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Jaunten: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 1 | [Honor Raconteur]

Jaunten: Advent Mage Cycle, Book 1

I'm the first Mage born in 200 years. I've turned a city into an island, erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations. My name is Rhebengarthen. To my friends and family, I'm just Garth. The world knows me as the Advent Mage. And despite the rumors that you might have heard about me, this is what really happened.
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Publisher's Summary

I'm the first Mage born in 200 years. I've turned a city into an island, erected a barrier around an entire country, and awakened a war hero from a 200 year old slumber. Prophecies have marked my coming. Kings and nations have begged for my aid in times of peril. I hold the power to create and destroy nations. My name is Rhebengarthen. To my friends and family, I'm just Garth. The world knows me as the Advent Mage. And despite the rumors that you might have heard about me, this is what really happened.

©2011 Honor Raconteur (P)2014 Raconteur House

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    Atli 05-20-14
    Atli 05-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant and easygoing book"
    Would you listen to Jaunten again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book once more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jaunten?

    I don't want to give away any of the goodies in this book, but i found this book very good overall.


    Have you listened to any of Mark McClain Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to "kingslayer" where he did a great job. Definitely one of the better narrators i have listened to in a while.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone who loves books/series such as: the name of the wind, the wheel of time, the legend of drizzt, saga of recluse and so on will probbably like this book. The only "bad" thing would be that only the first book from this series is out in audioformat so far, and i hope that audible will release the rest of the series ASAP.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    adam 05-05-14
    adam 05-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "a great change"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I do not find books that make me laugh often, so it is a great surprise when I find one.audiable needs to get the rest of books uploaded, can't wait untill the next book is out!!!!


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Texas Artist Tomball, Texas USA 04-30-14
    Texas Artist Tomball, Texas USA 04-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A story for a younger audience"
    What did you like best about Jaunten? What did you like least?

    I liked the narration but did found the story very simple with a bland plot. Kids might like it though.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the horse Night who could talk, but found the constant complaining of the young colt, was overdone. The entire scene of feeding and caring for the baby Night seemed silly The constant references to remember to thank his mother for being a great mom and the on going inner dialog about how hard it was to put up with the brat colt was tiresome. .


    Which character – as performed by Mark McClain Wilson – was your favorite?

    He did a great job with the taking Nightmare creature.


    Could you see Jaunten being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The plot was so thin, I don't see it as a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    this story seemed like a poor copy of the great work, of L. E. Modesitt Jr. and his seven book series which I love.
    I did like the book King Slayer, by this author, and wished that this book had been a sequel to that story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Even Fitjar, Norway 04-14-14
    Even Fitjar, Norway 04-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny, exciting and fast paced"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would reckomend it too my younger cousins around 12-15. Tough it wasn't what i was expecting when buying it, I still enjoyed it quite abit and I'm 23.


    What other book might you compare Jaunten to and why?

    If you liked Harry Potter or Percy Jackson this will more then likely be something for you or your kids.


    What does Mark McClain Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Everything was perfect except the telepathy that was abit annoing, and ruined it abit for me, tough the situations was usualy funny enough too drag me back in despite of the fact. (You'll see when you get there)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed several times, and it never got boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Bring on the rest of the books asap. It would be good too listen too while im at work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 08-05-14
    Douglas Owen Sound, ON, Canada 08-05-14 Member Since 2006
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    "I can see why he/she got so many rejection letters"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't blame the narrator, I blame the author for giving the narrator such bad material to work with.


    What could Honor Raconteur have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A book that didn't start off with a big, fat Dues Ex Machina in the very first 10% of the first chapter.

    What I got form the cover was that the main character was going to be teh greatest mage in the world. I thought the book would detail his growth into that position. What the author gives us instead is a shortcut to this greatness.

    The "Jaunten" are a race that passes knowledge down through the blood. So whatever the persons ancestors knew they know. No this isn't a spoiler, it's spelled out within the first 10 pages or so of the first chapter. Our protagonist meets Jaunten and they trade blood. Ta-da! Instant suped up main character without any need to actually grow into the role of the advent Mage.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have a better novel to read. Honestly the narration suffered because the writing was just horrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Jaunten?

    The entire scene where our main character meets the Jaunten. If the author's resorting to these sorts of shortcuts in the very beginning of a book they really should restructure the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I have the impression the narrator was trying to go for a Asian accent of some sort for our protagonist but he just sounded like he was constipated. An Asian accent would have been understandable given names of people(s) and places. The narrator just can't do the accent justice though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kaye United States 07-13-14
    Kaye United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Everything"
    Where does Jaunten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Everything I have ever wanted in a fantasy book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about the story and I can't wait to hear the next book's in the series


    What does Mark McClain Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    easy listening....I felt like I was right there his voice brought me into the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Right up there with the best fantasy writers


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 07-07-14
    davidwat Dallas, TX USA 07-07-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Pedestrian, graceless prose."

    Written by a computer or a twelve year old boy with a new found thesaurus. There may be an original idea in there somewhere, but I won't listen past the second chapter to find it. I can't believe that the positive reviews come from real people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 05-04-14
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 05-04-14 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Sitting inside a worry wart's head"

    The book is written from the view of the internal mono-log of the hero head. the issue in this case, I personal was having, was that it sounds like in the opening 15 mins that the character is attempting to try out ever possible order for a sentence that English allows for and is attempt to employ sarcasm before the reader has a hope of understanding it. It sounded to me like the character was having a panic attack which isn't a helpful place to come in to the story.

    I can not actually comment on much else other then I hated the writing so much that after the first 15 min of the book I skipped ahead to the second chapter mark from audible and as the writing seem to have remanded the same (also the plot didn't seem to have progressed the main character was still in the progress of running away from his homeland now he had people chasing him) I decide to go back another book and re-read it.

    If you do decide to buy the book the authors dedications are the first 1 min of the recording. The book was clearly a large team effort

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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