Lord Mouse by Mason Thomas & narrated by Joel Leslie. 5*
BLURB: 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.
My Review: I picked this audiobook because I really like the narrator and, on looking for more from him, I found this. The blurb sounded really good and I liked the style of it on the sample track so I went about buying it. I have to say that it was a good descision and has been a wonderful way of finding another new author I like. I loved the characters, the worldbuilding, and the action in the story and, at one point, I even had tears in my eyes. The author really nailed the emotions and Joel evoked every ounce of those feelings with his narration. I hope that any future books by this author are narrated by Joel as together they made for a very entertaining nine plus hours.