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Torn from a life of comfort and luxury, his family destroyed by political intrigues and aspirations, a young boy must quickly grow into a man before the deadly streets of Southport devour him. Follow Azerick through a non-stop adventure that pits him against thieves, thugs, murderers, and men of power that will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.

Azerick must fight just to survive, but for him survival is not enough. A hunger to avenge the wrongs committed against him burns deep within. But that is not all that lies within the young man. There is a power waiting to be unleashed that may be the key to achieving the justice and security he seeks...if it does not destroy him first.

©2011 Brock E. Deskins (P)2017 Brock E. Deskins

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I want to know what happens next.

Great story with a great narrator. For fantasy fans, this is a must. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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Intriguing coming of age story

I enjoyed this story of a young man who’s family is caught up in political wrangling, leaving him and his mother destitute. Azerick’s life deteriorated further with the death of his mother and he sets on the road for revenge, eventually finding his true magical calling. This story quickly draws you in and goes down many roads; from privileged to a thieving street rats, bullied to murderer and wizard to sorcerer. I loved how the villain kept changing with each road Azerick took. The amount of pain and heartbreak that he goes through makes your heart bleed for him. His growing magic and intelligence is compelling, and you wonder where life will take him in the end. I was not keen on the narrator at first, as he sounded like he had a slightly stuffy nose and his pauses were a bit too long at times, but he grew on me as the book progressed. He gave the characters individual voices and imparted tension and sorrow in the story well. This is a well written, enjoyable, coming of age story that creates the start of an intriguing world.

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Review The Sorcerer’s Ascension book1

William Turbett’s narration of this book is clear ( good discernment of characters ) and conveys the emotion of each scene. This is always a challenge in the first of a series with the inherent details of character and world building. Brock Deskins is showing his skill as he lays out the foundational groundworks of a series that may prove to be one of the hottest series produced in some time. In this first book we live through the devastating details of our lead character’s life, which leads from high society into the depths of life on the street. We see magic developing in his life and end the book as he moves into his own; hanging us, in anticipation of book2. I am happy to give reviews of each book as we progress, and as a reviewer my copies are free.

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Great start

I really enjoyed this book. Azerick is good at heart, for now at least but does what needs to be done. He doesn’t back down no matter the odds. He had a very troubled life early on and learned to make his way in a world that mostly doesn’t him the time of day. He protects his friends and family with everything he has.

It was enjoyable seeing how his brain works and why he does what he does. I actually cared about what was happening to him and his crew (at the times he had one of course). There really isn’t much new in terms of how magic works, at least not in the first installment, but that’s ok for me. While new systems or ways of looking at magic is nice, the story is more important to me.

The narration was great. I could easily tell people apart. I am looking forward to the second book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great action, Good start to the series

I thought it was an interesting and original story. Lots of ups and downs. The characters were distinct and well scripted.
The narrator however needs a lot more practice. He was well spoken and clearly understood, but his delivery seemed rushed. His tones and inflections were almost always wrong for the situation which made the story lose some of the impact. It almost seemed as if it was the first time he’d read it. He did get a bit better at the end.

Overall a good listen.

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A fantastical start

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sorcerer's Ascension to be better than the print version?

I can't say which is better, audio or written, it's mostly up to your preferences. But I do recommend this version if you really like the series.

What did you like best about this story?

The character Azerick is a very interesting character. We see him fall from a comfortable life to a life on the streets trying to survive, to eventually being something maybe even darker. I want to see how he progresses throughout the series.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment where Azerick deals with the intruders in his home, and finally making a deal with the entity known as Sharellan.

Any additional comments?

It's a good start to an interesting fantasy series. I recommend it. It may not be the next Harry Potter, but in all honesty it shouldn't, it should be it's own thing. Give it a listen if you're interested

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Liked the story. Wasn't fond of the narrator.

Good story that I found to be engaging and kept me interested. Good characters that grew and developed over time. This is a fun story that i would recommend. My only problem was the occasional mispronounced words by the narrator. They weren't often, but there were a few of them and each time they really distracted me from the book. I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good start to a new series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought this was a decent start to a series. It did a good job of world and character building. The narration was pretty good too. All in all, it was an entertaining story and a good experience. I would be open to more in this series.

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The Sorcerer's Ascension

Actual Rating 3.5 stars for Overall and Story

Having listened to another book by the author that I enjoyed, I had high hopes for this novel. Unfortunately I didn't feel that this was as strong as Shrouds of Darkness.

Title:

The title was a bit misleading as the whole concept of sorcery doesn't come up until the very end of the book.

Narration:

This is one of the few books where I found it difficult to multitask while listening, because the narrator seemed to be rushing through all the text. I tried to slow it down on my iPod but the voice became too distorted. It made it hard to focuses on the story. He also mispronounced a few words, the tonality was sometimes off, and at times I could hear a slight echo suggesting that he wasn't in a sound proof room while recording.

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This story didn't start for me until 7 hours into the recording. When he goes to school and starts learning about magic, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. Until then, it felt like one of any number of other fantasy novels featuring an orphan surviving on the streets. Up until the protagonist goes to school, I felt like it was kind of a bait and switch story given the title. You'd expect a magic heavy book about a protagonist learning about magic things. That's not this novel. This also could have benefited from a few more editing passes, to add more contractions to make the dialogue sound more natural. I really wish the last third of the book was stretched out into at least double its length, and everything before that was compressed. With that, and the editing of dialogue, this could have been a solid 4* novel. As it is, I could take it or leave it.