My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I listened to this and the narrator, Steven Pacey, gave an incredible performance. He brought these group of flawed characters to life for me, giving each one a distinct voice and the appropriate mannerisms that distinguished them so clearly.
The author made a toothless inquisitor, a nine-fingered barbarian, a pompous nobleman/swordsman and an extremely stressed commoner/major just as endearing as dashing noble princes of the stories of old. Although this book is more of a world-building/character development story that brought the band together – the plot still managed to engage my imagination. It sets the stage for bigger battles and more ambitious quests that I would like to read more about.
There were only two major female characters introduced in this book, but they were enough to add the requisite color, drama and male-humbling that always makes a story richer in my opinion.
I enjoyed this very much!