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Publisher's Summary

With magic, nothing's impossible.

Everyone knew it was impossible for men to do magic, until it happened.

Conryu Koda is a young man of modest ambition. All he wants is to work on bikes and practice Kung Fu. His modest dreams die on the day of The Testing when it's revealed he has wizard potential.

When the Department of Magic announces that a male wizard has been found it draws the attention of the Le Fay Society, a radical group of wizards that view men as little better than animals and Conryu as an abomination. The Society will stop at nothing to see Conryu dead.

©2017 James E. Wisher (P)2017 Tantor

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Worth a listen but just missed the mark

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I was immediately intrigued by the prospect of following a young man who thinks he has his life planned out only to find he is, shockingly, the first male wizard since possibly Merlin. His world is going to be upended because he has not been trained in any way in magic. No males are. And to top it off there are various groups who now want to kill him for upsetting the order of things and being an aberration. The book follows the police investigation of the attempted murder of the young man.

The negatives for me are that: 1.) There is no real description of the world where the story takes place. How does magic fit in this world? Is there any theory as to why only females can be wizards? 2.) The main character seemed to be away through a good part of the story and as a result i didn't get a good feeling of back story for him. 3.) We never made it to the wizard college which I was looking forward to (Not expecting Hogwarts here).

Assuming these things are addressed in later volumes my negatives are relatively minor.

The book is well written and Mr. Hempel does an admirable job of telling the story. The pace is good and I really liked the action sequences.

I do recommend giving this book a try. I know I will be looking into the second book in the series.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom. I have provided this review voluntarily.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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held my attention completely

The Impossible Wizard: Aegis of Merlin Series, Book 1 by James E. Wisher and narrated by Joe Hempel is the first in a trilogy of books. The author has crafted a new and complex world created where magic is real and it can only be wielded by women. Creating a strongly matriarchal society that wields powers in government and all sectors of society. In the last year of school all students are tested for magical potential, even boys, this year one boy named Conry Koda upsets the apple cart by having the highest potential for magic ever.

Conryu is as upset by this as those in the Department of Wizards. Who either views him as proof of their pet theories of wizardry or other view him as an aberration that should not exist. His plans for a simple life of going to a technical school and going to work in a repair shop are gone. If it is at this point you’re thinking Harry Potter nope thing is nothing of the sort. I like the world we have it is a huge world and the book has a massive cast of characters.

This can be problematic for some people because in the world building we don’t focus the entire story on who we believe to be the main character Conryu. There are a few subplots that are followed and might be of less interest to the casual listener. It is all part of the world building by the author putting things in place in the narrative for the other books in the series. The book held my attention and I really had a hard time putting it down and take the headphones off. I really enjoyed this world created by Mr. Wisher. The concepts, characters, and action in the story held my attention completely. This is one of those books for me I shocked it over so fast the 6 plus hours just flew by.

The narration is provided by Joe Hempel. Mr. Hempel provides an outstanding vocal performance in this audiobook. He not only delivering a compelling narration but also provides a range of vocal character’s interpretations. Each character was recognizable with their own unique voices done in a natural manner. The production quality by Tantor was top of the line as always they never fail to produce a high-quality audio product. Not a single glitch, hiss, or pop that this listener was able to hear.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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great story. Merlin lives

good story, I like that the MC is not a weakling but has good skills.lots of potential to mix magical abilties with physical fighting. narrator did very well. good range dealing with Male and female voices.

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The Dresden Files for 9 year olds

I was looking for some books to replace the Dresden Files or The Iron Druid and stumbled across this series. it sounded like an interesting concept and the characters are not too bad the problem is the writer struggles to make the story so safe for very young readers that it becomes ridiculous. unless you're under 12 don't waste your time

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Not a story about a boy wizard

So this was supposed to be a story about a boy wizard in a world where men can't be wizards. Nope, he makes an appearance for a few chapters but after that the book follows a detective and a woman mage in their fight against an evil necromancer who is part of a secret dark society planning magical terrorism in the city. The boy is only the catalyst for bringing to light this necromancer and her real goal was never to kill him, that was just a side thing.

