Like most normal people, Ben hadn't the faintest idea there was an Institute of Magic.
Two years after his parents' sudden disappearance, Ben Greenwood stumbles upon a cryptic letter that could shed some light on their whereabouts. But before he can track them down, he'll need to find the mysterious organization that sent the letter: The Royal Institute of Magic.
To succeed, Ben will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the institute has been fighting for the last 500 years.
©2014 Victor Kloss (P)2017 Podium Publishing
Yes, this is an introduction to a world with lots of interesting characters so before listening to the next book I'll probably re-listen to review the characters' names and twists in the plot to make sure I haven't forgotten anything important!
Hard to choose between Ben and Charlie - both are heroic and charming in their own way
Peter Kenny does a great job of interpreting the characteristics of the elves and other magical beings using his voice and different accents. He also manages to make Ben and Charlie sound young but not childish.
Yes - I just couldn't go on an 8 hour walk ...
Can't wait for book 2 - listened to the preview at the end of this audiobook.
Audiobibliophile who loves his audio books for the commute to work and personal travel.
This book is an amazing piece of work. I haven't enjoyed a YA book this much since the Potter series. The performer does an amazing job with voices that clearly have a tone for each character.
Although I have read all the books in the series I will eagerly purchase each audiobook when it's released.
Victor Kloss would be proud of the direction his series has taken. His wife and daughter should be proud that his legacy is immortalized in audio format.
I am so impressed with the book I am playing a chapter a day to my students in my history class as a mental warmup for them.
Yes, it's very fun and entertaining. I like listening to stories a few times because I always pick up new details.
Probably Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for its world building, pacing and the intended audience.
No, I haven't, but I think he did the Martian and I would love to listen to that too.
I would have loved to!
I enjoyed the audible books, I can't wait until the whole series is available!!!
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic.I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan.I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I won this audiobook. Wasn't sure I would like it but I really did. Suitable for children and adults it is a book I will listen to again.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. The narrator was a crucial part of listening to this book for me, a great voice and performance as a storyteller.
I was saddened to hear that the author just recently passed, but glad that he was able to publish so many books before he did so - both for my own selfish benefit, and for the benefit of the wife and child who survived him.
Magical hidden world.
Only if it's on audible and voiced by Peter Kenney. He made the story more alive for me because he did such a great job. He had different sounds for different characters making it easy to know who was speaking, much like listening to a movie without looking at the screen. Sometimes the story written by Victor had grammar issues or weak verbs and a bit telly, but Peter's voice helped overlook these problems.
Nope. This was my first listen.
Boy in search of his missing parents finds a hidden magical kingdom where his parents have been deemed as outlaws.
Fun story and worth a listen!
The sample was intriguing. That is the book I wanted to read. But this is not that book.
The first chapter is a dream. For most of the book, it is ignored, and only in the final chapter do we find out how it relates to the main character. That story is never told.
Instead it is a teenage buddy adventure movie with special powers and trolls and elves and girls. Nothing much suprising happens. And the spell guns ... meh.
I didn't know what to expect from Elizabeth's Legacy, but the premise sounded intriguing.
I have to say, I was impressed. The story grabbed hold instantly with Michael's story in 1589. Then, the author threw me a curve ball when in the next chapter, it flipped to modern day. But the characters were so well written that it didn't jar me. I was caught up in Ben & Charlie's story almost instantly. There were a few parts I could have done without - mainly regarding Natalie, but those were minuscule. And the put-downs for Charlie's weight quickly became annoying.
In this, the first book in the Royal Institute of Magic series, we meet goblins and elves and see magic. We learn about and are immersed in the unseen kingdoms. And we learn the mystery of The Greenwoods.
The story kept my attention all the way through and left me wanting more. In fact, i'm glad the second book comes out in audible soon because I'm itching to hear it. The narrator does such a fantastic job with the voices. The only one that made me cock my head was of his voice for the Troll at the hotel. He ended up sounding tremendously like Jim Dale's Hagrid from the Harry Potter books.
But I have to give this book a huge two thumbs up and highly suggest it. Open the door to the Royal Institute of Magic. You'll love it there.
There are definitely elements in the story that are Harry Potter like.
I still think with the fast moving plot, loveable characters, and great narration I'm chomping at the bit for the next book!
"A Warm and Wonderful Story"
Don't you know the Audio version is always better than the print version? I am blind, so partial always to audio, but I think Peter Kenny's voice is much better than anything my brain could come up with.
Both Ben and Charlie have their good points and both are well written characters. I love them both for different reasons.
I have to say I really love how the author set the scene for this book, beginning with one of Ben's descendents. The mystery and magesty of the Royal Institute is quite gripping and I love the idea of a brave commoner daring to tread the halls of the mighty and noble.
I laughed a lot. It really gave me the same kind of warm feeling as the Harry Potter series still gives me every time I do a reread. Certainly if that series is one of your favourites then you will really love this book.
Peter Kenny does a fantastic job narrating this book, as he does with so many others. It was a real joy to listen to and fantastic for anyone looking for a more light-hearted read.
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