Dark Harvest

Darkling Mage, Book Two
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Darkling Mage Series, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
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Dustin Graves has three days to live.

The darkling mage has found himself in the company of scoundrels. Maybe that’s what Dustin deserves: a werewolf, a vampire, and a talking sword for teammates, and a rogue sorcerer as his mentor and master.

But a doomsday cult has surfaced. Twelve mutilated bodies are found drowned in blood and in wine. The massacre stinks of both the divine and the supernatural. Worst of all, an ancient god sends Dust on a lethal mission, one he must complete in three days. The reward? He gets to live. Well...maybe.

If you like snarky heroes, snappy dialogue, and a bit of grit and gore, you'll love the second book in Nazri Noor's series of urban fantasy novels. Explore the darkling mage universe and discover Dark Harvest today.

©2018 Nazri Noor (P)2019 Nazri Noor

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The shadows can't protect you forever Dust...

This series scratches a big itch for me. I'm a big fan of urban fantasy and with several mainstays wrapping up and Peace Talks still months away, Nazri Noor comes along and delivers exactly what I needed to get me through. I absolutely loved the first book in the series and, while the story here is a complete one that more than stands on its own, you would do well to listen to the first book in order to fully appreciate this one. The action is here, the suspense is here, the wise-assness is here, It's everything you could want from an Urban Fantasy setting less the romance plot.

As has become my custom for reviews, here is my 5 and 5 list:

Things I liked:
1. Character growth. Dust gets some much-needed humble pie in the early and mid-stages of this book that force him to grow and adapt. It was really well done.
2. Sterling makes me laugh... a lot
3. The interplay between Dust and the gods is really fun to listen to because you never quite know what they think or what they want. Nazri Noor does a great job keeping them mysterious yet approachable.
4. COMBAT. Just like the last book, the magical combat in this one is extremely satisfying.
5. The story felt complete. There wasn't a super-dramatic cliffhanger ending that forces you to buy the next one to figure out what happened. Noor is justifiably confident that you'll want to continue Dust's tale without having to be really heavy-handed like some others in the space.

Things I didn't care for as much:
1. Habitual recall to the fact that "somebody should have written a book about it" regarding actions from the first book. The first time was funny, the second was less-so, the third felt excessive.
2. At times Dust gets a little too snarky/juvenile given the reality of what's happening to him in the book. To quote Wayne from the TV show Letterkenny, "Why don't you take about 15% off the top there Squirly Dan".
3. I feel like Carver needs some more page time. Often you know he's doing something really awesome, but we only get glimpses of his power. Sometimes it feels like he could actually solve some of the problems Dust gets into in about 5 seconds.... though that is kind of the point of some of the book.
4. A couple of times in combat things feel a little too convenient for Dust to leverage his unique skills.
5. Dust needs a better foil than Bastion. I'm hoping that Sterling kind of becomes more of the foil-in-chief going forward.

So there you have it, friends. The book is so much fun that I didn't even have to talk about how amazing Luke Daniels is in the things I like section (but he does a great job too!). The series as a whole is on my "would recommend to friends list and I can't wait to see what shenanigans Dust et al get themselves into next!

**Note I asked for and received a promotional copy of this book from the author in exchange for the unbiassed review above**

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Magically Brilliant Series

I love this series. It has action, adventure, magic and characters that you quickly become invested in. The storyline is original and keeps your interest throughout. The narrator is awesome with perfect pacing and character voices that are easy to distinguish and understand. I look forward to more in this series

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Darker than the first story

After listening to Shadow Magic for a second time and enjoying it even more on the re-listen, I went straight into Dark Harvest. Dark is applicable here, because this story is darker than the one told in Shadow Magic, and, for my taste, even better than the first. The darkness is lightened by the snark and humor, so that while I was on the edge of my chair one moment, I was laughing out loud the next. Nazri Noor has just the right touch, balancing the humor with the dark to equal great, original storytelling.

Luke Daniels again brings his talents to bringing Dusty and all the other characters vividly to life.

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Great story. Great narration.

This series is all kinds of fun mixed with a dash of serious. I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Dust gets into next.

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Dark Harvest : The Darkling Mage Book two

Another great read from this Author this is one one of my top series that I'm reading I've read all of this Author's books in this series to date and his new spin off series too . And I highly recommend both of these series to anyone who likes this type of genre on to the book in this series .

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Great combination of writer and narrator!

A great urban fantasy, not ever a dull moment, constant action. Writing is definitely on point, and then having Luke Daniels as the narrator make's s everything that much better. Really good series!

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Book 1 and 2

I loved this it is basically Deadpool attitude in a magical world like the Alex Verus series, if you like books that are serious but also give you a good laugh give it a shot!
My only real complaint is the books are fairly short.

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finished in 2 days

Great sequel to the first book and just as enjoyable. All of the best characters from the last book as well as new ones for this adventure.

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Why isn't the whole series on here yet?

I can't wait for the 3rd book to become available for listening here on audible.

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pretty good

like the book kept me invested. now i want more. cant wait to continue the story

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 08-01-19

Strong follow-up novel

This book builds nicely on the first one nicely, but it is not simply more of the same, while Dustin is still in danger it does feel more personal and on a slightly smaller scale than the previous book. This is not a bad thing as the author had done a lot of the world-building in the first book and now has more time to spend on character-building this time round with the supporting cast seeming to get more attention this time round.

This narrator again gives a strong performance that helps to enhance the story and to help to bring the characters to life more fully with distinctive voices for most of the cast.

Overall, this book works really well as part of the series and as a book in it's own right and I am looking forward to some of the subsequent ones in the series being released as audiobooks.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]