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DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over 5000 years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death. There are no exceptions.

Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt.

Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries. An ancient witch coven is also on the hunt for Kael, and they'll stop at nothing to find their messiah first.

Trapped far below the earth inside the long-lost Dwarven prison of Arkum Zul, Kael has few allies he can trust. After months of torture and suffering, he is quickly running out of time to recover what was stolen from him: The magic of the DeathWizard.

It's his only hope for escape.

©2016 JD Franx (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Good story. Recommend it.

Excellent story, loved it even. Strong world building and lots of grey characters that feel real. Except the main character. He almost ruined it for me. He has the problem that arises, at least to me and that occurs a lot in recently written books by many authors, and it is that he's afraid or remorseful of taking life, inexplicably so. I understand the need to be human and good... But there was a scene, and spoiler's, where he took bullets from some gang members instead of shooting back because he didn't want to see death... that in itself I can understand. But his wife was with him and she nearly died. That I don't. You protect those you care about, not die for a belief that will injure others. Happens again and again through the story. Stupid mistakes he makes that get others hurt.. and all he can complain about is how much this place sucks and how he can't be a good guy. And then he feels bad because others got hurt. What!! The author probably had his reasons... it was too weird for me. Cannot stand cowardly or saintly main characters... the reader has to be off like mind to enjoy it. And that's not me. It was hard for me to connect with him, couldn't really feel sorry for him at all, which was opposite of what was intended. But other than that.. loved the book. Probably will buy book #2.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Could not stop listening

Like a mix of Token and Goodkind. Awesome read.. I highly recommend it.. can not wait for book 2..

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An interesting take on Multiverse Fantasy

The author has taken an interesting twist on what, so far, is mostly an epic fantasy story. The primary realm is similar to what would be found in magical realms and includes many typical characters like wizards, fae, elves, dwarfs but also vampiers. death witches, pirates and necromancers.

The primary thing that sets this off from other works is that the 3 primary adult protagonists were pulled into this realm after being raised in a sleepy mundane Washington State beach town in the US. The story then focuses on their ability to adjust to the incomprehensibility of their surrounding and trials and travails thrust upon them.

JD Franx writing is very good and Simon Vance gives a typically excellent narrating performance.

Fair Warning: There is an over-abundance of brutal and goreish sections, some particularly sadistic, however, the rest of the novel was highly entertaining.

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Great Epic Story, worth the credit.

This is an epic story that is well written. The world building is pretty good and the characters are interesting. I will definitely get the next installment.

The narrator gave life to the story and the characters. Simon Vance is always a sure bet.

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All tell, no show

I enjoyed the story, but the writing fell short - too many info dumps. I have 5 hours more and am forcing myself to finish, but I doubt I’ll continue the series

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Awesome story

This book was Awesome! it has an amazing story that draws you in. the action and detail truly impact your mind as you are there. I can't wait to listen to book 2!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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love it

This was a great story, I like everything from start to finish. I can't wait for the next book.

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Boring and somehow sadly predictable.

The book is well written BUT the story doesn’t really go anywhere. After about hour 3 the story feels like it starts spinning its wheels. The MC keeps getting in more desperate and horrific situations and by the time other characters start dying I just didn’t care because I knew the MC would make it out of whatever deep hole he’s fallen into.
2 stars- skip it.

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Person in a strange world

Just fun, emotionial, interesting I've found this book worth the credit. I love it. Gotta go
about to start the second book.

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Amazing!!!

This book is the best thing I’ve listened too in years!!! The story line is captivating and the narrator has the perfect voice to guide you in this adventure. Truly my favourite tale in a long while, I’d give it 10 stars if I was able :)

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  • diamondoll
  • 10-28-17

Very enjoyable

Not the very best, but certainly entertaining and unusual ( it doesn't follow all the conventions of the genre)
Recommended

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • PJaff
  • 09-14-17

Gripping start to a great fantasy set

Fantastic 1st book hope that I don't have to wait too long for book 2 ro cone out

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Marcus a
  • 09-14-17

I enjoyed

I enjoy this book quite a lot made you think of between Good and Evil it also made you about how you schuh in the people are evil but not just because of who they are

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • lynsey
  • 09-04-17

Great New Fantasy Series

Fast, Fun, Gritty and Intriguing! I enjoyed this book very much, lots of strong characters and very interesting plots and sub plots. I anticipate the next installment will be a fantastical, fantasy feast! Simon Vance as always is perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • kyle toyne
  • 08-26-17

spellbinding

this book was an amazing listen, the narration was perfect cant wait for the second book

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Magbug
  • 06-05-18

No quite ready

The basic premise is interesting enough, but the dull writing, weak characterization and constant trite phraseology finally defeated me. Skipped to the end but it did not seem to improve.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 03-13-18

MAGICAL!!!

Would you listen to The Legacy again? Why?

Gladly! I admit that the shift in worlds near the beginning of the story threw me off to the point I thought it was something wrong with the download but bare with it and it you will not be disappointed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elise (not sure if this is the correct spelling) is by far my favourite character. Her secrets that keep creeping out make you want to want her to spill them all at once.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Amazing narrator, captured each character perfectly. I will be hunting for more books narrated by him.

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

Definitely!!! I struggled to stop listening

Any additional comments?

JD Franx is an author I have not heard before but I beg to god that he brings more books to audible. If you like stories by the following: Brandon Sanderson, Trudi Canavan, James Maxwell, Stephen Aryan and Patrick Rothfuss then you will LOVE this series. I am about to start listening to the next book and cant wait to dive back into the magical adventure that awaits.

Do not make the mistake of not giving this series a chance, you will regret not adding this masterpiece to your collection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-09-18

love it love it love it

JD Franx l love this fantazy world that i build up in book. i could not stopp listen to it.


would recommad for everyone that likes fantazy..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ben sherbourne
  • 08-13-17

Nice book

looking forward to the next book.
loved the story and Simon brings it to life

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  • Sam
  • 10-09-17

A true Fantasy griping story.

This being the first fantasy audio book I have listen to my option is probably not the greatest but I know comparing this to thing such as Lord of the ring and Harry Potter its a or-some roller coaster of excitement mystery and emotional twists. With out putting spoilers in I can say all the characters are written to make you feel empathy hatred and all kinds of emotions towards each and everyone. I truly enjoyed this book and hope the next one will come soon it defiantly made my day of working a lot faster and more enjoyable experience. Sorry yes my writing is terrible sorry to put you through it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-31-18

Excellent

Slow to start but very likable characters and immersive world a lot of room for future stories

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  • Marc
  • 03-31-18

Gripping and fun story

At times had trouble turning the light off and getting some sleep.....story a mix of creatures and characters. Which in themselves had multiple lead characters. Ends with you needing to know more........