All the King’s Traitors is finally out on Audible! Truth be told, it’s been out for a couple of weeks now, but I did a site revamp and migration, so I haven’t been able to put this up until now. But the bottom line is, yes, All the King’s Traitors is finally live, and I’m so happy about it!
Recording fantasy audiobooks tend to offer some of the greatest, most challenging breadth when it comes to characters. Bringing Azanthea to life required voices young and old, accents of all sorts, from gruff and gravelly soldiers to the melodic and ethereal. It’s certainly some of the most fun I’ve had in my fledgling narrator’s journey so far.
A fantasy debut from Keylin Rivers with lots of fresh ideas, All the King’s Traitors is a cracking tale with some wonderful characters and plenty of narrative twists and turns to sink your teeth into. The magical lore in particular is wonderfully created. On top of that, you’ve got some great worldbuilding that poses plenty of questions for the rest of the trilogy, none of which I shall spoil here.
Here’s a little taste of what it’s all about:
Over a thousand years have passed since the first Godstones ripped through the skies and mangled the earth. With their fall came centuries of chaos and destruction, but also immense power. Power that separates humans from Gods. Now, in the Kingdom of Azanthea, two adoptive brothers flee from unjust conscription. A fugitive heiress of a slaughtered people struggles to truly be free. A double-crossing warrior must choose where his allegiances lie: with his wife or with his daughter. A traitorous heir to the Kingdom’s throne roams the lands in search of an army to call his own. A prodigy in the House of Historian competes in a gruelling trial to prove her loyalty. And one God-King rules over them all.Keylin Rivers, All the King’s Traitors
Of course, one of the best things about working on this book in particular was working with Keylin herself, and striking a really rewarding creative relationship that gave me a lot of freedom and space to work in. As per the process that I outline in the Audiobooks section of this website, we spent a fair bit of time at the 15-min sample stage ensuring that the voices of certain key characters were where they should be. While I’m always more than happy to take on a project with a very basic brief, it was really gratifying to have a fair bit of creative conversation at the start and develop the foundations for the audiobook.
It was also great to be able to revisit that later in the year as part of Keylin’s Indieverse series on YouTube (make sure you check out her channel). You can check out the interview below, and a little write up around it here.