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With all of magic at her command, Alydian is born to power. She and the other oracles serve the people, guiding kings and commoners with their ability to know the future. Yet despite Alydian's power she cannot foresee the coming betrayal, for a rogue mage lurks in their midst, and plots an alliance with the mighty guild of Verinai. Under the guise of benevolence the Verinai offer their magic to all, while their expanding reach is noticed by none.

Except the Soldier.

Branded a traitor, wanted for murder, the mysterious man is no ordinary bandit. For six years he has hidden behind a mask, hunting Verinai with his band of Defiant. But now his war is about to escalate, for he has targeted Alydian to send a message, that even an oracle can be killed. Beset by foes, Alydian will require more than magic to survive, for if she cannot change her future...she will fall to her fate.

©2017 Ben Hale (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Late Reading never fails, and while nothing earth shattering, Ben Hale is FUN

We measure against Tolkien, Jordan, Donaldson, RR Martin, etc... and that’s not quite fair. Hale is unique — appealing with a story that moves at pace in a world I want to be in. I want to be an Oracle (wrong gender be damned...) and while the moral dilemma is obvious and the plot fairly predictable, damnit if it’s not just damn fun to listen to. I thought the same of the white mage trilogy, and didn’t hesitate for a second to drop a credit on this and the pre-order of the following. It’s simply enjoyable. It’s good to not have to spend just as much time as listening to unravel the quixotic prose and muddled motives. Every now and then I just want someone to root for and a plot ushered forward by a legendary narrator.

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Sorry but I want Derek Perkins back!

Sorry was ok but it hard to get into it with the voice change. Her energy levels seemed a little off I preferred Derrick Perkins voice and control.

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The awesome power of the Oracle.

This is a story about the powers of an Oracle. In the world that Ben Hale creates, there are many kinds of mages but the Oracles are all the different types of power put together. There are only a few alive while there are a very many mages around. Alydian is one of the youngest Oracles and is still learning how to use her powers when the rest of the Oracles go against her mother and herself.They want to basicly enslave the rest of the world and place themselves ruling all humanity. I enjoyed the way the Ben Hale explained how the magic works and how Alydian has so much power over others. I received this Audio book for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an unbiased review. I really enjoyed listening to this audio book and intend to listen to the rest of the series. Thank!

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  • Paul
  • 05-17-18

Could not wait to download book 2

Ben Hale continues the great series, cant wait to listen to book two. Great pace and great story

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