Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Shadow Master #1
Published by Amber Cove Publishing on 19 April 2017
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Source: Narrator, Submitted
Hi, how are you?
Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. It's rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale.
How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy. No, I mean a villain's villain. The ones who use their power because they can, while morality is only a philosopher's complex.
This is the story of Jackson Blackwell, the Shadow Master and the top villain adviser. Sadly, even the top villain occasionally gets double-crossed. Trapped in one of the fantasy realms, Jackson has to use his skill and wits to exploit the rules, points out the genre flaws, undermine godly authority, and win the day.
Because that is what villains should do, shouldn't they? Listen to this book, have a few laughs, and find out.
©2017 Michael Gibson (P)2017 Michael Gibson
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Jackson Blackwell is literally a god of his own realm. And he also owns a consulting company that helps villains achieve their goals.
He is known as the Shadow Master and many people fear him. Or at least Jackson thought people feared him until he was betrayed by his sister and one of his employees.
Jackson soon finds himself in a dungeon belonging to one of his clients. The dungeon can’t hold him for long though. Soon he escapes and sets about on a plan to extract his revenge. Do this he needs to align himself with people that he usually doesn’t associate with. Heroes.
In all genres of books, there are cliches. After all, there are only so many ways to say certain things. That’s why when something truly original, it’s immediately hailed as the future of whichever genre. And then immediately copied and eventually another cliche.
Villains Rule by MK Gibson is one of those different kinds of books. Yes, there are cliches and all the things you typically find in every fantasy book.
That being said, that is part of the wonderful, sarcastic humor that runs all throughout Villians Rule. Everything that you come to think of in the fantasy genre is poked fun at. There are lots of pop culture references. And, finally, someone who finally has the nerve to say what I’ve always thought about most fantasy elves. That they are the most arrogant creatures ever.
Villians Rule is one of the funniest books I have listened to in a long time. There are many laugh out moments. That being said, if you don’t like a sarcastic type of humor, this book probably isn’t for you. I think is one of those that you either get or don’t get. There’s not really any middle ground.
The production quality of Villians Rule is excellent. There are no mispronounced words, volume changes, or anything like that. Jefferey Kafer has a great voice for narration. He got the humor spot on and you really get a sense that you listening to a well-educated villain.
Overall, this was a very good book. Lots of laughs, lots of sarcasm. And most of everything you find in a fantasy book. But seeing those things through the eyes of a villain makes Villains Rule different from most fantasy books. If you enjoy a sarcastic type of humor, you’ll enjoy this book and have a really good laugh. I can’t wait to listen to the next book.