A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.
I'm going to say this was overall fun book. I expected far more based on the other reviews that I had read. It was okay and had entertaining parts and a few outright funny parts.
I personally found the character development rather shallow and nothing really deep revealed about the world or the characters within.
Now that I am writing a review, it strikes me that this book might be aimed at a young audience. That said, there are plenty of other great young adult books with lots of depth and character development.
The premise created in this book does have a lot of potential. I will watch for a sequel hoping for a book with a bit more meat in it, or maybe as this series goes a bit more slime. I'd like to see more character growth and change as well as more explorations in the magic and consequences of the magic in this world.
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Powerful necromancers are on the move, and Cal is caught in the crossfire. Without his faithful Wisp, Dani, Cal's mind slips, and he begins creating traps and monsters that go against his already loose morals. After a direct threat from an unexpected force causes Cal's mind to stabilize, he throws all of his resources into keeping his thoughts clear while he funds searches for his lost companion.
well, this book went fast.
It's a fun listen. Great performance with an enjoyable story.
What I really like about Krout's writing is that the story is always moving. There is little to no repetitive information. Unfortunately, other authors have a bad habit of paraphrasing themselves a number of times - I am guessing to increase wordcount?
Luckly here, the story is chalked full of character development, world building, corny humor, and plot advances. As an extra bonus, no wasted minutes reading character sheets like I'm other LitRPGs.
It will be hard to wait for book 4.
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Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard. Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.
First the good. I like the world and the color added to it. Although rather small overall, there were a few nice moments... but...
This was a hard listen. It is a bridge book where so little happens that in another book would be covered in a couple chapters.
There were times I honestly wondered if Craig is getting paid by the word. Almost every detail is repeated so many times. Since most everything isn't actual plot advances, it gets crazy dull fast.
All the characters loose IQ in this book, not that book 1 gifted them with great intelligence, but the story was a good setup with room to grow.
Quite frankly, I feel confident that you will be able to move straight to book 3 when released and miss nothing important that won't be repeated twelve times in the first couple chapters of book 3.
I've liked all of Alanson's other books and provided solid reviews. and this is a rare bad review from me. The only two things that happen of any real plot are greatly telegraphed and obvious from book 1. These plot advances should have happened in book 1 then ended for a sequel.
I'm hoping for reparations to his fans by a solid book 3.
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Diving into a revolutionary new video game, Marcus and his friends escape a stagnant society, entering into a world that defies their wildest imaginations. But from the moment that he logs in, Marcus finds himself separated from his friends and thrown into a remote village under attack by a horde of goblins. Forced into battle, Marcus rallies the beleaguered villagers and, with their help, manages to drive off the invading creatures. With the village in ruins and their supplies spoiled, the villagers turn to Marcus for help in rebuilding the village.
I've been burning through a few LITRPG series. What I like about Acend Online is that the characters largely act like gamers and the player motivations are believable.
unlike virtually every other LITRPG, a group of friends are playing together. a fresh break from the hero that either gets trapped or can't otherwise interact with his previous friends.
This narrator is fantastic as well.
overall, it's a fun book with a lot of promise for book 2.
AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
What's that you say? You want more village growth? Well be careful where you stand, because the Mist Village just took a Viagra-Cialis sandwich and there is a stiff breeze blowing! (I can make some more references if you're still not getting the point ... did you see what I did there?) Please join the author on Facebook by simply typing "Aleron Kong" into the search bar.
This book is like eating good candid you can't put down. The story content is light hearted and fun and maybe a bit absurd times. However the author does a great job committing to the world.
I found it definitely worth the purchase and look forward to buying his next books.
Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.
The Voice artist does an incredible job with this story. overall it's definitely a fun listen. the main character has a lot of exposition helping him along, it's a world where villains explain themselves in detail. however the world setting is interesting and the characters are enduring.
The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn't been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.
I think the series could have gone deeper into the content that is possible. this felt like the same story we heard a few books back.
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When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill's legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path. Traveling to star systems no human has ever visited, he searches for a technological edge to beat the enemy before it's too late. Along the way he unleashes new terrors, triggering the biggest battles in human history.
Any additional comments?
This book was a change from the other books in the series -- which followed a fairly steady pattern. Previously the series was James travels to a new planet, James stops aliens, James deals with political fallout. This one changed the entire pattern, making the story a refreshing change.
I wish some of the characters changed. I feel like we've had the same antagonists now since the start of the series, and it would be nice to have some closure. I would also like to see more evolution with the supporting characters. Graves, for example, stays completely static through the series.
Overall, though, the series is a great read. I suggest it for an exciting adventure through space and the guts of many revival machines!
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Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.
Terry Brooks must have become a far better author considering the range of this series. as the first book, the characters all constantly miss the obvious, forget nearly everything they are told, and generally make moronic decisions.
in this book, Brooks tries to draw out suspense by drawing out scenes without moving the story forward. this results in the reader painfully having to slog through chapters.
I have read some of Brooks other books years ago and thought they were fun. Unfortunately, the sword isn't that great. of I would have known, I would have just read the cliff notes online and tried book 2 of the series where his skill as an author might have grown.
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Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists.
What did you like best about The Assassins of Altis? What did you like least?
The overall concept is fun. It's not completely shocking and I can see the plot points a mile away. I'm a fan of Jack's other series. This series isn't nearly as good, but I still find it a fun listen.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Probably the mages in general (Alain and other). Since the characters are really Mari and Alain, that's your pick. Mari started off in book 1 very whiny. Complaining about everything. Book 3 it's gotten too much.
In fact, so much so that it is eroding the credibility of Alain actually being in love with her. When Campbell takes a pause from writing Mari dialogue the story gets 100x better.
Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Andrews is a great voice.
Any additional comments?
I'm being pretty harsh giving the book 3 overall stars. I hope Jack reads his comments and with an open mind might see how annoying Mari has become.
Mari needs a little injection of the likes of Desjani.
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