Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of the this book's description. It's rude not to answer a person when they ask you a question. OK, I get it, 4th wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to read. 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 read 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? Read this book, have a few laughs, and find out.
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Villains Rule The Shadow Master, Book 1 By: M. K. Gibson Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer Series: The Shadow Master, Book 1 This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This book is a hoot! If you like books just a little crazy, slightly inappropriate but funny, clever dialogue, witty situations, and be Team Villain, then this is for you! The Shadow Master gets double crossed and not in his own realm. His sister is also in on it. Now he is in a realm, alone, and now he has to fight back with his villain power. It is funny, witty, and great! Lots of the words prudish people may not like. The narrator was hilarious! He made the book great! I couldn't have read it and made it as funny! Wonderful job! All the voices were perfect and the great emotions, lol, so fun!
Villains Rule is book 1 in The Shadow Master series. I grabbed this book after seeing a review by Melanie @ HotListens. It sounded so different and I'm so glad I tried it since it turned out to be a fantastic listen. Jackson Blackwell aka the Shadow Master is not your normal type of leading character. He's the adviser to villains and is working with one that requested he come to his realm to be of assistance. He goes to the fantasy realm but winds up getting double-crossed by the villain and trapped. Jackson has to do the unthinkable, team up with the heroes in order to get his revenge as well as get out alive. The book pokes fun at the fantasy genre flaws, things we see over and over throughout the genre and Jackson winds up using these to his advantage. Highly entertaining, Villains Rule is a must read! It's not your typical story and I loved how the POV was the villain. Jackson is arrogant and a know it all, but it actually worked for me instead of being eye roll worthy. I was amused while listening and really need to try more of this author's work in the future. If you're a fan of fantasy and humor you'll adore this novel. The Narrator: This was my first audiobook narrated by Jeffrey Kafer and won't be my last. I'm slowly listening to more male narrators since I've had issues with a few in the past and I thought Jeffrey did a wonderful job at bringing the book to life. His voice suited the main character very well and I was really pleased.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Jeffrey performs with heart, stepping in to the characters minds which breathes life to them. When stories are performed with the emotion the characters are feeling, and the narrator feels as to be having fun, the book is brought to a new level of awesome. Jeffrey accomplished that in this work. Jeffrey speaks with different infliction and personality for each character, which makes it easy to know who's who along with keeping my attention. At the end of the first prologue, I had to smile. Really. This was something I always thought about, how easy it would be to take down a hero when he's having his "moment". I got a feel of a twist of Grayskull (You know what Grayskull is, from He-Man.) here with other elements mixed in. I like what I get, and it's only a prologue! Oh my the references of all the great science fiction and fantasy tales!! Really! Even in the titles we get great one lines that we know reference so many. lol. I love listening and pointing out references and what I get the feel of. I'm sure others would pick up on others I've missed. This is the kind of story I would love to listen to with someone who I could talk to on the potential influences. You know, listen at the same time and go geek on what we pick up on! lol. Okay. The story. I enjoyed how the rules of heroes and villains are viewed and understood in the world. And they still stand and function. M.K. has created a story with a villain that sees those rules and uses then in a way to do what all villains want. And he's talented at his work. M.K. tells us these rules and we see the predicament that Jackson ends up in, and has to find his own way back to his place in the world. M.K. writes a well crafted story of fun while still in the guidelines and takes a villain in the outs and brings him back. Totally awesome work. I felt I could believe Jackson's thinking and I really liked him. I want to watch movies with Jackson. He would be a hoot at pointing out the flaws in plans, hero and villain. I laughed at the obvious observations pointed out by Jackson in this book. So good and so true! Jackson's written in a way that I liked him even though he wasn't the clean cut good guy. I even felt the fluctuation of praise and irritation of Randy with Jackson - all thanks to Jeffrey's vocal talents and M.K.'s writing. At my first big surprise in events, I wanted to give M.K. Gibson a big high five. He told me what not to do. He drew me into doing just that. And I was surprised when he used that. AWESOME JOB!! M.K.wrote it so well, I was drawn into the web. This book is a modern setting with Jackson but it's also in a fantasy world, or worlds as he goes along, because of the different realms of villains. It's so easy to understand and enjoy. I loved the play on different fantasy themes as it made me smile. As Jackson goes through the fantasy world he's in, working to get to the ruling villain, he points out the fantasy tropes present. And he hits on them all! Totally awesome and fun summary of characters in fantasy tropes. And I can say I read about that. It was great as it was fun in how it's portrayed. M.K. has taken fantasy, brought what we know to our attention, then twists it to his world and makes it fun. Enjoyable story to listen to. It kept me entertained.