and American accents - was so good actually, that I'm now looking at what else he's done in this genre... Scratches chin...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-06-19

By Blind Fortuna's silken ****

This is possibly my favourite audiobook. The written is brilliant, the character development is outstanding. The undertones of free will and the conflicted nature of Kellik's growth and ideals throughout the plot kept me wondering how the story and world could grow. The world is bleak and gritty, though the family built throughout and towards the end adds a certain lightness to it all. Ryan West performance was excellent and the voice of our charismatic rogue was spot-on. The ending isn't exactly an ending as its simply the finishing of one goal leading them strike up another. Which is exactly why I signed up Patreon, first 3 chapters of the sequel are already out.😋

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-19

Very, very nearly unbearable

The things that got me to the end are: the narrator and some plot elements.

Every sex scene made me want to delete the file then and there. The made-up language sections were only just tolerable.

I don't know how I finished this book. The author is going on a list of "never agains".

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  • P.T.
  • 27-08-19

Fun, quirky and involving!

Brilliant writing backed up by great narration makes for a fun adventure which doesn't take itself too seriously, but still managed to keep me hooked with a good story and plot

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  • jay
  • 29-04-19

Trill ride

At first I didn't know what to make of this book but as I got into the story. The story grabbed me and held me. I felt the suspension, the chills, the laughs. I could stop until it was over leaving me with a thirst for more

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  • William
  • 08-05-19

well written and performed.

ot the usual s and f hareem. much higher quality writing. well performed as well. would recomend

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  • colum
  • 18-04-19

awesome!

great story, solid pacing and interesting characters. it's easy to get emotionally invested in what's going on.
can't wait book two!

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  • Kalit Atl
  • 03-01-20

An ok story hides behind all the gratuitous sex

This reads as the book i would have written back in my college D&D playing days. I was aware it would be awful and would just read as my personal fantasy list of hot female cliche characters to "bang". The author had no such self awareness, and so, we have this book.

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  • Xravia
  • 01-12-19

Xes in the city.

Just a forewarning, every encounter/story beat is punctuated by 'meeting' a hot fantasy girl. While not all of them end in xes the story revolves around collecting them as a fighting force to take down his former gang. The story serves as a back drop to make this happen and to give an excuse for the MCs growing strength.

The city has an interest in treating magical girls as a commodity and the MC has a change of heart, allowing him swoop on by and take all the girls for himself. Each of these encounters is contrived and lack stakes considering how central the MC is to the story. The story has a lack of notable enemies despite the story being centered around revenge. The ending would amount to a CGI boss battle.

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  • Josh lombardo
  • 05-06-19

fantastic story

The whole story is so good from start to finish! only thing I will say is some sex scenes that pop up are very very descriptive so be careful who you listen to this with

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  • Trevor
  • 26-05-19

Excellent - Can’t wait for book 2...

Enjoyed Mike’s other audio book, but this series has surpassed it and I can’t wait to listen to the next when its release in audio.

Excellent narrative brings all of the characters to life.

I highly recommend adding to your Wish List

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  • eden searl
  • 23-05-19

very talented author

it took me a little while to get into it but loved it. cant wait for mote

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  • Brad
  • 08-05-19

Amazing

Omg this book though a little slow at some times was brilliant and I am eagerly anticipating the next book