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For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens.

A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die.

For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him - one who offers salvation. His name is Alastair, and he knows the true nature of the curse. Magic.

©2017 Aaron Hodges (P)2018 Aaron Hodges

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This is a good listen

I must say I enjoyed this trilogy. To have all 3 rolled up together was a big bonus. Although I liked this trilogy, it started off a bit slow and took some time develop. Once it did, it moved at good pace. It kept me interested and looking forward to what happened next. The characters had good depth and the world building was accomplished without getting weighed down in over reaching detail. At first I thought the narration was going to make me turn it off but David Stifel got into a groove and delivered a solid performance. There were several twists throughout you could not see coming. My only negative aspect of the whole trilogy is there were more than a few situations where the characters were saved by divine intervention. Being saved by divine intervention is believable once but any more than that seems slightly unbelievable and excessive.
I really like Aarons writing style and look forward to reading more from him. In conclusion, this series is a great listen. You won’t be disappointed.

Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, my review is honest and from the heart!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A cutting trilogy


Sword of light is roughly 30 hours of pure fun. It is everything you expect in a fantasy world, and that is not a bad thing. Good vs Evil, yeah, that too, of course. This is a complete trilogy, and so far as I can tell no other books have been made in this series, so it is a nice compete series for your enjoyment. I can appreciate when a writer has said all he or she wants to in a particular setting. Never ending series tend to get stale afte awhile. Sword of Light is fresh, fun, and fantastical.

The story begins with a young man, Eric, and a special gift that he has but cannot control properly. This leads to disaster and earnes him an enemy. The only hope he has comes in the form of a wizard who befriends him and helps him to learn about his gift. The series progresses as the characters develop. You get to watch them grow. You suffer their torments and you glory in their triumphs.

David Stifel knocks it out of the park once more; he is a most excellent narrator, and he helps to bring the story to life. I think any book that has him a a narrator becomes better with his reading.

Eric grows as both a character and a mage in the series, he becomes a man and masters his powers. His adventures are fun and have everything from action to a wincey bit of Romance.

This is one of those series that you will find yourself rereading once every year or so. You'll also wish that there was more of it, but to be fair, the story was told and wraps up nicely.




This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I certify that it has been fair and honest as well.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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This should be YA

This story hits all the tropes. Spoiler alert: Magic is magic, you get the history of magic in the first few chapters, along with the troubled user who quickly masters his power thanks the ubiquitous avuncular mentor that quickly befriends the troubled youth. Basically this is Star Wars. And a painful listen.

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Epic fantasy, dragons, magic, adventure...

The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy
By: Aaron Hodges
Narrated by: David Stifel
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
This book has all the fantasy I like, dragons, wizards, adventure, touch of romance, good vs evil, gods, supernatural gifts, and more. Book one was a book was a young boy with a gift and it and him coming of age. Learning to control it was a no go without the wizard that finds him. It was a constant adventure, one thing after another, never boring. At the same time, another boy is after the kid for burning down the town and killing his family. The two groups come together at the end and a lot of things have changed by then. The next book continues with the girl with the dragon, the one that everyone has the hopes of the world on. Eric, the boy with the power, is mastering his power. There is also a big surprise noted in this book! They still are fighting demons, helped by gods, and it is still wonderful! The last book, sob, raps up the trilogy well and maybe someday the author will come back and give us more from this world. I liked the world building, the well developed characters, the twists (esp in the last book) and the fun fantasy.
The narrator made the book flow extraordinary! He performed the voices faultlessly. He made the suspense, tension, fighting, and romance seem so real. I felt like I was watching a movie! Great job!

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I liked this book

this was a very good book but it had a lot of things that didn't make sense it had magical swords but no magical armor there was a lot about it I like the story the characters but they just had some things that were missing good book though

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  • Katie
  • Aurora, CO, United States
  • 04-07-18

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would reccomend the book but I would not recomend it on audible.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a great magic fantasy

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator does not make the story feel alive and pauses at strange moments.

Do you think The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It is a full trilogy.

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Pretty good Hero's Journey story.

Firstly this book is a very good value. 3 books for just a single credit is a great deal, and this is the complete series so you know that you are getting the whole story. Book one seems like a fantasy retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope, which is not a complaint. If you like those kind of Hero Journey stories then this is the series for you. Books 2 and 3 take the Hero's journey in a different directions, and become less derivative of the Star Wars saga. I love how they introduce the antagonist of Gabriel and make you really understand and sympathize with him. The narrator has a pleasant voice and brought the story to life. My one big complaint was the epilogue. The conclusion to the story was so beautiful, but then the epilogue comes and just ruins it. Other than that it was a great book and I loved it.

I want to thank the author for providing me with a free review copy of the Sword of Light series.

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Epic Fantasy Trilogy

I really enjoyed Aaron Hodges' fantasy trilogy. It is a story of epic proportions that follows a band of people trying to stop a dark mage from destroying the world. The characters are well-developed and grow stronger and more self-aware and capable as the story progresses. There is good, evil, light, darkness, enemies, friendship, betrayal, sacrifice, and love...basically everything you could want in an adventure story. Eric is the hero, yet my heart ached for Gabriel, and I kept hoping he would find a way to combat his darkness. In truth, I suspected what would happen at the end, but there was a final twist that made me very happy with the ending. I highly recommend this audiobook.

The narration was pretty good, although sometimes the voices of the characters were not consistent and seemed to blend into one another.

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

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ruinous narration sinks this ship

Narrator is trying too hard. Dramatic flourishes that needlessly distract, reedy whiny female voices and a bizarre sense of word emphasis make this sound like Google translate. I'd actually rather hear Text-to-Speech AI than this.

I'll be frank: the story is...ok. With a decent narrator, it might be decent. I give credit to the author for trying to get world creation, magic systems and gods to work. I could critique those efforts, as I have some opinions about how it doesn't quite work out, but with this narrator there's really no need to go deeper.

I'm not able to finish the series. I'm halfway through book 2, and I give up. It's just not enjoyable in the slightest anymore. I won't ask for a refund, but I won't recommend it either. Avoid. There are better ways to spend your time.

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Epic Fantasy Adventure

I have found two or three really good fantasy adventures that last long enough to really draw you in. I love a good novel but to really feel a part of the story takes multiple volumes.
This is one of those great adventures. It is complete in this three volume set but could be expanded if the author was so inclined. The characters are well developed and act within the expectations of their personalities. Just like real people.

David Stifel did an excellent job narrating this series. He has a good range of voices for these characters and excellent pacing for the story.

Will look for more from both of these professionals.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful