I love this series. It's the story of a very young man who unwittingly becomes a hero and the story tells of his growth and of his heros journey. It's a story of sword and sorcery and love, and the love part is appropriate for all ages and not mushy, or over done. If you like sword and sorcery books with elves and monsters then this is a book you'll probably like as much as I do.
This is a great book! It took a while to fully engage me, but it was worth the wait. It just got better and better and the end of the story left me wanting more...so many cliffhangers at the end of the book. I enjoyed the storyso much that I already have the second book downloaded and I'm going to start listening to it as soon as I finish this review. The narrator was excellent! This will be one of the books that I'll listen to again sometime. It has an interesting magic system, but if your looking for witches or wizards you won't find them here, but this story certainly has a magic system that is very unique, and refreshing.
This is a fun, easy listen. I liked the the world the Author created and all of the names of the different things in it. I started surfing for my next listen a little more than half way through and that's never a good sign. I finish it though and I'm giving it a 4 for creativity. The narrator was excellent! He had quite a range of voices for each of the characters. I'll know what I'm in for if I get the next book, which i may do, but for now I'm going on to something else.
I was leary about purchasing this book just because of the cover art. I thought it would be cheesy and for kids. I'm glad I went ahead and bought it though. I was totally engrossed in the story. I won't give any spoilers, lets just say I was really suprised. Especially since I googled the book, found the authors web page, and learned that the authors use "Beta Readers" and I can only guess that they must self publish, not that there is anything wrong with that. I have over 700 fantasy titles in my library and this one is probably in the top 50 of them, at least if categorized by "Epic Fantasy". I understand that there are going to be 7 books in this series. I can't wait for the next book, which I believe should come out April or May 2015. The narrator was really great. I've never listened to this narrator before and he did an excellent job. However, he did mispronounce some words and that was a little irritating.
The narrator read the book as if he was addressing a very young audience, but some of the subject matter in the book is more, well adult in nature. It's not graphic, or anything, so maybe it's suitable for someone who is a very young teen. I'm in my 50's and still love books about dragons, but this one never really went anywhere and was really predictable. I was left feeling really disappointed.
I'd rather use a credit on something that I can invest myself in, something with characters I care about. Besides, the narrator never does get any better.
that the narrator would improve in the 2nd book, but he didnt. The story is ok, certainty not epic fantasy, and so far there really hasn't been a lot of magic, or the magic system at al, other than it's Elemental. I'm only going to listen to the last book, because I already purchased it and it's not some teen romance trying to be fantasy literature.
At least after you get used to him. The first few minutes are horrible and there are other times throughout the book when the raspy, forced-fast talking comes and goes. And then he is a mouth breather, which is more annoying, but that's not as big an issue. The book itself is pretty good, not quite epic, but good. At least it's good enough for me to get the next.
it doesnt quite reach it's potential. For one there is little world building and very littel, or original magic system. I think the author has potential and I will probably buy the next book. I liked the narrator, while he did have consistent voices for the characters, the range in the voices were not distenctive enough and at times I would have to concentrate on who was speaking.
but still very good. Arlin and Jadear are not the focus of this installment in the series. The book focuses much more on the other characters previously introduced in the series. I really, really like this series and have really liked all of the previous installments, but this installment only gets 4 stars. I guess I really just missed Arlin.
This us a continuation of the Mageborn series, but from the lives of Mordechai's and Dorian's children. The story and magic system gets better and the narrator is excellent! If you enjoyed Mageborn, you'll probably really like this. I guess it could be a stand alone book, but you'll appreciate it more if you've listened to the Mageborn books.
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