If the enemies of your enemies are still your enemies, how do you know who your friends are?
Smart-mouthed Keane and feared-warrior Sarah escape the mercenaries of Wallace’s Company to start somewhere fresh, where no one is trying to kill them. Keane steals the company’s wages in return for his attempted murder, and Sarah agrees to the plan.
Unfortunately, Keane doesn’t have one.
On the run from the vengeful lord marshal and his wicked mercenary cutthroats, Sarah and Keane hop from danger to disaster. One con too many lands the friends between the King’s Swords, who are notoriously hostile toward mercenaries, and Wallace’s Company, who are notoriously hostile toward thieves who steal their pay.
What began as a good running away becomes a trap between a rock and a hard place. Keane must plot a way out of this mess and keep them both alive, even if that means impersonating a dead royal embroiled in an arranged marriage.
Now entangled in intrigue far beyond their paygrade, Keane and Sarah must choose a side or risk the collapse of an entire kingdom.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A riot of an adventure “A Good Running Away” is refreshingly fun romp through the fantasy world of the Thirteen Kingdoms. On the run mercenaries Keane and Sarah wreck havoc and mayhem through the countryside, staying one step ahead from their in hot pursuit former employer, Wallace company. Stealing a cash box will do that. With luck and skill characters Keane, the good looking would like to be something other than a mercenary and Sarah a skilled and deadly mercenary, with great lines, manage to find themselves in the capital kingdom of Green Shades. This story is a good take on the road buddy story with both female and male lead characters. Or a fantasy take on “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidd” without the puns. The dialogue is snappy and the writing description of combat (while holding a pig) is well thought out and visual. I enjoyed following the point of view chapters as it gives the main characters the spotlight in their own story. Villains such as Lord Marshal, Harden Grayspring are fleshed out and do not feel like a trope of the typical fantasy villain character. The story moves at a brisk pace that is quite enjoyable and making this a fun fast read that does not bog down. To anyone who has read Robert Aspirin and Terry Pratchett will appreciate the humor in “A Good Running Away”. Humor in a fantasy setting is extremely difficult to pull off and yet this new book pleases me thoroughly.
This is an absolutely delightful fantasy adventure, a true I-can't-put-it-down book that inspired me to genuine belly laughter, a simply wonderful read. Curl up with your favorite cuppa, crack the book, and I dare you to get anything else done that day.
Doesn’t everyone love the likeable scoundrel? Well this book has 2 of them as the main characters! Kevin Pettway has created a vibrant and colorful world and describes it beautifully through the course of this book. The fantastical world of swords, strange creatures, mercenaries, nations and royalty comes alive in your mind. I was hooked by action from the very beginning and that just kept coming with enough humor and intrigue spread throughout chapters to keep me engaged. I completely enjoyed this book.