This book is written like a crime mystery. If you like crime murder mystery type books then you would like this. If you thought that this was a book about a kid learning magic, no. He has no interest in magic, didn't even finish summer vacation so no magic school, and so yeah... Now maybe this book is not book 1 but more like book 0.5. Setting up the world or something and later books actually follows the boy as main character. But not in this book.

I could have skipped this book and started with book 2 only needing a one paragraph summary saying "boys can't be wizards but somehow I passed the wizard test and now I am off to wizard school after being kept home during summer break because people didn't like my existence and tried to kill me." Sorry spoiler but that is the first book from the boy's perspective. Boring and no growth at all. Literally nothing else happens involving him. He gets attacked 3 times in very simply solved ways. So 3 half chapters. pluss 1 full chapter if including when he finds out that he is a wizard. The rest of the book is a crime novel not about the main character and there are 10 chapters. Be warned.

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Rookie book

Alright, so many issues with this one. The naration for one, he is not into it, very bland almost like he is reading a dictionary. He seems to have never listened to other Fantasty/ LitRPGs narators ever. Now the story? It's all over the damn place. This male kid is found to be the new protigy of the wiz world, now mind you there has NEVER been a a mage this powerfull or even male since Merlin and people in this world still think Merlin is some myth that was never real. Now all the terrible bad people want his ass dead, just because.

Now let's break down just the basics; if the WORLD the Governments and major magically families of said world found this out, what do you think would happen to this kid? He would be put on lock down and nothing short of the magic equivalent of Navy Seal team would be able to get close to this kid. He wouldn't be able to go to some random fking carnival, he wouldn't be able to have random visitors show up at his apartment even with the crappy wards on it. He would NOT be able wander around without a protection detail, period.

The kid himself, not likable with crap personality. Who talks to a professor that way or anyone the first time they meet them, the kid has no open mind. This is why I HATE YA books arrrrgh!!!

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worth picking up

this was a total blind pick for me and I went in with pretty low expectations. to my surprise I was blown away and so drawn in. I finished the first book in one day and started the second book.

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*Yawn*

good story line, but delivery is pretty vanilla. Hard to tell which character is speaking, and no emotions came across.
Maybe actually reading the book would be better.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Novice novel

The premise is good and there is a lot of potential but either the author is inexperienced or plain lazy. No background lore on the world setting and very little world building at all. the characters are 2D with hardly any explanation of who they are and what their motivation is. The action scenes (so far) are ok but i swear the inbetween moments are a total turnoff. the diction is elementary, the dialogue is boring and predictable, and there are no emotional ties between the characters and reader. the main character is a popular Asian, skull and crossbone motercycle driving, kungfu master, high school student who has a gf/not-gf? Its random, awkward and totally vague. I didnt give it one star b/c i just finished listening to Oathbringer before this and maybe the vast difference in substance is influencing my opinion. anyway, knock yourself out

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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sidetracked

I can only give this book 3 and 1/2 Stars hopefully the second book will have the main character and not be sidetracked it again. and hopefully the main character will get more enthusiastic about being a mage.

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  • paul mallon
  • 12-28-17

it all about the side characters

Would you listen to The Impossible Wizard again? Why?

yes i am looking forward to the next book hopeful the main protagonist get more page time and is longer as i love this writer other works.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

this book main problem is that the side characters get more development and page time that the main protagonist. i liked that it did develop the side characters but they sould not be the main focus it feels like the writer wanted this book to be longer.This book is like side story and the first book is not done yet,that said i did like this the story i just want more from it

Any additional comments?

the writer of this book is one of my favorites and everyone should check out the other books he has written and check this book out to hopeful this review helps you out as it is the first i have ever done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful