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    Half a millennium ago, in a desperate attempt to defeat the Ithonian Empire, Kanderon Crux and her allies banished the city of Imperial Ithos from the world of Anastis.

    Her dread weapon, the Exile Splinter, even erased the memory of its location from the universe. Now it's returning and bringing the Exile Splinter back with it.

    The great powers of the continent are desperately hunting for the site of the lost city, knowledge lost even to Kanderon herself. None know what ancient Ithonian weapons and enchantments might still be found in the ruins, but the Exile Splinter alone would be a prize to justify war.

    Hugh and his friends find themselves dragged along on the search, where they'll face enemy warlocks, sea monsters, liches, unnatural storms, and even a man-eating tiger. However, there's something they're not being told about the lost city...something that has even Kanderon and the other great powers terrified.

    Includes Murder at Ras Andis, a bonus novella from the Mage Errant series, and a special note from the author.

    ©2020 John Bierce (P)2020 Podium Audio

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    • matt goguen
    • 26/11/2020

    What. A. Slog.

    Other books were great. Fun quick stories with enough depth to feel real and this one was the complete opposite. 5 chapters of them all on a boat where literally nothing of consequence happens. the overdone feelings and telling each other how much they care about each other over and over...and over. these books have alot promise but if I see the next one is 17 hours too then I'm just done. Don't almost triple your book size with filler.

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    • Jeanie
    • 24/11/2020

    Just Keeps Getting Better

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all three previous books in this series and enjoyed this one even more. It has everything I most enjoy in this series with plenty of action, character and world building, and magical theory. The action occurs primarily in the first fourth and last third of the book with lots of character backstory, relationship building, magical lectures, and exploration of both the geographic and natural world around the continent of Ithos in the middle. The story moves forward quite rapidly from its setup in A Traitor in Skyhold, and what will happen next promises to be even more of a wild ride.

    Small quibble... I love Ralph Lister's narration, but his voice for Alustin this time was rather subdued instead of the eccentric amiability we have come to expect. This may be due to one line in the text, or maybe the narrator took his cue on Alustin's voice from the last conversation he had in the previous book... an atypically subdued Alustin there. Anyway, I love all these character voices and Ralph Lister's overall performance so it really is a small quibble. And maybe Alustin's energy level will pick back up by book 5, The Siege of Skyhold.

    There is bonus material of a fun short story that expands our knowledge of the continent even further and shows us more of the irascible Alinia. There's also a word from the actual author talking about tigers, so don't stop too soon!

    Spoiler Warning: Hugh's spellbook is its usual funny self and acquires a suggested nickname at one point... imo, the stupidest nickname possible! If that name sticks and is shortened, Hugh will have the continent's first Makbook... no, just no!

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    • RJ
    • 07/01/2021

    It's all about expectations

    I felt compelled to offset some of the negative reviews with my own (I think I've reviewed perhaps one out of my nearly 100 audio books).

    This book did have a different... Tone? Pace? I don't quite know how best to explain it, but I never once felt like it was 'a slog'. These are the adventures of a group of deadly teenagers who all have various identity issues, insecurities, and past abuses/traumas.

    Previous books might have better balanced the danger and the introspection, but this book in particular tackled the emotional growth of these children (they have aged two years since we first met them, and we should all know from experience that that age range is a tumultuous time even under mundane circumstances!)

    Three of the four main protagonists are emotionally damaged and even the well-adjusted one has very real and relatable issues, all of which gets tackled here. So, as my title suggests, your enjoyment of this book will be determined by your expectations going in.

    We get to see our future heroes unwind and act their age, flirt and fumble and grow from experience. I enjoyed every minute, and I appreciate that their personal growth doesn't get glossed over as it helps me connect with and get invested in their lives.

    Next book will be a day one purchase without waiting for reviews, I almost let the reviews of this book sway me. Glad I didn't listen.

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    • Ab.pro
    • 01/12/2020

    So Boring!

    My God this book is boring. I read the first 2 and was optimistic about this one. I have listened to about 8 hours of it and its just ridiculous relationship drama over and over again. Not sure what happened with the author. Its all about feelings and everyone being concerned about each other's feelings... Please spare me.

