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T. Johnson

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  • Mythborn I: Rise of the Adepts

  • Fate of the Sovereign, Book 1
  • By: V. Lakshman
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 20 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Apprentice assassin Arek Winterthorn has a power even he himself doesn't understand. Unable to cast even the simplest of spells, he can still disrupt the magic of others with a single touch. Arek's master, Silbane, is ordered to use that power to close a gate between their world and one inhabited by demons. This will save their people, but potentially at the cost of Arek's life. Thus begins an epic quest brimming with betrayals, plot twists, violence, and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Angst Teenager, Magic, Battle and a Quest!

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-19-18

The split tale

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I like most science fantasy work. Creating a book is a daunting task, but there are formulae for creating a bad one. One of my biggest pet peeves is when an author starts with a main character and then adds sub characters and then for no obvious motivation than to stretch the number of pages, splits the group into smaller groups and sends each on a separate story line. This is especially infuriating when the story lines are incongruous. My second peeve is flash backs. Too many flashbacks toss the story arc into disarray. Literally every other chapter in this tale is a flashback and to compound this the flashbacks ARE NOT RELATED! Start at the begining, work your way through the middle and wrap it up at the end. Is that too hard to do? I know ADHD and even I can't muddle up a story line this badly. Mr Kramer saves this fiasco.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Deceptions

  • Ascendant, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,099

Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • First two books; really good!

  • By Johan on 04-29-18

A little light on the details

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

This series was a basic fish out of water fantasy story. Overall, it was a decent story. However, there was a paucity of detail. The source or the magic in the world seems kind of ambiguous. Why is the most powerful wizard on the planet an untrained preteen farmboy.

The author also has an odd habit of starting a chapter in the middle of events and having long expository conversations between two characters to explain what preceded. The author also uses obvious plot devices to move the story along.

The main character starts out incredibly stupid and blunders through the first two books, but suddenly becomes an unexplained genius at the end of the third book.

Over all, its a "feel good" story, but lacks substance. If you have ever read any science fantasy nothing in this series will catch you off guard.

  • Orb

  • Nightlord, Book 3
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,890

We all have inner demons. We fight them all the time. Some of us achieve inner peace by coming to terms with them. But how do you come to terms with inner demons that tear free and become outer demons? Eric has been a vampire for nearly a century, and his demons are more than metaphors. While they controlled him, he was the Demon King. Now he has to avoid the monsters in his own mind, as well as angry nobles, fanatical religions, assassins, magi, other vampires, criminal organizations, and more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved the First 2! The 3rd Was a Waste of Time!

  • By Frank on 06-09-17

The wine has been overly watered.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

The first book of the series was good. The second tossed out a lot of potential plot lines and then didn't seem to finish most of them. The third is similar. Raises a lot of good ideas and paths to pursue, but then doesn't pursue any of them. It seems like someone trying to tell you a story but they are trying to tell the whole story at once. They get caught up in minutiae and leave out huge pieces of the story. Finally, the last two books seemed rushed and half baked, sort of like, they were done for the cash. The cliff hanger endings and constant main character whining and self doubt are not attractive. If the author creates a quality product and ties off the loose ends, I will read (listen to) anything he writes, no matter how many books it takes to get to the end. But as Eric, the main character, keeps hammering in the series, "I don't like having my mind messed with, just ask nicely and I will do almost anything you like". For me, this was the last of the series. Thanks, but no thanks.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Warrior's Path

  • The Castes and the OutCastes Book 1
  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,449

Sweeping from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders, enter a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.Rukh Shektan has always understood duty. As a member of Caste Kumma, the warrior Caste, nothing else is acceptable. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. Though the mission is dangerous, Rukh's hope and optimism are undaunted. Karma, however, is a fickle fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and promising start to a new series.

  • By Lawrence on 09-18-15

Great Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

This book is like a woman's skirt: long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting. The story was humorous without being forced and adventurous as needed. The author deals with prejudice and bigotry in a realistic fashion. The characters grow and mature, but are not predictable. The book starts as a split story (something I feel authors do to stretch a story), but he pulls it off with aplomb and manages to unite the two halves in a seamless manner. All in all, a good story and as always with Nick Podehl, a great interpretation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful