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Od Magic Audiobook

Od Magic

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Publisher's Summary

Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od. She needs a gardener for her school in the great city of Kelior, where every potential wizard must be trained to serve the Kingdom of Numis. For decades the rulers of Numis have controlled the school, believing they can contain the power within it, and have punished any wizard who dares defy the law. But unknown to the reigning monarchy is the power possessed by the school's new gardener, a power that even Brenden isn't fully aware of, and which is the true reason Od recruited him.

©2005 Patricia A. McKillip; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With lyrical prose, well-limned characterizations, vibrant action, a sense of the wonder of magic, and a generous dollop of romance, this is a story that will bind readers in its spell." (Booklist)
"World Fantasy Award-winner McKillip demonstrates once again her exquisite grasp of the fantasist's craft....[A]n otherworldly delight" (Publishers Weekly)
"Lyrically told, the novel evokes an enchanting atmosphere and thoughtful tone...." (KLIATT)

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    Keith M. Dale Pleasanton, CA USA 01-20-15
    Keith M. Dale Pleasanton, CA USA 01-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic McKillip"

    Firstly, the performance by Gabrielle de Cuir was flawless. I could listen to her for hours. Oh, wait. I just did. Secondly, the feeling evoked in the story was the same as in The Riddle-Master of Hed. If you enjoyed that story, you'll thoroughly enjoy this one.

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    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12
    ARR Miskatonic U 10-17-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Mckillip is great, and this book is no exception."

    Mckillip is one of my very favorite authors. Her books are like lush, intensely detailed tapestries- rich and luscious, elegantly crafted.

    I would also highly recommend Song for the Basilisk.

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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 12-27-11
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2012

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "No better narration possilbe for this moody story."

    Great story, told in a descriptive and pensive manner that lended itself to the overall mood of the whole piece. There are some points in the story that are so well described, that I feel as though I could paint them in freeze frame. This book is different from any other fantasy novel I've ever read.

    This book, unlike most other fantasy novels, is not your typical "quest" novel. There's no quest in this story at all. It's about a Kingdom ruled by a king who tries to control magic through a school that teaches government accepted "politically correct" magic, giving the story a moral. The characters are deep and well developed. The parts are played perfectly by Gabrielle de Cuir. It is by no means a "heavy" novel and sort of parallels "Much A Do About Nothing" in some ways. Nobody dies. There are no battles, only the battles of wits... and the deep emotions of Brendon Vetch, the castle gardener, who talks to plants using magic. If you can't see the mood in the piece, it won't hold much for you, but it's mood is what makes it different from other books. If moods could be painted, this author would be a master!

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    Beth Orford, NH, United States 03-16-11
    Beth Orford, NH, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent listening"

    This wonderful fantasy novel makes for excellent listening. McKillip's use of language and fine characterizations carry the story, and makes the world she invents believable and interesting. Gabrielle de Cuir's nuanced narration is clear without being distracting. Highly recommended.

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    John Davis, CA, United States 03-19-10
    John Davis, CA, United States 03-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Od Magic"

    Like other commenters have written, this is not her best book. Here are the good aspects of this book:
    -Unique writing style
    -Unique plot(kept me guessing)
    -Unexpected(which was good), but abrupt, ending
    -Interwoven story lines were very well done, not forced like other book's I've read recently
    -Fairy tale fantasy, not D&D/Tolkien based fantasy
    -Lighter subject matter (no one dies, battles), but like all of this author's work, this is pulled off exceedingly well. Makes for easy reading while still feeling the tension.
    -Cool and different magic and just enough history to feel like a complete world.
    -Many fully realized characters: everyone mentioned had a full story behind them.

    Bad parts include:
    -Narrator when she tries to be a male character, she sometimes changed her voice too much. She was a good narrator overall.
    -Abrupt ending, no truly fullfilling 'moral of the story is' moment as you would expect from a Fairy tale
    -Valoren being a idiot(Really?! Your that blind to everyone around you?! Really?!!). Same goes for the king. They were never really fleshed out as characters. We never really learned their motives for being so ruthless.
    -No real battles or deaths. Lots of threatening of them by one party or another, but we never get the chance to believe them. A threat without a weapon is not a threat

    This gets 4/5 because, despite its flaws, it's still awesome to listen too. Go in expecting lighter fare, non-Tolkien based stuff. As a one shot, non-series, story it's great.

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    bluestategirl Vermont 05-31-15
    bluestategirl Vermont 05-31-15 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "Wonderful!"

    I love Patricia McKillip. Her books have a lovely fairytale whimsey, so if you like that kind of thing, you'll love her, too.

    Magic moves through this story like a garden breeze, and reading it started me on a fantasy kick that has seldom been satisfied to this degree. If you're like me, you will come to love the characters, the setting, and the sweetness. I found myself wishing there would be a sequel -- in fact, I would love a series!

    Unfortunately, McKillip only writes one-offs, so savor every lovely minute of this work of art.

    For something like it, I recommend "Wildwood Dancing" by Juliet Marillier.

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