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Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1 | [Dave Duncan]

Magic Casement: A Man of His Word, Book 1

Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.
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Princess Inos lived an idyllic life in her fathers' sleepy, backwater kingdom, and she was best friends with her childhood companion, the stableboy, Rap. But when a prophecy seemed to say Inos should be married, she was exiled to the Impire to learn to be a lady. She was far away when Rap's magical talents began to emerge, and it was he who told her of the fate awaiting them both.

©1990 D.J. Duncan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Sean Dustman hanging out in San Diego 10-12-12
    Sean Dustman hanging out in San Diego 10-12-12 Member Since 2008

    Doc in the Box

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    "One of my favorite Fantasy Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In the book format, this was a series I could fall back into time and time again. The audible version has great narration that is flawless, I fell in love with the characters all over again and am looking forward for the rest of the books to come out.


    What other book might you compare Magic Casement to and why?

    Nothing really compares to the Man of His Word series, I compare other series to it. I guess you could compare Robin Hobb or Trudi Canavan, this is Dave Duncan's strongest work.


    What does Mil Nicholson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This is the only book on Audible that I've heard Mil read, he does it like he's been doing it for years. He sounds like the voice in my head.


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

    Magic, true love and an adventure that you will never forget.


    Any additional comments?

    Try this out, you won't be disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan M. Kelley VA USA 11-22-13
    Ryan M. Kelley VA USA 11-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fansastic story in a fantastic world."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although the book might sound typical, with a princess, a castle, a magical history, and an stableboy as an unlikely hero , they way author Dave Duncan sets up the rules of the world is interesting. Magic Casement introduces you to the players, and starts to introduce the world to the characters, and to the reader.

    The first thing that you notice are that there are no "humans" as a separate race. There are Imps, and Jotnar, and Elves, and Goblins, and Gnomes, and others, all of which are just people.

    Second, there is magic... the kingdom of Kagaznagar where the story takes place was created by a powerful wizard... But there are rules to magic, and it all centers on "Words of Power", and the great Warlocks and Witches in the capitol of the Impire. But these are things that the residents of remote Kagaznagar care little for, and know even less about.

    But when the king Holindarn becomes ill, it sets in motion an incredible adventures for the Princess Inosolan, and he childhood friend, and stable-boy, Rap. As Inosolan is introduces to fine living, and the expectations of royalty, Rap is thrown into the disgusting and horrid world of goblins. As they experience more of the world around them, they begin to understand how precarious their kingdom, and even their lives, actually are.

    This is the first book or 4, so it does start a little slow, and it seems to end rather abruptly. On its own, it would need to be longer. As part 1 of 4... its a good opening, and a worthwhile listen.


    What about Mil Nicholson’s performance did you like?

    Mil Nicholson does a good job of keeping the voices and accents separate and distinct, and her British accent lends an aura to this reading. She does the ladies' and boyish voices well, but seems to be a little lacking in some of the men's voices.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 11-28-12
    Laura Dearing, GA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Yardtigress

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    "I love this series!!"

    I first read this series long ago. I have been waiting for ages for it to come out in audio format. It is as good as I remember. I couldn't put it down. I am hoping for the last book to come out soon. This is one I could listen to over and over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-20-13
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 08-20-13 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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    "A Princesss, the stable boy and the shapeshifter"

    For me Dave Duncan worlds always are set somewhere in our own world then expanded by a touch of magic. Actually in this case much more than a touch. Here is a mostly Celtic set at the high of the another Empire (much like later Rome Imperim).

    I liked the main character - cheering for many. None are too sweet and they believable flawed. The book is wonderful and if the story is not totally original it is satisfactory told.

    For Duncan normal habits are broken a bit - told story is told from a couple of character views; magic is a much bigger deal than in the Venise or Seventh Swords series. But the magic is clearly understandable rules and in keeping with general modern ideas of Celtic magic.

    My only problem with the book is that it ends so quickly that one feels that there should be a second download not another book. Not totally cliff hanger just rather incomplete ending.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. R. Jones los angeles, CA 05-01-13
    B. R. Jones los angeles, CA 05-01-13 Member Since 2005

    I'm a web designer in Southern California that loves a good thick book - especially epic fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary thrillers. My favorite authors include Stephenson, Erikson, and Sanderson.

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    "Supposed to be a classic... it just didn't grab me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not really sure what it was about this book - it's been recommended to me by several people, but after reading through about half of it, it just dragged on and on without anything of substance ever happening that warranted enough interest for me to keep reading.

    I might come back to this one, but there just didn't seem to be an engaging plotline; In several hours of listening, nothing happens besides following an adolescent girl through an exceedingly boring court life, listening to her whine about how boring it is, and then following the plot line of an unremarkable stable boy that was gaining magical powers (although they very well may be the more dull magical powers ever to grace the written page).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more modern...


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine, really. No complaints there.


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

    The entire first half of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope. This isn't bad writing, it just wasn't my preference. Perhaps I'm just desensitized by more modern fantasy writing that includes more structure, world building, and conflict.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Modesto, CA 10-27-13
    Joe Modesto, CA 10-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "This is how not to end a novel"

    Cliff-hangers can be frustrating. I felt that this book ended just before a climax and ended awkwardly.

    The story is interesting, and hooks you from the beginning. If I didn't have the next book in my library, I would have gone bonkers. I decided to give the next book in the series a chance to see if it moves the story along better, and ends on a better note. That will decide the series for me.

    I don't know that I will recommend this book - just be aware that if you decide to read this book, you will definitely not be satisfied with the ending unless you have the next book handy - reader beware!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Chapin, SC, United States 11-01-13
    Amanda Chapin, SC, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Last paragraph of the story is missing"
    What made the experience of listening to Magic Casement the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the book and I'm looking forward to listening to the second, however - This recording is missing the last paragrah of the story. The way it ended seemed a little off so I checked an online version of the full bood and there is a very important part missing.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Salem, OR, United States 07-15-14
    Scott Salem, OR, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Older, but still interesting series"
    Would you try another book from Dave Duncan and/or Mil Nicholson?

    In this series yes, it is a slow starter, but it is interesting slowly learning the unique magic system of the Man of His Word world. The characters are also deaper than our shallow first impressions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The magic system, it is different than any other series in how it works and propagates. The second would be the suprise about the motivation for the main villain for book one.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance could have been a little better with something to make the different male and female voices more unique, but I still like the narrator I just wish there had been a second male narrator for male characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes because it would be easier to understand some of the images described and it woudl be faster paced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 06-18-14
    Richard 06-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Back to basic?"
    What would have made Magic Casement better?

    More depth, Dave Duncan makes it so easy for himself because he never cares to explain anything and doesnt really care if it doesnt make sense.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Fine


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Simple, no complicated world or magic system. If you dont care about a well thought of universe and just want a story about princesses and magicians this is it.
    Probably good for a younger audience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Chad Ohio 06-09-14
    Joe Chad Ohio 06-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "entertaining light hearted novel"
    Any additional comments?

    Personally, I am a fan of dark or militaristic fantasy. Lighthearted feel good fantasy does not usually appeal to me, but there was something about this book that kept me reading. I am not sure if it was Duncan's well written prose, his loveable characters, or the interesting plot, but i finished the book in less than two days. I must say i thoroughly enjoyed the listen. The narrator did a good job enhancing the story with his different and entertaining voices as well. Overall, this novel was definitely worth reading and i have already bought the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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