The Promised Lie

The Unwritten Words Series, Book I
Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
Series: The Unwritten Words Series, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
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In The Unwritten Words series, Christopher Nuttall's story-telling mastery weaves a new epic which follows on from his best-selling Bookworm series and is set in that same world.

In The Promised Lie, the first book of the new series, five years have passed since the earth-shattering events of Bookworm IV. The Golden City has fallen. The Grand Sorcerer and Court Wizards are dead. The Empire they ruled is nothing more than a memory, a golden age lost in the civil wars as kings and princes battle for supremacy. And only a handful of trained magicians remain alive. 

Isabella Majuro, Lady Sorceress, is little more than a mercenary, fighting for money in a desperate bid to escape her past. But when Prince Reginald of Andalusia plots the invasion of the Summer Isle, Isabella finds herself dragged into a war against strange magics from before....

And an ancient mystery that may spell the end of the human race.

©2018 Christopher Nuttall (P)2018 Tantor
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Disappointing

Having really enjoyed most other books by Chris Nuttal,this one was a disappointment. There was way too much palace intrigue, and too little action for my taste. The schooled in magic series was much more enjoyable.

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Please stop stupid. Keep bringing the GREAT on!

5 very sparely awarded stars for Excellency!
[I do not awarded 5 stars unless it blows me out of the water. 4 stars is for good but not knock your socks off. 3 stars is enh, not enough energy to return it. And anything less goes back!

If you like School of Magic and Nuttall's other people-based (as opposed to his Space stories, yuch) snap this up and enjoy. It's a bit complicated for YA but a blockbuster for those of us who like involved plots and well-described people. (Don't you feel happier when an author bothers to get you involved and caring about what happens to her characters? )

First, this is his first series that I've adored since School of Magic. Same reaction as always when a new book in my genres; my eyes light up, my whole body shivers, I reach for my "One touch" (then I wonder if I have enough credits.....buy more of not enough), and I buy it as soon as possible. THEN I read it as quickly as possible.

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  • Sally Russell
  • 10-26-19

Disappointed

Too war/ fighting etc for me, just love the school of magic and bookworm , this was just too much aggressive for me, I prefer the woman’s delicate approach to war

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  • Internal IT Ltd
  • 09-06-18

fantastic story

fantastic story line with a wonderful nirator Zehra Jane Naqvi who plays all the characters with style