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Contains The Expansion (book one) and The Upheaval (book two) of the Legend of the Arch Magus series.

An Arch Magus dies, only to find himself in the body of a young man in a medieval kingdom. He finds out that he is the second son of a Duke, exiled to a desolated town by his own family. Shackled by the notorious reputation of his new shell, he tries his best to develop his domain, implementing new policies and innovations, leading his subjects to prosperity. In this world where magic is undeveloped, he shall once again pave a new path. 

©2018 Michael Sisa (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Unique story, but could have used a thesaurus

I won’t criticize the story, because it was fairly unique. I don’t like writing negative reviews, especially for new, young authors, but how can one learn if they don’t look at their critics too. I struggled to finish this. Although the main character had absolutely no backstory whatsoever, I thought it was a interesting take on the fantasy genre for a while, but pretty soon, my eye rolls and frustrations got the better of me. I had to look up the author’s Amazon page, and after reading his bio, his mistakes make more sense. Sisa is clearly young and new at this writing thing, and it shows in this work. I admire people who give it a shot, I know I couldn’t do it. So if Sisa is reading this, please take this as constructive.

I know its nitpicking, but I just couldn’t get past the repetitive use of the same verbs and adjectives. For example, every character in the story used “damn bastard” when describing an enemy. I mean, it was so much that it became distracting. Also, “he froze in fear” and “shook in terror” and other similar phrases didn’t need to be used every time something strange happened. The kicker for me was the use of “those guys.” Who in medieval-styled fiction says guys to describe a group of people? That’s modern slang and it takes the reader/listener right out of the story, at least two dozen times. Change it up a bit and use genre words that fit the period. And for the love of god, the expression is “he bit his tongue” when deciding not to say what’s on your mind, not “he bit his lips.” So, again, I’m not criticizing the story. But hopefully the author will learn that the wrong choice of words, or repetition of certain phrases will take the reader out of the story very quickly.

Ok, rant over.

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Really Good World Building, but Poor Characters.

This is a pretty solid "rebirth" story, but it could have been so much better! The pacing is there, world building is a check! But the emotional attachment is close to none. Because the the author chooses to focus on the progression of the town, with the book being so short with multiple povs, you can tell it sacrifices any emotional development from the MC to other supporting characters because by the end of the first book you can see the MC hasn't developed, which I thought the point of a "rebirth" story was a catalyst for just that: baggage from a previous life to be addressed.

Overall it isn't bad story, it's one of the most polished stories with this concept I've read, and the narrator is PERFECT. He has great range and to me he helps get past the lack of emotional depth because of his performance. So thumbs up on this one, it maybe flawed, but there is alot of growth left!

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torure warning

Pleasant low-level Mary Sue world-building, game fantasy, yarn turns into torture yarn just to make pump up the ratings I guess

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Tossing in random slavery and torture

The book is not as amazing as everyone here says, there is almost no relationships between characters like they meet he tells them what he wants like some random dude playing a RTS gama and then it moves on.

There is also alot of scenes describing torture and super evil and vile ppl but no glimmers of that ever being resolved. fat incompetent leaders eating and beating ppl to death and there is no point to it like no thought of maybe this should be somthing some1 should be againts. The plot moves fast with the townbuilding wich is 90% and super slow with the actual plot and him getting to know the world and other ppl. im 10hrs in and he has no friends no love interests and no close relationships other than as "master" servant feels pointless and booring.

WHY IS HE EVEN BUILDING UP THE TOWN? whats the motivation? Hes not interested in becoming a king but he needs more power? hes not interested in changing the laws of slavery or stopping the war just letting shit happen even tough hes pretty much a god to these ppl.

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Big Red Alert you won't be able to put this down

Big Red Alert I thought I just listened to it for half an hour before I went to bed I just ended up spending the entire day and night listening to this Non-Stop and I have to say it is one of the better Town building non litrpg books it's a great start to series that hopefully will not take more than 4 months to get put on Audible this is a book that leaves you wanting more and glad of it

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Great series

The books are great pace fun magic lots of action. Narrater is does a good job adds a little something to the story not taking anything away. He has more books out and is writing more so Don’t worry about waiting for the next one.

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Awesome series

Really nicely done start to a reincarnation series. I’m really hype for the next two books to come out soon.

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wow!

I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book, I was enthralled within the first 2 chapters, I highly recommend this book!

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Wow!

I was not expecting this to be so good. Great Narrator and story. Going to add this to my multi listen list.

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I'm really disappointed.

This is DEFENETLY a spoiler.



I understand taking inspiration from other works to inspire your writing as an author myself, but this is too much.



I bought this story, a couple months ago, and although the writing is abysmal and really bad, the dialogues are stunted and choppy. and the characters are so one dimensional. But the one thing I loved about the book was the story, it was interesting, and it was a type of story that I like reading. To see how he would develop the town and how he will come up with inventions from his old life, was really interesting to me. Just to find out today that the story is basically a ripoff a Chinese manga called "Release that witch" this manga was released in 2016 by an author called Er Mu and completed in July 2019, and honestly, the story is done so much better with the original than this. I will say it is not 100% ripoff.

The main character is different in the way that he uses magic, and that he is reincarnated differently, but the fact that he was hated before and that he used to be promiscuous, and that he has an old man buttler is exactly the same, that they're fighting for the throne. that it it a border down with no resources and beastly animals we're attacking, even giving workers and soldiers extra egg for rewards is the same, and so much more.

