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Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others.

Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam. But before Lusam can be taught all he needed to know about his past, his grandmother unexpectedly dies of a fever, and Lusam finds himself homeless on the unforgiving streets of Helveel. Unbeknown to Lusam, the only thing keeping him alive is a promise he made to his grandmother to always hide his aura, no matter what. Lusam meets and befriends a young thief fleeing her old city of Stelgad before making a magical discovery that will change both their lives forever, and possibly the fate of the entire world.

©2015 Dean Cadman (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Love it.

I really enjoyed listening these books. I can't wait until books three and four are available on audible as well.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

I like the story line and character build in this story. Narration is also good. I would recommend this to others. Looking forward to book 3.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Sadly this is a pretty mediocre book...

What would have made Lusam better?

Much less exposition, greater character depth, less predictable story arcs. Having the main character simply handed all of his powers was also an incredibly trite and frankly silly plot device that really stretched credulity. As others have noted, this is not two books - it's two sections of a book - which I find to be very dishonest advertising. I also found use of words like "force field" to be very off putting, those are not things a medieval culture has ANY conception of, and it could have been handled more creatively and originally in the world. Honestly the whole book suffers from a lack of creativity, polish, and general effort. It isn't awful... it's just very not great. The main villain is also very unbelievable, which is something I always hate.

Has Lusam turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope.

Which scene was your favorite?

The "surgery" was fairly interesting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mild disappointment?

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a good job - each character has a distinct voice, and the emotions of the characters come across. If you are VERY forgiving about cliches and inconsistencies, it's not a terrible book - I've certainly read worse, but I won't be picking up any sequels.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Hiruu
  • All around the World, baby!
  • 04-21-17

Loved it!

I loved this series, and can' wait to see how it plays out. Lusam and company are quite interesting, and I can't wait to see what gets uncovered on their latest foray. I have truly like about Cadam's writing style is how it is descriptive when needed, but not overly stuffed with descriptive details. This looks like it is going to be a long series, and I am going to be eagerly anticipating every release.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-12-17

Waiting for Book Two

I really enjoyed listen to this book. I am really upset that I have to wait for the other books to come out. So. Dean please get moving to have and the other books released.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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good start can't wait for the rest

good start can't wait for the rest as they continue to develop. enjoyed the characters.

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Strong Narrator, Weak Novel

Flat characters, dubious interactions between them, unbelievable magic systems that the main character cheats to obtain anyways, and irresponsible and inconsistent writing.

On the positive, the narrator was enjoyable, and it gave me the idea that if this writer can succeed, then why not me? I'll be writing my own book series as well!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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simple god vs evil mage saga

It is a simple fast paced story of a young mage that could have easily gone into greater detail but enjoyable. The greatest plus is the female characters don't get dragged through the mud.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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It was ok

I was an ok book. There were some parts in the story that are bit unbelievable. And by that I mean that the characters use vocabulary that they shouldn't. In other parts it just felt too convenient for circumstances to happen. Not a bad book, but I've read better. Also, the narrator was a bit monotone at times. Despite that I'd go for the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great light read.

It isn't the high fantasy I normally listen to, like the works of Brandon Sanderson or Tolkien, but it is a fun adventure with an overpowered destined to save the world kind of protagonist, a touch of romance and playful banter with a killer thief, the guidance of a stereotypical older mentor paladin figure, and an archetypal evil overlord nemesis. If you're looking for an easy to get into fantasy or a break from super heavy reads, I'd definitely recommend the series to you!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-14-17

Maddening poorly written

What disappointed you about Lusam?

Really poorly written. Firstly, it is a garden variety "child with amazing powers that doesn't know his importance and living on the streets". Nothing new to see here.<br/><br/>The second is the sheer poor writing. Everything is spelt out as if they were writing for someone with a memory of a goldfish. Also, there is a huge amount of unnecessary repetition. Thoughts about a subject are then repeated verbatim when talking to another character. It happens in smaller ways. "The knife flew through the air and thudded into his chest. He looked at the knife that had thudded into his chest".<br/>Needed a good editor to tighten up the writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Cadman again?

Unlikely, unless his writing skills improve considerably.

Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favourite?

None really, they were all very one dimensional.

What character would you cut from Lusam?

I wouldn't cut them, just make them more believable.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • craig
  • 03-13-17

Compelling listening!!

Eagerly anticipating the next instalment of this series. I especially like the multi angle approach to the story and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Would recommend to anyone.

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  • arron hardiman
  • 07-06-17

Couldn't get past two hours

While the premise of the story and background of lucam seems interesting nothing else does. he has magical abilities that he can apparently do anything with.
He doesn't know any spells, so the author gives him a magical brain download.
Two preteen meet before the girl murders someone else in cold blood, they fall in love within 2 chapters.

also the narrator seems to think that making every single character sound gentile and polite makes sense. when the two main characters are meant to be orphaned street kids. a cliche which while overused can at least lead to interesting stories. this one does not.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosie
  • 06-24-17

great fun

really easy listening great characters and good story. not to intense or violent. Can't wait to listen to the next book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Glenn C.
  • 03-19-17

Absolutely amazing!!

What a fantastic audio book - the story is gripping and wants you to hear more and is told with great passion and enthusiasm- can't wait for the next one!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sam
  • 11-21-17

Just awful.

