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Every year, the empire administers the rite of passage into adulthood. That rite serves to identify those blessed by Aether to become magi. The new magi are shipped to the academy to learn the arts of magic.

The academy is a dangerous place; the tournaments held twice each year can cripple or kill the students, and the clans of the empire will go to great lengths to recruit the students they want.

Gregory had one dream: to become a magi like the legends of old. Though he was ridiculed by the residents of the village and his unsupportive father, he never wavered from his dream. Would his age day bring the fruition of his dreams, or would reality come crashing down on him?

(This audiobook contains some adult themes.)

©2020 Daniel James Schinhofen (P)2020 Daniel James Schinhofen

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author missed being awesome... again.

tired far left tropes to be found here slavery and racism(+more) and then the female characters being better at most things then the male MC. the author had a great concept with work with actual other races other then the human race in the world almost could of shown us that the other race and mixed offspring where just like humans but had to be all blatant and boring smashing you the reader in the face with the don't be a racist slavery is bad flat out telling you and not showing you because the target audience would miss it if the message was shown instead of told like having Waldo take up both pages and the target reader still cant find Waldo. this is the second book I've tried from this author he almost can write a good book if he could only focus on entertaining people and showing us an epic tale and not pushing his political opinions. this one could be amazing if he could only keep his ranting and ravings out of it.


okay rant over so this story had potential for some empire forsaken nobody fringer who grew up in a decent community be the chosen one who could rise up in power to right the wrongs who found true love and rise to the top together.

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whoa

This was SOOO different from what I expected from a schinhoffen book. Honestly its better than any of his other series, and im placing it above any of the wuxia books I've read except maybe the unsouled series, and maybe the cultivating chaos books depending on how the 2nd book turns out. Not a litrpg and the dirty stuff is missing from this book by a 95% difference then GFL and the others.

The story is different from the average wuxia, mc isn't overpowered but the set up is interesting. The story focuses more on lore and world building with action where it needs to be, all while the mc is trying to discover his magic.

Parsnips did great as always, and I have to rate this book 9/10 but a 5/5 if you go by stars.

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knew nothing, love everything

I can't say a lot because there be spoilers, but I'll say this. I really appreciate the story breaking a particularly hated troupe of mine involving relationships. As well as letting the story flow like normal stories. No edgy plot, or surprise sadness and depression to make the character crawl back from the brink; i appreciate that at times.
Also loved the bloopers at the end Andrea rocks and sounds adorable.

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Great! Nice Change of Pace

Great listen. I'm not a fan of harem novels, but Daniel gets my reads because they entertain me. Suprisingly this wasn't one. it's like a real mainstream novel. there is definitely potential for the series. I'll be waiting for the next one. Andrea was great as always. she's one of my favorite voice actors.

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Another great book by Schinhofen.

Excellent writing and storyline. Andi does a great job as always. I can't wait for the next one.

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Excellent book!

This book was on start to stop with no pauses. It was so good I couldn’t put it down not even to sleep. The only disappointing thing about it is as of the time I am reading this the second book hasn’t come to Audible yet. Also the bonus of the bloopers at the end of the book were hilarious I wish more audible books included that.

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ok so at first I was like...

let's give it a whirl I mean I like the apocalypse gates and even if I can't sit and listen to them publicly cause I have a young boy and parts he's not supposed to hear yet. let's see how this book is...

not gonna lie I love it world building is great it's far more suited to playing in the home with others around. also I am honestly reconsidering something I was doing in the past with my Asian theamed d&d games... namely how magic classes would work out.

that aside I like the story I'm seeing I like the growth and I obviously love Andrea's rendition please keep doing this series? amazing voiceing and paceing... and I should no go to sleep stayed up two extra hours to finish the book

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Hahahahaha!!!

OMFG! I'm crying laughing. OK, taking a deap breath.... So, this is a fun book. I will be listening to the next one and I highly recommend listening to this one. The story is good with a great slow burn sense of world building and character development at just the right pace to keep us on the edge. The narrator was amazing! When you get lost in the story, you may take for granted her range and talent until the book is over... then they slap you in the face with the bloopers!! Yep, this needs to be a regular thing from now on at the end of every book. I'm still laughing!

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A great start

A fantastic start to an interesting new series buy one of the best authors in the genre

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The giddy dance

This book was amazing I am at war with myself if this series is going to be my new favorite the "binding words" series holds that title now but the main character and supporting character are so amazing together that it makes me want to dance with giddiness whenever they are being awkward Andrea you have my thanks for bringing the story to life for me and Daniel thank you for writing such amazing stories to fill my soul with delight

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-20

generic stilted story

bad side
it is exactly the same as his other stilted uninspired books. one dimensional predictable characters weird and strange sexual bits. awkward .
I have no idea how a book like this gets written by a non robot.

good side,

it's a bit better than some. I think I have a high bar. it has good ish structure and leveling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-20

Andrea killing it as usual

I really like this series and Andrea does her usual excellent job of bring it to life.

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  • nick wesley
  • 02-13-21

Fun story and well narrated, shes so funny and brings the story to life

Keeping it short, the story was fun and ill look out for the next book! Keeps you on your toes with his magic and great fun in general. Bloopers at the end killed me!

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  • Morris
  • 01-02-21

Gem

Amazing story, you have magic, cultivation and an academy setting. The world is vast and interesting, the clans are unique and powerful. The MCs are both underdogs with interesting abilities. I can wait for more.

It can be overly soppy at times but nonetheless it is an awesome book.

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  • Kristen André Hardang
  • 12-09-20

superb

amazing book, with a great progression! i cannot wait for the next book! greg needs to get his OP magic going for him!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-20

I really want more

Story:
Interesting, refreshing and a slow burn.

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Really good voices and the bloopers are inspiring

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Good start, the right voice actor and a promising future

How the book feels:
It is like the first few chapter in a good book

Message to the author:
Can you make more books from this series? I love it.
Can you dobbel or triple the blooper length? It was pure fun and joy.

Thanks.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-27-20

Interesting story

Unique story line in my reading. Very enjoyable. Looking forward to further instalment. I must admit I did not expect the narrator to be female. As the hero perspective is predominant but it works really well.

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  • Micke
  • 08-31-20

Really good

Good an though out story. Coming of age with nice magic, action and romance. Nice characters. Good narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-21

No words

Great story. Fantastic performance. nothing more to say, but audible makes you write at least 15 words :)
This series will remain in my favourites to be read again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-20

great read

love this book the narrator really made this book great even with the slow bits in between the action

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-23-20

Nice read

Really enjoyed this audio book characters were alright can't wait for the next one im crap at writing reviews

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  • John
  • 10-22-20

Aether's Blessing

Daniel Schinhofen is one of the most talented and skilled author.
And I got to say I'm hooked on the This book and a can't wait to buy the next book in this series.

And with the voice acting talents and skills of Andrea Parsneau who makes the characters and world come alive with the narration of this book.

Also I bloody love the Bloopers at the end of this book lol.

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  • Owen Smith
  • 10-11-20

Really enjoyed it, well worth the money.

My only issues are.
The MC’s aether/darkness is read like an evil villain. I’m not sure why, but if I was the MC I would be very concerned about the voice in my head.
The MC’s main love interest is sooooo annoying. Can you please just kill her off already.
Apart from that it is well worth the money and I loved it.