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Mage Errant: Publisher's Pack

Mage Errant, Book 1-2
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
Series: Mage Errant, Book 1-2
Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Mage Errant: Publisher's Pack contains books one and two of the Mage Errant series.

Into the Labyrinth, book one

Hugh of Emblin is, so far as he's concerned, the worst student that the Academy at Skyhold has ever seen. He can barely cast any spells at all, and those he does cast tend to fail explosively. If that wasn't bad enough, he's also managed to attract the ire of the most promising student of his year - who also happens to be the nephew of a king. Hugh has no friends, no talent, and definitely doesn't expect a mage to choose him as an apprentice at all during the upcoming Choosing.

When a very unusual mage does choose him as apprentice, however, his life starts to take a sharp turn for the better. Now all he has to worry about is the final test for the first years - being sent into the terrifying labyrinth below Skyhold.

Jewel of the Endless Erg, book two

After surviving Skyhold's deadly labyrinth, Hugh and his friends are looking forwards to an uneventful summer. Their teacher, Alustin, has chartered a sandship for a training expedition into the vast sea of sand known as the Endless Erg, aiming for the wealthy and powerful desert city of Theras Tel. Hugh's happier than he's been in a long, long time, and he's quite excited for the fresh air, sunshine, and quiet.

Of course, given Hugh's luck, their summer is going to be anything but quiet. They're about to be plunged into a morass of pirates, monsters, warring cults, flesh-tearing sandstorms, and a conspiracy against Indris Stormbreaker, the dragon queen of Theras Tel herself.

At least Hugh's going to get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

©2018 John Bierce (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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It’s not that kind of YA.

This is an exceptional book. I’m sure it’s being compared to Harry Potter and the Magicians. The good news is that while those comparisons aren’t false, this story is definitely it’s own tale and not really similar to Potter/Magicians plot-wise, despite looking that way from the setup of the story.

The real similarity is that this is one of the few books I’ve come across that has teenage characters and thus teenage problems, but doesn’t make a 41 year-old man cringe and either skip ahead or just return the book.

This is one of those rare books that could be labeled YA while not suffering from all of the pitfalls and problems that most YA books present to more mature readers.

This is a no brainer. Spend the credit.

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I can't wait for book three!

I bought this based on a positive review on Reddit and boy am I glad I did! Book One is an excellent take on the magic school genre. Book Two builds on the story in meaningful ways and continues to grow and develop the characters. Book Three will be an instant buy for me when it comes out as an audio book, and I'll likely pick up any other new books by this author as well.

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  • Michael
  • Matthews, New Caledonia
  • 08-30-19

so so good!

this book is excellent, I'm extremely excited for the next book in the series. If you like Brent Weeks Lightbringer series or Brandon Sanderson, you'll really enjoy this series.

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  • Hiruu
  • All around the World, baby!
  • 09-15-19

Excellent Series!

As I read the description of the book, and the similarity to Harry Potter, I was hesitant to get the book, but I’m glad I did. Wow!!! What a wonderfully rich world and cast of characters. I hope this gets a TV or film adaptation.

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Amazing

One of the best fantasy magic stories I've ever listened to. I can't wait for the next book. Will be recommending it to all my friends. Ralph Lister is my personal favorite voice actor for audiobooks in general. 5 satrs

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  • Benjamin
  • Triangle, VA, United States
  • 09-11-19

Light and delightful

Fun fast easy fantasy novel that literally any age can enjoy. The author has taken the time to world build a little and lay the foundation for a lot of future threads. There is a decent magic system with limits and constructs, but also room for creativity. Magic isn't some hand waving silver bullet, the characters have to work and grow.

I'm looking forward to the next volume!

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solid books

I really enjoyed this publisher's pack. unlike most y.a. books the adults in this book series aren't useless but the students do play a logical and solid part in the story. get this book

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Excellent Book

Well written with an interesting story and magic system. I look forward to more books in this series.

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Great start

Love the story and this is a great start to a new series. Well done on the narration but it needs to be more of a performance and not just a recitation

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Great narration but a tale in need of editing

The problem with a book bundle like this is when there is a marked discrepancy in writing quality between books. The first book was a good, tight story that kept a good balance between plot, character, and worldbuilding. Unfortunately, that did not carry into the second book, where the editing was clearly lacking by the amount of repeated words in consecutive sentences, unnecessary dialogue tags, interruptions of action to provide lengthy lectures on magic, and other problems that could have been fixed by a solid line editor. It's a shame, because there are the bones of an entertaining yarn in book 2, but I couldn't enjoy it as much as the first because of the lesser writing. The narration was top-notch, and gets a full five stars. Without such a skilled narrator, I probably would have returned this book before finishing book 2.

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  • Max
  • 09-03-19

I really loved these two books.

I really loved these two books. The characters, pacing and plot were all fantastic. The story moved at a nice pace and there was just enough of a hint of Mystery to make me eager for the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

Easy listening

Great simple book read well
The magic system is fun and full of possibilities to grow
Looking forward for the next book

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  • Joel
  • 09-07-19

Truely great

I listen to a lot of book and this book was truely great, I could not stop listening, I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • LK
  • 09-02-19

Good bones

The story itself has potential, but the writing could do with some editing. I tried to finish it, but was really struggling due to the sense of listening to a draft.