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Publisher's Summary

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard.

Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

©2016 Craig Alanson; 2018 Podium Publishing

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Cut the boy some slack

I’ve fallen in love with this series. And for a while I couldn’t figure out why. Was it the story? The story is decent but the motions are predictable to someone who knows the flow of novels such as these. Is it the magic? While interesting the magic is mostly soft and is based on feelings, and needs of the character. Was it the Characters? Most of them are archetypical: The young ruler hoping to prove oneself, the wise and world weary mage, and the kind hearted protagonist.

Then it hit me. The thing that made me fall in love with the series is its sincerity. Everyone is acting completely rational and towards what they think is best, either for themselves or others. And that often leads to the tragedies the characters suffer through. In fantasy it is often that good natured characters do so simply because they were written in one shade of ink. They do because they are. But the main character acts the way he does almost out of misplaced guilt and honest thanks for all those around him. Which is what leads to the heart reaching points when that faith and trust is abused and life continues to beat him when he is down. I listened to the 2 books out because I as the reader, know that the protagonist deserves better and I want the best for him. I could care less if the army of darkness takes over the whole world, all I want in that universe is for the protagonist to be treated the way I know he deserves to be.

Tim Geared Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators on the site (I recommend his performances in Dawn of Wonder, and the Riyria books).

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 01-06-18

Slow pace for book 2

Book 1 was fast paced. This book had too much filler. Story was OK ,but it's like he's going to turn the series into more then 3 books..... Please no Wheel of Time

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Alanson's first miss with me.

First the good. I like the world and the color added to it. Although rather small overall, there were a few nice moments... but...

This was a hard listen. It is a bridge book where so little happens that in another book would be covered in a couple chapters.

There were times I honestly wondered if Craig is getting paid by the word. Almost every detail is repeated so many times. Since most everything isn't actual plot advances, it gets crazy dull fast.

All the characters loose IQ in this book, not that book 1 gifted them with great intelligence, but the story was a good setup with room to grow.

Quite frankly, I feel confident that you will be able to move straight to book 3 when released and miss nothing important that won't be repeated twelve times in the first couple chapters of book 3.

I've liked all of Alanson's other books and provided solid reviews. and this is a rare bad review from me. The only two things that happen of any real plot are greatly telegraphed and obvious from book 1. These plot advances should have happened in book 1 then ended for a sequel.

I'm hoping for reparations to his fans by a solid book 3.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Main Character...

I loved the first book but I felt like this was just fluff. More character development and less random traveling. I'm hoping the next will get the series back on track... whenever that is supposed to come out.

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Even better than the first!!

The characters from the first book were fleshed out more in the second book and the world felt more lived in. Intrigue and battles were far more prevalent as well. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. 5 stars.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Filler

Nothing happens. Nothing important. We could have skipped almost 98% of it and moved to the next book. The characters didn't grow in any meaningful way either. It just feels cheap, more content, but lower quality. Hope this was a fluke.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Too slow to get to the crux

Can’t believe that it took a he end of book two for this teen to put two and two together. At this pace the series is going to be extremely long. I think I see wha

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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it was ok

the first book was amazing.. the second was a lot of filler... can't wait to read the third book hopefully it finishes with a bang.... if not still a good read or listen on a long trip...

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looking forward to concllusion

I liked this book. I would read it again. looking forward to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This is a good book and held my interest

Alanson knows what he is doing. Great talent. you Will not be disappointed. Can't wait until the next book.

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  • Paul Chipperfield
  • 01-10-18

An improvement on book 1

I did not like book 1 but I was interested in the main character, I am pleased that I persevered. This book is a step up in story, character development and a much better pace. The loss of one star is my feeling that this is for a much younger audience than me. My absolute recommendation is to accelerate the playback at least 1.25, my view is the telling has been slowed down to allow Audible to show the play time is 16 hours and not 12, the narration is just too slow. Can’t wait for book 3 !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben Sockett
  • 01-11-18

Good but got tired towards the end.

It's a good book and I enjoyed listening to it. However, I started to grow a little tired towards the end of how Koren believes every lie straight away but it takes a whole chapter for him to see the truth.

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  • Stephen
  • 01-05-18

Hooked from the start

At first i thought it would be too much like every other wizarding book or like lotr but the storyline changed that from the first word amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-18

What. Leaves you wanting more.

loved it. Ok Craig how many are in the series and how long do we need to wait for the next one?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-18

Really enjoying the story

Really enjoying the story. There were some bits that were annoying e.g. explaining how the wizard liked his coffee for what felt like ages; if the book was longer I wouldn't mind, but repeating bits like you're listening to a radio show, were not necessary.

I'll definitely be picking up the next book.