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The Tree That Grew Through Iron

The Panagea Tales
Narrated by: Gerard Marquez
Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
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The world's end was his beginning.  

Whole chunks of earth are withering away from the mainland and falling into the sea. Natural disasters are claiming thousands of lives. Prayers are no longer answered by gods. Prayers are answered by machines and the Time Fathers of Panagea.  

Nicholai Addihein, one of the eight ruling Time Fathers, struggles to save the lives of his people. After a single moment of misunderstood treason, he must also save his own.  

While running from the wrath of Panagea's other Time Fathers, Nicholai lands in peculiar company. Can a fabled immortal, a crew of societal rejects, and a silver-haired woman with a mysterious past breathe life back into a world on the brink of death?  

With all of existence at stake, Nicholai and the others prepare to fight until their last breath to change the fate of Panagea. Who would ever guess that success might be just as fatal as failure?

©2018 McKenzie Austin (P)2019 McKenzie Austin

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By far my new favorite fantasy series!

The Tree That Grew Through Iron is an amazing fantasy tale centered around a handful of heroes trying to save Pangea. A world filled with Time Fathers , Earth Mothers and lots more types of magic involved. A man trying to save hos daughter by stopping time even though he isnt supposed to is what sets this epic adventure in motion. I loved this book and I can't wait to get a hold of the second book! So beautifully written that it will keep anyone intrigued.

I was given this audiobook review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Phenomenal story!

I listened to the preview of this book but it did not do justice to the phenomenal story inside. Technology has taken over Panagea and forest are destroyed so technology can advance. To this end, hypoxia and natural disasters claim thousands of lives. Enter Nicholai, one of several Time Fathers, who, in a moment of desperation, stops time to try and save his daughter. After fleeing his homeland, he joins up with the immortal Captain Kazuaki Hidataka and the rest of his crew. This sets off a series of events, some catastrophic, that will either save or destroy Panagea and the ones he loves. McKenzie Austin's engrossing tale has it all. Action, drama, love, loss, tragedy, not to mention twists and cliffhangers that will leave you breathless! McKenzie's writing evokes and conveys raw emotion you can both see and feel as the story unfolds. Gerard Marquez delivers a solid performance by breathing life into a masterfully crafted world and characters you will both love and hate. I look forward to learning more about the time fathers, earth mothers, their powers, and how they work. There is a reason this book was a Gold Medal Winner in the 2018 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards. This award winning book should be on every listeners list. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the next audio book installment.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary honest review

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 09-07-19

A Definite Page Turner

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The first thing that is apparent in this book is that Austin has a grasp on character development. A lot of this book was devoted to that and usually I harp on books going into too much detail or being too long because of this but I thought that she did a good job walking that tight rope of being overly descriptive and actually giving great details. The same can be said about setting the scenes. They were described well without being too wordy. Unlike I’m being in this description here.

The story itself was enjoyable – I usually do not read a lot of (what I would call) Epic Fantasy usually because of its length – but it didn’t bother me in this story. I thought that the scenes and overall vibe of the book was well told and every part that I would have shortened would have most likely taken away from the pacing and vibe that Austin was going for.

Another thing that is apparent is that Austin loves a good shock and awe (or other may call it cliffhangers). They happened a lot in this book and every time you think you had something or someone figured out, boom, another change up. It made for a fast read and a definite page turner.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad that I read it. I usually don’t pick up longer books like this but I’m glad that I did.

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Of flowers and metal

A great and emotional story which will have you smiling and laughing then on the verge of tears. I do hope all that eye the book will give it a chance. I loved this redition and thoroughly look forward to the next.

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Amazing!

What an epic book! The actions of one heartbroken man trying to save his dying daughter triggers events that literally change the course of humanity and time. The Tree That Grew Through Iron is one of my favorite books I've ever read! The author does a spectacular job laying out the world of Panagea and elaborating enough so that the reader truly feels like witnessing the events in the story. I hope that this one becomes a movie or series of movies!

The narration is also amazing. The narrator puts a lot of effort into creating emotion and giving characters their own voice (some sounded similar, but with a story this epic it would be impossible for one man to voice the entire cast and not sound similar).

I received this audiobook from the author/publisher/narrator in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much, Ms. Austin!!!

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EXCELLENT READ!

I absolutely loved it! This book caught my attention from the very beginning and held throughout the entire story. It was such a great fantasy world that you could envision. The narration is superb and gives the story that extra flair! It will keep you entertained. The author does an excellent job with the character builds and plot. I look forward to reading more books in this series! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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my favorite book!

the narrator did a great job, I've read the book before and the audio book was great to "re-live" the experience again. I really look forward to them doing the 2nd one as audio book too. I'm only sad I'm through it already. I crave more! guess I just need to pick up book 3 and finish it.

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Such a well developed World!

so perfectly painted, you feel like you are actually there.. in the city, on the ship, walking on the island..... can't give away much more! fun to read, just couldn't stop.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-17-19

A unique and intriguing world

I requested a copy of this book to review because of the world hinted at in the summary. This is not a traditional fantasy world, it is a distopian capitalistic technocracy led by the time fathers, and that is not an honorary title, without them time physically stops.

Nature has had to make way for industry and the continent suffers for it, with people having to take injections to protect themselves from pollution and oxygen deprivation. Magic and gods still exist in this world, although there is little room for them on the continent.

The book is well narrated and my only criticism would be that the source of the time fathers power is never really explained (in this book) leaving you wondering why people who purport to shun magic aparently use it habitually to keep time running.