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Arcane Transmogrification

Pentacle, Book 2
Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (188 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Danny died a less than heroic death on Earth, was reincarnated in a new world, gained access to a mental sanctuary that ranks his skills, learned he can do magic, discovered that he can't fly, tricked rich old ladies into buying handbags, crafted himself a crude anti-magic girdle, went to magic school, grew a couple of apple trees, was drafted into a secret paramilitary organization, tamed a pet most people would rather never meet, regrew an elf's ears, gained a split concentration ability in the form of his former Earth self, avoided being kidnapped, was almost eaten by a basalisk, watched an airborn wizard play wack-a-troll, saved his friends from a massive ritualistic magic spell, and did a great impression of a human tree ornament.

Then Danny passed out from blood loss and pain.

Now it is all up to Cranny, the embodiment of Danny's split concentration, to get Danny fixed up before the slowly approaching zombie goblin has a nice woodland picnic.

©2018 Robert Harper (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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A regression of ideals and potential

The story starts seems to dissolve into a cheesy mess of poor humor that drags on at all times. cranny has so many lines and acts like what someone thinks a 12 years old sounds like which ruins a lot of moments. Danny keeps not getting in trouble for anything no matter what it is, Heck only the climax had any danger and even that was low if you think about it. This story sadly isn't a deep story anymore Danny's new powers break all tension, the cultural relevance of the birth rates and different races feels too basic, and much more. So I can't recommend this even though I finished it.

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I was skeptical

So I read the other reviews for both books in this series, and was put off by the characterization of the MC as spineless. I decided to put this book off for a few weeks, but eventually gave it a chance since I had listened to everything else recommended. There are several spots where the MC just rolls over to the domineering henpeckery of many of the women in this story. Nonetheless, the story as a whole is very well written, and the MC does eventually come in to his own and grow a spine. I had to remember that even though the protagonist is an adult in a child's body, he decides to act like a child to remain unnoticed. Eventually he does come out and take more control and stand up for his actions. Definitely looking forward to the third book.

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hm...

I will start with that I really do like this series and its magic system. but the relationship he has with the girls and the interactions is simply bad... The author makes the interaction in such a way that mc will always be in the losing side always! the way he ask them, despite hiding secrets such as his friends hiding the fact that his family are basicly now prisoners. despite all this he is so god damn submissive that it is disgusting.
The girls look at some handsome stud but he is not allowed. etc
despite all this the novel is good but I dont know if ill buy the third one.

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Couldn’t make it past the first 2 hours...

I really enjoyed the first book in spite of its flaws. This book’s flaws were so numerous and constant that I was forced to return it before I even got to the meat of the story.

First, the narrator... He read almost every line with a breathless, over-dramatic, and childish delivery. It made me think he was dying to shout “golly, gee-wiz!” at the end of every single sentence. Mix this with the execrebly immature banter between any of the characters and I felt like someone was trying to jam candy-coated feces into my ears rather than tell me a story.

And then there’s Cranny... which was already a stupid and annoying facet of the first book, but at least his appearances were few and far between. The author made the serious mistake of making this a constant voice throughout the second book. By constant, I mean he has more lines than the MC and is constantly cracking “jokes” or is messing with the MC in the least mature or genuinely funny ways possible. Remember that Cranny is supposed to be the “adult” version of the character from before he was reincarnated. I can only think the author may have been trying to attempt to add more humor into the narrative. He failed.

It’s not all that often that I give a review this negative, but when I do it’s almost always on a 2nd or 3rd book in a series. This is because at one point the author has written a book good enough to convince me to spend the credit on its sequel. Then instead of improving their craft and drawing me deeper into their world, they’ve written something truly unlistenable. Which is the case here.

Don’t buy this audiobook.

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2nd book doldrums.

The first book in a series that presents many novel components can be enjoyable, even if it is badly written. The second book lacking the novelty, while the poor writing persists, results in a badly done disappointment.

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Good book, but the MC is a punching bag

I really do love this story and the premise that it is wrapped around, but the MC has the backbone of a mouse.

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awesome series

I have really enjoyed this series so far, it has a lot of funny moments I wasn't expecting, but I highly recommend it.

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Only an unfinished part of a book.

It is okay to write three or four books that have their own ending but work well with additional books but do not sell me a long story that is broken up into three or four books that all must be read to have an ending. You are too money hungry.

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Goooood

Interesting story. Better then the first. Eagerly awaiting the next book. The narrator did an excellent job as always.

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loved this series

this series is very good and it's hard to wait.. need the next book.. asap!!!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful