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I never had any memories of family in my old world. Growing up in an environment where no one truly loved me - and, in turn, being callous and distant to everyone - made me an unrivaled fighter, but a crappy person. When I came to this world, my new parents taught me something I'd never known. I may not be the strongest fighter or mage in this world, but I'm a hell of a lot better person now than I ever would've been in my previous life.

In order to protect his loved ones, the mage Arthur Leywin must reveal the truth of his identity. If he is to fulfill his role in the war between the godlike asuras and the demonic Vritra, he must leave those he hopes to protect and travel to the land of deities and dragons. 

First, however, he must escape. Arthur stands before the kings and queens of Dicathen, accused of a crime he did not commit. It will take an act of the gods to save him from having his magic stripped away, leaving him powerless in the war to come. Fortunately for Arthur, he can count the gods among his friends.

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Nothing happens

Story in this particular book pales in comparison to the prequels. Nothing significant happens and they somehow stretch a training montage of the main character out to 8 hours. The last hour is the only thing of any significance.

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Half a book

Firstly, I'd like to say that I am a large fan of this series and will continue listening in the future. That being said, the pacing and "climax" of this entry into the series left much to be desired.

The good:

The writing is just as good as the rest of the series. In fact, characters that are the focus for any length of time feel more relatable and fleshed out than in previous books. Travis also gives an amazing performance as usual.

The bad:

A majority of the book is a training arc that never gives a payoff, or has what would have been the payoff happen off screen. After that is almost 2 hours of side character perspectives and chapters that reiterate what other chapters covered but from someone elses perspective. In each of these cases, one perspective would have been enough to get the point across. Then there's a cliff hanger. That sums up atleast 95% of the plot.

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The book is all build up with no pay off, seeming more like the first half of a book. I would wait untill the next entry comes out and listen to both at once.

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only half of this book is important the other half

only half of this book is important the other half is nothing but a filler this book should have been combined with book 6 because as it is right now it's not even a book it's half a book. if you do buy this book, at least you will know going in that only the first 4 & a half hours or enjoyable, after that your mileage may vary.
I feel kind of drained and not sure if I want to spend money on book 6 because book 6 might be just as bad as this book, and only be half a book too.

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80% boring

I can honestly say skip to the last 2 hours of the book. Some how this whole book is just about training and nothing else, until almost the end. Basicly no story progression. I loved all the books but this one is ehh.

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A little too much exposition and p.o.v. swapping,

I like the series, but the entire book is a training arc. I think the author made a mistake by introducing enemies that were too powerful. It forces Arthur's previous struggles and gains as well as the entire academy thing to be meaningless.

Like really- the entire purpose and plot of the academy has been thrown out the window as though TurtleMe decided he didn't like the idea anymore. Lucas White? That was a potential gold mine in terms of a satisfying read. Instead? He became a demonic puppet and died without ever learning that Arthur IS Note.

The now forced gains in power and strength for Arthur... dagnabbit- TurtleMe has gone and basically turned him into a DBZ Saiyan. He has turned into a walking demigod. It just makes every other character unimportant unless he plans for his allies to gain some kind of convenient power boost that they have no right to.

Now about Sylvie. We have never seen her fight. We know she has a powerful lineage and is a dragon, but nothing beyond that. Next book we will receive a 'shock' when it is revealed how powerful she is- just enough to keep pace with the enemy.

So why am I upset about all this? Because I like(d) the series and it feels like TurtleMe has or is about to go the way of many inexperienced authors and overpower their characters and bungle the whole thing up. I've had enough of that already and I hope I won't see it here as well. Excessively powerful forces isn't what makes a story fun. What we are likely about to see is the silly retold war between angels and demons.

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terrible ending

I was wildly disappointed with the ending. so far the books have been great, but at the end it leaves you hanging and unsatisfied. i dont listen to the books to hear from the point of view of a whole new set of characters 3/4 of the way through. i listen to the books to hear about arthur and tesia. its like they just wanted to fill with fluff to make it longer. i was not motivated to wait for the next one.

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way too short and hardly worth the time.

next to nothing actually happens in this book. there's a lot of build up with no climax whatsoever.

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Highly Recommend this Series

The Beginning After the End Book 5: Convergence is yet another example of author TurtleMe’s growing abilities as a writer to not only engage his reader’s but transport them to a magically unique world of his creation, as should be the primary goal of all writers, even more so those of fantasy fiction. Once again Travis Baldree does a superb job to convey the personality and perspectives in every role presented. TurtleMe always leaves me desperate for more! I highly recommend continuing the series with this newest audiobook installment, or listen from the beginning if you have yet to begin the series. If you are a fan of stories with magic, dragons, elves and dwarves (the foundations of the Fantasy genre) and have not yet begun the series, this is the story for you!

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Only a warm up for the next book?

Felt like a warm up for the next book. Only training and ending on a cliff. Also some big holes in the storyline. I like the series but was dissapointet in this book.

