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From USA Today best seller and Audie nominee for Best Fantasy Novel Edward W. Robertson comes book 2 of the hotly anticipated spin-off from the Cycle of Galand universe.

Cally and Rowe have scoured the demonic wights from Narashtovik. 

But during the war, Cally learned he can no longer be part of the pacifist Order that raised him to be a sorcerer. The pair has traveled south, seeking the true copy of The Cycle of Arawn - the artifact Cally believes can restore proper rule to Narashtovik. 

There's a few problems with this plan, though. For one, nobody's seen the true copy in decades. And another, in these lands, possessing a copy of the Cycle is rewarded with a quick trip to the hangman. If anyone finds out Cally can wield the dark arts of the nether, he'll wish all he got was hanged.

Hunting for the book in the Western Kingdoms, Cally and Rowe are arrested by the Inquisition and sentenced to serve them. Since the Inquisition tracks down banned books, Cally has a better chance to find his prize than ever. But one slip will cost him his life. As the Inquisition pursues its leads, it exposes a conspiracy that could be more devastating than the one that almost destroyed Narashtovik.

©2020 Edward W. Robertson (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Another Gem

I very much enjoyed book two of Cally's adventures as a young man. Very well paced. I got so caught up in the story that I was surprised when it ended. Not a cliff hanger ending, but clearly set up for the next installment. TGR is outstanding as usual. He continues to be one of my favorite performers. Very well done.

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Amazing as always

You would think knowing where the story is going might take away from it, but the back story gives the world so much more life.

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interesting addition to the history of the cycle

Learning more on the history of the world of the cycle is interesting. The bone golemns and other lost forms of magic not shown just shows how much changes over a short time. The perspective is interesting as if Kali is telling his story sometjme during the cycle of arawn series. Look forward to the next one.

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I expected more especially at the end once it was all clear who was the cause of the trouble. I don't get why he didn't kill the inquisitor, the librarian and all others he could safely kill then leave to go help the basin. The order will do what they were doing over and over so logically it would make sense to kill them. I really don't get it, leaving enemies alive behind you for what so they can know to come after you, just dumb.

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another hit

edward never fails with his cycle books this is another home run just like all the others. engaging, enthralling, well paced and a always amazingly performed by Tim

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  • 11-21-20

So jarring

Narration is great and the story is interesting.. But the book is awful. How can this be? Simple. It is written in first perspective, or as I like to call it "Diary mode". This is frankly something I dislike to begin with, no matter what, but can look past... What makes it incredibly jarring and honestly feels like a very odd decision, is to change from a third person writing style to a first person one, from one book to another. I often choose to read books based on whether they are written in first person or third person, so to now have read the start of series that I will not enjoy finishing, sucks. That said, Robertson is a genius writer and Reynolds is one of my top 5 narrators. Cycle of Arawn and Galand are two of my all time fave series and I've nothing but love for these guys. Sadly, shifting perspective like this has ruined it for me, so I'll just wait for his other book series.

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  • 11-21-20

Brilliant, quirky and totally enjoyable!

Edward W. Robertson knows how to create characters and world that are believable, even if it's pure fiction. The character of Caly is so endearing in this series and in The Cycle of Ayran. It's triffic that he's a focal point in this series. To see him grow as a sorcerer and a person. His muddle headed ideas, sense of humour and so much more paint such a quirky picture of his sense of being. I'm even more glad that Tim Gerald Reynolds was asked to do this series as well. His repertoire of character voices, female and male is pretty much boundless. Having read most books narrated by Tim he delivers every time! Especially, the character of Caly and Rowe. A true master of voices, tempo and everything else in between. Well done guys and gals!!! Can't wait for the third book in the series! Highly recommend. :)