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Shadow Rogue Ascendant

Written by: Mike Truk
Narrated by: Ryan West
Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins

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The band is in trouble. Port Gloom is aflame behind them, and hundreds lie dead in their wake as Kellik and his companions are forced to flee their ancient home. But despite the chaos and carnage they've already caused, one thought remains their focus: 

Exacting ever greater revenge on the Family. 

Yet the truths that Kellik discovered about his heritage threaten to shatter his group's bonds of trust and intimacy just when he needs them most. Weighed down by internal suspicion and the horrors revealed in the Sodden Hold, they must travel to the degenerate and perilous swamp city of Port Lusander, where their every weakness will be used against them. 

There is nothing, however, that Kellik won't do to get his vengeance. With witches, assassins, and even necromancers by his side, the forces arrayed against him have no idea what they're in for....

©2019 Mike Truk (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Samuel Jorgensen
  • 15-08-19

More!!!

I need book 3 yesterday. I absolutely love this series. highly recommend any and everyone

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  • CF O'bedlam
  • 24-08-19

another masterpiece

Mike Truk out did himself with this one. managing to top the first book is incredibe. definitely an author to watch.

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  • Christian soto
  • 21-08-19

LOVED IT

Fantastic book each character evolves over the course of the story and I loved it. Book kept me engaged and wanting more listened to this book and crushed it in one day and left me cursing the fact that i will have to wait some time till I get my next fix. fantastic story by a fantastic author and read by a fantastic narrator. All round amazing book and cant wait for the next book.

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  • Derek Schlegel
  • 20-08-19

F****** Amazing!

Mike Truk delivers again! Better than the first, and the tension! Mike knows how to really get you sweating, and caring for the main troupe.

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  • Alex
  • 18-08-19

Better than the first.

This was better than book 1 in many ways. The story felt less forced and flowed better I really enjoyed it.

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  • Domenic P.
  • 12-09-19

Really enjoyed this book, good story and character

I really like Mike Truk books. every series has good character development while continually adding more.

Story is well developed and good foundation from the first book. This one leaves you just wanting more.

Thank you Mike Truk and keep up the great work.

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  • chris
  • 10-09-19

....what can I say had to give the second one a shot

Really not much change from the first book, it still comes off as an erotic novel. The most annoying part is every scene regardless of who the characters is having relations with it all blends together. The funny part is when the erotic sections start the author seems to have all the women toss them selves at the main character to get it all over with. All in all I am not happy with the character development, they all seem way to moody for any little thing that happens. It seems like it will end up like the mistborn chronicles in a sense with development. What I mean by that is the characters seem to show growth for it only to hinder them the very next chapter.

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  • Julius D.
  • 06-09-19

I love this story.

Great story. I love these two books and I can't wait for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-08-19

a perfectly balanced thrill-ride

From the very beginning to the end no slow spots, no boring spots just the proper conglomeration love frustration action and even betrayal.

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  • Gerald J.
  • 29-08-19

FUUUUUU.....So good!

I took a gamble on this series, and I'm glad I did! The first book is great, the second one is fu*king amazing!

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  • OB
  • 15-08-19

"So... when's book three out?"

Is the question every Mike Truk fan is asking right now.
Fan's who love his detailed and lusciously described worlds.
Fan's who demand more from, not only the protagonists and his companions, there banter and growth, but from their enemies and everyone in between.
In Shadow Rogue Ascendant, we pick up directly from book one and the foot doesn't leave the peddle until the very end. Despite that, despite all the action and swashbuckling violence, most of the book's charm comes from those in-between times, from the times when violence is merely an idea. When the protagonist is staring down at his foe in a ballroom, or a tavern, without a sword or any obvious weapon to his name.
Where lesser authors would ignore interactions in favour of plot points and story beats they'd need to hit, Mike allows there characters to react honestly, and then he runs with it.

This story is an easy one to recommend but a hard one to stratify. Yes, it contains the typical grimdark violence and detailed sex scenes classic to Mike Truk novels. It has harem elements and roguish anti-heroes for main characters. Where the good are either corrupt or implacable antagonists, and the bad are truely evil retches. And while magic continues to be wonderous and enigmatic, you get a sense of what is and isn't possible without the sense of deus ex machina many resort to at the last. And yet, this is a light, fun, enjoyable novel that somehow manages to avoid getting bogged down in its own grimness. A remarkable balance making this one of my favourite tales listened to this year!

Meanwhile, Ryan Wests narration continues to be excellent, injecting character and drama to proses and dialogue alike. At times I did struggle to tell apart some of the female characters, but this is no more an issue here than with almost all solo narrator audio tales.

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  • P.T.
  • 08-09-19

Continued quality!

The narrator seems perfect for Mike Truk's effervescent writing, and the story and character's are brought along apace. I want more! And soon!

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  • Chris
  • 03-09-19

Not one for reviews, but...

I’m not one for writing reviews but after reading the second book in this series, I felt compelled to write one.

I was genuinely blown away by these books and didn’t expect such an amazing plot.

There are very graphic sex scenes but somehow, it takes nothing away from the book. It’s written brilliantly and narrated equally as well.

If you’re looking for a quality fantasy book, you need to check these (and all other Mike Truk books) books out.

Fingers crossed for a movie that can do the books justice!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-19

WOW this series keeps you on your toes.

Im lovong this series and how its developing. absolutely loving the character dynamics and the way they alter the story.