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A Reluctant Druid

By: Jon R. Osborne
Narrated by: Tristan Morris
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Publisher's Summary

Centuries ago, the followers of the new gods defeated the old gods and the folk of legend, banishing them from the world of man. With their departure, magic faded from the land. 

The Milesian Accords had provisions for a new challenge, though, and the Exiled Gods have sent their minions back to our world to seek out a champion to fight for them and a druid able to wield the magic needed to fulfill the challenge. 

A descendant of the druid who participated in the original challenge, Liam Knox doesn’t know anything about the Accords or his ancestors, but those seeking to maintain the status quo are hunting him, and the beings of myth are doing their best to convince him to help the Exiled Gods return to the world of man, bringing magic back with them. 

Liam is faced with a choice he doesn’t want, and if he chooses wrong, he risks more than his own life - he could end the world as we know it. And he’s running out of time to decide.

©2017 Jon R. Osborne (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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I was sorta on board till the third erotic scene.

The story thus far was good and the writing was even better than a lot of books I've run into. I also appreciated that this wasn't really a progression story. Like sure, the two characters were new to the magic world and needed to train, but they were both more or less already acquainted with their crafts. The magic guy had already been doing magic for a while now and the woman was already very familiar with fighting. And both were in their 30s. So that was all cool but...

THE PROBLEM
I. Hate. Erotic. Fiction. That's it. That's the entire problem. Count me out. Hell to the no. I mean sure, to be fair a lot of its implied. But there's only so many times I can hear some variation of "her tits perked up in arousal" and "I rubbed myself on his erection" before I'm done. Most of the nitty gritty is implied, but the wind up in the beginning is described in way too much detail. Just go ''enjoy" yourself on your own time and leave me and all these poor books out of it. Good stories don't deserve this from you people.

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Too much sex and FBombs!

This could have been a great kids book until they started in with the sex scenes and F-bombs! Absolute trash at the end! Horrible would not recommend especially involving a 12 yr old. No thanks I wish books had a rating like movies do.

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Didn't know what to expect.

When i got this book it was slightly on a whim. It had just been added to Audible and thus had no reviews. I decided to give it a try because of the summery and I'm glad i did. The book starts off a bit confusing because of the multitude of characters but grows to be a great book full of personality, magic, intelligence and even a little lust. I can't wait to hear the next book. Or perhaps i will read it since it hasn't dropped on Audible at this time.

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Could have been good but I couldn't finish

the book started strong with a very interesting thought, but halfway through it devolved into recurrent pointless sex scenes and the male lead being the object of every female fantasy while the female lead can't decide who she desires more: her old flame or the guy with constant innuendo and creepy one liners.
If I wanted that, I would have gone for a romance.

It would have been alright if they advanced the plot, but they didn't. I gave up with 6 hours left. It was sad because the female lead started out as a kickass single mom before meeting the male lead...

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Interesting book

I thought it was interesting on the story line but I feet it centered around too much sex. The different characters were good.

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needs some more work as a writer but good

have a great story just to much character development not enough action alot of dialogue without substance

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One Tiny thing.

Erin Donnelly, main female character is a shitty person. Selfish thru an thru. Hope she dies in the story line.

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a fun read

laughed out loud frequently thoroughly enjoyed recommending!
great story told well the many captors and accents were such fun great imagery

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picked it out on a whim. liked it a lot.

it's a fun ride. surprised me with how fun it was. first info dump I've experienced that I was eager for more.

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I tried really I did.

pages and pages of back and forth banter between uninteresting characters made me wanna go but further in stayed, the more I wanted to see if there would be something tangible to behold. couldn't make it

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  • 08-01-22

Good plot spoiled by gratuitous sex scenes

Narration generally good (although some of the accents made my eyes water).

The plot is well conceived & gripping, characters well formed & the prose smooth.

Sadly the authors penchant for numerous & detailed sex scenes really put me off! I'm not a prude, but neither did I sign up for reading one of those Mills & Boon-esque fantasy romance books. It all ends up feeling a bit tawdry...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-22

Good story

the story is good, though the Welsh God having a bad Scottish accent is annoying and frustrating. Scotland and Wales are different places.

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  • owen harkin
  • 10-24-22

Not original, but definitely worth your time.

I enjoyed this audiobook and will be looking out for the next one in the series. Overtones of the Iron Druid (maybe just due to the subjects though), although the story itself has a pretty decent plot, and skips along nicely.
If you don't get bogged down with the accents (the purportedly Welsh character sounded more Middle Eastern), then the performance is a good one.

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  • Ludwig van El
  • 09-26-22

mosyly harmed by the naration

This book was ruined by the narrator. Was he trying to sound Scandinavian or some other accent?
It made me quit listening.
From what I gathered, I was not very drawn to the characters

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  • Chloe H.
  • 08-18-22

Cringe

You could tell without looking at the author's name that this was written by a dude.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-22

Ok but audio broken on 2-3 chapters

A little disapointed because the audio broke fo about 2-3 chapters that forced me to miss on some if the story. Overall an ok book to lisen to.

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  • The Jampot
  • 07-20-22

A bit cringey

I made it to chapter 22 of this book before I had to stop listening, the plot is predictable up to this point (maybe there is a later twist but im not going to find out), the characters feel like they were written for an incel fan fiction (especially the lead character) and the fact that the author has up to this point twice referenced knowing a woman was turned on due to her “erect nipples” made me cringe so hard that I nearly snapped my neck.

The performance from the reader is fairly decent, I struggled telling some characters apart when they were in a big group setting but given the range of accents and characters he had to voice I feel he did a pretty decent job.

This will probably do for some background noise but if you want something to focus on while doing mundane tasks and you’re actively listening I wouldn’t bother.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-22

Decent read, but nothing special

I like the story just fine. Especially liked the more adult take on the Hero's Journey. But I liked the narrator better than the story and am not tempted to keep listening, since the next one isn't free. It is good enough though that had it been free, I would most likely had kept listening.

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  • Aaron W
  • 11-26-19

3 Star

I love Tristan Morris as a narrator. I first discovered this book because of him, I like to stick with the narrators I like. Unfortunately this book wasn't for me. The concept was a great idea but the author failed to deliver to my satisfaction, to much sex, detracts from the story.

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  • kian
  • 11-10-19

Great start

Excellent start to a hopefully long series. The story can unfold in so many different streams and the specific banishment story between Abraham's gods and Pagan gods is something I've never encountered before. The characters are easy to engage with and have depth. I am eagerly waiting for the next book.

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  • emi ozner
  • 10-07-22

decent to pass the time

the world building and characters are okay and entertaining, but the actual plot is not great. the book introduces a quest and the book doesnt even touch on it at the ending. half of the chapters were all fillers and drama that doesnt feel like the actual story. you spend time reading/listening to unimportant characters and side stuff that is all fluff.

the voice actor is good but his tone, intonations and accent isnt really for general narration. he is very characteristic/unique to the point that he should be doing 1 or 2 characters, and not the whole book or narrating it.

its free for a reason. so yeah. have a go.

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  • David
  • 11-21-19

Good, but books 2 and 3 unavailable

Good story, likeable characters. But I was annoyed to find it ended abruptly and the others in the series are not available in Australia.