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  • The Gods Beneath: Age of Magic - A Kurtherian Gambit Series

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 7
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50

The quest to save the Oracle forces Team BBB to split up: one group heads to the top of an ancient mountain, the other into the depths of a haunted jungle. For Hannah, it’s an all out fight that pushes her magic to the limits, while Karl is tasked with something far more challenging - diplomacy. Both groups will need to depend on the strength of their teammates, while cautiously navigating the cultures and practices of strange, new inhabitants of the furthest reaches of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gods Beneath: The Rise of Magic, Book 7

  • By JJLarson on 10-19-18

The Gods Beneath: The Rise of Magic, Book 7

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Karl dancing. I think that was what made this book so great. Karl is still my favorite.
The BBB is split into 2 groups for part of this book, Hannah, Sal, Parker, Laurel need to find the tech by going through the jungle and Gregory, Karl, Aysa, and Hadley are hunting crystals in the mountains. Both groups are equally in danger for different reasons. Some of the twists I didn’t see coming! Especially the “gods” – that was really a surprise and… well – I can’t think of a words I want to use without giving anything away. I really like meeting new characters and hope there is more of Vitali of the Lynqi in the next book.

  • Darkness Rises

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 6
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Magic’s biggest secrets are finally revealed. After weeks of travel aboard the Unlawful, Hannah and Team BBB make it to their destination on the far corner of the known world. New Romanov. The home of the Oracle. And they arrive not a moment too soon as the evil forces bent on Irth’s destruction launch another attack. Hannah’s new enemy is bigger and badder than anything she’s encountered, and it is going to take all the power of her team - and more - to stop it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkness Rises: The Rise of Magic, Book 6

  • By JJLarson on 10-15-18

Darkness Rises: The Rise of Magic, Book 6

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-18

The authors notes brought me right back to being an awkward teen falling in love with the Dragonlance series and living in that world for a while. I borrowed those books from a fellow awkward teen and had to give them back when after his home had burned down and he lost most of his things. I actually was, of course, happy those books got saved from the fire because I had borrowed them – but was sad to give them back. Fantasy books have always, since Dragonlance, been among my favorites to read. This installment didn’t disappoint. Hannah and her group are finally able to get to the home of the Oracle and have to fight beasts unlike anything they have ever seen before. I appreciate the deepening bonds with all the characters. This book was very good!

  • Unlawful Passage: Age of Magic

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 5
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Even heroes need a vacation. Unfortunately, Hannah and her friends chose the wrong beach. The Oracle needs help. She's dying, and only Ezekiel knows that the world will die along with her. Hannah and her team take up the call without hesitation. The only problem? It takes a freaking long time to cross the world. While putting their quest on hold for a much needed rest stop and resupply, Karl, Hadley, and Laurel get captured by some angry locals, who accuse them of kidnapping their leader's son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unlawful Passage: The Rise of Magic, Book 5

  • By JJLarson on 10-09-18

Unlawful Passage: The Rise of Magic, Book 5

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book in the series was more of a side quest. After a long time of traveling in the air, everyone decides it is time for a little break. Poor Karl is air-sick, so he was looking forward to some time on solid ground. Of course a break isn't really what they get. Soon after they land, part of their group is captured by some strange looking people who accuse them of kidnapping the leader's son. Of course they have to try to get the son back to prove their innocence. I liked this one. I still love Karl. Sal drinking coffee is pretty funny too!

  • Revolution: A The Rise of Magic, Book 4

  • By: C. M. Raymond, L. E. Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

"No matter what," she said, "tomorrow ends with blood." Adrien's master plan has been revealed and the battle lines are drawn. With the ashes of the Boulevard still hanging in the air, Hannah and team must race to prepare their ragtag army before the full might of Arcadia descends upon them. While Karl works to whip his troops into shape, Parker invades the belly of the beast, and Hannah and Ezekiel head on diverging paths to seek help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING

  • By Roger & Jean Fauble on 09-27-17

Revolution: The Rise of Magic, Book 4

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Another great book. I am glad to see how things turned out for Adrian and a few of his cohorts. I wish some of these things would've happened sooner in the series. Hannah is getting stronger in each book. Karl is my favorite character so far.

  • Rebellion

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 3
  • By: C. M. Raymond, L. E. Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Hannah and Ezekiel dig deeper into the corruption of the Noble Quarter, and the sick truth of Adrien’s master plan becomes clear. They need to call upon the diverse group of those loyal to the cause in order to stop the Chancellor’s reign of terror--before any more innocents die by his hand. Meanwhile, Karl and Parker enlist a powerful ally to help them battle against the Prophet’s lies, and Gregory prepares for something far more dangerous than battle--a formal ball at his parent’s house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am totally hooked on this series!!!

  • By Mindy fangedmom Janicke on 10-04-18

Rebellion: The Rise of Magic, Book 3

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Another fast-paced book in the series. I enjoyed it very much. Hannah and Ezekiel go further in their training, but Hannah now has to fight even harder than before. She, along with her loyal friends, are about to face down the crazies and zealots of Arcadia to try to stop Adrien’s evil plan.

