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Shadow Magic

Darkling Mage, Book 1
De : Nazri Noor
Lu par : Luke Daniels
Série : Darkling Mage Series, Volume 1
Durée : 7 h et 35 min
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The gods are dying. But for one man, death is only the beginning. 

Murdered as a ritual sacrifice, amateur thief and professional charmer Dustin Graves mysteriously survives, finding himself gifted with strange, dark magic. Then more dead bodies turn up. Some are human, but one is a god of the old world, slain at his own doorstep. 

Mortal or divine, the bloodshed must end, and Dust is the mage for the job. But first he must contend with a succubus, a talking sword, a spider queen, a goddess of magic, and eldritch abominations from beyond the stars. No big deal...right? 

If you like snarky heroes, snappy dialogue, and a bit of grit and gore, you'll love the first standalone audiobook in Nazri Noor's series of urban fantasy novels. Explore the Darkling Mage universe and discover a taste of Shadow Magic today.

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Very nice overall

The story was interesting and captivating, although it followed a classic path and could be a bit predictable at times.

The main character sometimes makes "awkward jokes", în the sense that he is a funny guy and he often uses humour in times of stress or anxiety.

What I loved th most is the nature of Dustin's magic, shadow magic and shadow stepping and things related to this have been always my favourite.

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  • Ryan
  • 26/03/2019

Great narration. Story fell short for me.

I have listened to Luke Daniels before and like him as a narrator. His performance in this book was also well done. Good enunciation and emotion given to the voices of characters. Different characters sounded different and I could easily tell who was who. These are the important points for me and he hit them all splendidly.

The story in this book is very confusing at first when you are dropped in to the middle of a scene with no introduction and the situation is slowly explained over the course of the book. The main character was not very likable for me as I have never really been a fan of weak-willed characters with false bravado. The different situations in the book never felt real or dangerous for the main character either. Everybody, friend or foe, was nice to the main character and it really made everything feel fake. The abilities in the book seemed interesting but were never really used much or given good descriptions. I think this story could have been good but the execution fell short.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Randall
  • 14/03/2019

Excellent Start for a New Series

I had no expectations going into this book. I had not herd of it before, and had not read any reviews. I also did not read the prequel, Penumbra. The tone and pacing of the story are both well done. The magic system is different. The plot is interesting, and the story was great. The narrator, Luke Daniels, did an excellent job with the voices, tone, and pacing. Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to the rest of the series.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Christy
  • 04/08/2019

Excellent!

I found this book while looking for another fantasy series narrated by the talented Luke Daniels. And I loved it! I immediately wanted to start the second one as soon as I finished (and the second one is now available on Audible!). Very interesting and fast paced story and magic system. Humorous with a good balance of action and plot. The main character is very likable. This reminded me of the Iron Druid series, which is one of my favorite series. Highly recommend if you like fun urban fantasy and excellent storytelling.

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  • HollyDayz
  • 08/06/2019

Noor rocks! Luke is bad ass! Fun and fast times!

Magical, mystery, mages of masculinity. Can't wait for Book 2!! Noor and Daniels rock hard.

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  • Tony
  • 06/11/2019

Made For TV

This book was obviously born from the imagination of someone familiar with D&D, fantasy video games, comic books, mythology, and HP Lovecraft. The protagonist is a self-professed geek. As I am also a self-professed geek who is founded in all of those prerequisites, I connected easily.

However, were I not a self-professed geek who was founded in all of those prerequisites, I might have found this book to be a drab read, with one-dimensional characters, and a fairly common plot. And, while that may seem like a dig, it isn't. The story isn't the problem here. The medium is.

This has all the components to be a hit TV show. If the audience only had 45mins of viewing time per episode, this would be perfect. If someone from a major media network is reading this, please contact Nazri Noor, get started on this pilot, and let me know when to tune in. Because, this novel was made for TV.

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  • N. Nitzel
  • 05/03/2019

Great story, great characters, interesting world.

I don't know if my expectations were just low going in but man what a great book this was. Story starts off at a fast pace. Love the main guy (though a bit frustrating how dim witted he can be at times). And of course Luke Daniels kills it without fail. You can't beat him.

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  • Judith L. Butler
  • 25/08/2019

pure entertainment!<br />

I loved this book! the characters were well defined, the story interesting with lots of action and loads of humor. add to this the masterful narration by Luke Daniels and you've got a MUST LISTEN on your hands. I can't wait for all the books in this series to be available on audible (so far just the first two, which I happily own)!

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  • Erik Hyrkas
  • 26/06/2019

Luke Davis does it again

Luke always brings good stories to life.

I think my greatest disappointment with the story is that there was only one book of the series on audible.

There is a small section of muddled storytelling when the character whiplashes us with distrust followed by trust of one group and then another. I suspect these changes of heart were justified in the author’s head, but was a little difficult to get through. Otherwise, the story was fun and enjoyable. The villain’s motives become clear, but feel incomprehensible when you first meet the perpetrator.

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  • amy
  • 31/05/2019

more please

what Harry Dresden might have been like as a young man in different circumstances. I enjoyed the narration and look forward to more.

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  • adam s rosebrock
  • 01/07/2019

outstanding

absolutely fantastic! can listen to this book several times and not get bored at all!!!

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