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yes thank you

I love this book hoping this series keeps it up bc I really like the book and the story line and hope you enjoy this book ad the series I give it a 10/10

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  • Morris
  • 05-27-20

Train train train.

This is one of the better series out there but most of this book (65-70%) is about training. I understand why it is important to get a good basis regarding the MCs strength and development but this book felt like I was training too... I had to slog through it. I would have either preferred book 5 and 6 to be released together or having this book as a side story and releasing the next book but mention a 4 year timeskip.
I will be continuing on because this series truly is amazing but this book was only 3/5.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-07-20

dislike the tess section

First off I loved this book but we miss the end of Arthur's training to get tess playing war which don't get me wrong isn't bad but it ruins the momentum

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  • Emileecvz
  • 06-11-20

always a step ahead of my highest hopes

Turtleme and Travis really know how to make a wold come alive through their crafts.

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  • Christopher
  • 05-30-20

love it cant wait to the next one

another great story in the series cant wait for more only wish the story could be longer

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  • Tom
  • 05-27-20

weird

a bit weird and disjointed I thought. first half about Arthur's training, second half about tessia and other people's point of view mostly

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  • Hean Tremaine-Tucker
  • 10-28-20

Convergence

Once again totally outstanding. The writer make you feel as if you are a part of the story. I really would love to be in that world.

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  • lee
  • 08-15-20

brilliant

Once you start listening you cant stop fantastic series of book and a great story teller.
cant wait for next one.

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  • Vivienne
  • 07-02-20

Loving how dark it's getting

Things are turning more serious and the stakes are getting higher. The previous book already indicated that the story is going down a darker path and this one definitely delivers on that front.

I love seeing how the characters grow up, not just physically but mentally too. How the events around them shape their characters. Love the fact that Arthur is not this perfect protagonist but he makes mistakes. I got genuinely angry with him for some of his actions and decisions and that's great.

Can't wait for the next!

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  • Matthew
  • 06-29-20

This whole book felt like set up

I'm giving this 5ish star because there is nothing wrong with the book i still enjoyed the hole book however there was in my eye's very little in progression. Just some truth bombs and some disturbing realisations. It was all about Art's training/cultivation and for a 5th book I would have thought we be past the majorities of that. I know art's getting ready for the big fight but a whole book dedicated to this seems extreme to me. This is the longest book as well which I find funny that is has the least that happens.

However, this is a great book with some ultimate flex moments, will I say this was worth another training montage for “no”. We know that Art trains faster and better than anyone and has the will power to keep dying over and over again for his training. The last hour to hour & half was just fantastic with the great penny drop moment at the end was to lead into the next book was just great. Is why i find myself still giving a set up book 5ish stars.

Furthermore. Art's and Tess's relationship Art's say's he cares for her, but he keeps walking away to go on his adventures something without saying good bye for years actual years at a time without even sending a letter instead. No wonder she cries every time she sees him because he's basically just pulling her along. If feel like Tess would've just moved on by now if I'm completely honest. This relationships going at a turtles pace.

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  • A.H.
  • 05-28-20

Good, but has its issues

it was a decent installment, though there are a couple of niggling points.

1, considering how much Arthur is supposed to care about Tess he seems strangely indifferent about her and her well being. He sees his family before he leaves but doesn't bother even passing her a message before disappearing off for two years right after he just rescued her from her kidnappers.

2, the training section was pretty interesting but it seems the author got kind of bored and just skipped ahead until the end randomly, it just felt a bit odd.

I'll be looking forward to the next installment, though I wish Auther and Tess's relationship actually goes somewhere rather than this oddly one-sided mess it currently is.

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  • Peter
  • 01-27-21

Boring power leveling book

This book was a struggle. Very little plot or character development happened. For the most part this is about Arthur training, and for the most part it's dreadfully boring.

After the training arc we get caught up on the current state of affairs in the war and get introduced to some new and forgettable characters. There's a distinctly unsatisfying reunion between Tess and Art, followed by Arthur feeling immense guilt over enemy actions that he's not at fault for.

He's become more emo broody than before.

In short: Disappointing.

I hope that the next book is better, but the series' long-standing weaknesses (esp. characterisation and dialogue) are increasingly grating on me and after this dull entry I'm close to pulling the plug on the series.

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  • Xravia
  • 07-11-20

Why is this even a book?

Arthur randomly tells his parents about his rebirth making them all sad and stuff before ditching them for 2 years and coming back in a cringeworthy entrance opening(literally opening the door to the S ranked bosses room to find the MC on top of the corpses having a mock battle to show off and basically having every main event revolve around him) + now 2 years have passed his family forgives him and thaatss what truly matters .... rubbish. The entire story is basically a training montage yet there isnt even a story to pad it out.. the academy stuff was really short as well he went into specifics about how he got his own training room and had a schedule and stuff but it was all fluff im properly done with the series.