• Rogues of Magic: The Complete Trilogy

  • Rogues of Magic, Books 1-3
  • By: J.T. Williams
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (638 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Forsaken to be a killer and sent to be a destroyer, Sviska must choose his own path.

Sviska is a man of the shadows, an assassin without any one place to call his own. But in the Far North, he discovers a secret. Magic, long thought lost to the world, is alive. The genocide to destroy every elf, wizard, and sacred being of old is not yet complete. Sviska's masters work the strings of the world and he has been sent for a task he does not even fully understand yet. When at last he feels he has what he has always wanted, darkness falls upon the world.

Forced to rise up to face an enemy more terrible than any he has ever met, Sviska comes to a moral crossroad. The Rogues of Magic rise but will Sviska be the blade that unites them all or strikes those of magic from the world forever?

In this Tale of the Dwemhar trilogy, prepare yourself for a war that will bring about the gods of old, the remnants of the many races of magic, and follow a man in his journey to awaken that which sleeps deep within himself.

Contains the complete series (Books 1-3) of the Rogues of Magic.

©2018 J. T. Williams (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Great Series: In depth backstory

I’ll begin with a note to any with a dislike for the series — there needs to be an awareness that this is not the first installment of the Dwehmar World. The previous books contain an extensive backstory. With that being stated, the Dwemhar World is reasonably complex and full of great characters. The narrator does a very good job and is quite engaging. This is a great series and I look forward to reading/listening to the others books.

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Too much focus on minutia and exposition ...

and not much on meaningful character development. J.T. Williams actually writes prose quite well but lacked a cohesive ability to blend the characters and the story into resembling a mission of any urgency. The MCs fellowship included 4 people of varied races and backgrounds with the primary lead, Sviska, being a human assassin without any magic. However, it turns out that he was the least abled of the four with Berry (Elf) being the most useful, followed by Rastoh (dragon whisperer) then Slats (dwarf) and then Sviska. Also, the team mates never really interacted much and for the most part were loners, doing their own thing which made both the team and each of the individuals uninteresting.

The author seemed to feel that they needed to include several fantasy species like, gnomes. dragons and, of course, unicorns but their involvement was short-lived making the listener wonder why they were added in the first place other than to take up whitespace.

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Where I almost gave up on the series was when Sviska was entrusted with a very rare and vastly important book on magic, Galhedriss Arcana, and warned many times to never allow the antagonist to gain access to it. He then puts it in a robe pocket and eventually rushes in to help a friend against an attack then gets caught and loses the book to the antagonists. He never even considered hiding of the book before bumbling in to fight beforehand. Even the lord who entrusted him with the safety of the book was disappointed and I could almost hear him thinking, "YOU HAD ONE JOB! ONE JOB!"
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Still, as I stated, the author was very good at crafting prose so if you're interested in a nice fantasy and don't mind it not being very challenging, this series may interest you.

Tim Gerard Reynolds performance was Bakers Square paraphrase worthy, "Come for the fantasy, stay for the narrator."

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Not likely to keep you engaged...

While the setting and premise are interesting, the way in which the book was written is juvenile. The author writes about events and characters with very little detail before moving on to the next act. At first I thought this might be a sped up introduction to set you in the world, but as I proceeded further into the first book it was apparent that this was not the case. The style may work great for children just getting into books and building imagination, but I think it may fail to meet your expectations in a fantasy series. Story aside, Tim the narrator did well.

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really bad

I struggled to listen to this book. It's a three part book and could only listen to the first part. As the author has a good idea, he failed at writing. It's like getting my third grade kid to tell me what he did at school. Couldn't explain simple things to why this world worked the way it did.

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the only time I stopped

Was when I was asleep and couldn't have my earbuds in. I really enjoyed the characterization performance by the narrator.

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Vomit on an unwashed shoe.

The first thing you notice is tearing frame rates. Actions and events jerk your mental screen region around and increases your overall mental strain to keep up with the story. The description comes to you in low resolution depictions. With eloquent descriptive words like big rock, flat road and dark night. The plot has a massive plot holes that continue to destroy the story arc and suck away your enjoyment. The main character himself is given an intelligence score of 1 with no chance of leveling up. He goes to the village as wine maker (They already have someone who is fully capable of making wine btw). He wonders why he has been sent there. They tell him repeatedly wine is critical for magic to survive and that his employers want to kill magic. Why he can't put these facts together? Then the "curse" disappears for no reason. Even though like two chapters ago it was killing everyone. Then magic was gone. Two chapters later magic was never there it was sleeping. Huh. Honestly that one might be my bad I was kinda over it at that point.
Main Characters were all sleepy and very tired. Ten minuets go by and then two of them walk the entire next day without so much as a yawn. Main character threw empty sword scabbard away. One chapter later main character threw the same empty scabbard away. Just too much to deal with man. Next I guess I'll read snow-white and the seven dwarfs. At least that has a more complex story line, better plot development and makes sense.

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Like reading an abridged Novel

There are so many leaps/holes in the story. Half the time the main character gets somewhere and makes me wonder why he was there. The reader was excellent as usual. The book was more like a outline for a story. I don't recommend it.

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Horrible could not finish this book

Trying to get my money back the story is garbage one of the worst books I have ever tried to read.

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So sad to have finished the series

This was a fantastic book series.
I hope this author comes out with material comparable to this!
I listened to the entire series back to back.
That indicates that it was put together perfectly for me to listen every night before bed.

