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    The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite - a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.

    But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.

    His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

    ©2019 Michael G. Manning (P)2020 Podium Audio

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 17/06/2020

    Here's my opinion...

    I'd like to first explain that yes, I did in fact enjoy this book. Just look at the scores I gave it...but like with all reviews, you should take my opinions with a grain of salt.

    That being said the book starts out with a 12 year old peasant boy who's just about to turn 13 and has likely only been given a basic education from his single mother who just so happens to operate an apothecary. Yes the MC does stupid things...he's a frustratingly ignorant boy going through puberty who's quick to anger, quicker to direct blame and easy to fool, just like 90% of all 13 year old boys are like when not in direct sight of their mother.

    That's the whole point of the book, it's a coming of age story, if your not interested in that and want to skip straight to when he's a man and knows everything...read a reincarnation fantasy novel...there's tons of them now. Personally I have to be in a specific mood to tolerate an ignorant MC so there is no shame if it's just not your thing listening to another person learn and grow.

    To each their own, but if your willing to forgive a small child their faults and hear them succeed then give this book a try, you can always return it if it's not your cup of tea.

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    • Chase Delano Morgan
    • 03/06/2020

    Frustrating character development

    Author takes us on a journey. MC's stupidity grates at your skin, but he is a kid thrown into the midst of all sorts of craziness.

    I was a BIG fan of the Mageborn series, so I expected good things from this series. It's different from what I expected, and I have honestly been very frustrated with MC as I've been listening. I realize my frustration stems from the fact that I'm invested in the character and I want him to be better, to make better decisions, to be braver, etc.

    I wanted to bash the MC in my review, but if I'm being honest the author has actually done a fantastic job of developing MC's character. I guess I just have to grit my teeth and deal with all the stupid growing pains in the hope that eventually he'll do better. I wanted Will to be more like Mordecai, but Will's story is his own and this series is more ambitious than the Mageborn series.

    It's a good book. I'd encourage you to give it a listen/read.

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    • Christopher
    • 08/06/2020

    4.5 Stars. Top quality fantasy.

    This was an excellent start to a new series. The characters are nuanced, the story and world building have depth and breadth, and Tim Gerard Reynolds gives his usual spot-on performance.

    The only caveat I’ll include concerns Manning’s very realistic portrayal of an adolescent (and teenage) boy. Around the early middle of the book I found myself wanting to wring the MC’s neck for his rash and impulsive decisions and his simultaneously idealistic and boneheaded view of the world...

    I should point out that those characteristics are often the hallmark of this age group... In this Manning has eschewed the unrealistically mature behavior of the majority of young MC’s in the coming-of-age fantasy genre. For once we get a main character who actually acts his age sometimes, and doesn’t portray a ten-year-old with the confidence and gut instincts that most people won’t develop until they’re pushing 30, if ever.

    The good news is that even if he’s a little annoying for a part of the book, he’s annoying in a way that is not only credible, but authentic. The even better news is that if you hang in there for just a little bit, much of this behavior is tempered by the character’s development and experiences. And in retrospect, it only adds to the richness of the story and genuine identification with the MC.

    Still, I struggled with wanting to give this book a 5 star rating (I am admittedly stingy with those)... All of the necessary elements were there, and as stated above, even the part that was a bit frustrating as it was happening ended up being another reason to respect Manning’s talent and craft as a storyteller.

    I guess in the end, as much as I enjoyed this book, it didn’t quite leave me with that undefinable feeling that you get when you finish a book and know that you have just experienced something truly amazing.

    All that said, this is a no-brainer for fantasy fans in general, but especially for those who are into the epic, sword and sorcery sub-genre. You should probably spend the credit. It’s more than worth it.

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    • Kindle Customer
    • 02/11/2020

    50% Meh

    I picked up this audio book in hopes of listening to something enjoyable while working,
    well let's say i got 50% each way.

    The book is well written, the world building is amazing and most characters as well. The grandfather character is one of the best characters I have heard, funny as hell.

    The narrator does a amazing job, it is easy to tell the different characters apart.

    We follow in the eyes of William the main character, a boy of about 12-13 year and let me tell you, you will ether like him or hate him. For me it was 50-50%, why? because the main characters personality does not have consistency like, at all.
    He'll get whipped, beaten, played around, almost raped and killed, and the reactions are way to robotic, it's like they happened to him in a dream instead of reality, but in his mind it was not as bad and there for he won't hold any strong grudges.


    He will do many other stupid things that anyone with common sense would know not to do, the author tries way to hard of having a kid that does not know anything about magic and how to act in a city etc.. that the overall common sense and intellect is just completely gone, and the reasoning we hear all the time from his teacher is; you are a "dense moron or idiot".

    Honestly this kind of tactic is something i have seen in books that have meh quality, it is simply to repetitive of a writing strategy, never would I have thought that Michael G. Manning would ever use it. It screams amateur.


    That being said if you like a main character that is a blend of a dense anime character and a blushing virgin male from one of those harem books, then you will definitely like this MC.

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    • Alex
    • 04/06/2020

    Holy cow

    yes I said it this book was amazing really if your looking for a good book I recommend this book to you hope you enjoy it as I did

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    • Ed Feustel
    • 06/06/2020

    More Please

    I really enjoyed this. I hope that Audible will acquire and make available the next two volumes!

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    • Anonymous User
    • 23/06/2020

    Way better than I thought it would be!

    I was mildly interested in reading this based on the description but the fact Tim Gerard Reynolds was the narrator put it over the edge for me in buying it. This was well above what I was expecting and now I'm kicking myself for not waiting until the others came out on here. I have yet another series to play the waiting game for with just the first taste on my mind.

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    • t
    • 03/06/2020

    Could have been fantastic, but...

    This audiobook is listed as for readers 13-18. Keep that in mind. And then listen to the audiobook. Most of the characters spoke and stayed true to who they were, people in a fantasy novel, which means no modern lingo. And then we meet the hermit. He's grumpy as all get out - fine. Though admittedly his rudeness to Will grew old real quick. But what truly turned me off the book was the hermit's language.

    Again, this book is listed for 13-18 year old readers. If I'm listening to/reading a book meant for a 13 year old, the last thing I expect is modern-day swear words, including the one beginning with an F. Now, I have no issue with the F-bomb when used in context. It was not in context here. First off, this is a fantasy world - why doesn't the hermit speak with words native to his tongue? And why use that particular word?

    In this context, of reading a book with a protagonist who's 13 and from a small village, the hermit's language overrode everything and destroyed the world building. If I had a 13 year old, I wouldn't want them to read it. And I'm not against the word -but when it's used completely outside of a book's universe, it's not worth reading further.

    The narrator was fantastic, giving each character a unique voice. His voice was incredible for the book.

    If you don't mind the breaking of a book's universe, or the over-the-top swearing of a mean old man to his 13 year old great-grandson, then get it - the plot definitely had promise. However, if you expect a book and genre and age range to stay true to itself? Don't waste your credit.

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    • Luke Steepy
    • 06/07/2020

    Where’s the second book

    Great book highly recommend. Audible doesn’t seem to have number two though, which is disappointing.

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    • Gary Boyce
    • 26/06/2020

    SO GOOD!

    This was a very enjoyable book. Perfectly written and performed! Audible, I need the other two books!

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    • Timm Sommer
    • 01/11/2020

    A story you have to love

    I can only say that you should listen to this book!
    Took me four days to complete the first and the second book.
    The only problem that I face now is that I have to wait until next year.

    I can just say thank you to the author and the narrator that they created such a masterpiece.

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    • Benedikt Schindler
    • 15/06/2021

    Getting great

    I think the story has a very slow start. But it's getting really good. And in the end i get really attached to the character.

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    • Fabian Elfeld
    • 13/06/2021

    classic cishet male fantasy

    This could have been a nice classic mainstream fantasy story. I enjoyed parts of it, but if you dislike misogyny, heteronormativity and binary gender clichés, this story will soon get on your nerves as it did mine.
    A pity, really. I would have liked to like like this.

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    • Maximlian Rieger
    • 12/06/2021

    Just awfull

    Story starts out with some promise. Then kills itself and turns into a cringe-fest of stupid decisions, flat characters, predictable plot "twists" and a solid 30 chapters that could be summarized into 1 Chapter.

    Complete waste of my time. I wish I could have my time back.

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    • Obolensky
    • 01/06/2021

    Very entretaining with a good rhythm.

    Finally a story o coming to power that is paced over a believable period.
    The MC actually needs to learn his craft.
    Good book, will read on.

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    • Patric Birr
    • 23/04/2021

    Absolutely brilliant, gripping and unexpected.

    I honestly didn't expect much, usually sticking to a short list of my favourite authors. This book, however, was absolutely fantastic, both story and narrator. Both were quickly added to my list of favourites!

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    • Anonymer Hörer
    • 05/04/2021

    Great story!

    Definitely one of the best books I listend to in a while. Up there for me with Rothfuss and Sanderson!

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    • lachralle
    • 26/03/2021

    Extrem positiv überrascht

    Ich hatte ehrlich gesagt keine besonderen Erwartungen und wurde absolut überrascht. Eine tolle Geschichte mit sehr interessanten Charakteren und einem sehr guten Sprecher. Absolute Empfehlung.

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    • Johannes
    • 14/02/2021

    Coming of (m)age story

    Entertaining listen with sympathetic, fleshed out characters. The plot is interesting most of the time but especially towards the end feels a bit contrived. The protagonist's decisions feel less organic to his portrayal in the book and more tailored towards advancing the plot in a certain direction.

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    • Max Levigion
    • 06/02/2021

    Eciting plot twists, good character

    I really enjoyed the charakter development.
    Not to fast not to slow.
    Also human interactions are quite realistic.
    10 out of 10 would recommend