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Publisher's Summary

Life is simple in Ben's small town until an attack brings the arrival of exciting strangers straight out of a story. Before Ben understands what is happening, he embarks on a dangerous journey to help his friends. A mage, demons, thieves, and assassins are just a few of the perils he will face while trying to make it to safety. But things aren't always what they seem, and safety is a fragile concept when the destructive behaviors of the powerful are exercised unchecked. In Ben's world - like our own - politics, the economy, and military might create a system to keep the elite in power at the expense of the common man. As the series unfolds and Ben's knowledge and skills grow, he will have to decide if he wants to live within the system, flee from it, or break it.

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Critic Reviews

"From the beginning the action starts and it carries straight on through until the end...it will be truly enjoyed by all who read it!" ( The Genre Minx Book Reviews)

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Pleasant surprise for fans epic fantasy.

There are many books that people claim that they are similar to wheel of time, but this one is the only one that really reminded me of Eye of the World. It is a coming of age story that is very similar to Wheel of Time. It is not as complex as wheel of time, but the story did scratch the itch I get for coming of age stories. There are all powerful women that semi control the world. There are monsters and of course a hero that believes things are just stories until he is confronted with them. While this story has some holes in it I actually found it enjoyable as a light read. The characters for the most part are likable and I have already started reading the next book on kindle. The next book should be out next month here if want as well. There are some sexual situations in this book, but nothing over the top or graphic.

The narration was good. If you want a nice coming of age story read this.

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Love the book!

Loved it! I finished it in a matter of days! It was hard to put down!

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So slow

The book started off well, but this is one of those Young Adult novels, it slowed down to a snails pace halfway​ trough and instead of the protagonist learning and growing. He just became more foolish/clueless.

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Great adventure tale.

Kept interest peeked, author led you to a clear view of the scenery. Great adventure tale.

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A Solid Protagonist with Potential

A good start. With a very realistic approach to learning to fight. The character learns but at a realistic pace.

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Loved it!

It's a realm of sword and sorcery where everything is believable. Magic seems in short supply, and the makings of some serious intrigue.

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a very slow start

Very slow pace. I was wondering, what was the point of reading this book. Near to its end, it hooked me. The magic system isn't very developed. The explainations are thru the eyes of Ben, who doesn't know much.. So that's consistent. Need to use the characters to explain more of the world system.. Good overall read.

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  • Gil
  • PA
  • 08-31-18

Excelente Performance

excelente narrattion. The performance brought the characters to life and the story is very compelling.

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Just a warning

I generally don't review but feel it should be said that the comparison to the wheel of time(before Brandon Sanderson did whatever that was he did to the ending) is very loose. It could have been inspired by the wheel or even inspired by a second hand impression of the wheel but it would be more accurate to say it would share a greatly simplified and abridged outline with the work. This book is well written and a fine story in its own right. It should not be compared to other works in order to be enjoyed. The writer and theirs work will evolve and surely be appreciated by many. I wish luck and success to the author as I wish enjoyment and satisfaction to the readers.

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Good start to a series.

The story is pretty good. A little super fantastical sometimes, but interesting story and lead character.

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  • Chris Dalton
  • 09-09-17

bit hard to follow

I don't know if the author meant it this way, it the audio book was not in order, but the flash forward then back was very confusing.