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Publisher's Summary

Like most normal people, Ben hadn't the faintest idea there was an Institute of Magic.

Two years after his parents' sudden disappearance, Ben Greenwood stumbles upon a cryptic letter that could shed some light on their whereabouts. But before he can track them down, he'll need to find the mysterious organization that sent the letter: The Royal Institute of Magic.

To succeed, Ben will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the institute has been fighting for the last 500 years.

©2014 Victor Kloss (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Friendship in a magical world

Would you listen to Elizabeth's Legacy again? Why?

Yes, this is an introduction to a world with lots of interesting characters so before listening to the next book I'll probably re-listen to review the characters' names and twists in the plot to make sure I haven't forgotten anything important!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to choose between Ben and Charlie - both are heroic and charming in their own way

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Peter Kenny does a great job of interpreting the characteristics of the elves and other magical beings using his voice and different accents. He also manages to make Ben and Charlie sound young but not childish.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I just couldn't go on an 8 hour walk ...

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for book 2 - listened to the preview at the end of this audiobook.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Magic for middle schoolers, but not much fun

*shrug* It was okay. Not the "if you loved Harry Potter, you will love this!" level of book that the claim suggested, but it was readable. There were three people in a magical world; one was a girl that had all of the magical knowledge in the group, one was a boy that leapt into dangerous situation and made bad decisions, and the third was awkward and felt like he didn't quite belong and had a crush on the girl...oh, wait, maybe it is a little like Harry Potter... That's where it ends, though.

It lacked pizzazz. And charm. And, to be honest, magic.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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What a fantastic tribute to Kloss

This book is an amazing piece of work. I haven't enjoyed a YA book this much since the Potter series. The performer does an amazing job with voices that clearly have a tone for each character.
Although I have read all the books in the series I will eagerly purchase each audiobook when it's released.
Victor Kloss would be proud of the direction his series has taken. His wife and daughter should be proud that his legacy is immortalized in audio format.
I am so impressed with the book I am playing a chapter a day to my students in my history class as a mental warmup for them.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fun, fast-paced story

Would you listen to Elizabeth's Legacy again? Why?

Yes, it's very fun and entertaining. I like listening to stories a few times because I always pick up new details.

What other book might you compare Elizabeth's Legacy to and why?

Probably Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for its world building, pacing and the intended audience.

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't, but I think he did the Martian and I would love to listen to that too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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enjoyable ya fantasy

I enjoyed this book. It was slow at times but had some good world development.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I am not sure what I don't like about this book.

This book contains all the elements that should pull me into the story, but somehow it doesn't.
I think part of it is the lack of depth in descriptions.
It is almost like it is an illustrated book that doesn't work without the pictures.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Can't wait until all are on audible!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Elizabeth's Legacy to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audible books, I can't wait until the whole series is available!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Greeley Colorado
  • 03-14-17

Didn't know if I would but I did.

I won this audiobook. Wasn't sure I would like it but I really did. Suitable for children and adults it is a book I will listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • joan
  • Atlanta, ga,United States
  • 03-13-17

The perfect balance of excitement and thought

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. The narrator was a crucial part of listening to this book for me, a great voice and performance as a storyteller.

I was saddened to hear that the author just recently passed, but glad that he was able to publish so many books before he did so - both for my own selfish benefit, and for the benefit of the wife and child who survived him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Peter Kenney is a master of voice!

If you could sum up Elizabeth's Legacy in three words, what would they be?

Magical hidden world.

Would you be willing to try another book from Victor Kloss? Why or why not?

Only if it's on audible and voiced by Peter Kenney. He made the story more alive for me because he did such a great job. He had different sounds for different characters making it easy to know who was speaking, much like listening to a movie without looking at the screen. Sometimes the story written by Victor had grammar issues or weak verbs and a bit telly, but Peter's voice helped overlook these problems.

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope. This was my first listen.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Boy in search of his missing parents finds a hidden magical kingdom where his parents have been deemed as outlaws.

Any additional comments?

Fun story and worth a listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gryfynn
  • 03-20-17

A Warm and Wonderful Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Elizabeth's Legacy to be better than the print version?

Don't you know the Audio version is always better than the print version? I am blind, so partial always to audio, but I think Peter Kenny's voice is much better than anything my brain could come up with.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both Ben and Charlie have their good points and both are well written characters. I love them both for different reasons.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I have to say I really love how the author set the scene for this book, beginning with one of Ben's descendents. The mystery and magesty of the Royal Institute is quite gripping and I love the idea of a brave commoner daring to tread the halls of the mighty and noble.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot. It really gave me the same kind of warm feeling as the Harry Potter series still gives me every time I do a reread. Certainly if that series is one of your favourites then you will really love this book.

Any additional comments?

Peter Kenny does a fantastic job narrating this book, as he does with so many others. It was a real joy to listen to and fantastic for anyone looking for a more light-hearted read.