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When a young man chooses a forbidden calling, he must prove his worth...or watch his kingdom fall.

Sixteen-year-old Augum Stone is a warlock prodigy suffocating under the weight of expectations. Students idolize him. Nobles plot to exploit him. Commoners think he's a miracle-maker. And with invasion looming, his already war-weakened kingdom expects him to be its champion. But Augum doesn't want to be a pawn in someone else's game. He'll forge his own path: that of the Arcaner - not a warlock or a knight, but a lethal combination of both.

Legend says Arcaners once had the power to summon dragons. If true, it could change everything. Resurrecting the Arcaner path comes with consequences, however. Scandal. Malice. Treachery. And a harrowing test of character. He must survive. He must prove he's worthy of an ancient path. And he must save the kingdom...before it's too late.

©2017 Sever Bronny Ltd. (P)2018 Tantor

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While story is still great, change in narrator is a shame

The story of Augum Stone continues and takes new twists and turns in this series. However, the change in narrator is unfortunate. Stefan Rudnicki, while not the perfect narrator, did an excellent job of giving different voices to the various characters. His deep and heavy base voice that he gave to make characters contrasted well with the lighter and more whispey voices he gave to female characters. While they were all recognizable as Rudnicki due to the distinct timbre/quality of his voice, he actually displayed a wide range of voices for the different characters. Meanwhile, the new narrator here, while maybe a more appropriate accent for medieval narration, just doesn’t hold a candle. The different characters all sound extremely similar, and somehow the female characters are given deeper and more masculine sounding voices when compared to Rudnicki (who has a much deeper base speaking voice). The range in intensity is also lacking. Despite the situation, narration of events is still deadpan, which contrasted with Rudnickis lively narration. I gave this first audiobook in the series a try, but I may just have to get the readable versions for the rest of it as the narrator just doesn’t cut it for me. It’s probably too much to ask for, but if we could have Rudnicki back as narrator it would be amazing.

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Love the story...hate when they change narrators

Love this series but the one thing that drives me crazy is when a different narrator is used and they pronounce things differently. Doesn’t change the content of the book but it makes me stop every time something is different from the precious narrator.

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Disappointed in narrator change

While Gary Furlong overall is not a bad narrator, the change from the original Arinthian Line series narrator, Stefan Rudnicki, was disappointing. Furlong pronounces some key words differently than Rudnicki that was so hard to ignore. Also Furlong gave very monotone fight scenes that was so saddening because the epic duals and fight for survival is part of what makes the series so heart stopping and page turning (metaphorically). The BIGGEST issue I had at first was now all the characters have completely different accents!!!!! Part of why I fell in love with the characters, especially the supporting ones, was from the way Rudnicki made each individual character have unique way of speaking. Emphasis on certain words and tones conveying their emotions. Furlong completely changed it and it made it hard for me to even recognize some of the iconic characters from the Arinthian Line books. I want to say again, Furlong is a good narrator, I just want Rudnicki back.

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Too much of the story contradicts itself

The whole story is based on how The royalty felt spurned because he didn't support Them and needed his influence to gain power but on the other hand once they gained power supposedly he held no influence and they didn't need to fear him at all ridiculous self contradictory story

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lol me sleep with a monotone voice

Why did you switch narrators?
I love the story, but the man reading has no idea how to read a story to an audience.

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Terrible narrator

The book is pretty good for the most part, but I do not like Gary! Stefan Rudnicki was so good. He set the tone for the books and this falls short!!!!!

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  • LT
  • 03-28-21

Enjoyable!

Most of the negative thoughts about the book revolve around the narrator. I thought he did a good job. The only issue for me was that some of the names / spells are pronounced differently than the first narrator.

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DUll

Slow and drawn out dull story. Loved his first story but this was borring. sorry.

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I enjoyed the story. Just disliked the change in narrator from the Arinthian line quintet.

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Bring back Stephen Rudnicki

If not for the awful narration unfortunately provided for this book it would be another masterpiece work from the author. Yet as with the other rising dragon books, it feels as if your being told the story from a sniveling British snob that didn’t care enough for the books to listen to pronunciation of names, city’s, or spells established in the author’s previous books. For the love of all that is holy please have these books revoiced by Stephen.

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  • kian
  • 06-30-18

Disappointed

After all, he's supposedly been through he acts childish and lets other push him around.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

Great Story but I messed up

this was a very good story, however i failed to realise that there is a full story line of books prior to these one. the author does a good job of bringing you upto speed if you havent read the prior series and it is not difficult to follow.
some of the writing is very whimsical and you can tell that the other has taken inspirations from Harry Potter, mainly through some characters personalities i found.
the narrator also does a very good job with the voices and makes it easy to differentiate between the characters.
a very good series which i continued with straight away after i fininshed this book.