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Publisher's Summary

The first great war of Ovira is over, and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen's dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade, as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year. But little does Basen know that his determination will put him at the center of a war even bloodier than the one he'd barely managed to avoid.

©2015 B.T. Narro (P)2015 B.T. Narro

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Slow Start But Strong Finish!

I love a good fantasy story and after reading the Kin of Kings description, I was really interested in listening to the book, and was happy to be gifted a copy of the audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.

I'll admit, in the beginning the story started off slow and almost lost me. It was part the story and part the narration. However, after a couple of hours, the story and narrator really took off! I remember thinking much the story did "180" and was glad I did not give up. The plot starting developing with unexpected twists, and the narrator really seemed to have nailed down the characters and was doing an awesome job.

The plot and characters were developed and Basen was my favorite; however, there was another character who I really like because of their determination and hard work but they turned out to be bad person..... I did not see that coming. This story does end on a cliffhanger so I will be on the lookout for the next audiobook. I really want to know what happens next.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and was glad I stuck with it. I would have really missed out on a good story.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 02-12-16

Good start to the series

Any additional comments?

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

Pretty good story and good beginning to a series. Somewhat of a YA story, but still entertaining. The story kinda jumps right in and explains past characters as it needs to, which is a little strange, but the story still works. Will be listening to the second installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Seems to drag

Story feels like it was written by a teenage girl, lots of emotion. Fight sequences seem like the author lacks experience. The same can be said of how the author approaches socio-political issues in the storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Slow starter

This was a real slow starter. I barely payed attention in the first few hours. It did finally hook me eventually though. The writing style needs work imo. Still I'll probably follow up with the series and see where it goes.

Not a huge fan of the narrator. He was far to monotone for me. It was listenable however.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The story never let go...

If you could sum up Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1) in three words, what would they be?

Unique Magical Suspense

What does Brad C. Wilcox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brad Wilcox was an excellent narrator. I really enjoyed his subtle takes on the characters and the use of his voice to create suspense.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I hated being interrupted while I was listening to this book. This book was fantastic.

Any additional comments?

I was thoroughly surprised. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review. But I found within a few paragraphs that I loved the characters, I loved the subtle back story and how professionally it was woven into the present. I enjoyed the character development they went though. And how stubborn the main character is.

I REALLY enjoyed the magic system and the way he was exploring that as he learned and discovered new things (no spoilers:). And as the group of students gathered together it felt natural and added to the enjoyment.

I am totally reading the next few books.

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The Storyline was Alright

While the story itself was alright... the Narration was poorly done with bad voices for each character. The story is a bit repetitive with it's stating of details, the story starts slow, and ends up being far too detailed with descriptions thus slowing the story down even more. Thankfully it does get better as the story continues! (Sadly not the Narration)

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I loved every minute of it

it was a good story that captived me through the whole book with an ending that makes me want to read the second book as soon as possible.

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Good Story

Would you listen to Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings Book 1) again? Why?

I liked the way the characters were depicted it was exciting and well written. I really enjoyed this book and got it in exchange for a review of the book

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NOT THE FIRST BOOK

THERE IS A LARGER SERIES. There are more books before this one; I bought this thinking it was the first.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A fantasy masterpeice

B.T. Narro is incredible at setting up the stage and keeping you guessing. Just to flip you on your head later, the characters are all memorable and have such depth and personality. Each character, place and event feel like they are realistic and crafted very well.

Brad C. Wilcox does an amazing job of selling the characters in this book, he really brings the words on the page to life. His portrayal will have your heart racing from start to finish.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 01-30-16

There is humour, action, tension and magic.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I like the story and the magic system is innovative so the story deviates nicely from the cookie cutter format. It does not shock you with sudden twists rather it flows well.

What did you like best about this story?

Solid fantasy novel, and very quickly paced-you won't find any dawdling over meaningless details. It's also got good action and a nice pace to it.

What does Brad C. Wilcox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoyed the narration. I think it sweeps you along and Brad has a nice voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The setting of this book is strong and intriguing, and the characters are very interesting and I liked the ending.

Any additional comments?

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • dennis gilmartin
  • 12-05-16

Good storyline but too short.

I enjoyed the main character and the twist was good. Although I know it's part of a series it was still too short and I have downloaded the next book because I was not gripped

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  • A J Sparkes
  • 11-02-16

Terrible narrator

The story appeared to have a good plot, but the narrator spoiled any kind of enjoyment.

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  • Hannes H.
  • 01-19-18

Good story, narration lacking

The story is good and I would continue the series is there was a different narrator. I recommend listening to the sample, and then setting your expectations slightly lower.

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  • Sarra
  • 04-12-17

terrible narrator

got a feeling this is a good series. but due to bland narrator I shall not be buying other books

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  • anthony
  • 12-23-16

Enjoyable

This was a very enjoyable book with a intriguing plot line. The listen kept me in gauged throughout the whole book and left me wanting more. A really good ending didn't expect that. Think I will have to go and buy the next two in the series.

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  • Dean
  • 09-26-16

Not terrible, but terribly average.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The writing style seemed to me like it should be classed as a young adult, ignoring the adult themes of death and the seemingly endless lust of the characters.

I found it really difficult to listen to the audio book because of the repetitiveness of benign explanations of simple things and complete lack of things important to the story.

The characters were rather bland and typical of fantasy, especially the main character who was written to seem earnest and kind, but more often, to me at least, came across as arrogant and prideful in his attempt to better others - rather than himself.

Would you be willing to try another book from B.T. Narro? Why or why not?

I will not, i enjoyed the premise of the story and could handle a while the characters, but it seemed like so many other stories with over used characters that it could not hold my interest.

The same story better written i would happily read or listen to again.

What three words best describe Brad C. Wilcox’s voice?

He pulled off the main character well i though, cocky and mildly arrogant with a touch of constant flirting.

But his vocal inflections were so at odds with the story that at times i wasn't sure if someone was talking or he had gone back to the lack luster descriptions - which i put down to the author as much as a narrator for the poor structure of the sentences as much as the narrator missing important vocal ques and inflections.

Was Kin of Kings (The Kin of Kings: Book 1) worth the listening time?

Yes and no, I did enjoy the story in some parts of the book.

I really liked the premise of the world and magic system in it as it is more unique than a lot of other fantasy books you will usually come across in nice small ways.

Any additional comments?

I understand completely that writing a book is difficult and takes a lot of time, patience and dedication, and I also do not want to take anything away from the author or narrator, but there are many other book better written and read out there to enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful