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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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    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.

    6 of 7 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!!!!


    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Atli 05-20-14
    Atli 05-20-14
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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.

    4 of 5 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 2015
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Josie Australia 05-24-15
    Josie Australia 05-24-15 Member Since 2011

    Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible

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    "If they had more stars I would give it 100"

    Well once again I lucked onto a great series! I had never heard of Honor Raconteur, but she is my author of choice right now. This book is a great start to a great series and it so well narrated too. I cannot recommend these books highly enough, I love the plot, I love the characters and I love the bits of humour that come every now and again as well. It is Fantasy with a capital F, with a very novel cast of Mages, no not just .magicians, but full blown Mages, an Earth Mage who can travel about beneath the earth, I don't think I have met that before in any novel I have read and I have read a lot of novels in my long life. So people go for it and enjoy. Josie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scheffla 03-24-15
    Scheffla 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty good overall"

    I generally prefer a little more action, but it still a good story. Maybe this was just a setup for the series. I will give the next book a try and see what comes of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Chenard Pawcatuck, CT 12-26-14
    Nikki Chenard Pawcatuck, CT 12-26-14 Member Since 2015

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    "decent"

    I kept falling in and out of love for this novel. For hours I'd spend my time on the back of a magical stallion, moving mountains, struggling to find my place in the world... then suddenly I'd be ripped off my stallion and tied to an uncomfortable folding metal chair. Someone would tape my eyelids open and turn on the medieval magical CNN political bargaining bulletin station and while slow drips of water hit me in the forehead, I'd have to listen while ignorant tyrants do what they always do. The stark contrast killed me, I found it hard to want to follow at times but I'm all for moving to the next novel, so it was definitely worth it and well written besides.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hhspitzer 07-26-15
    hhspitzer 07-26-15 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader and listener. Always have 1 book on my Samsung and 1 book on my tablet Love SciFi and Fantasy, Mysteries And Historical Fiction

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    enjoyable but at times a little simplistic. appears to be a enjoyable and fast moving

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    Richard 07-21-15
    Richard 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "On edge until the end"

    I started off a little skeptical about this book, then i within 2 chapters i was hooked. I liked the way the book was written.

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    MEL 07-21-15
    MEL 07-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story for young teens"

    Good storyline. Definitely written for young teens which is slightly off putting for me as an adult. Overall I enjoyed the story and would recommend this for young teens.

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    "great book, good story"

    Picked this book up not expecting much, I have really enjoyed it and finished it with 24 hours. already starting on the next one now. can't put it down

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