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Good book

Was a bit gory for my taste but wonderful story unexpected twists and awesome performance

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  • Sean
  • 05-03-20

OMG

This is quite a few hours I won't get back again, for an assassin the main character is very naive, just like the writing, I finished the book more for the narration than the story..could do better!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-19-20

Not really that good

the series just didn't seem all that thrilling and I struggled to keep reading, before reading I would suggest looking through the reviews.

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  • INVIZ
  • 07-27-20

Bad writing.

The main character is suppose to have been raised as an assassin but is more like a lost child who loves everyone. Plot devices make no sense. Why would you chase an enemy instead of just protect the thing he wants to poison? Just overall frustrating writing.

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  • janine urmston
  • 12-05-21

disappointed I really struggled to finish.

text did not fit the genre. poor nod toward romance I wanted to rewrite it properly. over explaining situation as if a word count had to be reach.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-21

Not quite finished

I get the feeling the author wasn't finished with the books. There are plot holes, contradictions etc. The overall storyline is compelling but the characters are shallow and single-minded. The main character is supposed to be an excellent assassin yet he is surprisingly useless in fights. I have 11h left but I give up.

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 07-12-21

Brilliant novel

This trilogy is awsome! A must for all who are into this type of novels. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish . Excellent narration by the way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-22-21

Found Difficult to Listen to the End

Characters are shallow, good for not much more than making profound announcements! Storyline confusing. Attempts at humour and romance are dire. Over zealous, overacting narrator.

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  • An Johnson
  • 12-02-20

A good read/listen

I enjoyed the story with some good characters and easy listening. Is it the best ever! No. But I was not dissapointed.

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  • Andrew Delaney
  • 10-02-20

C+

I can't put my finger on it exactly but the style of writing seemed a little basic, I often found myself getting bored when the author would describe a scene, it just didn't seem to flow or the descriptive structure seemed blocky. Managed the first book and stopped listen just into the 2nd book. On the plus side as always I enjoyed Tim Reynolds performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-28-20

book

struggled to finish . idea was good but found story very hard to enjoy, very little joy.

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  • Chris
  • 08-26-20

I couldn’t finish

Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of my favourite narrators which is why I tried this series. Even he could not rescue this story for me, so please don’t judge the narrator on this book alone. I listened to a couple of hours hoping it would get better . Sviska seems to have no idea what is going on when he arrives and just floats from one situation to the next with the listener none the wiser either. Maybe this was done on purpose so that we the readers can feel the confusion too. It just made me very frustrated. He seems to lack spark and drive, and simply gets pushed along by events around him. This doesn’t seem to fit with the role of assassin. The characters I’ve met so far all seem very stilted with awkward , forced conversations. I’ve been reading Brandon Sanderson and Michael J Sullivan so admit I have high expectations. Of course likes and dislikes regarding reading matter is highly subjective. Maybe it gets better later on but I think I will pass on this one.

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  • Charm Harris
  • 07-15-21

Like a really bad D grade movie

Narrator did the best he could, and the story itself wouldn't have been so bad, but..it truly was awful. Had to force myself to finish .. no depth to the characters - even after 3 books am left feeling like I hardly knew any of them, and some of those were way too pompous and grandiose. continuity errors, magic learned in a day by reading a book, travel from one 'Realm' to another within a day's travel??? Just .. awful. No thanks. Can I have my credit back? 😒

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  • Byron V. T. Alexander
  • 12-24-20

Great story concept fallen short

Just very very immature construction of a story. Formulaic at pouts (not to be unexpected) but no depth to the transitions and characters. Even the blind Bloodhawk knowing that the Ax was glowing seemed “sloppy”. The concept while sound required so much more work. This read like a middling Screenplay rather than Epic Fantasy. I finished the trilogy but fought the urge to give it a miss even through to the end. The Narration was the only somewhat high point. Additionally, the reviews...come on! They are a blow to the credibility of the process, in my opinion.

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  • Brian Moraes
  • 11-26-20

ok not great

it was ok, not the greatest but kept me engaged enough to complete it .

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  • Kyle Hulls
  • 07-31-20

Couldn't get through it

Not very well constructed, almost no character development, just goes from one drama to the next

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  • Atlee Erickson
  • 12-01-21

Reads like a D&D campaign… but with a crappy player.

Honestly, I liked it for the first couple of chapters, but then it kind of read like a D&D campaign where a player makes a cold-blooded assassin backstory, but then doesn’t really want to follow through with it… So, he just spends the game making friends and being nice to everyone, while displaying almost none of his “assassin skills” so the DM basically has to “railroad” the whole campaign because the protagonist does nothing to drive the story.
The main-character is basically bouncing around from place to place, while NPC’s (side characters) do everything important.

I listened up to chapter 20, and so far, the “protagonist” was bland AF. Honestly, I don’t know why he started as an “assassin”. He would have been more interesting if he actually was just a damn wine maker that was thrust into an adventure by xenophobic and magiphobic debt collectors or something. It’s like the first chapter was written by a different person. Thus the D&D player theory.

Anyway, I stopped reading after the third battle where the main character just watches and does nothing, while the NPC’s defeat the villain… Again.

The world is cool, and I enjoyed the main theme… but, The protagonist was a bit too shallow to keep my interest.

That’s my two cents. Download it and see what you think.

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  • Michael
  • 10-29-20

Great read.

I loved this book series when I read it some years ago and I was not disappointed with this reading. Great storyline and well narrated.

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  • Joel
  • 06-03-20

Great story but hard to follow

Was a great story and performed well but very fast paced and hard to follow, if you’re not 100% focused he will miss what’s going on and ask what just happened, overall great experience