• The Flaw in All Magic

  • Magebreakers, Book 1
  • By: Ben S. Dobson
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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The Flaw in All Magic

By: Ben S. Dobson
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
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Publisher's Summary

In a world of elves and dwarves and sprites and mages, Tane Carver is a human with no gift but his wits. Which, to be fair, did get him into the world's most prestigious university of magical technology.

For a while. Until his lack of magic was discovered. And then it all came crashing down.

But when a student is murdered on campus behind unbreakable wards, Tane gets a second chance. Solving an impossible crime should be easy for the man who fooled the university's best mages for years. Except he's not counting on the head constable being an old flame who isn't so fond of him anymore. Or on Kadka, the half-crazy half-orc who insists she's his partner - whether he likes it or not.

Not to mention the masked mage who keeps trying to kill him. Now, Tane's survival depends on the one truth that has never failed him. The flaw in all magic that those who have it prefer to ignore: the mage.

Outsmart the mage, and you outsmart the spell. And outsmarting mages is what Tane does best.

©2017 Ben S. Dobson (P)2018 Tantor

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Amazing Mystery at its Fantasy Finest!

Truly a fun adventure mystery story! It was relaxing and enjoyable to its end. Reminds me of Sherlock Holmes 🕵️‍♀️ but fantasy style. I can’t wait to get the next book after all magical mysteries are afoot! Thank you very much for your wonderful series

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Fresh take on magic.

Magic plus detectives and a little MacGyver sprinkled on top.... It that doesn’t spark your interest throw in great character development and good humor and a good world foundation... Top it of with few cruse words and a great performance by Travis it is easy one of the best fantasy books this year...!

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Really fun story and well read to boot!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Flaw in All Magic to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but based on the audio version I'd be willing to buy it.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the setting. A fun combination of steam punk and fantasy with a healthy dollop of noir.

What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?

I really enjoyed Travis' narration. I like his use of voices and pacing. This is the third or fourth book of his that I've listened to and I can safely say that I will be looking for more in the future. I follow some narrators, because their performance can make or break an audio book. Like George Guidall, Travis Baldree has a voice that is pleasant and consistently improves a story sucking you into it rather than detracting from it.

Any additional comments?

I'm looking forward to listening to the audio book of the sequel as soon as it's available.

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Excellent Fantasy, Steampunk, Orcs, and More!

The Flaw in All Magic
Magebreakers, Book 1
By: Ben S. Dobson
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I love streamline, fantasy, and books with orcs in a positive light, underdog heroes, characters you can really get to know, and a good plot. This book has all this and more. Our main guy doesn't do magic but is working for a University for mages due to a murder of one of his friends. He ends up with a new friend, a female half-orc that helps him. The story is so good!!! Lots of twists and turns and I love their partnership! True friendship.
The narrator is so awesome! There are lots of creatures in here and he is super at doing all of the strange voices for them, lol! He also performers the voices of women so well I forget it is a male narrator. I forget it is even being narrated! I feel like I am watching a movie in my head. Great job!.

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hilariously ridiculous fun

An interesting idea carried out to perfection. The story is hilarious the bad guy seminly obvious yet a solid mystery involving magic.

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Pretty good start to the series.

Plot is interesting.
Loved the characters.
Good performance.
Hopefully, future installments will be even better.

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Break From the Monotonous Genre and Listen to This


Another winning Travis Baldtree narrated audiobook. He totally brings the characters alive with emotion (or in Kadka’s case, lack of emotion but full of jokes) and their unique voices.
A non magical main character uses his knowledge of the world to solve a crime. I’m not crazy about that premise but it worked. I’m just kind of over the newbie showing up professionals.
In this case, the law enforcer, a Blue Cap, if you will (or was it Blue Hat?) is his ex girlfriend. I know. We saw that coming, too. Police being associated with Blue also seemed unimaginative. I wanted new, different, unique.
He acquires a partner. You guessed it. He wanted to work alone.
I overall enjoyed the world building. It was not an info dump.
The third person narrative was a breath of fresh air. Too many books in the genre is first person.
Our main character is level headed and NOT snarky!! Double kudos with a triple shot of espresso.
It was short and sweet. The climax was a bit lengthier than desired, but mostly because it wasn’t action packed. It flowed with the writing style of the book.

I actually adored this book enough to pick up the next in the series. Which is EXTREMELY rare.
Strongly recommended for urban fantasy lovers who want a non epic adventure with promising characters who could be your best book buddies!

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Great story. Looking forward to book 2. The main character can be a little annoying at times but great story so far.

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A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside...

an astral plane. The book was essentially a whodunit but framed in a magical domain. Ben S. Dobson writing was quite good and creating the story revolving around a mundane MC using his, seemingly, sans-magic disadvantage to great effect was an interesting twist. While the book was a bit short of my liking, it was still a worthy listen ... all the more so by Travis Baldree's pleasurable narrating performance.

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Magical, intelligent, and fun.

The story kept me interested all the way to the end where I wound up finishing it in 2 days while doing outside projects. the characters were well done, and storyline was very well formed and exciting. There were no parts of this book that were a boring or felt like a struggle to endure just to get back to the good stuff.

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  • Sally Goddard
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A Detective and magic, what isnt to like?

Brilliantly narrated, a pleasure to listen to.

Looking forward to listening to more in this series.
A stand alone book in its own right but this world and its characters want to tell you more.