Title: Lord Mouse (Lords of Davenia #1)
Author: Mason Thomas and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 10th 2017
Genre(s): M/M High Fantasy, Mystery/Suspense
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin—enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.
Overall an enjoyable fantasy story that’s basically a medieval prison break. I liked Mouse quite a bit (as I’m always a fan of a cheeky bugger).
Mouse’s snarky attitude and burning intelligence, brought to life by Joel Leslie, was a pleasure to listen to. I really enjoyed Joel Leslie’s narration. He’s got a healthy contingent of English, Scottish, and even Irish accents for the characters, and, as usual, his tone, pitch, and pacing are on point.
However, the entertaining narration wasn’t enough to divert my attention from some issues that made this hard for me to push the story from like to love. Two issues I found particularly aggravating were the time jumps and the way the vocabulary kept slipping up to be a bit too modern at times, which kept distracting me from the story.
The quest to break Lord Garron out took up the majority of the story, and then shifts to an insta-love romance between Mouse and Garron. I would have preferred a bit more balance between the adventure and the romance.
Even with my issues, the story is very entertaining to listen to, and Mouse is great character. If you enjoy fantasy stories with a modernish twist, interesting premise, captivating characters, action and adventure, and delightful narration you should check it out.