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Ever since discovering that his mother is still alive, and being held captive by Lord Zelroth, Lusam has been tormented by terrifying nightmares. He soon finds that it's not only his nightmares which threaten to thwart his plans of a rescue, but also the King himself. New alliances are made and old ones are tested to their limits as Lusam's single-mindedness to rescue his mother causes him to take risks that he would never normally consider.

A recent discovery allows Lord Zelroth to set in motion a new plan, which, if successful, will once again tear open the Great Rift and release the hordes of Netherworld creatures into the world, as well as the imprisoned God, Aamon. The very survival of Afaraon, and, possibly, the entire world, may soon hinge on the decisions that Lusam makes.

©2016 Dean Cadman (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Great Story in Dire Need of an Editor

I'm hooked on this story; it's really engrossing, but the prose has some serious flaws. I find myself wanting to shout at the author at least every five minutes. Terrible repetitive word and phrase choices collide with constant, superfluous, and redundant individual clarifications. The same 6 adjectives and descriptors used over and over. The same overused superlatives on every page.

There's about 20 pages with of words that could just be cut without any need for replacement. Just unnecessary, additional words that would not be missed if they had just been deleted from the manuscript.

Dean Cadman, I love this series and I will happily beta-read your work for free because you tell a really good tale. If you don't take me up on my offer, please find a good editor. I want to keep going with this series, but it's getting harder and harder to stay in the story.

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Disappointed

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book started really slow! The first few chapters, dealing with his headache, and subsequent cure, was far too drawn out. While it added a dimension to the story, a couple of pages would have sufficed!

Additionally, the author had Lusam lamenting, and whining, etc., instead of taking charge and taking action. The first books were much better.

Then the ending was also anticlimactic, in my opinion.

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FANFREAKINGTASTIC

Ok I can not wait for the next installment! I love the progression of magic and skills! This book series has not disappointed at all and I can't wait to read more, well listen I guess! Lol please pick it up you'll thank me later.

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  • Giles
  • HALLANDALE BEACH, FLORIDA, United States
  • 09-29-17

Great book!

Loved the book. Character voices were good by the narrator. Some repetition is there when concepts that were already explained comes up. Otherwise no issues with this book.

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I have a few issues with this series.

overall it's a pretty intriguing story there are just a lot of things that are beginning to really bug me. everytime anyone in this series survives some seemingly traumatic situation they are instantly right back to cracking jokes with eachother like nothing happened. also Lusam is apparently the only person on the good side that is really capable of anything at all. Alexia is the one other person that really has any noticeable effect on their effort aside from him, and that because she took some crappy bow the paladins had lying around to hunt with and has since been using the thing with deadly accuracy. ok I can get past the fact that that now should be woefully inadequate for what shes using but the second she killed a single mage with it the paladins should have commissioned a bow for every single paladin and as many arrows as possible to be blessed. But instead they just keep doing things like they always have not letting anyone else learn the bow and just relying on a single person with like 20 arrows to be the lone archer in their entire order, cuz obviously you want hand to hand weapons against mage that can throw projectiles and netherworld creatures with the distinct advantage in size and strength and usually speed. and perhaps worst of all the whole hermanguild thing, they talk constantly about how the temples of aesha are safe so why wasnt every mage parent just having and raising their children inside them safe behind their magical protections. I'm sorry for the rant, I'm going to finish the series but I highly doubt I'll ever revisit it.

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Great series !

I loved it. It was as captivating as the prior books. Ready for the next.

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book 5 here I come

I have listened to the series three times waiting for the fifth book. I am so anxious to continue. what a cliffhanger in this book. I dare anyone to stop after this one.

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Paid by the word<br />

He writes too long for a good audio book. It might be okay in print.
Also the hero is a powerful dull child and it gets old.

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no depth

it feels like listening to a recounting of a junior high school dungeon's and dragons game. The characters may get stronger but there's no real depth to any of these books and no character growth.

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Fantasy epic at the best!

I am good listener and terrible writer therefore will write brief and simple. Great book, exceptional performance, fantasy epic at its best!

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  • John
  • 02-05-18

Amazing Series

Would highly recommend this series to anyone, eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this well crafted tale

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  • Adam Szucs
  • 11-12-17

Loved it

Amazing book, interesting, full of action, can't wait for the fith! Highly recommended for fantasy lovers!

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  • ParBoiled
  • 07-04-18

Great book in the series.<br />

Excellent continuation of the series and very well performed, looking forward to the next book.

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  • Lynne
  • 02-26-18

Lusam continues....

I am enjoying listening to this series. The narration is good with Alex Wyndham reading the book on your behalf as opposed to trying to monopolise the storyline, as some narrators do. My only problem with this series is that each book has no particular "ending". Minor plots are resolved but only so the characters can be positioned, like in a game of chess, for their role in the next book.

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  • bethg
  • 10-02-17

Next book please just have to wait could not put any of thell

Next book please could not put any of these down until finished,brilliant,book ,brilliantly told ,As is all books so far. Not to be missed

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  • Oh Danny Boy
  • 09-25-17

Hurry up book 5....

Amazing story and amazing characters and can't wait for book 5. So many questions that need answering so no pressure Dean Cadman!! :-)

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  • fiona
  • 09-12-17

fantastic!

I loved it! It's another epic! I can't wait to find out more.... can we have it very soon, please!