Author: Kim Fielding
Narrator: KC Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.
Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths – dreams that come true.
As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.
My View – Story:
Kim Fielding has just taken me on the most epic ride of fantasy, heartbreak and love. I say it every time but why is it that the books that have been sat on my shelves the longest are always the ones I should have read sooner. The ones that will make me stop and think WOW!
Brute will break your heart. This loving giant of a man who lost both his parents on the same day, who became the town pariah, who was shown no love for so many years and was living such a lonely life. Despite all of this you will not find another soul so beautiful and compassionate.
His life is hard until the day a Prince needs rescuing and Brute risks his own life to save him. They both live and Brutes life is about to change in ways he could never have imagined. As soon as he is well enough to travel he is to present himself at the Palace, his reward for saving the Princes life is a new job.
Brutes job is simple. He is to look after the needs of a single prisoner. That prisoner is Gray. He has been in his prison for many years, is filthy, blind and almost mute because of a stutter. His crime is that he is a witch and a traitor and he is to spend the rest of his life chained to the wall and living in darkness. Gray suffers from horrendous nightmares where he learns who is in danger of death. Brute must report these nightmares to the guards in an effort to save the lives of those the Palace deem worthy.
The small amount of kindness that Brute shows Gray over the next few months has Gray trusting somebody for the first time in years and the two men become first friends then lovers. Grays imprisonment has a huge emotional reason behind it and comes from the King himself so there is no chance of him ever leaving his small cell.
For the first time in his life Brute has friends. People who are genuinely eager to spend to time with him. People who touch him and care for him. This comes as a huge revelation to the gentle giant and he finds he has a happiness and contentment that he never thought possible. The only thing tempering his happiness is the fact that Gray is imprisoned and in Brutes mind imprisoned unfairly.
What follows is a tale of love, bravery and a little bit of luck. There are a lot of twists in this story that you need to read for yourself to understand the meaning and beauty. But the moral of the tale has to be that you should always looks past the exterior to see just what is inside. Often times it is the most beautiful thing in the world.
My View – Narration:
KC Kelly performed an epic job on an epic tale! At over 11 hours this story needed somebody who was clear and easy to listen to and he did the job perfectly. There were a lot of characters and each one took on their own life within the narrators voice but Brute really did sound like I would have imagined him to. It was a pleasure to listen to and I could easily have carried on for another 11 hours!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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