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In a gritty world of lies and treachery, the standard fantasy hero just won't do.

Taro lost his right leg years ago, but with a family to support, he doesn't let it slow him down. For years he's worked for a notorious crime lord named Victor Mathan. Mathan deals in stolen magical artifacts and trusts Taro to finish his work with as few questions as possible.

When an absurdly well-paying job comes up, Taro is quick to volunteer. Mathan wants him to break a powerful sorceress out of jail, but her prison is under the control of an ancient military order called the Magisterium. To get to her, Taro must pose as a Magisterium recruit. The courses are grueling, the trials drive students mad, and the magic they teach can be as deadly to the caster as it is to the target.

©2017 C.M. Hayden (P)2017 C.M. Hayden

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well-planned well-paced fantasy book

this book has everything you can hope for from a classic fantasy book. a well paced gripping story, A variation of characters, cool magic system with slight steampunk elements to it.
even though I never heard about the narrator he did a splendid job
highly recommended for any fantasy lover.

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Fun Story, Amazing Narrator

What made the experience of listening to The Reach Between Worlds the most enjoyable?

The narration was fantastic. With so many characters and voices and accents in the book Pirhalla performed it incredibly well. Real joy to listen to this book. Most importantly Reach was a very good first book by Hayden. Not your normal book of magic. It's full of twists and turns and surprises that are weaved into the story quite well. Hayden gets a crucial element that many writers don't get...make your reader root for and care for your characters. He has accomplished this. Even smaller characters are fleshed out well and it really adds to the entire world created in Reach. This is one you'll want to listen to as opposed to reading. Can't wait to hear book 2.

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Overall, this was a promising story

The Reach Between Worlds by C.M Hayden is the first book in the series called The Archlight Saga. Taro’s parents are really sick and so he must resort to unsavory dealings with a crime lord to try to make some money to afford their medicine and to support the family.  As a part of this, Taro and his sister are suddenly thrust into a complex plot that starts with Taro and his sister entering the Magistarium to learn magic, and also break out a prisoner. The crime lord and the prisoner stand starkly against the Magisterium and what it stands for, leaving Taro in the middle.  However, as Taro starts to truly become a part of the Magistarium and make friends, he begins to waver on his loyalties. As the stakes get higher, Taro must decide which side of the fight he wants to be on.

Overall, this was a promising story. A young boy who’s caught between good and evil and in the meantime enters a school to learn magic. And the teachers pitted against this prisoner who escapes and everything hinges on Taros’ actions. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel compelled by any of the characters and many of them felt similar enough that I had a hard time remembering who was who. I was also a little confused about how everything worked, from the magic to the arc light itself, that powers the city. I think that if I had found Taro compelling I would have been able to overlook lack of complete understanding of how everything functioned, but he just seemed to take action after action without much personality. This all compounded.  However, since the plot was good, the end was interesting and set up the next novel nicely.

The narration by John Pirhalla was well done, with clearly distinguishable voices for each of the characters. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes a young adult story about learning magic, learning how to survive in the middle of a complex mess of powerful people, and making hard decisions.

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The beginning of something great

C.M. Hayden quickly builds a rich world that often gives you more questions than answers but in a book with well developed characters and fast paced adventure this is exactly what I liked about it. The promise of mysteries to be explored and history to be unearthed in future books makes this an absolute joy to read, I will be following this author for a long time I think.

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New Fantasy

What did you love best about The Reach Between Worlds?

Very original story and setting, not your typical fantasy world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reach Between Worlds?

Vexis, the main villain. She's a lot of fun. Kind of a mad genius type Joker.

Which character – as performed by John Pirhalla – was your favorite?

Probably Suri.

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

No, took a few, but it's short.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful book.

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Finally out!

Any additional comments?

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Reviews help, I'd love to continue this series in audiobook format if there is interest! :)

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Good start but quite flawed

I've certainly read/listened to worse offerings, and there are world building elements with strength here, but a Mary Sue that would make Kvothe blush, eye rolling dialogue, and then author's lack of reverence for his most important scenes make me unlikely to continue the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-17

Not terrible but not I wouldn't recommend

The story is very simple and not in a good way. The characters actions and motives don't cone across as very believeable. I would not have finished this if it wasn't so short. I won't be picking up the next one.