• Legend Has It

  • Pax Arcana Series, Book 5
  • By: Elliott James
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (380 ratings)

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Legend Has It

By: Elliott James
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
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Publisher's Summary

For John Charming, living the dream just became a nightmare. Someone, somewhere, is reading a magic book that is reading them right back. Real life is becoming a fairytale: high school students are turning, quite literally, into zombies, subway workers into dwarves, drug addicts into vampires.

John Charming and his motley band of monster hunters are racing to find the villain of this story, following the yellow brick road through a not so wonderful wonderland. And if they can't find Reader Zero before the book is closed, there won't be a happily ever after again.

©2017 Elliott James LLC (P)2018 Tantor

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another fun listen in the series

I have really enjoyed the main character's humor and attitude throughout the series and this book does not disappoint.

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I love these books!

This book feels long and rewarding. It spends a lot of time debating g who is good or evil, it likes to take the morality of the characters then flips it over. The HEA doesn't exactly end where you want, but it's still there. I was convinced this would be the last book several times. It ends in such a way that maybe there will be another book or two. That makes me happy.

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Not my favorite Charming Novel

While these books are normally fun and interesting, this one was hard to finish at times. The primary antogonists being people reading and writing a book had something to do with it. There was too much loose stuff happening that it felt like there were no rules anymore and disbelief settled in heavily. I hope the next book returns to a more normal storyline.

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THE BEST Dialogue, literary humor, skillful!

Writer is excellent. character development is skillfully crafted and keeps you on edge. there is action even in the dialogue.

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Another solid book by Elliott James!

Great book, fast paced with enjoyable narrative. I highly recommend the series. We need more great authors like him

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5 stars

As always John is the anti charming hero. He and Sig save the day and keep the monsters at bay. I like this series. It has the right balance of humor, action and mystery. I look forward to the next book.

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Great listen

This story has a lot of great directives for the main character John including one major plot point that drives the story and close to 4 or so other sub plots this is not the last book once you get to the end their is enough hints dropped that the story is not over yet
If you enjoyed the other books then you will likely enjoy this one
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Sig and John stay together
No one from main cast dies though you might wish they did (New characters who are kind of main)
John and Sig are no more dower then usual
There is a dragon in this book
That's all I'll say on spoilers. Cause. I want you to listen to book

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Ghostbusters done with formula Charming flair

“What’s the last thing that goes through a bug’s mind when it hits the windshield? its bvtthole

Pros: “I speak fluent Fd”
This fifth installment builds on some of the prior books’ plots about friction between magical creatures and the Knights who police them. Unclear alliances and frenemies make for entertaining twists and turns. I liked the unapologetic nod to the “choose your peril” Ghostbusters magic where humans write their own magical beasties into existence… only this series is more gallows humor and snark rather than Staypuffed Marshmallow Man camp.

Sig: “we work out of moving vans all the time”
K: “As do pimps and people who abduct small children.”
Another plus for book 5 is the better use of the series regulars. Whereas some of the books focus on John Charming and Sig, this one has more of the Scooby gang of monster hunters (Molly, Chew, and Kevin). I like that each gets a little of their personality fleshed out, especially Molly’s love of pop culture references.

Cons: “X marks the plot”
Four out of five books follow the same formula of a hidden bad guy revealed in the final hour and having no redeeming traits. Even book 3 (Fearless), which revealed the villain early, didn’t give any nuance to the big bad. These one-note villains don’t make for very deep plots. And, although the plot about skin walkers is part of the series-wide arc, by this book it seems like a series of Russian nesting dolls; each book adds more moles and secret sects within secrets sects … so that the surprise reveal of who’s-the-enemy-among-us isn’t so much a surprise as the expected, perfunctory “wait-for-it” twist.

“We call making love taking the night train to Valhalla.”
But hey, cookie cutter can still be good; I love cookies! While I’d like for future books to have villains with more personality and to build more backstories and side-stories involving the Scooby gang, I would gladly get a book 6 and be confident it would deliver an entertaining, if irreverent, good time.

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And they lived something something ever after?

I found book 1 of the series through one of those sales audible runs all the time, 8 years after it had been published. I was hooked! I've spent the past week or two immersed in John Charming's world, laughing, crying, chewing on my nails, manicure be damned. Apparently, the author hasn't published anything else, and now I have to figure out what to do with my life and reprioritize sh-- er, stuff.

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Elliott James is genius and Roger Wayne his perfect narrator.

Elliott James is my new favorite author, or among top 10. There’s action, crazy stuff going on, some seriously serious subjects, about life and it’s meaning or substance, about reality. And his main character, I so love John Charming. Humor is packed in anywhere and everywhere.
I sometimes get lost in the explanations of physical combat. Left elbow came back in some fighting style, then a whatever pivot to etc etc. I like knowing what’s going on but author must have real martial arts training, and some connection to military life. Real knowledge bleeds through there too. I know because my son talks that way sometimes. Overall though I love it.
Roger Wayne is the perfect narrator for James. Only Sig, his Valkyrie love interest. I like her so much, but her voice just didn’t get what it deserved. Even Molly got a good voice, and the weird Russian chick. Everybody got a perfectly done voice. Overall though, Wayne reads novel as if he wrote it and he’s think aloud or something, he so nails it all.