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Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life.

©2018 Craig Alanson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Reverse Ascendancy .. all. Terrible Finale to an Epic Series

The first two books in Alanson's YA Ascendant Series are chock full of fantastic characters, imaginative world building, and intriguing plot lines and themes.

The third book, Deceptions, however, is a hastily written mess (unusual for an author of Craig Alanson's talent). Several examples why I think this is a two star book: 1st, every time Koren is down to his "last arrow", or runs out of arrows, while he and his crew are being chased by Orcs (this happens a lot), there's an overwhelming amount of null and elementary explanation re "guys, we have a serious problem"; 2nd, almost one half of this book is dedicated to the survival of two old wizards on a ship in a sea. Their adventure offers nothing to advance the plot line, it's 100% 'filler' (I did, however, enjoy their constant bickering); 3rd, there's little to no cohesion among the various characters, themes, and storyline which was so richly developed in the first two books—this was a bit like listening to one very long run on sentence with no end in sight—I won't spoil the 'grande finale' here, but I must say it was about as anticlimactic as every episode of Scooby Doo.
Deceptions is a fine book for kids and very 'young adults', e.g. there's no swearing, no blood and gore, no battle/fight scenarios, etc.
TGR's narration is, once again, worthy of an infinite number of stars. He's truly superb—there's no way I would've been able to finish this book without the sound of his soothing voice.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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First two books; really good!

This book, the conclusion of the story didn't even come near the quality of the previous work. Side plots taking up about half the story shouldn't even be in here. The very awkward moment when the main character comes to fruition is one of the worst conclusions in the history of fantasy in my opinion. I just want to sit down with the author and try to iron out what the **** happened. It boggles the mind how such a promising series could be botched in this manner. But it's not the first time this has happened either is it Craig?

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  • Wrench
  • United States
  • 05-11-18

So much potential, but no.....

Good wins, Evil loses, Love prevails, and a great storyline ends with a thud. There was such a chance for a great tale to come to fruition, great characters who just fizzled, and a plotline that just did the same old same old. Blah.....just disappointed.

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Boring villain, no complex plot/characters

The villain(s) are as boring and straightforward as possible. This is a world of black and white, with no grey areas in between.

The protagonists remain star crossed lovers that have less romantic realism and complexities then a Disney movie.

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Worst ending ever

It built itself up to end with a whiff. The story was really good. For younger audience, but I generally don’t mind that. It felt like the ending was rushed. Like he ran out of story so he just put an ending there. Weak

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3rd book and still no attachment

I must say, I have tried to hang in there. There are portions I enjoy, but overall I find this series does not tickle my fancy in either the coming of age story (I have learned not to like the Whiney and seemingly helpless until a crisis character) or the sword and sorcery (very limited use of magic and no real sword fights or training in either) departments. A technically well written but unsatisfying series. I won’t be going on.

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I Knowww

I have never read a book series that have beaten the main character down for the entire series. This book was about 10hours of the character running from orcs and then finally getting captured by them. It was clear from the start of the book that he would never fully use his power and that he would pull off some crazy feat and defeat the demon. In my opinion, this hurts the story because we were waiting for the end knowing he would save them. There was no tension or suspense since we already knew it was a hail mary that the character would catch. This book little to no character growth, saying I know, know is not character growth or confidence. Book completely ignores his sword skills and wizard natural speed and grace for a heavy emphasis on archery. This was a very disappointing read.

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Solid Yet Tropetastic

Bottom line, this was a good, but simple book. I did, however, get the distinct impression that the ending was rushed; lots of ground covered by simply skipping ahead.

The overall plot for the series was simple and straightforward (mild spoilers) :

One big baddie, one princess and kingdom in distress, one commoner with the ability to save the day, one betrothal to an adversaries child, one betrayal by said adversary, and all the powerful ‘good’ wizards who are centuries old and have had all that time to study and empower themselves are just too tired, old, and weak to really do much of anything (except one).

If I were to guess, this book was aimed at the YA audience and actually leaning towards teen readers.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Hiruu
  • All around the World, baby!
  • 04-25-18

Not a bad finish, but...

The book left me wanting more at certain points and rolling my eyes at other points. The first sixty percent of the book seem to drone on endlessly with far too many plot devices for my taste of enjoyment. Fortunately, the loose ends were nicely tied up over the final frame for an entertaining story. There seemed to be so many story arcs that just never came to fruition and were dashed at the end. t was an entertaining series, and I really felt for the lead at times, as he struggle to find his way in the world.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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This book is amazing

I have been hocked on this series from the very start this thrilling tale has all the ingredients of a perfect book with relatable real characters adventures battles and a splash of romance I highly recommend it to any and all who like fantasy this is a true l’y tremendous book the series as a hole has been an absolute delight.

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  • Georgina Farn
  • 05-22-18

Excellent as always

I loved this book as much as the others in the series. The characters are well rounded and the world is excellently crafted.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-16-18

Loved it!

By the time I got to this book I was dying to listen to it. I loved how the characters had developed and interlinked into the story overall. Cleverly written (not that I’m an expert) and never a moment of feeling “oh come on, hurry up” A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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  • murray mclean
  • 05-11-18

Did the author get bored of the series?<br />

What happened Craig? Did you get bored, throw out your thesaurus, write this overnight and fire your editor? It's like he had no plan for what happened after Corrin found out he was a wizard. I'm so so disappointed, I'm a huge fan of everything else he does but this was awful. He just kept padding the word count by making all of the characters constantly state the obvious, both in their words and thoughts, and it made it so boring.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-18

best way to finish a trilogy

everything wrapped up and no loose ends. satisfying finish to a well crafted series trilogy

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  • Dustyfox
  • 05-02-18

3 books, great job.

Really enjoyed listening to these books...no massive shocks, just a great story, well written.

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  • John
  • 04-24-18

Deceptions book 3

I loved this book from start to finish the Characters has been written nicely the main character has a human side to him and shows that never give up and you can get the girl The narrator did a awesome job with the story

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  • Dustin
  • 05-24-18

predictable

a main story event was too predictable sadly
otgerwise it was enjoyable and entertaining. ended nicely

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-18

what a joy

was one of those storys that keeps you on the edge of your seat. fun ro listern too

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  • Joel
  • 05-11-18

Wow

What a great story, perfect ending to a brilliant story, all thing came back round

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  • Fiona
  • 05-08-18

Who doesn't love a good Wizard tale

The entire series was exciting and well written. The narrator performance was excellent - to the point of feeling like I was actually there within the book! Left me wanting more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-18

Another great book

Another great book in this series. Not sure where it goes from here. Love your books Craig keep it up.

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  • Brenton
  • 05-04-18

craig craig craig

how dare you!!!

leaving the end like that.
once again an excellent job and a well written story.
i am saddened at this being the end of corans adventures.

that ending got me like.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-18

another fantastic installment

I hope there is more. i love the story and the performance. would recommend to anyone you loves a good fantasy story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-18

fantastic odyssey.

brilliant story. craig alanson has very quickly become my favourite author. cannot wait to get my hands on his new work.