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The White Tower Audiobook

The White Tower: The Aldoran Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 10-19-17
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    "Tedious, Unfocused, and Not Worth the Effort"

    I hate writing reviews that are complete downers, but this is a book with no redeeming features. To start with, the story flits from character to character with very little connection between in such a way that for the first half of the book it felt like I was reading three different books. The story and plot offer nothing new, just a rehash of the common fantasy mechanics: the lost magic, the orphan child with a startling destiny, the sullen prince and the coniving advisor with a nefarious agenda. All thrown together without any binding to create an interesting story.
    The characters are all standard. The ancient wizard, the noble king and his adoring wife, the secret society dedicated saving the hunted magic wielders, the dedicated bodyguard. The do not give me anything compelling to grab my interest. At the end of the day, I don't care if any of them live or die.
    The writing just drags and is annoying. There are nonstop irrelevant detail. Nobody cares that something curves around like blah blah blah sandworm from the blah blah blah blah desert. It doesn't add to world building giving everything a name, and then explaining the name, ad nauseum. When a character does something, that is enough, we don't always need to know the internal motivation and thought process for everything. Also, you should not assume modern attitudes and morals from a feudalistic society; it doesn't ring true. Finally, when writing a fight scene, describing every blow, strike and parry is long winded and boring.

    It feels like the author read a copy of Fantasy Writing for Dummies and used it as a checklist of the necessary items in the book, and incorporated every idea in every scene written. I cannot imagine that it was run by a writing group or editor because it reads like a first-time author's first draft.

    I would stay away from this story. It is a waste of time, and a waste of attention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    phalaenopsisinGville 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    " In a daze for 2 days! "

    From the opening words to the final the end, I was mesmerized to the very edge of my being - was clearly not a functioning wife and grannie for the duration. My mind was stoked on the characters, the plot, the non-ending ferocious tempo. Needless to say, I was exhausted by the end. Few books have had this effect. Thank you, M. Wisehart and TGR!!!

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    Alex 10-13-17
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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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-12-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sean CRYSTAL, MN, United States 10-11-17
    Sean CRYSTAL, MN, United States 10-11-17 Member Since 2010
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    "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
    Eric Everett, WA, United States 10-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    chad 10-10-17
    chad 10-10-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    chris wessells 10-03-17 Member Since 2011
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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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    Bill Tillman Sandy OR. 10-02-17
    Bill Tillman Sandy OR. 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-26-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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