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Unproven

When Technology Advances and Magic Evolves, No One Is Safe
Narrated by: Jeffrey Howard
Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
3 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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When Shadow, a powerless mage, chose exile to preserve family honor, he didn’t expect a mysterious call to defeat psionic, camouflaging dragons - nor did he expect them to offer him a glimpse into a life wielding a mage’s power. 

Surprises mount when a steampunk army invades his homeland and Shadow is tasked with uncovering the secret behind magic’s evolution while leading a youth team infested with at least one traitor. Distracted by an unwelcomed romance, losses mount as he stumbles through treachery, vampiric vines, ancient disembodied mages, and the legendary Mists of Ishmandool where few escape with their sanity. 

By the time Shadow announces he’s found the solution, it may be too late. Even if it’s not, it risks the complete annihilation of his people and it’s unproven. 

Unproven has drawn comparisons to Ursula Le Guin (Harry Potter’s biggest influence), Elaine Cunningham (the queen of dark fantasy and Forgotten Realms), and Fydor Dostoevsky (psychological godfather of Crime and Punishment). With strong female characters, a dark M. Night Shyamalan twist, dragons on steroids, a Brandon Sanderson-esque tight plot, and prodigious world building, Unproven is destined to satiate listeners who enjoy sword and sorcery, mythical creatures, ghosts, dark fantasy, psychological thrillers, and Dungeons & Dragons.

©2018 Drew Briney (P)2019 Drew Briney

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what was illusion and what was real?

Shadow, a young mage, has a confidence problem. He believes himself to be worthless. He is witness to another mage's unearthing of a kotrakoy, a creature that is a threat to his people. As Shadow tries to warn his people of the reemerging threat, he unexpectedly becomes the leader of a group who aren't necessarily his friends. They are sworn to follow and protect him and are key to his success.

As frustrating as the main character's bouts of self-doubt were, he was interesting and believable. I enjoyed the book and found myself going for "one more chapter" before calling it a night. That is my measure of a good book; do I have a hard time putting it down.

This was my first time listening to Jeffrey Howard. His performance was very good. I enjoyed the way he gave each character a unique voice and cadence. I had a bit of trouble, at the beginning, when his voice seemed to trail-off at the end of a sentence. It didn't take long to adjust, though.

Now the question is what was illusion and what was real?

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Great Story, Bad Reader

I loved the actual story, however the reader did a horrible job. The reader read with the same monotone voice the entire time, and there are several spots in which it seemed as though the readers mike had issues. there was no change in tone or voice for characters thoughts or words. This is the first audio book that I ever fell asleep while trying to listen to. I love the story itself, it just needs a much better presenter.