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In a world of elves and dwarves and sprites and mages, Tane Carver is a human with no gift but his wits. Which, to be fair, did get him into the world's most prestigious university of magical technology.

For a while. Until his lack of magic was discovered. And then it all came crashing down.

But when a student is murdered on campus behind unbreakable wards, Tane gets a second chance. Solving an impossible crime should be easy for the man who fooled the university's best mages for years. Except he's not counting on the head constable being an old flame who isn't so fond of him anymore. Or on Kadka, the half-crazy half-orc who insists she's his partner - whether he likes it or not.

Not to mention the masked mage who keeps trying to kill him. Now, Tane's survival depends on the one truth that has never failed him. The flaw in all magic that those who have it prefer to ignore: the mage.

Outsmart the mage, and you outsmart the spell. And outsmarting mages is what Tane does best.

©2017 Ben S. Dobson (P)2018 Tantor

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Really fun story and well read to boot!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Flaw in All Magic to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but based on the audio version I'd be willing to buy it.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the setting. A fun combination of steam punk and fantasy with a healthy dollop of noir.

What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed Travis' narration. I like his use of voices and pacing. This is the third or fourth book of his that I've listened to and I can safely say that I will be looking for more in the future. I follow some narrators, because their performance can make or break an audio book. Like George Guidall, Travis Baldree has a voice that is pleasant and consistently improves a story sucking you into it rather than detracting from it.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to listening to the audio book of the sequel as soon as it's available.

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Excellent Fantasy, Steampunk, Orcs, and More!

The Flaw in All Magic
Magebreakers, Book 1
By: Ben S. Dobson
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I love streamline, fantasy, and books with orcs in a positive light, underdog heroes, characters you can really get to know, and a good plot. This book has all this and more. Our main guy doesn't do magic but is working for a University for mages due to a murder of one of his friends. He ends up with a new friend, a female half-orc that helps him. The story is so good!!! Lots of twists and turns and I love their partnership! True friendship.
The narrator is so awesome! There are lots of creatures in here and he is super at doing all of the strange voices for them, lol! He also performers the voices of women so well I forget it is a male narrator. I forget it is even being narrated! I feel like I am watching a movie in my head. Great job!.

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hilariously ridiculous fun

An interesting idea carried out to perfection. The story is hilarious the bad guy seminly obvious yet a solid mystery involving magic.

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 05-04-18

GOOD.

Good start to a new series. Tane Carver is an interesting protagonist. He has courage and determination to prove that a human/being with no magic are not flawed. When there is a murder at the university campus, he and his "partner", Kadka helped to catch the murderer. A very action packed adventure. Will continue the next book. The narrator, Travis Baldree did a good job with all the different voices for both male and female.