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Welcome to the candidacy. Where dreams go to die.

Twenty-year-old Ryiah is a black mage of combat, but she is not the Black Mage. Yet. She's had her eyes on the legendary robe for as long as she can remember, and in just one year she will have a chance at her country's prestigious - and only - tourney for mages. Too bad she is going up against a certain non-heir. The one person she has yet to beat.

Meanwhile Ry has a year to prove herself in her new role as a war mage and the prince's betrothed. Neither is quite what she expected and complications arise on both fronts. War is on the horizon, and with so many enemies the kingdom's fate is more than ever at risk.

The candidacy finally arrives, but it's only the beginning. Nothing can prepare her for what comes next.

©2015 Clean Reads (P)2016 Clean Reads

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Great story, but...

Really hope someone else narrates the next book. Listened to the 1st and 2nd books and I'm still enjoying the story with the 3rd but it was hard to get through it with the narrator's monotone. I actually ended up reading the book and giving up on the audio.

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just as good as the other two and a half

this book was a little bit darker than the rest so I anticipate that the next one is going to be even more so. I really enjoyed reading this book I also enjoyed the narration because I've done both read and listen. I believe that this book is probably the best in the series so far but I can't wait to read the next one

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  • Ann
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States
  • 04-11-17

Narration is stilted and detracts from the story

Where does Candidate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good story with a good heroine! There are interesting twists and turns. I want to hear what happens next and I feel it is certainly above average. Just change the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Candidate?

The heroine's determination to become the top mage.

What didn’t you like about Patrice Gambardella’s performance?

Unfortunately, the narrator sounded like a 5th grader reading. It was stilted and lacked emotion to the narration. She even mispronounced several words, which throws me out of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Discovering her brother was a rebel and dying.

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Did Not like the performance

I had a very difficult time figuring out which character was saying what. The narrator’s voice was annoying and not easy to listen to.

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God this narrator was terrible

Amazing story, terrible narrator. I couldn't even tell if someone was talking or if it was the main characters inner dialogue, her voice was just so monotone. I would have loved if Melissa Moran narrated this one too. Amazing story, Rachel E Carter really knows how to rip my heart to pieces!!

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grow up

she just acts like a child someone that strong she never come off that weak minded.

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Worth reading, even if you skip book 2

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

I like the narrator's natural voice, but I think her characters were a little more lacking than some other narrators.

I read the first and third book, but as others complained, book 2 isn't available on audible. Even without reading book 2, I thought book 3 stood well on its own. I like strong female protagonists, so I like how Ryiah has worked hard for everything she got and earned every bit of it.

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loved it.

this was the 3rd book and I loved the first one but I didn't get a chance to read the 2nd book do to me being a mom and no time to read anymore just listen. so first off I would like the 2nd in audio please asap. now that's said the third was great I didn't feel to lost and the story unfolds beautifully. I really like the narrator she did a awesome job but I felt she had a little lisp sometimes. definitely worth a credit.

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This is one of my all time favorite series

Would you listen to Candidate again? Why?

Since the 2nd book isn't available in audio, I bought the 2nd book and read it so that I wouldn't have to read/listen to them out of order. I'm looking forward to book 4.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love how it ended to make you yearn for the 4th book.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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Intense!

The plot thickens! I've listened to the first book in this series, and it started quite straightforwardly - a girl wants to be a magic apprentice. I missed out on the second one, and in this book it's nit just about her anymore. We (and poor Ry) get drawn into court intrigue and politics of the realm. Magic candidacy and training are almost footnotes. Very difficult decisions await our heroine, and the lives of her family may depend on her own choices.

I liked the character development in the Candidate and also all the new information, that put everything constantly into new perspective... Intense and dramatic, it left me full of emotion at the end.

The narrator's voice is very pleasant. I'd like her to try adding more drama into the dialogues, I think it would work marvellously well.


My heartfelt thanks to the author/narrator/publisher for providing me this audiobook for free via Audiobook Boom in return for my unbiased review. It was a pleasure.

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  • Megs
  • 08-03-17

Narrator ignores punctuation

While the story itself is good, if a little overall depressed, the narrator needs to learn what punctuation is and also learn to use different tone for different voices. It was very hard to listen to the story as she kept running into the next sentence without pause or spoke in he same voice for all characters.

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