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The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad.

Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War, an elite training school dedicated to martial excellence. But while his friends make progress he struggles to overcome his doubts and insecurity. Even Queen Catherine of Wrath has her doubts about Falco's training.

While the Queen tries to unite the Kingdoms against the Possessed, Falco struggles to overcome his fears. Will he unlock the power trapped inside him or will he succumb to madness and murder like his father?

©2017 Peter A. Flannery (P)2017 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

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amazing book!

I was skeptical about this book with such a mundane cliche title however upon reading/listening to it I can now say it rivals books like The Riftwar saga, Drizzt Dourden books, and even the Dragon Lance books from back in the day.

If you like fantasy and dragons then give this a try

65 of 69 people found this review helpful

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Stop whatever you are reading and get this one!!!!

Could not drop this book, the action is just draw dropping, it is so well written and The Narration is off the charts, i just wander why lots of people have not checked this book out, and i have to say, i have read over 500 books and this is the first time, i have ever deemed to write a review, that has to tell you something.

95 of 103 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony
  • United States
  • 04-06-18

Who is your sound engineer?!

A good amount of the book cuts off the last word in each phrase like some sound engineer selected all and applied a sharp fade to the end of each clip and then never listened to the result!

Then there is the obnoxious way in which the voice actor, who is otherwise good, “whisper-yells yelled phrases. I get not wanting to blow out my speakers, but his voice is so low most of those lines are unintelligible!

Further, there was even an entire phrase / sentence/ paragraph that was repeated back to back like the engineer copy-pasted and forgot the duplicate in there.

Decent book, good acting (other than the yelling) and horrible, HORRIBLE sound engineering quality.

Ps, the beginning of the book is fine, halfway through it starts cutting off the last word. Fail.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Volume needs to be adjusted!

the first quarter of this book is next to impossible to hear unless you are wearing noise suppressant headphones or have it playing through a much louder speaker system. I typically use my Bluetooth headset to listen to audiobooks. I was nearly unable to do so at the beginning of this book. Also at the end of the book, several times the narrator's voice would just drop off at the end of a sentence and you are left wondering what he was saying. It's a shame about the technical problems, but the story is amazing! it was well narrated and the characters are easily distinguishable. Aside from the aforementioned technical issues, the story was immensely enjoyable and I'm sure is an even better read.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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Don’t do that.....

It really ticks me off when a great story which is narrated great has quality issues with the recording. DON’T do such a disservice to the author and narrator. Awesome book, awesome performance, recording people should be whipped.

66 of 73 people found this review helpful

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loved it.

I hope there is more to come. loved the story. 8m glad I took a chance on a different author.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

Made me laugh, cry, and smile throughout the tale. The emotions are amplifies by the reader's tone. Really great listen!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • wjh4256
  • Smiths Station, AL, United States
  • 12-25-17

A captivating read from beginning to the end.

One of my favorite books of the year. An excellently written book with top notched narration. I was totally captivated to the end.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Words lost...

This was a good book and that it was written as a complete story is even better. The only complaint I have was that end of words and sometimes whole words would just dropped.

The narrator would be reading then sudd.... part of a word would drop off completely. This was made worse when ..... words went ........ Fortunately there were only a few places that it was really noticeable.

Overal I recommend the book.

51 of 58 people found this review helpful

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Struggled with audio a bit

Story was good, audio was not great in that the narrator's words cut off randomly all the time. I thought the narrator was pretty good (I know I couldn't do nearly as well). However, I couldn't really get over how every instance of a character speaking with more than an inside voice was portrayed with kind of a choking croak, or a garbled whisper. difficult to understand at times, and hard to take seriously (for me). Drove me nuts.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Avatre
  • 05-26-18

Fantastic Book - Not so good recording

I absolutely love the book, it's one of the best Fantasies I've read in a long time. The narrator does a good job for the most part- only fault I had there is that the women sounded like wheezy old men.

The main problem is in the recording itself. It's quiet even at full volume and a lot of the words have the endings clipped off which can be quite frustrating at important moments.

Still, it's a fantastic story so I'll hope Audible can get the recording of it fixed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra Azevedo
  • 07-05-18

Love this book so much!

Loved this book! Found myself listening till the wee hours of the morning, utterly enthralling!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris G.
  • 03-26-18

Exceptional

What a fantastic book . Really a cut above. Fantasy gold standard I highly recommend it to all . the descriptive writing and character development is the stuff of dreams.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • T. Beran
  • 02-24-18

Great book, well read mostly...

