Cover artist: Nikki Dawes
|Explore the past of Critical Role’s daring half-elf twins, Vex’ahlia and Vax’ildan in this original prequel to their adventures with Vox Machina.
Vex and Vax have always been outsiders. A harsh childhood in the elite elven city of Syngorn quickly taught them not to rely on others. Now, freed from the expectations of their exacting father and the scornful eyes of Syngorn’s elves, the cunning ranger and the conning rogue have made their own way in the world of Exandria.
The twins have traveled far and experienced great hardship. But with the help of Vex’s quick wit and Vax’s quicker dagger, they’ve always kept ahead of trouble. Now, unknown perils await them in the bustling city of Westruun, where the twins become entangled in a web spun by the thieves’ guild known to many as the Clasp. Trapped by a hasty deal, Vex and Vax (along with Vex’s faithful bear companion, Trinket) set out into the wilds to fulfill their debt to the infamous crime syndicate.
As the situation grows more complicated than they ever could have imagined, for the first time Vex and Vax find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict that threatens the home they have carried with each other for years.
Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp, Critical Role: Vox Machina—Kith & Kin follows a brand-new adventure that delves into the twin’s unexplored history, and returns to some of the iconic moments that forged Vox Machina’s most unbreakable bond.
ISBN-10: 0593496620 | ISBN-13: 978-0593496626
Publisher: Del Rey
Audio – PRH Audio
☙ An instant USA Today bestseller!
☙ A Locus Mag bestseller!
☙ A Bustle must-read!
☙ An AIPT gift guide pick!
Marieke has managed to make Kith and Kin feel completely new and fresh, without sullying the work that Critical Role fans know and love. (…) The world-building the writer demonstrates is second-to-none. It sometimes feels Martin-esque in its seamless description and flair. (…) Marieke has done an incredible job – not just in writing a Critical Role story, but a straight-up fantasy novel. Fans of the genre will lap this book up, and be calling for more before the story comes to a close.
— The Daily Express
The author’s insight into these beloved characters made the story itself feel like the reader was there in Exandria, following closely behind the twins and growing ever closer to understanding exactly how they became who they were before joining forces with Vox Machina. Bailey and O’Brien’s deep love for Vex and Vax shines through in every moment, as if their voices whispered in Nijkamp’s ear while penning their adventure and expanding the canon lore. (…) The power and emotion embroiled within Kith & Kin is more than enough to lend hope that this will not be the last fictional offering Critical Role releases.
This is an expertly done opening to a franchise that is going to run and run. There’s plenty here that anyone who doesn’t know the series with just enough to tempt those readers to seek out the other media. It’s almost surgical in it’s precision; it’s an excellent read that delivers just enough to keep the fans happy whilst also carefully bringing in new readers. Nijkamp has perfected the art of tie-in fiction as both a way to promote and elevate a franchise.
— Starburst Magazine
This book, written by NYT best-selling author Marieke Nijkamp, is one book you don’t want to miss out on. (…) Kith And Kin is the perfect way to learn more about everyone’s favorite twins from Campaign 1.
— That Hashtag Show
There is a timeless quality to the fantasy in this book and that is based on the D&D origins. (…) Nijkamp takes to writing fantasy within this IP brilliantly.
— SF Book
Coming into Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin I was prepared for magic and swords and the wild adventures of Vex’ahlia and Vax’ildan but instead I was given a small town adventure, a morally questionable situation, and flashbacks keenly focused on what made these two adventurers who they are. (…) Get this book if you’re looking for your next fantasy read.
— Tech Raptor
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