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Mystic is the start of an enchanting new epic fantasy series from Jason Denzel, the founder of Dragonmount.

I called to the Myst, and it sent us you. For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Myst. Powerful, revered, and often reclusive, Mystics have the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst: the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe. Once in a very great while, they take an apprentice, always from the most privileged sects of society. Such has always been the tradition - until a new High Mystic takes her seat and chooses Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate.

Commoners have never been welcomed among the select few given the opportunity to rise beyond even the highest nobility. So when Pomella chooses to accept the summons and journey to Kelt Apar, she knows that she will have more to contend with than the competition for the apprenticeship. Breaking both law and tradition, Pomella undergoes three trials against the other candidates to prove her worthiness. As the trials unfold, Pomella navigates a deadly world of intolerance and betrayal, unaware that ruthless conspirators intend to make her suffer for having the audacity to seek to unravel the secrets of the Myst.

©2015 Jason Denzel (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • Susan
  • Jeffersonton, VA, United States
  • 11-11-15

Excellent debut novel

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

Absolutely

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The characters were appealing and well developed. The narrator was excellent. The story moved along at a good pace and the ending was unexpected. All in all, an enjoyable audio book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob-o
  • CHARLESTON, SC, United States
  • 07-18-16

After the 1st hour it sucked me in.

Still I give the story and performance and story a solid 3.5 stars, and thus 4. The issues I had with some of the character voices are the Valley Girls that popped up, and while (and this includes the story) the protagonist appears weak, the emphasis, and overly dramatised speaking part, made the protagonist come off as even weaker. As for the story, in the beginning the protagonist comes off as somewhat strong, but once she gets to her destination she comes off as being weak. I didn't like that inconsistency. Otherwise I thought the story was pretty good, but still not deserving an honest, or solid 4 stars. Assuming there are more in the series, and there must be, based on the ending, I'm going to continue the rest of the series.

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Great first book

While I'm not a literary critic, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is the first novel by Jason Denzel and he did an outstanding job! It was great from start to finish. I look forward to his future work!

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Decent but somewhat less than Stellar.

Interesting story, though quite fustrating at times. I felt that the characters were a bit flat even though the reader was told "there is emotional depth here". There was some character development but there was alot of room for more. More depth, more growth, more exploration and discovery. What was developed seemed like "low hanging fruit". The "revelations" were almost formulaic. The author did excell in trying to create a new world and in revealing parts of it to the reader without too much exposen
The narrator is capable of a number of "voices", but again I didn't feel the emotion that might have otherwise allowed for a spectacular preformance. I felt that this was more like someone reading thier lines with different voices rather than some one preforming multiple parts. Even a poor story can be made into something more if it is preformed in a way that captivates the audience.
While this may seem like harsh criticism, it is intended as honset constructive feedback. It is very difficult to be at the top of one's for the length of time required to produce something like this. It is a something that might be enjoyed while satisfying a "light" or "feel good" craving.

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A good stand alone fantasy entry

This story was very engaging. I sped through it. The action is very character driven, focusing on the challenges faced by one young lady who finds herself in a unique predicament. She has a chance to follow her dreams and become a mystic, a caste above all others but reserved for the nobility. For a common girl, this is an unprecedented invitation, but a jealous Lordling threatens disaster if she fails. In pursuit of her dreams the character must find strength and courage within herself to face the prejudices of society and rise above the expectations of those around her to find the true heart of the Myst.