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Ascendant

A Dragon Rider Fantasy (Songs of Chaos, Book 1)
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
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Summary

From the author of the Dragon’s Blade Trilogy and the narrator of the Witcher series comes the start of a new dragon-rider epic combining the best of Eragon and Pern with the hard magic of Brandon Sanderson and Will Wight.

Holt Cook was never meant to be a dragon rider. He has always served the Order Hall of the Crag dutifully, keeping their kitchen pots clean.

Until he discovers a dark secret: Dragons do not tolerate weakness among their kin, killing the young they deem flawed. Moved by pity, Holt defies the Order, rescues a doomed egg, and vows to protect the blind dragon within.

But the Scourge is rising. Undead hordes roam the land, spreading the blight and leaving destruction in their wake. The dragon riders are being slaughtered, and betrayal lurks in the shadows.

Holt has one chance to survive. He must cultivate the mysterious power of his dragon's magical core, a unique energy that may tip the balance in the battles to come and prove to the world that a servant is worthy after all.

©2020 Michael R. Miller (P)2020 Michael R. Miller

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YA story

This is a young adult coming of age story so most mature listeners might not like it. Excellent narration but Holt is young, too naive, curious, and submissive which makes it hard for me to engage with. Maybe book 2 will be better.

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Cultivation + Dragon Riders is a potent mix!

Everything I could ask for in a dragon rider epic with a magic system that makes it clear WHY dragons would bother partnering with a human rider. The story hits all the familiar beats but hits them well and hard and I found myself caring for the lead characters. I’m excited to see where this story and Holt and Ash’s magic will go next!

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a great start

it was hard to put this book down and Found myself going to bed early to listen. I love the characters and the pace of the book. The narrator has been added to amongst my favorite and I look forward to book two.

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Nice coming of age story

This review is based on the audible version of the story. I read somewhere that the story was reminiscent of a “How to train your dragon” / Eragon mixture. I enjoyed the MC’s unique dragon and abilities. The fight scenes were descriptive without being overly prolonged and the narration was top notch. This is more or less a classic coming of age story with dragons and a semi cultivation twist. The world building while not incredible was still overall well done. It was fun to watch the MC’s development; however, I found the end/climax scenes abit predictable. Can’t wait for the next instalment in the series.

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Wonderful first chapter to a saga I’ll follow to the end

Gripping story in which we are given a taster of a new world. As we follow Ash and Holt through their unfolding journey we are treated to snippets of a complex history and traditions that I can’t wait to have revealed as the series unfolds. Moments of outrage, tears and laughs. Can’t wait for part 2.

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  • Gnome D. Plume
  • 10-10-20

Dragons, zombies, and coming of age story

Old riff, done well and with new twists. Flavors of Anne McCaffrey, xanxia/ LitRPG without the game mechanics, and zombies. Comes off as YA because of clean language and no sex scenes— not a negative unless that is what you were looking for. Satisfying character development, and growing complexity after a simple start. Great reader for these characters. Will buy next book pre-sale :-)

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  • Jerry Pennington
  • 16-10-20

Absolutely Fantastic!

This book has it all! Magic, Dragons, Friendship, Mentors, Power, Battle, Evil in various forms and did I mention Dragons! It is what I have been looking for since I finished Eragon so many years ago. This is a great story of a servant becoming more than society would allow, while finding friendship, love, and a challenge to become what he was told he would never be. I cannot wait until the next book in this series is out. If Michael R. Millers other series are anything like this, I will be buying them next.

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  • james
  • 12-10-20

amazing

One of the better books I have ever read or listened to. I have read and listened to thousands of books and this is one of my new favorites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-20

magnificent

great story telling and a trip to another world.Best book all year! can't wait until the next one. worth it

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  • Farra
  • 14-10-20

Awesome story excellent narration

This was the best book I have read/heard in a very long time . I truly can't wait for more adventures of Ash a Holt.

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  • Jeff Stoops
  • 11-10-20

Has the makings of a GREAT series.

No spoilers, If you passed over this title, choose it. I too passed it over and needed a book to listen to. It was NOT a wasted credit. The writing, scene building, and overall storytelling are superb. looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Small Mountain
  • 08-10-20

Surprisingly Well-Developed and Accessible

LitRPG-style stories can feel like a bit of a grind sometimes (pun intended) due to corny-feeling rank and experience systems, but this story of Holt and Talia is well-rounded with the intriguing and exciting story and likable characters being prioritized well above LitRPG elements. The world feels rich and deep as well, with a larger challenge overlaying smaller obstacles that range from political intrigue to personal loss to courage in the face of disability to a straight-up terrifying local invasion. I will definitely listen to the next installment if/when it becomes available.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-20

wonderful

a perfect book to read to the 2 family and lose yourself in excited for the rest

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-20

My new favorite author and hopefully vey long series

A lesson learned for me, don’t fully base your expectations of a book or series on other people’s reviews. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for 20 more to be written. For myself I place this right up there with The Sword of Truth series. Like with the Sword of Truth series I will be checking back constantly waiting for any word on upcoming releases or even just a small tidbit from the author on what’s happening in the Song of Chaos series. I will be checking out everything Michael R. Miller has written in hopes of another great find.

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  • Noah Richard
  • 04-10-20

Amazing

What an amazing story, one that follows the path of other dragon rider stories yet does so in a fantastically unique and one of a kind journey of its own. Ever since the first chapter where my interest and heart were both snatched up i found myself hooked and wanting to read on and on non stop! Which i did to the best of my ability! And having reached the end i find myself only craving to know more! As readers we find the answers to many of our questions, but now are met with so many more questions than we know what to do with! I look forward to the next book and cant wait to see what other journeys and treacherous adventures Holt and Ash find themselves in next! Thank you for the Wonderful Narration Peter Kenny, and Thank you for the Absolutely Amazing read Micheal R. Miller ^-^