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Young wizards coming of age in a time of war.... Will they be ready?

Eynon was excited to leave his village and set off on his wander year. He’d turned 16 today, and hoped for at least a few adventures.

At high noon, he arrived a crossroads and saw a shimmer of silver in the mud. It was a thin and dirty oval, about the size of his palm. He washed it with squirts of water from his goatskin, then marveled at what was revealed.

It was a silver amulet, worked with complex, interlaced designs. An oval blue gem more than an inch across, with deep facets, was set in its center. The silver danced with reflected sunlight and the gem seemed to be filled with sparks. It was the most beautifully crafted thing he’d ever seen.

Eynon noticed strange writing on the back of the amulet. As he raised it to eye level for closer inspection, one of his fingers inadvertently pressed a small stud on the edge. A tremendous blast of blue fire shot out from the gem on the opposite side, striking an ancient leafless oak and turning it into a flaming torch.

Someone behind him whistled. Eynon dropped the amulet, afraid of what else it might do, and turned to see an old farmer, leaning on a shovel.

“Well, young man,” said the farmer. “It looks like you’re going to need a wizard.”

©2018 Podium Publishing; 2017 Dave Schroeder (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Looking forward to the next book

I really enjoyed this as a first book in a series. My disappointment with this story is the abruptness of its ending. Making it feel more like an episode of a TV program, where your left in suspense to find out whodunnit. So, yes I will read the next book but I wish it could stand alone.

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hated that it leaves u on a cliffhanger

loved the book snd slso the character build was perfect ... hated that it leaves u on a cliffhanger but overall the series is promissing

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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cliff hangers

each book is supposed to be a story of its own. authors who split books into 2 right as a battle is starting should be hung. would it have been so hard to get the battle scene in here too? it's not like it's a natural break point ... right as they are going to battle

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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I like the mood of this story.

It has fun characters and though slightly predictable on simple things, in general the story line is good. The down side is some description of things learned seem a little far fetched.

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A fun start to what looks to be an Epic adventure.

I really enjoyed the story. Dave has a pleasant writing style that helps to immerse you in an intriguing medieval fantasy atmosphere. I had a great time seeing the world through our young adventurers eyes, and can't wait for the Congrunt Mage to find its way to Audible. The characters. setting and adventure are all interesting and well articulated and Peter Kenny does a fantastic job narrating the piece. All in all, I highly recommend.

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TV Show Cliffhangers do not belong in books!

TV Show Cliffhangers do not belong in books!

I’d not recommend this book for the odd cliffhanger. I might’ve recommended the book if the ending hadn’t taken place just before the climatic battle of the book itself.

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Good book

enjoyed it immensely can't wait for the next book to come out hope it's soon

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Fun!

A nice fun read, A well thought out and executed story telling by author and narrator.

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Refreshing

Humorous and suspenseful. Great characters and storyline,told by an excellent storyteller with a convincing accent.
Can't wait for the next installment.

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swords sex sorcery and make stones on my

this is your standard sword-and-sorcery boy from the farm Meats girl and go off on an adventure it's not going to be the most exciting book but it is a good book to start a serious off with this is something it's summertime you're bored this is a good read

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  • wissy
  • 04-12-18

Loved the book but not the "ending"

A coming of age story for 2 of the main characters set against a long/rich? historical backdrop. At 10.5 hours I cant say the author short changed anyone. However I would have love to have been able to buy book 2 the moment I finished book 1.

I hope once book 2 is available the first chapter is added to book 1 as an Ad - this would promote sells and hopefully round off the 1st book....

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  • Andrew Delaney
  • 08-13-18

Ok but not Brandon Sanderson

Nothing wrong with this book. However, I can't work out if the author or the narrator meant this story to come across as an Edith Blyton book. For most of the story I kept waiting for any of the characters to suddenly say "Gosh Johnny let's see if mummy has orange juice, and I wonder if Timmy can come and play", that sort of toon. Feels like a children's book. Wont be reading anymore of the series.