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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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Great listen

Wonderful listing to the story while commuting. The performance was perfect. I would recommend to anyone!

3 of 3 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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • United States
  • 06-08-18

I think the Iron Druid Finale was worse...maybe

I'm very angry about Deceptions. I presumed, incorrectly, though out the hours of goblin fleeing, dwarf assisting and pointless boat travel, that this was going to be a 4 part cycle instead of a trilogy. I presumed, at some point we would actually meet the demon and get a background story about the creature and his powers. I presumed that we would have some powerful moment when Koren arrived at the perfect time and saved everybody from a terrible death. I presumed, that Koren would manage to escape the clutches of evil after he saw how powerful the demon was and would come back in book four kicking ass and taking names! I presumed very wrong.

What I didn't expect, was that we'd have to sit through 14 hours of all that plus two wizards making a worthless journey. That the Regent and future Queen of the realm wouldn't be dragged around to every battle for no apparent reason other than to let her be attacked. We certainly didn't expect a mere ten minutes of finally meeting the so called most evil/powerful creature on the continent (10 minutes! That's all the time Alanson gave us with the Demon!) Plus all the other countless events of lazy writing and the terrible sense of time throughout the book that actually got us to a final showdown that took all of five minutes before it was all over.

I restarted my Audible account because of the Ascendant series. I enjoyed the first two books, even though Alanson relied far too much on chance and circumstance to move his story along in my opinion, and I was looking forward to the next part of the series. And we got this. A book that might possibly be my least favorite ending ever (after the Iron Druid finale (Which we should all burn and pretend didn't happen!)). As aforementioned, I thought for sure that this was all build up for an epic fourth book in the series. There was so much potential. Betrayl, romance, magic and battles. But instead, all we got was running and scheming and the like. It's like Alanson was told by his agent that he was done with this series and they wouldn't publish a fourth book. So he just scrambled to a ending that would kind of fit. (I like to think this, but my presumptions haven't been accurate in regards to this series so far)

In the end, the story isn't the worst, it's just poorly written. And Reynolds does his usual excellent job.

Go a head and finish the series, but don't expect much.

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 05-12-18

40 minutes of substance and 15 + hrs of dribble

I could walk away from this book and come back 3 hrs later - And it still be on the same subject! Just minute little details and random thoughts droning on and on.

I fast forwarded the last 4 hrs of this book till I got somewhere partly interesting.



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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

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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.

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  • Sarah D.
  • 06-29-18

Brilliant!

Wow this book held my attention the whole way through. Brilliantly written and wish there were more in the series!

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  • John G
  • 06-24-18

Disappointing compared to the Expeditionary Force books

Bit ‘pantomime-esque’ where the story and characters are either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. David Eddings ‘Belgariad’ series is a much rounder and interwoven story of a young man’s journey to wizard hood.

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  • ady
  • 06-19-18

Great way to escape ......

I loved this series of books, the plot was simple and easy to stay with . Your not tied up in loads of characters and sub plots. Simple enjoyable escapism.

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  • madjuba
  • 06-18-18

Wonderfully entertaining story and characters

I would call these 3 books Lord of the rings ‘Lite’ I loved it! Unsuspecting hero’s, orcs, dwarfs and of course wizards!

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  • Art283
  • 05-28-18

entertaining and nice characters, but

I don't want to spoil it so very generally,,, there seemed like there should have been more significant growth of Koren's character before the stories end.

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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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  • 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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  • Joseph Fraser
  • 07-11-18

another great book

another good book enjoyed every bit of it.
what a way to end the story didn't expect that.

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  • Hamish
  • 07-02-18

Good for teenagers.

I chose this series because of Craig Alanson’s preceding sci-fi books.

Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy them at all. The overall experience was that they were written with little thought.

As the title states. Good for teenagers.

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  • Mattias
  • 06-26-18

I would have loved more

I really liked it but I'd love more progression of the main character. It felt a little hastened. It was not bad though. I just didn't want the series to end already, haha.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-18

Brilliant. End to end.

Great story by a talented author. Masterfully performed by a wonderful voice. Well worth it.

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  • ben
  • 06-03-18

paint by numbers fantasy

Not a bad book. Very simple and basic. biggest problem is as the reader you do not get to see the most interesting parts of the story happen. they are just talked about by the main characters after the fact quite annoying.

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  • Rob
  • 05-27-18

This Author...

Delivers!! This book is all that you could hope for in an audiobook. Can't wait for Mavericks to be released.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-27-18

Great

Very well read, great series, keeps you wanting to listen, will keep an eye out for more in series

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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