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The Dark Ability Audiobook

The Dark Ability

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Exiled by his family. Claimed by thieves. Could his dark ability be the key to his salvation?

Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears.

Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.

Though Rsiran tries to serve obediently, to learn to control the call of lorcith as his father demands, when his life is threatened in the darkness of the mines, he finds himself Sliding back to Elaeavn, where he finds a black market for his blades - and a new family of thieves.

There someone far more powerful than him discovers what he can do and intends to use him. He doesn't want to be a pawn in anyone's ambitions; all he ever wanted was a family. But the darkness inside him cannot be ignored - and he's already embroiled in an ancient struggle that only he may be able to end.

©2015 D.K. Holmberg (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Joshua 08-04-17
    Joshua 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "tolerable but kinda painful"

    let me start by saying this is a review coming from someone in the military and is not forgiving of weakness.

    However, my god, what a self loathing, cowardly, and stupid sack of potatoes the main character can be. I've seen rodents with more backbone. If it were the 21st century he'd def be an emo kid.

    Aside from that, the story is entertaining and the premise/construct behind it is intriguing. The book is worth listening to if ur a touch patient..or sympathetic..whatever. the main character does get a slight bit more gusto right towards the end, so hang in there troopers.

    After I skipped whole minutes of his self pitying, woe is me b.s., I am pleased with the ending and will get the next book. I have hopes after his trials and tribulations he will finally become more useful then a screen door on a submarine.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 07-16-17
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 07-16-17
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    "INTERESTING STORYLINE. HAS POTENTIAL."

    I find the protagonist, Rsiran an interesting character. He defied his orders and was sent to the mines as punishment. He managed to escape and he joined a group of thieves. He has the power of "sliding" and made good use to help his friends. Not a bad start to a new series and worth continuing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Horton 07-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Gave it a chance; it was amazing"
    Where does The Dark Ability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3 in the category.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were really interesting. This didn't turn into a "god vs mages" book like it could have -- and still might in subsequent sequals.


    What does Vikas Adam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's an amazing narrator. This was not his best work. It was still incredible.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 07-12-17
    07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book I love it"

    I love this book. I already got the next one in the series can't wait to here what happens next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Caro Everywhere 08-02-17
    Caro Everywhere 08-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read......"

    I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but I decided to give it a go. By the end of the second chapter, I was a fan. This book is such a gem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley A. Bettinger OH USA 07-23-17
    Ashley A. Bettinger OH USA 07-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent but had potential to be grand"

    The story had so much potential. The world and the supporting characters were interesting. The main problem for me with it was the main character. He constantly second guesses his choices and indulges himself in self pity. And with all the second guessing of his choices you would think he would have some better plans. He was far to meek and soft for me through most of the book. By the last sixth of the book he had a little bit more of a backbone but still had undercurrents of the nauseating self pity. If you can get past this the book is amazing. Also was a pretty good performance. I will continue listening to sequels in hope of the main character evolving into more of a hero and less of the wimpy crybaby he seemed to be for so much of this first book. Like I said, this series has potential.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RobT 10-02-17
    RobT 10-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining to listen to"

    This book was a fun book, but it did drag on for s little but add the author wanted to enforce how insecure the character is.
    While I was annoyed a bit my the character's "doing what he was supposed to" for people who are jerks. I got that he was also supposed to be 17.
    There is a lot of potential in this author and I am grabbing the next book now to listen to on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryce 09-16-17
    Bryce 09-16-17 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful story!"

    Do you love adventure? If yes this book is for you! Clean fun with a sophisticated storyline that will leave you wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Franklin, WI, United States 08-20-17
    Milton Franklin, WI, United States 08-20-17 Member Since 2010
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    "First book is all Exposition"

    Shows promise, but the highly conflicted main character and the slow development of the story does not bode well for the rest of the series.

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    P. C. Gardner 08-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "not good, even for YA lit"

    the main character was too obsessed with not becoming a criminal without thinking at all about the morality of his actions, it was as if the label bothered him more than what he was doing. I got really tired of him worrying about it. also, he didn't seem very smart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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