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Winner 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Fantasy

Winner Gold Metal 2017 Readers' Favorite for Epic Fantasy

Magic is outlawed. Those caught wielding it are taken to the White Tower. They are never heard from again.

After the chaos of the great Wizard Wars nearly a thousand years ago, the people turned their backs on magic. It was deemed evil. Those born with it will stop at nothing to remain hidden.

In the north, a young boy is hunted by the Black Watch. Desperate to survive, he turns to the one thing he fears most. Magic. A young girl's affection for him forces her to pick up the sword. Her life may never be the same. In the east, a tortured prisoner vows to escape the White Tower. His sister's life depends on it. And in the west, a captain fights to protect his king while shielding the woman he loves from the king's son.

The world balances on the edge of a blade.

Can a handful of wielders manage to change it?

©2016 Michael Wisehart (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Great Potential - Needs Editing Though

This is a long book, and unfortunately it's because it needs editing. I'm giving up and refunding after 4 hours. My main criticism is that ten sentences are used when six would be better.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story line but needs some more editing

Good story line but some editing is needed. The section relating to the Kings guard back story becomes a complete ramble. 3 or 4 chapters could be reduced by a lot. Also comparing him to a circus performer pulls away from the story. I understand the author is trying to show he is Mr awesome but that was too much. I found the timeline a little confusing in comparison to each characters point of view sometimes weeks past in one but days in another between chapters.

over all the book had a good story line and I will read/listen to the next book.

Tim Gerald Reynolds ability is always great. He really knows how to bring the listener in.

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  • Sean
  • CRYSTAL, MN, United States
  • 10-11-17

Great book!

Very good story! It did not drag at all. Arthur and his switch between characters brilliantly are you at the end you can see how

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  • Eric
  • Everett, WA, United States
  • 10-11-17

Excellent and Steady

I believe that this narrator is well chosen to bring this book to life. The ease in which this story is told is a testament to good story telling and not rushing through to get the end. I would highly recommend that people give this book a try, I know they won’t be disappointed.

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Tried and failed

It had a chance, the magic system seemed fun, but fails. I tried to get thru this book. Got half way.

No conversation in this book seems real. Has no grit. All of the banter falls short of being funny. Just written poorly. The try at “love” seems like it’s written for an 8 year old.

I don’t usually review but I had to warn people away from this book.

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Borat is that you? lol...

great start to a promising, potentially amazing, Epic series... just how long a wait between each book... that is always the question. Like any good vacation you need at least 2 weeks to really enjoy it. It takes one week just to get unwound enough to finally feel adjusted to your new temporary envirnment and get that stress and anxiety release momentum.

Coming to the end of this book was like having to go home after one week. The story ended right at the point when it got its real momentum.
Maybe could have gone further into the story before ending where it did but at least we werent left hanging in the middle of a significant climax ..

recommended to fantasy fanatics...
i look forward to the next book as the way this book planted seeds for those to come i expect they will keep getting better...

The book did jump plot lines alot from chapter to chapter. if reading the book it probably wouldnt be noticed but when listening to audiobook you cant walk away while its plyaing and come back cause youll be on another plot line... minor thing. more to make potential listeners aware.

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The White Tower

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Fantasy that is, I am a Dragon fan so that is saying a lot! The plot is especially convoluted, with several hero's and great villains as well. This tale is too good to give away any more. I read the kindle version as well as listened to the Audible which was excellent at the same time. It was fabulous, I give five stars.

The narration by Tim Reynolds was masterfully done. It kept right on point. I literally was on the edge of my head phones the whole time.

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Loved it

Can hardly wait for second book. A little formulaic but that is ok by me. Of course Mr Reynolds was excellent as usual.

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Enjoyed the book, but...

It almost felt like there were two separate stories that never really connect until the end. The villain seems to be the only common denominator.

I'll likely buy the next book because it'll be the second half of the story where the conflict between villain and heroes who've finally been brought together.

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For lovers of multi-character epics

Tim Gerard Reynolds, as always, brilliant, especially with this multi-character saga.

The focal character is a young man, Ty, with the heritage to save the world from an imprisoned but well-resourced dark wizard. Dark villain has sadistic minions rounding up as much magic wielding people to torture to their evil side.

It's up to a band of brave and capable council of magic wielders to hide amd protect Ty from the evil faction as he discovers his true heritage and powers.

The story tells of the various, well written battles that lead up to what is clearly meant to be an ongoing saga. 50% of this first book is character building.

I can't speak for enjoyablility because I don't like so many key characters.

I can say that what kept me from giving up, besides TGR'S narration, was how certain scenes were richly described The fighting scenes, while a little drawn out for my taste, were creative. And if you like plausible violence and plausible consequences of bloody fighting, this may be for you.

There are some rather gritty chapters that are, like-wise, very descriptive - elements of torture.

This story has a lot of fantastical beasts, violently created to wreak bloody harm on people.

I feel like the author could have kept me interested in this saga if he had revealed a bit more of the central mystery,. Ty obviously has enormous potential but we are only treated to a tiny bit of his ability. He seems to be a straggler in his own destiny. I guess we will have to wait for the next installments. But I have to say, the lack of insight into the plot seems to be gratuitous teasing and doesn't leave me craving.


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  • Lulu
  • 10-11-17

A Lot of Patience Required

This is one of those books with great potential but requiring too large an investment in time to get there. It’s not gripping or captivating so far. Several hours in and like a child I keep asking, “when will we get there?” The details while appreciating, get overwhelming then boring at times. The story is also quite predictable in some respects. I do not appreciate the long-winded, detailed torture scenes...
I’m sure the book would have turned out alright in the end - it’s just not engaging or mature enough for me to appreciate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-17

Moo review

If this book didn't have 5 hours of fluff and nothing at the start it would be amazing if you like swords and sorcery this book might be up your ally however you have to push though the start of the book till it starts getting good just at the 4hr / 5hr mark

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