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Godswar

The Magitech Chronicles, Book 7
By: Chris Fox
Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
Series: The Magitech Chronicles, Book 7
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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Nefarius comes and gods tremble

Nefarius has risen. She is implacable. Unstoppable. God after god is fallen and consumed, and each time the terrible dragon-goddess grows stronger. 

Nebiat has stolen the Spellship, depriving Voria of its strength when she needs it most. But Nebiat's schemes have never been tested by someone like Talifax, and she will finally discover she's not as clever as she believes. 

One possibility of victory remains. Aran, Nara, and Kazon discover their true purpose, left by the elder god Xal when he planned for his own demise. With this contingency they have one chance to oppose Nefarius. One chance to stop the goddess that will devour everything. 

If they fail darkness wins, and our universe will be extinguished. Succeeding carries its own price, one Aran must choose for others to live.

©2019 Chris Fox (P)2019 Chris Fox

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Outstanding Finish to the Series!!

In this the final chapter of the Magitech Chronicles all the final players come together to bring an end to the ‘Godswar’ one way or another.
Nefarious, fresh off the killing of Virkonna and Krox is flush with power, and more than that, she has worked out how to manipulate the humans into worshiping her, so that they will feed her even more power. To complete her treachery, she has taken control of the infrastructure, so that no one can get a message out, and only she can control the media.
On the other side, we have Voria and Frit, trying to wrap up the loose ends of Nebiat.
Aran and Nara have to raise Xul, so have sent Crewes, Rhea and Bord on another mission.
And this is where Fox excels with this sort of writing. The first two thirds of this book is about anticipation, preparation, and building up to the final battle that we all know is coming. Sure, there are some minor battles as the various Characters are trying to get Xul put together, rally the Demons to their cause, rally other Allies, or as Nefarious decimates lesser outposts on her way to the final confrontation.
However, all through this, Fox builds uses each and every one of his main Characters and the minor Characters to build this frenzy of anticipation for this final battle, and to be honest, you really have no idea who is going to win by the time you reach the final pages.
The lead in to the last section is utterly brilliant, we see the resurrection of a God, by some of our favourite Characters, and we see them elevate to new heights in this final book. The Character writing is just exceptional in this book, Fox has outdone himself in this final chapter. He has always created powerfully strong Character driven stories (Each of the Void Wraith books, and the previous 6 books leading up to this are prime examples), but this book sets a new bar.
And whilst we all know what this book is about, the story was pretty much written for us, Fox has provided so many twists and turns to get us there, that you still have no idea what is going to happen by the last pages. In fact (and no spoilers!!), as you are turning the final pages, he still manages to surprise you.
Adding to all of that, is some of the most outstanding combat scenes I have read. Chris Fox has written some brilliant stuff in the past, but again, he has saved his best work for this book. The fight scenes with each of several Major (and Minor) Characters are so incredibly detailed, and in-depth, blow by blow, that they leave you nearly passing out, because you find you have been holding your breath for so long. I lost sleep, was sneaking off at work, standing watching dinner cook, whatever I could to get another 10minutes of reading/listening time just to make sure I made it through to the end of some of the fight sequences.
This has been a wonderful series, combining Tech and Magic together to make some of the most amazing things, who doesn’t want a Sniper’s Rifle that shoots spells? Especially some of the spells that come out of this book? Man, when I was a cop, I would have killed for a set of the spell armour (*GRIN*), and these are just a couple of the incredible things that have come up in this series. Between that, the combat, the breathtaking range of species, Dragons, Demons, and other entities, the sensational ships, and again, just the extraordinary Characters, this is one of the best Sci-Fi series on the market today.
The Series was well worth reading before, but now, with Godswar – It is an Absolute Must Read!!!
As with the other books, Ryan Kennard Burke is just brilliant. His Narration is without flaw, as he provides exceptional voices for each of his characters, but more than that, he gives each of them their own individual personality, so that each time you hear the character, you hear an ‘individual’ person speak, with their own voice, and a distinct personality to it. Voria has a kind of superior tone, Frit has a rougher edge, but always sounds a bit timid, shy, Nebiat is devious, Aran is absolutely sure of himself, unless he is with Nara, and then you can hear the doubt in his voice. It is a truly brilliant Narrator that can convey this level of personality with each of his Characters to the listener (especially given that there are just so many characters in this story), and do it so well.
This is one of those books that the Narrator has really told the ‘Story’, and it is so much better as an Audiobook than being read. Make sure you get the Audiobook, it is just outstanding.

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A fitting end to an entertaining series

Chris Fox did a fine job closing most of the loose ends and hinted at a follow-on series that might address the one large one left largely unclear. I took one star away for the two incidents involving resurrections, one that involved transference of people lost in the past using time transposition and the other involving the reconstitution of a soul back into a mortal living form.

Ryan Kennard Burke's narrating performance was a joy to experience.

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