New release! Invito Rex by Brand Gamblin

Let’s ring in the new year with a new audio book by Brand Gamblin! Check out Invito Rex:

In a fantastic world not too far ahead of us, Victorian sensibilities have brought back the monarchy, with a caste system that is lethally enforced. Dizzy is a con man, a commoner who makes his living impersonating the nobility. But one wrong turn leaves him trapped in the most dangerous place of all, the palace of the king. Invito Rex is the futuristic steampunk sequel to “The Hidden Institute”.

 





9 Responses to “New release! Invito Rex by Brand Gamblin”

  1. AndyW Says:

    Good Narration Good Story

    I wish i could say its a worthy sequel to the exellent “Hidden Institute” but (SPOILER if you havent read the chapterdescription) the Cliffhanger at the end is just so huge that it feels like just half a book.

    I´say that once the story gets finished (i assume in book 3 of the “Noblesse Oblige”-Series ) it will most likely be on par with the Hidden Institute.
    I like Mr Gamblin´s work so far (TUMBLER is also really good) and hope he finishes book 3 soon.

    Small side note The “Family” -tag really isnt appropriate

  2. tafarn Says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the hidden institute, book 2 was quite good as well glad to see you picked it back up. is there plans for book 3?

  3. Brand Gamblin Says:

    tafarn: Yes, I’m about 60k words into the next book. I hope to have it available in March/April of 2014. Thanks for listening, and taking the time to leave a comment!

  4. JeffG Says:

    Great story! I just finished listening and can’t wait for book 3! will there be more than 3 in this series? I would also like to compliment you on your narration and sound quality. By the way the untrue tales series was AWESOME!!

  5. Brand Gamblin Says:

    JeffG: Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. And yes, it is starting to look like we’ll need more than three books to tell the whole story. The situation with Wilde’s bear is going to blow up, and as I’m writing this, the power vacuum that’s left at the end of Invito Rex is creating a huge war among the houses.

    I know this, though. I’m never going to leave it on a cliffhanger again. :)

  6. Dan Dan The Art Man Says:

    Almost through chapter 2 and really enjoying it. Very nice descriptive writing. Great prose and spot on narration. Thanks for taking the time and making this available on Podiobooks for us Brand! Ok, now to hit play and listen to the rest of chapter 2 and just keep on going :)

  7. James Booth Says:

    Great story will there be a book 3 I’m just hanging and waiting for the next book

    I give this one and the Hidden Institute a 10 great books
    Thanks

  8. Dan Dan The Art Man Says:

    I’ve really been enjoying this book. Brand’s voice acting when he’s reading the dialog really adds a lot to this audio version of his novel. Great stuff! Love the characters too.

  9. Dan Dan The Art Man Says:

    My review:

    I just finished this novel and I’m not entirely sure what I feel about the ending, because it is quite an ending, but I loved the book. Maybe as I write this review I’ll discover my feelings on it. For now let’s get to why I loved this novel.

    First off there are some really cool things in this book. Some really cool games that Brand invented, and an awesome automaton. Who would not like a game called Bear Polo, I mean that’s just cool. Early on in the novel there is a very important game of bear polo that is played, and what happens in the game pushes the rest of the story forward. Yes, dudes riding on big majestic bears in a polo match. While I am talking about games, there is another really cool game in the book called Circus. It’s kind of like chess but the board is circular with a checkered pattern radiating out from the center. I really enjoyed how Brand described the different game pieces, how they moved, and what they symbolized. It was some pretty witty stuff. There is actually a graphic of the board game which you can see below. Really cool stuff right?

    Moving on. I really like the characters in this book, especially the main character Dizzy. He was very real and fleshed out brilliantly. His witty dialog often had me laughing as he diffused tense situations. It helped that I read this book by listening to the audio version over at Podiobooks.com. Brand did a wonderful job with the dialogue. He’s not bad at accents either, and sometimes he drastically changes the pitch of his voice but it’s never cheesy. He doesn’t go high for girls, but rather low for certain characters. Brand has a good low grumble voice that works great for some characters.

    As I think back on this novel, there was a lot of dialogue and it really brought the characters and story to life. Something just struck me, I don’t usually like books with a lot of conversations but I loved this book and much of it was conversation. I’m struggling through The Way of Kings right now because there’s just so much talking that I’m really bored – and I have loved all of Brandon Sanderson’s other novels. Usually I get bored when a book is full of dialog but that’s when nothing is happening. Huge info dumps where you learn about the story world but meanwhile the story isn’t moving forward. The characters are just sitting there yammering on and on. Thankfully that’s not what it was like in this book. A lot of great stuff happens, but as I’m thinking back on the story a lot of it was conversations and I loved every minute of it. They were conversations that moved the story forward. Maybe it’s because they fit the story so well. The main character has been newly appointed as king and there is a lot he has to figure out. His interactions with the nobility and other characters was really fun to read and many times hilarious. Dizzy did not act in a way that he was expected to as king. Seeing him shock, surprise, and disturb the ways of the royal court and meetings was good fun. The other character I loved is the one you can see on the cover named Scepter. He’s a crown, or a bracelet, or a robot, or any number of things. He is with the King at all times, recording everything and assisting the king.

    I found myself wanting to talk in very proper grammar while listening to this book. All the stately noblemen Dizzy interacts with tends to rub off on you kind of like when you watch Downton Abbey.

    Okay, about the ending. I will not spoil anything in this review, but I will say that I had to stop and reread the ending three times. It was something I was not expecting but it did make sense. They say that the big moment in a book should be surprising but seem inevitable as you look back on the story and everything leading up to it. In this way Brand did well writing the ending. He told me on Twitter that he’s had violently mixed reviews. Now that I’ve read it I can see why. For me, it was pretty great the more I think of it and I will be thinking about the ending of this book for a long time – but it still ticked me off. The only way to know what I’m talking about is to read the book yourself. I highly recommend it. If you haven’t read the book that comes before it, The Hidden Institute, I loved that one as well and you should read it first. As I post this Brand is about 70K words into the next book in the series so if the ending catches you in a bad way, let’s see what he does with it in the next book. I’m really looking forward to it. He has a lot to explain :)

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