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Publisher's Summary

Sacred artists follow a thousand Paths to power, using their souls to control the forces of the natural world.  

Lindon is Unsouled, forbidden to learn the sacred arts of his clan.  

When faced with a looming fate he cannot ignore, he must rise beyond anything he's ever known...and forge his own Path.

©2016 Hidden Gnome Publishing (P)2018 Hidden Gnome Publishing

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Amazingly Addictive and Oddly Cleaver

I'm writing this review so people who value a great listen do not pass this book over - I feel the book summary does not do it justice - and you deserve this book (series), it's worth the credits and time. It is cleaver, bridges genres, rises above the level of "simple entertainment" and oddly, sometimes deeply... meaningful. The narrator is fantastic! I wasn't sure what kind of story I was listening to when I started the book - and then, after a few chapters - I still wasn't sure, but the protagonist (Lindon) started growing on me - in a few more chapters, I wanted to reach into the book and "help him" - now somehow I find myself in the middle of book 3, not remembering when I had purchased book 2, still not sure of the series genre and excited when I get time to listen so I can cheer him on - "Go Lindon - you can do IT!" If I had read in the summary the world as I'm going to describe it, I may not have given it a chance - so please do yourself a kindness and don't pass this over because it's not something you are "into". To relate it to books I've read, it's like Iron Druid Chronicles (Kevin Hearne) grabbed a few chapters from each book of the Stormlight Archives (Brandon Sanderson) and wrapped it in an anime world. Lindon, the protagonist, is the ultimate underdog - kind, humble, unskilled, naive and appreciative for what he has. But like most underdog stories, he's not interested in becoming "more" for prideful reasons, he does so accidentally, as he explores the simple curiosities of the world around him, surprised every time he has surpasses an expectation place upon him. And in the merit world he lives in, where those that have the most skill (magical) are valued, and he is judged to have none, the expectations are low and so is the value placed upon him. Then, when he learns his world is a minuscule whimsy caught in the currents of an even greater world, lived in by unthinkably powerful entities, and those he cares about are going to meet a catastrophic end in a 40 year future, he sacrifices himself and a happy 40 year life which he learns he could live, to try and turn this tide. The future is uncertain - but there is a chance... a small chance. He sets off on a long, difficult, painful journey to help those who he cares about, even though they believed him of no value. He is not the best person, or the right person - he just is a person who is commitment to try. "What is the hardest step, the next step,.." This book is wholesome and should be listened to by all ages. The narrator is great at voices and brings the characters to life. The adventure is crazy and fun. EDIT: I just finished book six. 1 thru 6 in row! WOW - Will Wight is an imaginative genius, incredible builder of worlds, and now one of my favorite authors. I have over 150 books in my audibles library and this series is easily in my top 10. Travis Baldree is an incredible narrator - the type of you search through the books he's narrated hoping to discovering another great listen. He is perfect for this series.

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Basically a video game diguised a novel

Interesting at first and well narrated but becomes repetitious and predictable as the hero moves from one level to the next with the help of magic artifacts conveniently strewn about his path. Light weight fun.

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  • mz
  • 10-04-19

Stick with it!

At first I found the narrator's style to be a bit intense, and I almost put it down because it felt like Ze Frank was reading to me. I quickly got used to it and came to appreciate the incredible amount of effort put into this production all around. Travis' style may be dramatic, but it really helps make this an easy listen. This is book is perfect for someone like me that needs something that is both interesting and easily digestible in an audio format.

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A fresh new series!

Seriously, I read a lot of books. Fantasy, SciFi, Mysteries, and plenty of other genres too... and this book just took my breath away for it's sheer uniqueness, as well as its simply superb story! Will Wright didn't rely on any other mythos, or story that I'm familiar with, and so it was all fresh and new to  me... I Loved It! It's very well written... the world building, the magic-system, the evolution of our protagonist (Linden) are all beautifully conceived and executed, and the pacing is well nigh perfect in this fantastic book! Travis Baldree gives another stellar voice performance as Linden seeks out and forges his own path. Are you a little burned-out on the "same old, same old? Here's the cure. A fantasy that has a magic-system, that's so well thought out, that it's easily on a par with  Brandon Sanderson's worlds for complexity and uniqueness!!!  Your library is crying out for this one!                 Story: 5 Big ⭐'s                 Narration: 5 more Big ⭐'s

