Regular price: $34.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx. The Wizard's Council didn't tell young Koren, because they know what is best for him. Even after their silent deception destroys his life.

Crown Princess Ariana Trehayme will become queen of Tarador on her 16th birthday, if her weak, indecisive mother the Regent hasn't allowed their ancient enemy to conquer Tarador before then. Ariana wants her royal army to strike at the enemy, but her mother knows what is best for her, and the realm.Together, Ariana and Koren can save Tarador, if the adults, who know best, will get out of their way.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    516
  • 4 Stars
    85
  • 3 Stars
    23
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.9 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    529
  • 4 Stars
    51
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    443
  • 4 Stars
    113
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    4
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A skeptic entertained

Honestly, I am not a passionate fan of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. I am a huge fan of the Expeditionary Force series and RC Bray's narrating. So it was with quite some hesitation that I purchased this book after listening to what I felt was a lackluster uninteresting preview. I wasn't convinced the story or narrator would be a worthy investment of my time and money.

I preface this review with my doubts not to troll the author or the narrator but to give context for my review.

First, after having completed this book I can't imagine a better suited narrator for this story. The narrator quickly dissolves away into the story and there are only a wide variety of characters and adept accents left. Production value was very good. There were no noticiable splicing of vocals, popping, lisping crackling "ssss", or sharp audible inhalations from the narrator that are still far too commonplace in audio production these days.

The story is a well tested, well worn one but the relateable and developed characters make it easy for the listener to be absorbed into the environment as an observer. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story and can't wait to listen to book two.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

NOT a Harry Potter Knock off!

Good story. I was a great fan of Harry Potter, and thought this was Craig Alanson's attempt at filling a void in a market that longs for a Potter book. It didn't take long for me to find myself enthralled in this story. Unexpected twists in the story kept me wanting more.
Happy to see Koren break out of his shell to show true ability, I found myself frustrated when his secret would not be realized. Looking forward to book 2.
Please remember to TRUST THE AWESOMENESS!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A great coming of age fantasy tale

I have to say this isn't like Craig's other books. Instead of aliens this is a deep rooted world of magic, wars and outlaws. I guess it just goes to show the imagination of the author is quite wide. The book is entertaining and I found it enjoyable. However it could due with a bit more humor. But then again i'm a Skippy fan.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Loved it with one constant reservation

This was a really well written first book in a series. It's definitely at the high end of the quality spectrum from the writing and story-telling angle.

My reservation... I have read or listened to quite a few books whose major plot points are repeatedly driven by misunderstandings, characters accidentally over-hearing the exact wrong information at the exact wrong time, and characters inexplicably not revealing pertinent information that otherwise would bring resolution instead of conflict. In other books this usually happens "because reasons" or with no explanation whatsoever. With a book where this happens over and over, I usually make it about 4 hours in and then return it with prejudice. It's almost always lazy story-telling and so frustrating that I find myself wanting to choke the author for wasting what would otherwise be a good book.

In the case of Ascendant, the author manages to make it work (most of the time). These coincidence fails are overtly portrayed and mostly adequately explained. As a result I was able to enjoy the book and was only really in a choking mood a couple times... That said, if the inexplicable repetition of unfortunate coincidences continues through book 2 as the only device to move the plot then I'm pretty sure I won't be able to hang in for book 3.

My fingers are crossed because I really did enjoy this book.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Very good book! A classic! Original!

I don't know what some of those other reviews are complaining about. This was a very good solid book. Definitely worth reading. As good as the Riyria books in my opinion. I definitely want to read the sequel. Craig does just as well in fantasy as sci-fi. It didn't hurt to have the master Tim Gerard as the narrator. I was left wanting more. I felt the power balance of the different heroes was believable. Like the wizards were not OP. It was a subtle fantasy which I appreciate. Didn't go straight into orcs and elves to fast. I like Alansons technique of explaining the world as the characters encounter it, instead of giving it all away at the beginning. Anyways, please come out with the sequel. I really want to get the next book!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Masterful!

This Book has cemented Craig Alanson as my all-time favorite author. After being absolutely blown away by his Expeditionary Force series, I wasn't disappointed when I had the chance to experience something completely different from a master of imagination and story telling.

No spoilers, but this book exceeded my expectations and can't wait to get the next book in the series. I really hope Ascendant series goes on for many more books. It's amazing. Buy this book knowing you'll be addicted to every he does going forward.

If I still made movies, I'd be begging for the rights.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Good Story Good Pace, charachters very enjoyable

I have enjoyed the 1st reading or rather listening of this book and will follow the series, the performance was very good a few times I felt like I was tucked away in the comer of a welsh pub listen to the locals talk among themselves.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great book! I can't wait for the sequel.

This is a great book. It pulls you in waiting for the next moment. I am becoming a big fan of this author.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Plodding storyline

The premise for this book is strong and I hope the rest of the series from Mr. Alanson can live up to that. Unfortunately this initial installment kept beating us over the head with just how unfair Koren Blackwell’s life is. Seventeen hours of misunderstandings and lies all to keep one very likable young man from his destiny!
This book simply needed a good editor. I’m sure the listening time could have been cut to under 10 hours and we would have had an excellent listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Definitely not something Joe Bishop would like.

Obviously this story is not anything like ExFor and I didn't expect it to be. Alanson's foray into fantasy is interesting nonetheless. I'm actually only a little past halfway through and the story is dragging. Luckily Alanson is a good enough writer and T.G. Reynolds is a good enough vocal performer to make "run-on" interesting enough to keep listening. I know there's a good story in here. I just wish it would develop quicker. Unlike GoT there is only one storyline following a 12-13 year old boy and I'm starting to wonder if this series will be written in real time. Imagine listening to a Game of Thrones novel and it only followed one character and lasted just as long. However if you're looking for a long audiobook so you have something to listen to for a long while, you could do a lot worse. T.G. Reynolds makes it a pleasant listen and the story is good albeit a little too drawn out in places.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Amateur Wordsmith
  • 11-15-17

cliched - avoid

painfully unpolished story and not helped by curiously unappealing reading. I gave up on chapter 2. avoid and save your money (or credit).

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-17

amazing!

please hurry up and make the next one! im hooked just like i was with expeditionary force!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Matt
  • 11-29-17

fantastic book

couldn't put the book down, fantastic read and good story if your into the world of magic