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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.

©2016 AC Cobble (P)2017 Tantor

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"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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This book deserves to have a higher average rating.

Unfortunately, the skewed ratings of the fantasy genre on Audible have gotten totally out of hand. It’s now to the point where the quality of a book is better measured by how many 10ths of a star above four the average is.

These days I pretty much only buy books that have at least 4.5 stars. Anything between 4.0 and 4.4 has a better chance of being written or narrated by a trained monkey than by an author who bothers to get someone to edit their books. Anything below 4.0 is almost guaranteed to permanently harm your intelligence.

In light of this, Benjamin Ashwood should have a minimum of 4.5 stars... Yes, if you’re looking for non-stop unicorns, ogres, and fornicating cat girls then this book might feel a little tame, but those are the same people who couldn’t make it through Name of the Wind because of “all the jumping back and forth between the Inn and the story.”

This is a well crafted, carefully written, engaging book. The author manages to take a somewhat typical fantasy premise and make it seem like a unique adventure. The world is so well defined that you can visualize everything that’s happening with an uncommon clarity.

If you’re looking for a manic paced, crazy spell-slinging, underpants removing, relentless race to save the world then this book might not hit the spot. However, if you like fully fleshed out characters and an adventure that sprawls out in front of you then you should spend the credit and enjoy a seriously good book.

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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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Excellent

If you want to hear a well preformed book, please purchase. I would recommend to also purchase books. I have to say that Benjamin Ashwood series have been the best books that I have read in a long, long time. AC Cobble created a masterpiece with Benjamin Ashwood.
The narrator Eric Michael Summerer is easy on the ears.

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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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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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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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  • Debra
  • Martindale, TX, United States
  • 12-17-18

lacking story

This is an interesting world and characters that don't have much of a story to tell so far. The story is far too dependant on amazing circumstance and the handful of combat scenes are dull. All of the big reveals we're teligraphed well in advance. The background is good enough that I will try out book 2 to see if things get more interesting though.

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Meandering Fantasy with Fun Characters

Good book. typical naive main character who learns a lot. ends abruptly. good supporting cast.

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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.