I wouldn’t normally write something like this but as I paid full retail price for, albeit two books and a teaser of the third in one, I expected a much higher level of writing.
Spoilers. Obviously.
Apologies if I misspell any character or place names as I have not seen the print edition.
 
Plot
I found the plot tolerable but horribly derivative. The story follows a group of protagonists including a mage, rogue, paladin and eventually an archer whose adversaries are a heartless guild of assassin/thieves and a group of necromancers. It’s essentially a party plucked out of any fantasy video game or D&D campaign.
Lusam himself is a cookie cutter super hero chosen by destiny. Raised in isolation, unaware of his immense power, by a faux grandparent he lives a humble life in the forest. Scared for his survival his ‘grandmother’ convinces him to conceal his abilities and does not train him, but don’t worry he finds a magic book to download all sorts of grand sorcery into his brain later on. This also saves any time explaining how he actually performs any magic and instead he can just cast spells at will.
Lusam ticks just about every Mary Sue box there is and then some, so virtuous and well raised he lived as a street urchin for two years and refused to steal to feed himself. Lusam always makes the right decision over one that might humanise him and make the character more believable. There will presumably be some extravagant reveal where he is a ‘dragon mage’, or some other supernatural being, and the cornerstone of world survival in a later book that I will not be reading.
The paper thin cult of antagonists (led by lord evil fantasy name generator) may as well have been named the hooded, devil worshiping, demon summoning group of evil. There is a feeble attempt to humanise their interactions by repeated mentions of a family to return to, but they’re bleak and infrequent at best.
Other popular tropes include a forced love story, faux medieval Europe and shapeshifting deities.
I could go on.
 
Writing
This is where the book really fails. The author commits the unforgiveable sin of relaying all the information in long walls of text and through detailed tellings of backstories rather than allowing them to progress organically throughout the novel. We know Lusams entire upbringing from a chapter telling us, it’s far more interesting to let it out in drips during dialogue rather than tip the entire bucket on the reader as early as possible. In addition to this, we are told everything that goes on around the characters rather than showing us, allow us to use our own imagination.
Examples:
“He quickly reduced the temperature within his forcefield and began to freeze the water inside. As the water froze it quickly expanded within the fissure, creating a great force that pushed against both sides of the rock. Until, finally, it split with a loud cracking sound.”
Don’t tell us what is happening to the rock. Show us. The rock cracked like a hatching egg. Shards of rock crumbled from the shell and exposed the block of ice that forced itself through the gaps like an overstuffed sausage. Etc. You get the idea.

 
 
“The boy deftly caught the coin in mid-air.”
The boy snapped the coin from the air like a frog catching a fly.
 
I’ve been presented first drafts asking for advice and editing that have been more formulated than this. Words are repeated sometimes as many as five times in a few lines. I even transcribed a couple of examples.
‘Barrel’
“Skelly walked over to the huge barrel on the left and removed a knife from his belt. He reached around the side of the huge barrel and put his knife into the groove of one of the steel hoops that held the barrel together. There was a loud click and the entire lid of the barrel swung inwards creating a huge round doorway. Hanging inside the barrel were three lantern…”
‘Shield’
“As each blast struck his shield he knew if he was only shielding himself that it would have affected him much less, but with such a large area to protect it quickly sapped his strength. Blast after blast pounded at his shield as they ran on towards their goal. At one point he turned and fired a shot back at his pursuers, only to see it fizzle on their shield with little or no effect. Noticing the bombardment intensify on his shield…”
 
The author may well have been trying to get in every adverb in the dictionary for all we know. Characters could not perform the simplest tasks without doing them slowly, quickly, curiously, gingerly, sheepishly, amiably, suspiciously, briskly, confidently etc. Count the amount of times the group does something ‘quietly’ in the chapter where they infiltrate the Hawk’s Guild. A lot of the times these are just unnecessary. We don’t need to know that Skelly got off the horse quicklyor walked over to Neela slowly. At one point Zed even grins evilly.
 
Rant over. I didn’t want to write such a negative review of this, but I really expected more from Audible when I could have paid the same price and received a Lord of The Rings book.

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  • patrick gibson
  • 09-25-17

Great book

A good performance that grows on you as more characters voices are introduced. The magical storey is great too! looking forward to book 3.

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  • Jim
  • 09-03-17

Poor narration

I had to give up as the narrator had no variance in his voice. I found this off-putting and annoying

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-03-17

a great story and adventure

well written full of believable and likeable characters that leaves you wanting to find out there fate

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  • Nicola
  • 10-28-17

Great Listen highly recommend

I have really enjoyed this book unable to stop listening the narration is great too. I hope Dean keeps writing more stories - don't change please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • nick
  • 08-19-17

Got as far as chapter 3 then gave up.

What disappointed you about Lusam?

The characters are incredibly unrealistic considering their situation with the author taking far too many plot conveniences regarding the story. If you can suspend your disbelief you’ll find that the narrator is decent enough, but I don’t recommend this to anyone wanting an engaging story.

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  • Bradley
  • 07-19-17

A good read

This is a really good book that I've been listening to and I'm Keen to listen to the next one

1 of 2 people found this review helpful