What did you like most about Battle Mage?

Great value for money, classic sword & sorcery

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Mage?

Falco summoning his dragon

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes

Any additional comments?

The later chapters are a bit jumpy, some words are mis-read and have obviously not been "proof" listened to. These are a bit jarring and take you out of the story a bit

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • dominic
  • 02-17-18

Brilliant book very minor issue with performance

Before I explain don’t let this point out you off. This is an amazing fantasy book and it is a very minor point. When the book describes a moment where a character is shouting the narrator can’t ever seem to get the pitch right. Instead of a battle cry it would sound like a crackling death rattle. This would take me out of the moment was quite off putting.

This was my only bad point to an otherwise amazing story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • 12-29-17

Shocked to find such a Gem

Would you listen to Battle Mage again? Why?

of course I am going to listen to the book again, it is going into my...go to books for a good listen... plus there are always somethings one misses on first listen my go to book
authors are the likes of Gemmell, weber, feist, Moon, Weeks and a few others whose books I can listen to over and over again and this one joins that list

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Mage?

there are many, many such moments throughout the book and why spoil it for others

Which character – as performed by RD Watson – was your favourite?

all the main characters qualify

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I had to force myself to listen in 3 hour sections, of course that meant having to start re listening 20 minutes or so of the 3 hour section finished, and mostly I listened to two sections a day

Any additional comments?

When I read some of the reviews about the book being pretty good I took it with a pinch, but I love long books that are worth the credit, and be assured this book is well worth the cost of a credit

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mike
  • 01-23-18

good story but issues in narration

enjoyed the story very much but the narrator mispronounced words intermittently and many sections we're repeated. Greater care needed in editing and quality control

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 12-28-17

Great story but rather bad performance.

Loved the story it captivated me and I finished the whole book in under three days.
The only draw back was narrator's performance,
He has a very pleasant voice but at times I had hard time keeping up with him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Melvin Hathaway
  • 09-18-18

A superb read. excellent naration and recommend.

A superb read. excellent naration and recommend. it reminded me of a Dungeons and dragons meet the Hobbit. If you like fantasy then you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-18

Brilliant story, poor performance

Loved the story, but the recording was poor. Choppy at times, words and names mispronounced and random words cut short or missed completely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

A must read!

Amazing book! Totally loved it. Recommend to anyone after a great adventure. Good narrator (:

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  • Telagi
  • 07-02-18

Really bloody good.

Just get it ya pansy... It's one good, long book. Great purchase. Thanks for writing it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-18

What a rollercoaster!

This book hook me into the story and not let go until the end. It evoked emotions of joy, outrage and sadness rarely experienced in such extremes. I struggled with the narrator, but even my dislikes of his reading style did nothing to dent the pleasure I gained from this book. I have recommended it to all my friends that like this genre. To sum it up, all I can say is "Wow".

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  • Sean f.
  • 06-20-18

on the edge the whole way

every chapter sent more anxiety to my heart, definitely not a book too pass over

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  • gareth
  • 05-28-18

Great story

Really enjoyed this, production and editing let it down in parts with sentences being cut off but didn’t detract from a great gripping story

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  • John
  • 04-26-18

Battle mage

I loved this book from start to finish the Characters a awesome the narrator did a awesome job with the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-18

excellent

This is truly an amazing story. There were some places where half a word or a word was cut off, but my mind filled in the word without thinking; don't let this put you off, the story is amazing.

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  • Nathaniel
  • 03-18-18

Great story. Just ignore some audio editing

The story is a great story. Charged with emotion and well told hero coming of age and overcoming adversity.

Some audio glitches but not enough to make you want to stop listening

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  • Joel
  • 02-27-18

Wow what a great book!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Battle Mage to be better than the print version?

I love audio books so.... it’s hard to say

What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Mage?

What a great ending!!

What does RD Watson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Wasn’t the greatest fan of the narration: Loved his voice and accent just wasn’t a mad fan of him speaking for the characters, he gets better as the book progresses

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Being male most would not admit it but I laughed and cried throughout, cried from both sadness when a character is lost and from happiness,

Any additional comments?

This book is so well written!! You fall in love with the characters and feel like there family, this book has been an emotional roller coaster that I have thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend it to anyone, it’s a long book but that makes it almost better as they can go into more description and detail of characters and plot, I see this as a must have in the library!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-18

editing

Good story, editing is the only downfall. I enjoyed the performance pity there is no more books.