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Summary

Every year, the empire administers the rite of passage into adulthood. That rite serves to identify those blessed by Aether to become magi. The new magi are shipped to the academy to learn the arts of magic.

The academy is a dangerous place; the tournaments held twice each year can cripple or kill the students, and the clans of the empire will go to great lengths to recruit the students they want.

Gregory had one dream: to become a magi like the legends of old. Though he was ridiculed by the residents of the village and his unsupportive father, he never wavered from his dream. Would his age day bring the fruition of his dreams, or would reality come crashing down on him?

(This audiobook contains some adult themes.)

©2020 Daniel James Schinhofen (P)2020 Daniel James Schinhofen

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generic stilted story

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it is exactly the same as his other stilted uninspired books. one dimensional predictable characters weird and strange sexual bits. awkward .
I have no idea how a book like this gets written by a non robot.

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it's a bit better than some. I think I have a high bar. it has good ish structure and leveling.

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Andrea killing it as usual

I really like this series and Andrea does her usual excellent job of bring it to life.

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Fun story and well narrated, shes so funny and brings the story to life

Keeping it short, the story was fun and ill look out for the next book! Keeps you on your toes with his magic and great fun in general. Bloopers at the end killed me!

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Gem

Amazing story, you have magic, cultivation and an academy setting. The world is vast and interesting, the clans are unique and powerful. The MCs are both underdogs with interesting abilities. I can wait for more.

It can be overly soppy at times but nonetheless it is an awesome book.

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superb

amazing book, with a great progression! i cannot wait for the next book! greg needs to get his OP magic going for him!!!

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I really want more

Story:
Interesting, refreshing and a slow burn.

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Really good voices and the bloopers are inspiring

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Good start, the right voice actor and a promising future

How the book feels:
It is like the first few chapter in a good book

Message to the author:
Can you make more books from this series? I love it.
Can you dobbel or triple the blooper length? It was pure fun and joy.

Thanks.

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Really good

Good an though out story. Coming of age with nice magic, action and romance. Nice characters. Good narration.

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Epic

Epic books epic author epic series epic characters best narrator top class writing interesting story

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  • 09-01-22

Interesting story with too many distractions

The overall story was interesting and I kept wanting to hear more.

At the same time I think that the whole sex/love part of the story was not written particularly well.

The narrator was clearly putting a lot of efforts to make the different characters sound distinct. I believe however that she picked the most irritating sounding ones for the main characters and I hated how it turned out

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A grade-A performance of a grade-B story

This book reads like a snack, as opposed to a meal. It has enough substance to keep you going and coming back for more, but not so much depth you come back for a reread or think much about it outside of listening.

I want to praise Parsneau's narration, which really carried the story. Her voices and line delivery really sold the characters and set the tone of the various scenes. Excellent work!

The plot of the book isn't complicated, which makes it easy to follow the story. The world and it's inhabitants are well rendered, though the characters feel very two-dimensional.

Both the plot and characters come across as predictable, but it's more of a comfortable predictability. If you're looking for high stakes, plot-twists, and characters who fail and struggle to reach their goal, this is not the book for you.

If on the other hand, you are looking for a comfortable listen to straightforward success story, then give this book a chance!

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  • kevin
  • 06-09-20

author missed being awesome... again.

tired far left tropes to be found here slavery and racism(+more) and then the female characters being better at most things then the male MC. the author had a great concept with work with actual other races other then the human race in the world almost could of shown us that the other race and mixed offspring where just like humans but had to be all blatant and boring smashing you the reader in the face with the don't be a racist slavery is bad flat out telling you and not showing you because the target audience would miss it if the message was shown instead of told like having Waldo take up both pages and the target reader still cant find Waldo. this is the second book I've tried from this author he almost can write a good book if he could only focus on entertaining people and showing us an epic tale and not pushing his political opinions. this one could be amazing if he could only keep his ranting and ravings out of it.


okay rant over so this story had potential for some empire forsaken nobody fringer who grew up in a decent community be the chosen one who could rise up in power to right the wrongs who found true love and rise to the top together.

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  • Benjamin
  • 31-08-20

whoa

This was SOOO different from what I expected from a schinhoffen book. Honestly its better than any of his other series, and im placing it above any of the wuxia books I've read except maybe the unsouled series, and maybe the cultivating chaos books depending on how the 2nd book turns out. Not a litrpg and the dirty stuff is missing from this book by a 95% difference then GFL and the others.

The story is different from the average wuxia, mc isn't overpowered but the set up is interesting. The story focuses more on lore and world building with action where it needs to be, all while the mc is trying to discover his magic.

Parsnips did great as always, and I have to rate this book 9/10 but a 5/5 if you go by stars.

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  • Chaz R.
  • 02-09-20

knew nothing, love everything

I can't say a lot because there be spoilers, but I'll say this. I really appreciate the story breaking a particularly hated troupe of mine involving relationships. As well as letting the story flow like normal stories. No edgy plot, or surprise sadness and depression to make the character crawl back from the brink; i appreciate that at times.
Also loved the bloopers at the end Andrea rocks and sounds adorable.

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  • Ed willson
  • 23-09-20

Great! Nice Change of Pace

Great listen. I'm not a fan of harem novels, but Daniel gets my reads because they entertain me. Suprisingly this wasn't one. it's like a real mainstream novel. there is definitely potential for the series. I'll be waiting for the next one. Andrea was great as always. she's one of my favorite voice actors.

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  • Brandon Edwards
  • 04-05-21

found it off putting

It felt like there was a lot of Japanese culture added to the story that just didn't feel right in this world. The main character wasn't exposed to it until the events of this book even though he never left his home country. Then the constant emphasis on how basically everyone who has power is a bad person was annoying. The world was made to be a terrible place to make the main character look like a good person, when he would be just a decent person on earth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-20

Excellent book!

This book was on start to stop with no pauses. It was so good I couldn’t put it down not even to sleep. The only disappointing thing about it is as of the time I am reading this the second book hasn’t come to Audible yet. Also the bonus of the bloopers at the end of the book were hilarious I wish more audible books included that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-21

SIMP: The Book

You can really tell it's written by a lonely middle aged man. Narration is annoying too, the main character sounds really really pathetic. Weird to say because I liked how she narrated the wandering inn, but it's annoying to listen to. The sex scenes are soooo cringy they should never have been written

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  • Michael Thorp
  • 08-09-20

Another great book by Schinhofen.

Excellent writing and storyline. Andi does a great job as always. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • TheBugEyedCow
  • 16-09-20

Hahahahaha!!!

OMFG! I'm crying laughing. OK, taking a deap breath.... So, this is a fun book. I will be listening to the next one and I highly recommend listening to this one. The story is good with a great slow burn sense of world building and character development at just the right pace to keep us on the edge. The narrator was amazing! When you get lost in the story, you may take for granted her range and talent until the book is over... then they slap you in the face with the bloopers!! Yep, this needs to be a regular thing from now on at the end of every book. I'm still laughing!

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  • Joseph
  • 16-09-20

ok so at first I was like...

let's give it a whirl I mean I like the apocalypse gates and even if I can't sit and listen to them publicly cause I have a young boy and parts he's not supposed to hear yet. let's see how this book is...

not gonna lie I love it world building is great it's far more suited to playing in the home with others around. also I am honestly reconsidering something I was doing in the past with my Asian theamed d&d games... namely how magic classes would work out.

that aside I like the story I'm seeing I like the growth and I obviously love Andrea's rendition please keep doing this series? amazing voiceing and paceing... and I should no go to sleep stayed up two extra hours to finish the book

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