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Legend Has It

Pax Arcana Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Series: Pax Arcana, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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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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  • D
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 07-15-18

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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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-23-18

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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The jokes are a bit stale

Took a month off and listened to half a dozen other books before I finished this one. The character voices are too close to the same at times for the jokes to work, and the timing seems a bit off, like the narrator is rushing.

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After half of forever it is finally here

This is another case of me being rather embarrassed of missing a book in a series I love. To me the Pax Arcana is one of the best Urban fantasy series right up there with The Kate Daniels and the Dresden Files, and the Iron Druid Chronicles first three books. So the fact that I missed getting this book for nearly a year is rather embarrassing.

So yes this is an urban fantasy I suppose is the first thing you want to know.
Second is it as good as the other four books in the series, the answer is yes, in fact I'd say this is one of the better in the series, at least if like me you consider book 3 a low point for the series; still good mind you but just the worst out the lot.
Why do i like this book better than the last two? Because the group is finally and completely back together as a whole for the entire book and even introduces a new character I like, and deepens both the lore and the already present characters. That said this is definitely a bridge between arcs book as it ends the previous setup, i.e. who everyone is, the organizations and such, the big bad has appeared and this book was more about making the stakes clearer, firmly establishing the larger tensions at work by forwarding the main plot of the series and of course setting up the next arc after bringing the previous arc to a close. So yes, a bridge between arcs, not quiet filler as a lot of plot happens, just the book is a bit heavier on plot, kinda like book 3 but better done. Sorry I enjoyed finding out more about werewolves, I just like Sig and crew more, so the fact they are full present besides a certain hacker is a major plus for me, well i miss the hacker but it would have felt overly stuffed with another character added. Add to this all the characters continue to be fleshed out to the point where they are quiet nearly complete people, I laughed at a few points when a character did something because it was so them. This is even more true for John, he's a unique character, a 80 something year old werewolf, he's tough and experienced but not invincible or all knowing that plays at being a lot less than that, just imagine a book with a not as wise Yoda as the main character and you get what i mean.

Luke Daniels does is normal amazing job making John sound like none of the other characters he frequently does.

In all the humor is on point, there is a reasonable amount of character development, lots of plot, there is a growing of lore, a nice inclusion of real world lore outside of what is typically in urban fantasy (one of the reasons I love this series), there are no politics of any sort (something that is too rare), the writing is on the professional level so five stars. I highly recommend this book and its series to anyone it is just that good.

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another charming novel

the charming series of novels is full of fun and irreverent humor. this book doesn't disappoint.

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write faster!

new versions are not going to come out fast enough! i am an addict going through withdrawal here!