FREE: The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens to them is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.
This is a standalone short story of 7,200 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Riyria veterans to spend a little more time with old friends. The Jester is a story of adventure, bonds of friendship, and a recognition that the choices we make dictates the future we find.
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|Listening Length||53 minutes|
|Author||Michael J. Sullivan|
|Narrator||Tim Gerard Reynolds|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 17, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4 Free in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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As Hadrian and Royce frantically attempt to save themselves and their companions from the dark waters, it becomes apparent that they are on a mission to uncover a jester’s treasure hidden somewhere in this dwarven mine, that they are having a pretty tough go of it, and that they threw themselves down the well to escape something horrible that is after them.
At this point, things look really bleak for Riyria. So much so that long time fans will be gripping their seats wondering how their favorite fantasy duo will be able to escape this seemingly insurmountable situation and complete their contract. And the truth is they DON”T!
No, that isn’t a spoiler, it is a warning. This is a short story that pulls the rug out from under our heroes, showing them struggling to survive. Sure, Hadrian and Royce still crack a few sarcastic jabs at one another, mock the others view on life, but here getting out alive is the name of the game, not witty repertoire — though there is a bit of that, as I mentioned. And even the conclusion is more morality play than standard fantasy ending, though Mr. Sullivan still manages to pull all the tangled story threads together to deliver the nice, tight climax that he is known for.
Does all that gushing mean this is the best fantasy short story I’ve ever read? No, it doesn’t. What it does mean is that “The Jester” is an entertaining way to visiting our old friends Hadrian and Royce while we wait for The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3) to hit bookshelves!
"Wilmer only started screaming because you turned that statue to the left and made the floor drop away.” Myra smirked. “I didn’t have a choice. Have you forgotten about the snakes? And Royce wasn’t doing anything about them.” “I was busy trying to stop the walls from closing in,” Royce said absently."
I'd really like to have actually heard about the snakes and the statue and the floor. And the spider as big as a river barge. And the arrow. And the thing with claws.
Okay, it's a short story so there's got to be that sort of thing and there is and a lot more like it. And I absolutely don't mean this as a negative. I really liked the story. I just think it would have made a really good novella and, frankly, I don't think it would be possible to have too much of Riyria.
This was free from audible and it was such a fun quick short story of just one of the predicaments Hadrian and Royce got themselves into during the Riyria Tales.
Trapped in a room with their client and a pig farmer they must chose between 3 options to get out and only one will work while the other will lead to certain death. What to do, what to do?
Great if you want to get a glimpse at one of my favorite bromances in literature or if you just can't get enough of the Riyria couple and their shenanigans. Plus the narrator Tim Gerard Reynolds is always amazing.