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great ending

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-20

A cracking yarn that ties up all the loose ends. my only complaint is that the finale feels a little rushed. the confrontation is good but the MC never quite feels hes mastered it all. that said it does tie off well.

the sudden switch from lovers to parent is still a bit jarring and the romance at the end deserved a chapter of its own (with the thief certainly!) butnits good that Emeline got her time to shine.

i wouldnt object to more stories in this universe, maybe we can see the children, see what other inventions Gabriel decides to push for in the world.

cracking job.

a geeat series, winding tales and fun romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-20

the narrators do a fantastic job of bringing this fantasy world to life. its not grand elves and dark lords - people being people. this is a story full of action and also well timed humour. the romance adds a nice touch, with the harem element - it gets a little heavier in this book with some family developments that feel a little overwrought- the girls deciding as one to get in the family way... but it seems to show the main character as a kinder, caring person and gives them more to fight for.

overall i loved it, despite my little niggle on the desire from all the girls to get pregnant. the intruige, the magic system and the fact that the characters all have their own distinct voices help build a wonderful, warm setting.

a return to normal and ties up loose ends

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-19

after caeco fell out of the main story in what felt like an unecessarily ugly way, this story goes a long way to fill in the gaps and "redeem" things. it does try very hard to reinforce the stacia/ declan connection but does at least give caeco a perspective.

i in some ways prefer her and declan to stacia but this story gives her much more agency and drive, giving her far more character and not treating her like a sidekick or plot device. it also opens up many more avenues for side stories and to grow the demon accords world.

a routine investigation goes deep into infiltration of the government and we get a good return to supernatural detective work. as ever a great story narrated brilliantly.

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fantastic buildup and great worldbuilding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-11-19

this series goes from atrength to strength, avoiding the usual trope of keeping the status quo. relationships expand and the action is tense and hectic. and we get some more insight into the political relations between non earth polities. also, earth governments seem to have finally got the memo about dicking about with superbeings. so we dont end up with yet another military attack. instead we get an entirely believable political assault that is satisfactorily dealt with.

there are now so many characters that there is a bit of slow down in some areas - tanya has gone from enthusiastic and passionate to slightly cool and cynical. honestly I prefer her in the earlier books where she was fired up - about chris, about ai. however the others have grown well. they do seem to occasionally forget the lessons of prior books but overall theres forward motion.

if only they could actually GET RID of one of their enemies- which makes it seen like there's more buildup to come.

declan and stacia still work well, despite their relationship being more snark with only brief snaps of romance. i occasionally miss caeco and wonder whether they may have made a better match, as they seem more in tune - the conflict of prior books being somewhat artificial, albeit in line with teenager angst.

i will have to listen to the next book to find out!!

back to basics and awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-19

this story gives stacia more time to shine and step out as more than a pining character. the developing relationship with declan feels an little surprising but builds on the last book well.

the story does well to focus on smaller issues, more localised. the character interactions are wonderful and the resolution great.

I look forward to more.

small steps some character development

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-19

the last book had some pacing issues. this one improves but then disappoints with forced character changed that seem entirely avoidable and just seem pre planned for future books. this feels like character derail.

the plot is great and fleshes out the world a lot more but this feels like more of a world building / exposition novel.

overall an entertaining story that wasnt as satisfying as previous entries.


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caeco and declan split up and it feels off. the rationale at the end (age etc) makes sense and the other girls vying for attention makes sense but i enjoy the chemistry between D and C. so it feels strangely forced considerin it gets swept under the rug in the last chapter.

the plot obstacles seem rushed and even though resolution could probably be reached it isnt shown in the text leaving it feeling arbitrary a scene showing them discussing things or going over it all could have at least given a more satisfying (for the reader) sense of closure. this is a personal take - it just bothered me and overshadowed the rest of an otherwise entertaining book.

good continuation marred by disatisfaction

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-19

fantastic performance as ever from the narrator. the plot bounces alonf fantastically, building through several climaxes and feels like it should have ended after the Washington fight.


however it gets stretched out at the end for a few more chapters which feel unnecessary and undermine the flow. it then starts to build towards a showdown that then doesnt happen and the characters get flung out leaving a sense of unresolved frustration..reading / listening to it left me feeling disatisfied. the book ties off but there was no catharsis or cumuppance and it feels jarring after a fantastic overall story.

loved it but this feels almost like a point where im uncertain about continuing the story. the characters are great but in starting to dislike tanya and warming a lot more to stacia. chris feels too reactive, too much like a tool of those around him despite his frustration with a nigh omniscient government that never seems to suffer any consequences.

by the end i just wanted the president to fet a decent scare, for his advisors to suffer actual consequence which the book hints towards but doesnt deliver on.

overall a good book but should have tied off a few chapters earlier

excellent world, well fleshed out

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-10-19

loved the story - it stumbles slightly trying to explain everything and with exposition; the pacing occasionally slowing. however it hangs together well- the characters are fleshed out and likeable (though the main character seems to have very low self esteem at times!)

some of the plot points needed telegraphing a bit earlier but its a great setup for the world and series. definitely going to continue on!

great continuation of the story, well narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-19

Gildart does a fantastic job, brinting the world of Mage Verus and his friends to life. the pacing is done well and this novel really feels like a game changer with how much happens in a short perior. the only drawback is it feels like a bridge - you now want to see the other side!

eagerly awaiting the next installment

a great first entry

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-19

A great start to a fantasy series that is hard to beat. the performance here is fantastic - the voices consistent and showing real growth across the saga.

the only areas of critique i have is the pace of narrative and the plot threads that are built up that then go no where or get tied off very easily.

as a whole the story is great and epic, with an early dip into intrigue. the style of writing is sometimes a tad repetitive but saved by the enthusiastic narration.