  • Reawakening

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 2
  • By: C. M. Raymond, L. E. Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Hannah killed those who destroyed her family, but the man who ordered their deaths is still alive - and in power. It's time someone worked to end Adrien's evil rule. But to find justice, Hannah needs to increase her skills. She and Sal head to the Heights for a little one-on-one training with a handsome young mystic while Ezekiel heads north to right a 40-year-old wrong. Meanwhile, Parker is stuck dealing with the mess left behind after Hannah's ass-kicking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-05-17

Reawakening: The Rise of Magic, Book 2

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I am still very brand new to the Kurtherian books. In fact, this is only the 2nd book I have read. I think I may have to dive in from the beginning eventually so I can get the whole experience, but first I will need to finish this particular series because I am hooked! The first book I was given as a review copy, but I think I am on my own for the rest. The cheapest way I could find to get the 2nd audiobook was to buy the kindle version and the audiobook version. I like that I can Whispersync to the kindle version, so I can read before bed. I am actually glad to be given this as a choice. It is very convenient.
Hannah is beginning to get a handle on her magic. She is still learning, but she really is starting to understand how to control her abilities. This book lead us further into the back story of Ezekiel and how he became “The Founder.” We get to see how truly evil Adrien and some of his minions are… especially Alexandra – she is really crazy! Wow. With the way things are going so far, I find it hard to believe Ezekiel didn’t realize the evil that was in Adrian long ago. I am curious what made him so diabolical.
Hannah is really a great character. She seems so real to me. She has this attitude that I just love! She will listen and try to follow what Ezekiel tells her, but then ends up doing her own thing anyway, which sometimes can be quite hilarious. Parker is also a memorable character. He is such a good person and really stands up for what is right. I don’t know how he manages to put himself in the situations he gets into and even more – how he gets out of them! There was one point, about maybe an hour away from the end when I was driving home from work, that I had to pause the book because I got too involved and felt too stressed out to listen anymore! I waited until I got home so I could pace around my kitchen – much safer than driving!! It really is a great book! So many twists and turns. I can’t say enough good things about Kate Rudd as a narrator! I want to continue to listen to her for a long time! She really brings these characters alive.

  • Restriction

  • The Rise of Magic, Book 1
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

She didn't mean to use magic. She didn't even know she had magic. She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms. Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Theresa Horton on 09-16-18

Restriction: The Rise of Magic, Book 1

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Wow! What a great story! I was fortunate to be chosen to receive a review copy of this audiobook, and I am so glad! The rich cast of characters and the superb narration left me wanting more.
Hannah was born in the poor side of Arcadia. She didn’t pay much attention to magic because only the very rich can be sent to the academy to be trained. Any poor person that shows signs of using magic is killed. Hannah didn’t have much time to worry about anything other than taking care of herself and her younger brother. It was a surprise to her to find out that she has magical abilities when her brother got deathly ill and she somehow saved him. Unfortunately, the city’s guards saw her save her brother and went after her. Luckily, The Founder of Arcadia, Ezekiel, also saw her and saved her from the disgusting guards. Eventually Ezekiel became her mentor and much of this first book of the series is Hannah learning what she can do with her newly found powers, and how to control them. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series, and seeing more of Hannah and the rest of these characters.
Kate Rudd was perfect as the narrator. Her male and female voices were spot on and made me feel like I was right there inside the story.

  • The Sometimes Sisters

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,843

When they were growing up, Dana, Harper, and Tawny thought of themselves as “sometimes sisters.” They connected only during the summer month they’d all spend at their grandmother’s rustic lakeside resort in north Texas. But secrets started building, and ten years have passed since they’ve all been together—in fact, they’ve rarely spoken, and it broke their grandmother’s heart. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your Best

  • By Annelda Crawford on 03-07-18

The Sometimes Sisters

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This book left me with many feelings. I was happy, sad, and every emotion in between. The sisters, Dana, Harper, and Tawny were brought together by an inheritance from their Granny Annie. They, along with their ‘Uncle’ Zed need to run the rustic lakeside resort keeping with the traditions Granny Annie and Zed have kept for years.
It isn’t an easy start, but as time moves on, the women grow closer and figure out how to coexist. Each sister has a secret that she feels will destroy their fragile bond. I love the way Uncle Zed and Dana’s daughter, Brooke, help the women learn to trust each other.
Brittany Pressley is a great narrator. She has the perfect voice for this book.

  • Thief

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Alex Bloch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle, Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbingly Entertaining

  • By Meraline on 03-09-15

Thief

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I loved the series, but Thief was my least favorite. I was really looking forward to seeing Olivia and Leah through Caleb’s eyes. I didn’t feel as much of a connection as I had in the other 2 books. Also there were some inconsistencies I couldn’t get over. I don’t want to add any spoilers, so I will just say Olivia and Leah’s stories were different enough for me to feel irritated. I loved the complexity of the love triangle in the other books, but in this book, it was almost if Caleb was almost completely indifferent to everyone most of the time. I guess I was left with wanting a little more.

  • Dirty Red

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book about the woman we love to hate!

  • By Jennifer on 12-29-15

Dirty Red

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Another great book by Tarryn Fisher. This time I bought the kindle version and the audio-book version. When I couldn't listen, I read on my kindle app, when I couldn't read, I listened. I knew, going into this book, that I would hate Leah. She is the worst, most deceitful, low-down, dirty character I have met in a long time! I didn't think, after the deep hatred I had for her in The Opportunist, that I would get into this book so much. Boy was I wrong!
I didn't want to like Leah at all. I still don't like her. I almost felt sorry for her in some parts, especially seeing how she was treated as a child, and then she would do something horrible again, and I would go back to hating her! I couldn't get enough. I had to find out what she would do next!!
Leah Smith manipulated her way into Caleb Drake's life and she won't let him go without a fight. To say she is obsessed with him is an understatement. She is a greedy viper who can't even think of sharing his time with anyone. She is crazy. I can't stand her - but I can't get enough of her either!
I think I am going to have to read all of Tarryn Fisher's books!