• The Traitor's Son

  • Path of the Ranger, Book 1
  • By: Pedro Urvi
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,335 ratings)

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By: Pedro Urvi
Narrated by: John Banks
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A kingdom in danger, a great betrayal, a boy seeking to redeem his father's honor. Will he succeed in exonerating him and saving the realm from an enemy in the shadows before it’s too late?

Lasgol is the son of the traitor; the man who betrayed the kingdom and tried to kill the king. At the age of 15, he has endured a hard childhood. In his small village in the North, where he’s cornered and hated, his only companions are the mountains and ever-present snow. Yet he refuses to believe that his father is guilty, even though the king himself was a witness to the betrayal.

Lasgol is determined to clear his father's name, and to do this, he has only one option: attend the School of Rangers, a secret place where the respected and feared defenders of the lands of the kingdom are trained for four years. Going there is insane: Hate and death await him. But as the son of a Ranger, he's entitled to attend.

At the Camp he will find himself involved in political intrigues, disloyalties, and fights. He will encounter hatred and fearsome enemies, but also a handful of friends; other novices who are out of place like himself, determined to do whatever is necessary to make it through the first year alive.

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Plot holes abound

The quality of the writing is good and some of the characters are great. But the world building and the logic of the world are terrible. Everyone is terrified of magic but tons of people use magic so basically everyone is a whiny scared pathetic hypocrite. It’s like the author started writing one story then switched it half way into a different story and it happens so fast it gives you whiplash, the personalities of most of the side characters switch on a dime in the most unrealistic way and it’s just brushed off like it’s normal.

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Strong narration for weak story

Clean — no sex or swearing. The narrator is quite good. The story is just barely okay, in my opinion. Too bad, because I sometimes like this genre. Here we have simplistic and superficial characters, inconsistent plot, and lame dialogue. Humor is attempted frequently but alas....it feels fake and silly (sticking out tongue, tripping over your own feet, etc.). The mean-spiritedness of the instructors, fellow villagers, and ranger initiates was over the top. Specific scenes focused on developing ranger skills primarily involve running laps and term test sessions.

The hatchling creature has potential, though. And the story ends on a hopeful note.

I much prefer the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Highly recommended.

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Scratches the itch “battlemage” left me

The book was good but it does have its flaws. But first off, the narrator was great. Nothing kills an audiobook faster than a bad narrator. Secondly, after the exposition, the book flowed well. Too many fantasy authors like to flex their flowery vocabulary which ends up slowing the pace to a crawl and ultimately doesn’t advance the plot.

The book also did a good job introducing concepts so that when certain events happened down the road, it didn’t feel like it was pulled out of thin air. On that note, there’s a decent bit of questionable logic. SPOILERS

Turns out dominator mages was a thing and the MCs dad was dominated. The king had found many agents with the same runes and everything. They knew about dominator mages and yet they didn’t even think about investigating this possibility before hopping on the traitor train. In fact the king is a king and should have had access to lots of resources to investigate the runes. Instead it took an unrealistic monologue from the corrupt mage for them to figure out which was stupid imo. A smart person would have kept quiet about the domination so the agents could sow paranoia into the king. He wouldn’t know who was good or bad but now the king knows that those controlled were innocent.

Aside from that I can safely say that I’m continuing with the series.

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Good Start Coming of Age Fantasy

This was a good book.
I generally enjoy books where the characters are sent to some sort of academy to learn magic/how to fight, so this was quite a nice little read.
The main character is a likeable youth who was often bullied for his father's betrayal.
I think that the only complaint I had about this book was that the main character did not have more ranger-like skills. His father was one of the best, after all, so it is unrealistic that he did not teach his son any other skills. He did have some - he could track game well, but he was a poor shot with the bow, and was not a very compitent hunter.
This is still a 5 out of 5 for me. I can't wait for book2.

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fabulous read. entertaining.

Couldn't stop listening. Very fun. Loved the characters and story. As engaging as Harry Potter.

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more like 4.5 stars

solid coming of age story. good characters. good atort. some good twists.
my only complaint. about 2/3 through there is an event that happens that kinda breaks immersion. but it resolves soon enough.
worth the credit.

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really good

Awesome. totally recommend. I would not buy for 25 dollars. you can get 3 credits for $33 way better

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Enjoyable...

No doubt there are similarities with Ranger's Apprentice, Botherband and even Harry Potter stories. I see is as if Skandia (cold lands) now had their own Rangers, and had a special school for their apprentice like in Brotherband and Hogwarts with different master instructors and houses (teams).
With that being said...its kinda the same but totally different. There is a bigger plot that involves the whole kingdom and the rangers seem to be the first line of defense for the king. I did find this story and (book 2) as fun and fresh. Just my knowledge of the other books mentioned gives me a better understand of how things work. I would not say its a bad thing being similar to the others.

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what you need to know

I tend to take it easy on the first and last book of a series. the beginnings can be shaky and not every story makes it to the end. because of that I only knocked one star off of the story. there's at least 16 books in the series as of the time of this review with the first 14 being available in the audio format. this first book has approximately 1,000 reviews so it's not likely that anybody is going to read mine but just in case there is some potential for spoilers here. usually I do not read other people's reviews because they can mess up a story for me. I unfortunately broke this Rule and came across two that seen you have been upvoted and were rather negative. as I progress through the story and found it quite delightful, I kept arguing with those negative review. well I don't agree with how Negative they were ultimately they did prove accurate. the detail that is missing is that at the end of chapter 21 and the beginning of chapter 22 there is a whiplash change to the story. there are some indications beforehand that magic is not well thought of in the story. there's also some indications that the main character has magic. that being said it really only seem to be one of The Supporting Cast that hated it, one who was afraid of it, and one who was distrusting. the main character saves one of The Supporting Cast using Magic and the whole group turn on him viciously. eventually by the end of the story they're all friends again but it didn't make any sense whatsoever. the main character is the son of a traitor. everywhere he goes where this is known he has treated poorly and in multiple cases beaten physically. it seemed as the story was progressing that this would be something hanging over his head for multiple books and yet we've got a conclusion right at the ending of this book. those are the two big issues with the story and to be perfectly honest as a listener I don't really care about any of The Supporting Cast by the time we get to the end of book 1. now that being said it is the first book and there is potential here. there is another great series that if I had stopped on book 1 I would have missed out on an amazing story. I'm hoping that this series is like that one and that it's only going to get better from here. if per chance you do decide to check out the story and you happen to also have Kindle unlimited I would recommend doing that first. don't get me wrong the narrator did a fantastic job. the story unfortunately was rough right there in the center it's spiked hard.

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Good read

Loved the book good narrator to. Great plot I can’t wait tell the next books come out.

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