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Buy Then Binge! Worth every penny

Funny, clever and diverse characters make the plot enjoyable. Rooting for the under dog is always fun, and there are few underdogs with less than Lindon. The Protagonist is scrappy, and starts with nothing and progresses through the story in unpredictable ways. The plot twist make the story feel like a roller coaster, but instead of a peak at the apex you’re dropped through a door in your seat then rescued by Goku. This series is worth every penny! It made me loose sleep, laugh out loud at the gym and at work, and get up and shout for the MC when we grew in confidence and skill. This is my second favorite series now with the first being Orphan X, but my first favorite in the category. You will not be disappointed. If you are I’ll eat my shoe.

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He don’t need no stinkin’ badge

As a young boy all Lindon wanted was a badge. It was a rite of passage for all the youth in his village. The badge symbolized one’s ability and, more importantly, one’s worth to the clan. Sadly, we soon learn that young Lindon doesn’t get any badge at all, he is “Unsouled. “ It is a brand Lindon will be forced to wear his entire youth, ridiculed and shamed by other members of his village; but Lindon refuses to accept his fate. With force of will, and sheer cunning, he is determined to overcome his shortcomings. Through the first four books we learn just how small Lindon’s world really is, a mere cradle in the vastness of the universe, and he soon discovers that there are other possible destinies that await him if he has the courage to pursue them; possibilities that will test his tenacity but also will allow him to grow beyond his wildest imagination. “Unsouled” is an exciting start to a really epic series and a great entertaining experience. I am looking forward to the next release.

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If you’ve found yourself on this page, buy this book

If you are even remotely interested in this books, title, description, or even cover art then buy this book! I was in your shoes not too long ago, pondering which fantasy series to invest myself in next, and let me tell you, Cradle delivers! Without going into spoilers, let me just say that Will Wights world building has given the series emotional weight, while the characters have given the series heart. Masterfully written, superbly paced, and best of all entertaining to read.

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Not as engaging as promised

2.5 hours in and I'm setting it aside. It's not awful, but the story isn't engaging and the characters are flat. I was excited by the shinning reviews. I just can't see how it will deliver. I wouldn't recommend using your credit here.

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Fantastic origin

I read a lot of manga/Manhua (don’t judge me). And this has a strong theme from some of my favorite stories. So excited to see a story like this on audible to give one of my favorite plot types a refreshing twist.

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Just finished 6th book. It keeps getting better

This is a very good book. In the beginning of this series the MC is very weak. He has to cheat his way around every corner and beg others to save him. If that annoys you, like it did me, just have a bit of patience. He is a dynamic character. That means his abilities and personality change over time. Slowly through experience and training Lindon becomes more confident and ...less of a limp noodle. I know the description is a little lacking, so just know that this is a cultivation book. That means people get stronger by meditating and circulating mana. It kind of has a East Asian monk vibe. They go through stages where they get get stronger and stronger in a defined manner, like leveling up. He lives in a backward and primitive village where everyone is weak, and they don't even realize it. Im really not spoiling anything here, so dont worry. I just wanted to say that the first quarter of this book can be rough because he is so weak, pathetic and does a little groveling. Just grin and bare it because the series is def one of my top 10, easily. There is a reason this book is rated so well. Give this book a try. I lost sleep listening to this.

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  • Richard
  • 09-24-18

What an Amazing universe!!!

I can't wait for the rest to be released!!! Recommended by a friend, I was skeptical going in, but after the first few chapters I couldn't wait to lean more about this universe.

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  • hudefa
  • 07-09-19

I love it

Truely a good book and Series overall, certainly worth the listen. Would recommend to people who like cultivation books.

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  • Edward Wright
  • 06-29-20

Too short

Not a bad book, but too short. I'm struggling to justify the purchase of the second installment for such little content.