It is close enough that it is a complete put off. I feel like I wasted my time reading this, because I struggled through the writing. And I wasted my money when I could be supporting the original author. I liked the story so much, and to find out the story doesn't even belong here is really the worst

I will recommend reading the original it is an interesting story.

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  • J R Oliver
  • 05-18-20

Morally vacuous

I would really like any of his opponents to kill off the this overpowered character who is a morally vacuous, sociopath. In a story that is forced to try and patch major plot holes long after the fact.

So much wrong with the character, the vague and poor justification for torture despite being able to read minds, he somehow finds this torture justified and more effective!? he treats others like crap and they love him, yes every plan and strange idea works because he has knowledge from his other life ( god's this whole genius thing due to everything he knows gets old fast) no one ever asks why they just do it because the young master is always right and is wise and strong. The authors bias and dogma really creep me out as does his lead character and story arc.

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  • chefrock
  • 04-20-20

Progression fantasy at its finest

An intelligent mc building a power base to protect what is his, using great cunning and foresight to outwit and outright destroy all foes. I cannot recommend this enough. Fans of litrpgs, cultivation, and fantasy novels ccome and get it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-20

Didn’t expect the awesomeness

Wow. I think I had a great feeling about this book by chapter 2 what’s not to like of a story where the main character basically gets to keep all his memories in a new body? But now that the book is done I can say that I loved it! Great narrator and I am looking forward to the next book. I spent my last hour listening to the book on amazon looking for everything this author has written and I followed the good Doc.

I only picked this book to read coz it was released the day I was looking for a book and it was a 2books in 1 Situation! I can only hope that the next time I take a chance on a new book it will be this awesome .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-14-20

Great listen

Easy to listen to the story has great pace good characters and loved the world the author has created

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  • Kristen André Hardang
  • 04-19-20

love reincarnation stories

very good, personally enjoy when the main protagonist is strong but in a weaker body amazing story can't wait for more

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  • Skyla
  • 06-06-20

Not your average RPG - this book has depth!

I really enjoyed these books, the story line is really well met, and the whole thing had me gripped. Well read to. Only gripe is book 2 is left in a place where more information is needed for the story to be resolved. So where is book three? Horrible when you're left hanging. Book is so good still would still recommend hearing though ....

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  • MK
  • 04-30-20

Good

A decent story made even better by narrator that is my new favourite great voices for all the characters and no sound effects in sight!
Great job to both author and narrator

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  • MC Rowley
  • 06-03-20

Surprisingly amazing

I prejudged this book and got schooled. Just got book 3 & 4 on kindle

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-20

Fantastic!

Compelling story, fantastic narration.
I’ve heard there is a book 3 & 4 in the series. Can’t find it on audible at the moment but certainly looking forward to it once it’s released!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-21

A very satisfying story

this book was very fun to listen to, amazingly executed on all sides! I whole heartedly recommend that you listen to this one :>

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  • Xravia
  • 05-09-20

Uninspiring

overpowered MC relative to any situation he finds himself in, added forced conflict, dumb/unlucky enimies. Same hated original body owner taken over by an op character storyline. It didnt even pan out in an interesting or unique way. it was just - im the lord blah blah blah I give you food blah blah im a good lord now.

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  • A C Bennett
  • 02-23-21

Enjoyable

Enjoyed the read, the audio was fantastic, can't wait for the next audio in this series. This series has been a joy to read and look forward to the next Book buy also the Publishers Pack 3.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-21

Pulp Fantasy done well.

This series is a good representation of Pulp Fantasy, easy to digest especially for newer Fantasy Readers. The story is fun, and it is a nice change to have an OP protagonist rather than a whiney youth trying to avoid their destiny yadda yadda. It is light reading / listening done well (excellent narration) and well worth your time.

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  • Stephanie Macmahon
  • 01-03-21

Promising new author

After listening to books 1-4 I have come back to leave this review.
The writing of this story is rudimentary and the author still has a long way to go, to develop and polish his skill, but I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Well done. I look forward to more from this author.

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  • Michael Cummins
  • 07-15-20

Addictive

A most enjoyable and compelling story - rather predictable but I loved it nevertheless. Totally addictive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-20

Great!

Excellent easy listen, really like how it’s building and expanding out. Very very good narrator too, will be looking for more of his books. Hanging out for book 3 now!

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 07-04-20

I loved the story.

This story impressed me greatly, especially with it's excellent narration. I look forward to more.

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  • waffles4free
  • 06-30-20

any easy listening smart isekai

if you want a easy to listen to story with an interesting but not heavy political aspect, this is your book. the characters knowledge is what makes him powerful, which I like in my isekais

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-20

A great addition to my library

Interesting mc
Good plot
Nice pace
Lacks a bit of character development and suspense but otherwise a definite 5/5

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  • Ryan
  • 06-09-20

FanFic with all the characters stripped out.

This story feels like it started out as a moderately good fan fiction and then had all the settings and characters stripped out and replaced with non copy writen stand ins.

None of the characters or places are given any development in the actual story and we are just told of the greatness of the MC and the Epicness of the Magic Kingdom. This story is a collection of things happening in generic settings to cardboard cutout characters.

Beat of luck to a new author but this story really needed several more passes by an editor and onward critic to help him fill up the world and make his story come alive.