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Publisher's Summary

Ayden Dracre, the youngest son in a family of notorious sorcerers, is content with his magical studies until Merlin leaves Caldaca in order to find a way to break his curse. While waiting for Merlin's return, Ayden makes a mistake that causes him to question his magic.

He soon discovers both his aunt and Merlin are in danger, and in order to save them, Ayden is pushed further than ever before. With two powerful enemies and a dark presence haunting him, Ayden will have to be very careful about who he trusts. Meanwhile, Merlin must rely on Ayden when his past returns to threaten his future.

©2016 Rain Oxford (P)2016 Rain Oxford

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More of what I Wanted to Hear!

What made the experience of listening to The Wizard's Secret the most enjoyable?

J. Scott Bennett's performance is EXCELLENT. Having come to enjoy the characters, writing, and story from the first book, I found digging deeper to be a pleasure

What did you like best about this story?

Ayden's misadventures are a pleasure. His sense of humor is great, and the culture references were a joy. Having read all 3 books at once I THINK this was in book 2, but I loved the reference to the pocket riddle!

What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?

J. Scott Bennett adopts other voices perfectly for each character. Merlin sounds wise and maybe snappy sometimes, Ayden sounds... well, appropriately silly at times, wistful, and light-hearted. Female voices are done in such a way as to be appropriate as well. I found his transitions to be seamless.

Any additional comments?

I was provided with this book free in an exchange for a review. I do not color my reviews in any way based upon this fact. I read for my own enjoyment.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The Wizard's secret

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the first book and the 2nd book is just as good. The plot is not that hard to follow and that makes the story enjoyable to listen to.

What does J. Scott Bennett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great job of the narrator

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie F.
  • LONG BEACH, CA, United States
  • 08-24-16

A great second book, every bit as good as first

I was excited to listen to this book because I really enjoyed the first book in the series. This is a great epic fantasy including fairies, zombies, sorcerers, Merlin, and more. As a bonus, this book is totally family-friendly without being juvenile, and it is appealing across the age spectrum. Though I listened to this audiobook, narrated by J. Scott Bennett, by myself, I know the rest of my family will enjoy it, too, so I'll give it another listen with them on our next big road trip. This book is fun and fast-paced with interesting characters, which narrator Bennett brings to life. (I really enjoy all of Bennett's narrations). I can't wait for the next book and highly recommend it for fans of fantasy, as well as people who are looking for an entertaining adventure for any age.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Merlin!

Ms. Oxford did not let me down with the second book in this series. I was so excited to receive it that I listened to the entire thing in a weekend. I love how we get a lot more inside information on Merlin in this book. It draws you in even more. I really enjoy how there are multiple nods to other stories but with the author's own twist on them. Onto book 3!

*I requested this book and am voluntarily leaving this review

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great fantasy read

This is a fast paced, enjoyable fantasy tale that follows on well from book one. It tells some of Merlin's back story and leads Ayden on interweaving adventures as he tries to help his friends and discover where he fits in the world and who he wants to be. The characters are entertaining and have grow in depth as the story has progressed. You can not help but like Ayden's unassuming strength and reserved personality, he is funny, somewhat quirky and very likeable. Humour runs through the whole story and the narrator of the audiobook shows this well. J Scott Bennett gives individual voices to each of the characters and his inflection portrays the emotions and excitement well, bringing the characters and the story to life. I enjoyed the narration, the characters and the story as a whole, in this family friendly fantasy adventure tale. I will look forward to the next in the series. I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest opinion.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

I thought this was a solidly written book with a good storyline and likable characters. It has a humorous, light tone to it and the writing style really draws you in. I actually listened to this book first by mistake, but still thought it was very good.

The narrator for the book is quite good with the voices and is overall a top-notch performer.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Merlin needs a hug!

What did you love best about The Wizard's Secret?

The back story was very well written though a bit sad. I loved it and cant wait to listen to the next one.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are too cute

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Wonderful travel companions

Would you listen to The Wizard's Secret again? Why?

I love how the characters grow and develop on their adventures through the series and the story is told so beautifully that I feel like I am traveling with them. Their adventures become my adventures and they are adventures that I want to visit again and again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really love Aiden. He is such a genuine character and he is open to learning. He wants to grow and develop and be the best that he can be. It makes me want to keep listening because I know he will do it and I want to know how.

Which scene was your favorite?

There's a bit with Aiden and the fairies that is perfect. I can't give away more than that.

Any additional comments?

This is a great series! I am so glad I got started in it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I loved it and would recommend it for a light read

A great second book in the series with a fun and bright style of writing.

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A mix of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland

I really enjoyed this funny and quirky story, that has a good mix of fantasy and paranormal creatures. Usually the fantasy and paranormal genre shouldn't be mixed, but the primary audience for this series is tween/teen/young adults, so it works fine here. I'm sure also many adults will enjoy it and it could be rated like the first Harry Potter Book - it's for everyone!

I felt I was in a world of Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland at the same time. We're in the Endless Forrest where you can get in but not out. We meet all kinds of creatures and the creatures/characters are well-developed. We'll also get into the world of Merlin and eventually Merlin and Aiden will have to work together. I also loved how Aiden was developed - his personality and his back-story. Very well-plotted!

J. Scott Bennett was extraordinary in his performance and made everything come to life in a spell-binding way. I've listened to his performance before and will bet on, that this is his best performance so far. I loved his voices and humor-filled narration.

*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Emily
  • 01-22-17

The Wizard's Secret

Any additional comments?

I received a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was a good sequel, fast paced and interesting. It was well characterised, action packed and brilliantly written.