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Publisher's Summary

Having successfully driven off an assault and freed captives of Kelvanis, Sistina begins fortifying to defend those she cares about from further attacks. Yet with all her power within her halls, she cannot grant those under her protection true freedom. To truly bring hope to her love, Sistina must delve into who she once was, and bring forth every scrap of magic she has to become a shining beacon of hope.

Sadly, Kelvanis' plans are only mildly impeded by her efforts up until now, and they will stop at nothing to bring their ends about. The only question is, whose side is time on?

©2017 Benjamin Paul Medrano (P)2017 Benjamin Medrano

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A Different Fantasy

Surprisingly compelling for a second book in a trillogy, Spells of Old did not disappoint.

My personal guess as to why this book holds up so well on its own and as an installment in a series is the author's break from traditional narrative convention. This is not a traditional fantasy story in anything but the (possible over) use of traditional fantasy words. The most compelling character is a nigh-unstoppable not-quite deity, and she's the central figure of the tale through this book as well. She is just doing her own thing, and it's interesting to see how and why she takes steps to build up her power base and harem.

In trying to spell it out, this is almost the reverse of a traditional fantasy tale. Almost all the supporting cast is on fairly standard fantasy adventures, even the badguy building up his evil empire, but our not-goddess is just doing her own thing. It's obvious to the audience that she will eventually but heads with others but it's hard to imagine how she'd be stopped, or even really slowed, and we're just along for the ride like the rest of the cast, watching her build power and do crazy powerful stuff for herself and those she cares about. How does she react to all the little people in her shadow, and how do they react now that she's starting to make waves?

It's not a book one reads to empathize with a main character. This is a book and series for cheering on a superwoman as the word crashes into her, and admiring the mythology revealed in the prices left over.

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can't wait for the next book.

This is by far one my favorite book series. I've never felt like writing reviews or looking up the date of when the next book would be available before this reading these books.

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Great book

This is a great book I would read it again and the series in a heartbeat. It puts a new twist on oldschool fantasy

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all the characters are trash except for one

I legitimately hate every character that isnt sistina, especially finnis what is her point? she is such a entitled bitch, I don't understand why she thinks that she can boss around a dungeon, and it feels like only bad guys are going to be the ones that die, could have left well enough alone and let the healer elf die, but no that would be too hard to let a character die that we have only heard of at the start of the chapter in which she dies, because shes not a bad guy like seriously what the fuck is wrong with this author

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Victor

Loved it. This is my 3rd time through the series and my first review ever but I just wanted to help the writer out.

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Love this book

Very engaging, Could not stop listening. Love the characters and the story. Became emotionally invested in the story and more so for the characters.

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bad pronunciation problems

overall the book that's fine but the narrator are on the other hand not so much due to the fact that she kept mispronouncing the word leylines it pronounced (lay)lines not (lee)lines

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Must Read

The whole concept of the story keeps me coming back for more. The first book would have to be my favorite, but the second one I feels really is setting up for the last book~ I can’t wait to read it!!

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must read

loved it, unforseen plot twists if you enjoyed the fist you'll love this one garonteed

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Sigh, Filler, lots of not imporant Filler

So basically anything interesting is only from the main characters. Any non-main character isn't worth reading the chapter. There are TONS of chapters from not the dungeons perspective that are just not worth listening to. Nobody cares what the other people are doing. Nobody cares because it is BORING. This isn't even a full book here, just filler. It could have been shrunk to 4 hours worth of listening, maybe less. Sorry, not worth reading. "Spoiler" I will tell you what happens in the book in a few words now so you can see what I mean. The dungeon saves up mana and created a city for her lover to rule. Other people do other things that don't affect this. Books ends with slaves escaping to this new city called Beacon. Side stuff that doesn't really matter: The stolen god is almost corrupt. That's it. Nothing else of import happens. Told you the important things in two sentences. You can read my review and prob read the third book and not have skipped a beat in the actual important story.

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  • Dan Wright
  • 09-20-17

a good giggle.

it's a fun story. the writing is ok. alittle lacking in places. detail mostly. the environment could be richer. but the story is good and I'm eager for the third installment. a good holiday read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-26-17

hi

this is great please write the next book and put it to unabridged so I can lesion to it thank you

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  • John
  • 06-21-18

Spells of Old

I love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and lovable the narrator did a great job with the narration and the author did a great job with the story 5 out of 5 stars