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    • Sherry
    • 01/01/2021

    Started Great in Book 1 and Got Worse and Worse

    Book is well written. Focus is the problem. More on what the characters are doing and less on what they are feeling. Reminds me of a watered down YA Robin Hobb book.

    Getting lost in the feelings of the characters so much that it becomes annoying. There is so much more potential for writing to what is happening outside of the characters heads...

    Anyhow, it has led me to believe that John Bierce is a pen name. John Bierce writes like many of the female authors I've read. This is not bad; just a style.

    Can't stomach anymore of the series as it drags on endlessly in these young relationships.

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    • Justin Tysarczyk
    • 14/12/2020

    Best in series so far!

    While reading the previous novels my favorite aspect has been the consistent growth shown by the protagonists. The slow unveiling of the magic system is consistent and well timed to the plot as well as the setting expansion. I'm pleased that the character development established in previous novels hasn't been forgotten. Simultaneously, it is built on in a way that throughout the novel I was gently coaxed into noticing that they're not the children they used to be. They are being groomed by the best to be the best yet dont seem OP in an unsatisfying way. I continue to enjoy how the main characters unique circumstances allow the author to sneak in more details about the magic system. There is plenty of action and most of the larger battle scenes were easy to follow and give a closer look into more powerful character's true abilities. To me, this paired with the more slice of life interactions of the cast produced what I believe is a well balanced installment of the series. Questions I have had from the beginning have been answered and actual story progression has left me feeling uncharacteristically satisfied after the end of the novel. Foreshadowing to the future of the series is strong yet vague enough that I can hardly wait until book five. As a whole, an outstanding audio performance to a series im quickly falling in love with. Thank you to John Bierce and Ralph Lister and congratulations to Podium on another job well done!

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    • bergerturgerfurger
    • 20/03/2021

    Not as bad as others made it sound

    It was a solid book, looking at some of the reviews I was fearing the worst but this was good all around. Looking forward to the next entry.

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    • Eric
    • 03/12/2020

    Good listen

    An enjoyable addition to this series, I enjoyed the book the most when the characters talk about family loss. Well worth the credit.

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    • Joshua B Crotinger
    • 02/12/2020

    Excellent entry to an excellent series.

    Absolutely love this book. Great world, characters, and magic system. Excited already for book five!

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    • Christopher
    • 05/02/2021

    Good but not great.

    Over all it was a good continuation of the series, I was just a little let down with how it flowed. But I’m also the type of person that doesn’t really like reading books that put focus on romantic relationships. Overall it was a good book and I will be getting the next book in the series when it comes out. Ralph Lister does a good job narrating so that was a plus.

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    • Thomas Müller
    • 12/07/2021

    Good story, mediocre characters

    I like the story, the worldbuilding, the magic system and the battles. But...

    Sadly the characters aren‘t all that well written. All main characters are overpowered. The students, their teacher and their master are all brilliant at magic and in battle.
    Somehow these students are all geniuses and magically on archmage level who beat much stronger foes regularly. There is a lot of telling not showing going on. If you claim your MC is a genius but doesn‘t act like it, it‘s not believable.
    On the topic of geniuses.. all the parents of the characters are geniuses too, apart from the MC, a Warlock whose parents died (Cliché if I ever heard one). See a trend?
    Geniusness all around the good guys side while the bad ones like dramatic and long speeches to giving the MCs time to ambush them. Tactically sub-optimal.

    All well and good, if they wouldn‘t behave so dumb at times. I guess the book would be nice for a teen that just hit puberty because the sheer amount of times they talk about their feelings and what good friends they all are is nothing for any individual whose hormones have settled.

    Then there are all the romances which seem to pop off every time the characters meet someone new. There is a fair bit of homosexuality too.

    Then there are the enemies, who of course, are purity driven racists. What better enemy could there be. A bit shallow for my taste. I like my characters multidimensional.

    I liked to listen to the parts of the book that weren‘t about the strong feelings of the characters towards each other. It has all the right ingredients and could be really good if the characters were written a bit different. The world is very interesting, the labyrinths are too. The multiverse stuff is nice and I can see the author read about many thing to make the magic sound a bit more scientific. Many cool ideas all in all.

    Sorry for typos, I‘m not a native.