• Village of Hawkshead

  • The Abduction Cycles, Book 1
  • By: John Elijah Cressman
  • Narrated by: J.S. Arquin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Village of Hawkshead

By: John Elijah Cressman
Narrated by: J.S. Arquin
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Imagine waking up in a world where magic is real!

One minute Ethan Gower was an average computer technician, playing online games with his friends. Now he’s been abducted and dropped into a strange world with others who have been taken from their homes. And magic and monsters are real.

Now, Ethan is a wizard and must convince his new companions to band together in order to survive in this strange new world as they level up, gain abilities and try to unravel the mystery of why they were abducted and how to find a way home.

But things are never easy and soon he and his friends find themselves in the middle of a conflict that could spell disaster to their new home.

Oh, and there might be something murdering wizards and sucking out their brains.

Could things get any worse?

©2021 John Elijah Cressman (P)2021 J.S. Arquin

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I wanted to like this book, but there were a few big problems that made it hard for me to do so.

First, the narrator. He was totally fine save for one inexplicable choice. I have no idea why, but he chose to make Ethan speak like he was constantly constipated while talking. I think he was trying to effect a nerdy, shy, introvert voice, but not only did it not pan out, the words he's saying don't match the tone he went with. It's incredibly frustrating and hard to listen to.

Another issue is the numerous plot holes that could only come about from a lack of thought put into the writing. These aren't pedantic plot holes either, but glaring ones that stick out like a sore thumb. One example is when t they're jumped by four bandits in a alleyway and Ethan is simultaneously worried his fire magic would obviously out him as a wizard while also affirming the group would kill them all...

Is he concerned a corpse would tell everyone he's a Wizard...?

There are several scenes like this that could have easily been fixed with a slight tweak, but are just ignored, that make me point to a lack of thought...

Finally, by the end I was really getting over Ethan's constant pontificating on whether they're in a simulation when it literally makes no difference. He's CONSTANTLY going on about this to no effect and it's maddening. His assertions that 'this' couldn't be reality because there's magic and a HUD are so hilariously brain-dead, especially given the alternative is even MORE fantastical, that I'd probably find it funny if it wasn't played completely seriously...

I'm not sure I'll continue. As you can see by this rant, I found this book incredibly frustrating...

I did finish it though...

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