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In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires.

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall.

After young Caldan's parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice.

Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic. But as he grows into his powers, the young sorcerer realizes that not all the monsters are on the other side.

And though traps and pitfalls lie ahead, and countless lives are at stake, one thing is certain: To save his life, his friends, and his world, Caldan must risk all to defeat a sorcerer of immense power.

Failure will doom the world.

Success will doom Caldan.

©2016 Mitchell Hogan (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Shawn
  • Carrollton, TX, United States
  • 11-10-16

The conclusion that disappointed

After listening to the first two novels in the series I was hooked and had grand expectations for the big finale. I was very disappointed in this final book and the way it was written.
I believe that the story was made far longer than the material could withstand. This series is well worth listening to and is entertaining in its entirety, however the last book is missing that great intrige that I had come to expect from the first two books.
Hats off to the narrative and the artistic manner in which he laid out this magical tail of love and war.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Dumb Hero Vs Too Many Blindly Irrational Antagonis

The main character, Caldan, exhibits too many contradictory behaviors to be believable. He's a brilliant strategist, tactician, and sorcerer one minute and a bumbling fool the next, repeating the same mistakes over and over. He vacillates between unwillingness to kill the enemy to irrational willingness to kill allies. I suppose people like this exist, but stories aren't written about them, because they fail or die. Additionally, there are only about 6 characters in the book that demonstrate an average amount of rational, logical decision-making. I think it is reasonable to expect blind, irrational, fervent, behaviors from some people, but it was hard for me to swallow the behaviors of most of the peripheral characters. They were just too many standard deviations off of typical to be believable. These issues made it hard to enjoy the book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Bargain bin Name of the Wind

Pros: some exciting parts. The main protagonist keeps making terrible decisions which gets kind of funny. Narrator is great
Cons: So much milling and wandering around the same place. Constant expository dialog and thoughts: if you are not sure what the main figures are thinking, they will tell you 3-8 times. Really very little payoff for therms of a trilogy

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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more a place holder than a finish.

I got sucked into the series in the first book but the world never really developed. The principal thread of the book surrounds abomination and evil but that is never explained. Very dissapointing

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • dfwjr
  • Waltham, MA
  • 10-15-16

Are We There Yet?

I really enjoyed the first two books but the last one dragged for me. Maybe it was because I listened to all three in a row with no break but I just wanted the last one to end. I was waiting for the epic "good versus evil" battle but it just felt like "evil versus less evil". Still there were a couple of great parts that I loved but just not enough for me to give this book a rave review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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TO MUCH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MONOLOGUE!

The 1st book was great the 2nd book was borderline, because of it's useless internal and external monologue, this book has so much wasted time I simply could not listen to all of it. The author turned what is an amazing story into at least 5 hours of entirely to much internal and external USELESS monologue. Worse yet they stuffed in at the worst times. Sad too because the actual storyline is truely a fantasy listers dream.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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predictable

couldn't wait for this to be over. loved the first two books. hated this one. so predictable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Definitely young adult.

This book disappointed me. It did tidy up the storyline. Leaving itself open for another trilogy. Writing style seem to degrade to young adult fiction. Did not feel this was on par with the prior two books.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • JKYates
  • waverly, TN, United States
  • 07-04-17

Great ending

If you could sum up A Shattered Empire in three words, what would they be?

exciting, thrilling, fun to listen to

What other book might you compare A Shattered Empire to and why?

Cycle of Galand

Which scene was your favorite?

When he takes on Lich

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Good hearts never die

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Refund worthy

I was hoping that book three would have been better, but no, the storytelling goes even further off the rails. The same inconsistencies found in book 2, continues to plague #3. It's pretty much crap.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 09-19-16

A Shattered Empire Completes A Fine Whole

As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews this series has divided opinion and I can certainly see both sides. However, in this final installment the whole thing moves up another gear and I would imagine that most who stick with it through to the end will be glad that they did. After a brief prologue we’re straight back into the action as this book continues on immediately from where the second left off, the fighting at River’s Edge. It would however be wrong to go too far overboard with the praise. Caldan’s navel is still regularly examined but the action to navel gazing quotient definitely improves. Some of his motivations and logical conclusions also continued to puzzle me at times though.

However, there is much more of what has been good in this series and less of the problems. The action and adventure is a little faster-paced. The interesting magic system is expanded upon and I’m again impressed by the innovative and clever ways that the sorcery is used in combat. The main characters including my personal favourite Amaden are given fates befitting their importance and the ending while perhaps a little contrived satisfied me as well as most. The last few hours of the book form a very fitting and spectacular conclusion to the main storyline.

A Shattered Empire also continued with some of the core themes that I have enjoyed in the previous books. Everything really does come at a price and the continuing difficulty for Caldan in choosing the correct path as the sheer duplicity of many of the other characters is revealed. Not many people or institutions are purely good or evil, much like real life.

In short I think that Mitchell Hogan has delivered very strongly in this final book. Some will have been put off this series but if you have been happy enough with the first two books I would definitely recommend seeing it through to the bitter end!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Will
  • 11-02-16

Brilliant conclusion to a great series.

This was a brilliant conclusion to a great series. I loved the magic system from the beginning and it just kept growing and growing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Donal
  • 10-13-16

Definitely recommend

Great ending to the trilogy although it only feels like I read 2 books! the story is fast paced and imaginative and you're not 100% sure how it will end which is always good!

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  • lisa
  • 09-28-16

Loved the whole series

I love it when a series promises greatness and delivers all that it promises . Great character and wonderful plot . What I loved most was the diversity of the characters , we all have a power to do great evil and vast amounts of good too . This is shown in all his characters . All in all a very enjoyable read !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert M.
  • 09-23-16

Fitting Finale

If you enjoyed the other 2 it's a satisfying conclusion with some genuinely exciting moments. Throughout the book the various characters have their motives explored and not everything is black and white .

overall an enjoyable experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Oh Danny Boy
  • 12-07-17

A Shattering...

A fantastic book with lots of twists and turns. I have loved all the books in this series and this one did not disappoint. A great ending to a great series. Loved the characters who were all well developed and kept my interest throughout, their internal turmoil's only adding to a great story! Well worth ready and well narrated. Big thumbs up from me!

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  • Craig Collier
  • 09-07-17

Enjoyable

I enjoyed this book however I would say that it was lacking in some areas which is why it got 4 stars.

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  • Mark
  • 08-26-17

Gripping

The twists in this story make it compelling, it makes you grip your hand and want to help the cause. Alas it leaves you wanting as all good books should.

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  • Kevin
  • 08-08-17

Good storyline but.

The storyline and the characters in the 3 books are good. There is a one area that caused me to think it would be better- the characters are too polite and too nice. The main character apologises far too often, as do many of the characters- they need more balls and need to be rougher. When there is action it's good, but don't use a lot of violence followed by remorse. The narrator clearly used the words to decide on a tone, which he made clingy and whiny- it needed to be more guttural and rough.
The main character grew more balls as the books progressed and his use of tone should have followed- it didn't

I would still recommend the books as the storyline, previously mentioned, is good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-17

Solid read throughout

This series had its ups and downs.
The story was solid from start to finish. Very few plots did not have me enthralled.
The performance was good, nothing spectacular. Some voices were indistinguishable but most main characters were fine.
Overall a wonderful experience. If you enjoy the classic zero to hero tale then give this series a chance!

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  • Josh
  • 02-13-17

Not too bad

Story is pretty good and the performance is as good as any. Unfortunately, the perspective of the main character is naive and morally straight. Got annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-16

Spellbinding story

Great series well worth the listening. I have enjoyed every minute of this series. I will get more from this author