Narrator: Paul Woodson
Series: Legends of the Nameless Dwarf #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 25 February 2016
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Noir
Source: Author, Submitted
For more than 1,000 years, the dwarves have hidden away from the world in their ravine city of Arx Gravis. Governed by an inflexible council whose sole aim is to avoid the errors of the past, the defining virtue of their society is that nothing should ever change. But when the Scriptorium is broken into, and Ravine Guard Carnifex Thane sees a homunculus fleeing the scene of the crime, events are set in motion that will ensure nothing will ever be the same again. Deception and death are coming to Arx Gravis. The riddles that preceded Carnifex's birth crystalize into a horrifying fate that inexorably closes in. But it is in blood that legends are born, and redemption is sometimes seeded in the gravest of sins. For Carnifex is destined to become the Ravine Butcher, before even that grim appellation is forever lost, along with everything that once defined him.
©2016 D.P. Prior (P)2016 D.P. Prior
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I enjoyed this story. Prior captures the dwarven world quite well in my opinion. Neither too grim or overly comical. Their culture which is an odd amalgamation of Scottish and Viking, with a heavy masculinity, yet an almost chivalric honor for their matriarchs. An inclination for hard drinking and fighting to the tune of a bawdy song round them out nicely. The few female dwarfs we glimpse are, of course, bearded, and just as toughened as their men, yet they retain an elegance and femininity.
Carnifex is the younger son of a miner father and warrior mother. He has been brought up to fight, his muscles hardened by years of training. His elder brother Lucius is his opposite in every way, brainy, soft and learned. Their Father, Droom, was given a prophecy of his sons before their birth: their names, and their purpose.
Aristodeus, The only human we meet in this book, is a strange old wizard, and not inclined to sharing confidences. However, he has to start spilling the beans when something is found in the mines.
The characters are all well written in my opinion, and the plot is intriguing, if a little slow moving. The ending of this first book easily foreseeable well before it actually climaxes, but the rest of the series has the potential to be really great.
There’s no language or sexual content to speak of, though a couple of the the bar songs they sing are a little too crass for young children.
The quality is great. Nothing to complain about. No music.
I liked Paul Woodson’s narration, he has a dry earthy quality to his voice that really fit the story, and combined nicely with the dwarven atmosphere. All of his voices were excellent, and his mild Scottish inflection was well done.