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  • Vivienne
  • 11-25-19

Well paced and interesting

Reminds me of some of the animes I used to watch like Dragon Ball, Yuyu Hakusho and the like. Nonetheless the story is interesting and captivating. I particularly liked the pacing of the events even if sometimes they are predictable.

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  • Ali Saleh
  • 05-26-19

Awesome, highly bingeable

Awesome, most binge worthy audiobook i listened to in a long while. i don't know how i never heard of it before

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  • SimonV
  • 02-22-19

Superb job

Good story. Im enjoyed. But performance isn't good enough. The narrator has monotone voice, it's upset (

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  • -an-
  • 11-13-18

Fun

Excellent read this not sure I enjoyed the narrator. Read the rest instead but it's an excellent funny story

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  • Ryan
  • 10-13-20

Wintersteel (book 8) is my favourite

I love this series. Unsouled in particular starts off slow, introducing the world, culture and magic system before catapulting you into an incredible adventure filled with ever increasing stakes; well crafted, multidimensional characters and an ongoing struggle for personal advancement. The magic system features madara, basically chi, but brings various other aspects into it, allowing for a great deal of versatility. It’s a I’d give it around a 60% hardness rating. There are rules there but there are enough ways to circumvent them that it feels quite fluid and organic. So while there’s a strong emphasis on advancement levels, I t’s also about the application of power. The writing is solid, with the author focusing on a scenes that forward the overall plot. In book 8, however, he takes the time to write more “supporting scenes”, that fleshes out the characters’ experience more, giving a stronger sense of the world. That said, I binged the first 6 books in just over a week, so they’re still great. Sadly, I’ve since caught up, (waiting for book 8 was torture) so am eagerly anticipating book 9!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-20

OMG wow 🤩

This is such an awesome book, I’m hooked! Everything’s just so amazing, the storyline, the characters the concept. Just love it!

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  • SilverWave
  • 07-13-20

Interesting

Looking for a new series and this is quite interesting. THe performance is fine but has been speeded up a touch too much. Changing the playback speed to 0.8 is perfect.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-12-19

An unbelievably underrated series

The main character, Linden, is born 'unsouled'. But the heights he is reaching towards are unimaginable. A story where the main character is in constant danger. No matter how strong he gets, there's always somebody stronger. But he goes so far. Brilliant world building, very well fleshed out magic system and a fast moving plot. During this book, your eyes will be opened, and then you'll be devouring the rest of the series before you know it. This is a series that only gets better and better. The characters Linden meets are excellent and the series really begins to shine once it gets going. Don't pass on this one, you won't regret picking it up.

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  • Alexander Devitt
  • 08-16-20

Excellent and Interesting

The story and expert narration keeps me emotionally engaged, while the magic mechanics and obscured misconceptions interest me greatly.

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  • jack
  • 11-29-19

Entertaining

Quick and easy listen. Narration was excellent. Story started out well and conceptually is great, 100% plot driven but really loses it as the story progresses. Good enough to finish but lacks depth and could have fleshed things out more.

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  • Josh lombardo
  • 07-14-19

Humble underdog

This book is fantastic the whole series is great had me driving past my house a few times to keep listening, the narrator is really good you can imagine the emotion when he speaks 10/10!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-19

once i started i couldnt stop!!

This book is an amazing beginning to a series that I have already listened to twice!!! its' the series that keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction and "coming of age" genres. Wight has created an intricate world of magic and growth. We view the world from a number different perspectives that gives the reader the opportunity to understand things from a higher level.

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  • storrm
  • 12-04-20

one of the best cultivation series ever

if you like progression fantasy start this! I have read and listened to 100s of books and the cradle series is the top 3 all time favourite that I would recommend to anyone. I should probably add that Travis Baldree can breath life in to any story good or bad and this is not a bad story. give Travis a good well written story and he will give you back a masterpiece

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-15-20

Brilliantly perfomed and written

This is a series you won't regret starting. The narration is excellent, with every character feeling distinct and fleshed out. The writing is truly excellent with a well established world with genuinely intriguing twists. I will say, the writer does seem a tad sadistic in the amount of pain inflicted on the protagonist, but the payoff is oh so worth it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in an epic adventure fantasy story.