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Curse of Sekhmet

Casters of Syndrial, Book 3
Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
Series: Casters of Syndrial, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

Nathan is preparing to fight a dangerous caster, but the real threat to Syndrial takes everyone by surprise. When he writes about murders that start coming true, he has to stop a killer that is closer than he thinks. Time is against him.  

To save Syndrial from a devastating threat, Nathan and his brother will have to work with some unusual allies. As they face old and new opponents, they uncover secrets that hit a little too close to home for Nathan. His Writer ability has been a powerful tool, but this time it might be a curse.

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More exciting adventures

This book kept you in suspense throughout the entire story. It involves the two twin brothers who must return to their birth world to save it. But they really have no idea what the problem is or how to save it. To make it more interesting they get involved with a young boy who isn't able to communicate with the world but it turns out is essential to the quest.

The two main characters are developed further in this book and more of their relationships with others and themselves are brought to light. It was great character development.

The many issues the two have in overcoming the people who are trying to prevent the world being saved is played out well.

Narration of the book is exceptional. It was a pleasure to listen to.

It left you with the hope and expectation that there would always be more adventures for the two brothers to get involved in.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of a fair and honest review.

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Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed this! It’s just such a good story and can’t wait to find out if they’ll have more adventures!
Brilliantly read too and I’m looking forward to listening to more of his work!
This is a freely given review of a free review copy.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 23-07-18

The Writer of Syndrial spells DOOM

I have been with this series since I first started listening to Audiobooks, it is probably the second or third series I actually jumped into, and I do not regret it at all. This book does the listener a favor, if you are not all caught up on the series, or have been away from it and need a refresher, as it plays catch up for you at the beginning. Personally, I skipped it. As much as I love J. Scott Bennett's voice I do DO recaps, and would only consider it if I had amesia. SO, please feel free to leap directly into the story.

A jump later and you will find the brothers embroiled in a situation that only escalates their end of the world issues. One thing that I really appreciated here is that even thought the pair are caught up in an apocalypic scenerio the book still stays light and fluffy for most of te time, not that it isn' serious, it is just that this could become really dark if not for Oxford's wise choice to let some steam out of the pipes before they blew everything to hell. Naturally, this plays right into Bennett's court. He has really nailed the characters and tone of this series since the beginning, and if you have listened to him anywhere else, you know that one of his fortes is lighthearted goofiness at its finest. So, taking some of the dark and dread that is hanging over the brother's heads is something he can do effortlessly. I have no doubt that you will enjoy this book, and the entire series if you haven't started it at the beginning.

This is listed as the final book in the series, and I think that it does its job and settles things nicely, while leaving an opportunity to come back if Oxford wanted to do so. The series is fun, and I adore trilogies, as they allow a full stroy to be told and not kill a series off with a slow death. So, don't be put off by the final book stuff. The writing and characterization is excellent and the narration couldn't be better unless they used the voice of Metatron himself. Have fun and please pick this book up! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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  • Daniel O.
  • 21-07-18

As entertaining as the first 2 Syndrial books

Like with book 2, there is a brief summary of the series at the start, it was very concise and reminded me of all the important events in the first two books. It's great if it's been a while since you read/listened to book 1 and 2; you can skip it if you just finished the previous books and the story is fresh in your mind! You could also use this summary as a way to just jump straight into book 3 (but why?! read/listen to books 1 and 2 first!).

The pace and storytelling method of this book follow the previous. It's not too serious with a splash of snark and silly encounters (quite a contrast to the end of a world plot that the story revolves around) and I think that is what makes this an entertaining read/listen, much like the first two books. I think what I enjoyed most about this book is that we get to know a little bit more about the gods that have been introduced in the previous 2 books and see the two brothers grow a bit more.

Overall, If you enjoyed the first two books, you can't go wrong picking up this one too.

Narrator J. Scott Bennett (again!) performed wonderfully and I would definitely consider the presentation here a pleasant experience all around.

I am looking forward to reading/listening to more by Rain Oxford and J. Scott Bennett!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • MeDi
  • 01-07-18

Book 3

There are many characters and their nontraditional roles of good and bad. There's a psychotic split personality that can do tremendous good because of his overwhelming love for his twin brother

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 30-07-18

J. SCOTT BENNETT ROCKS AS USUAL, GREAT STORY!

I admit, this is the first in the series I've listened to, but I think the author and the narrator's brilliance (he rocks!) really gave me as good an understanding of the prior story as I could get without having listened to it myself. I thought the story was awesome, it's a different end-of-the-world tale with some humor/sarcasm, so as not to take you "too far down." I was brought into a world of magic, action and fantasy, following brothers Nathan and Luca as their journey transports them to another land called Syndrial. It's a fantastically written and narrated tale, and if you're into this type of thing, and even if you're not, I think you'll really enjoy it. :)
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 26-07-18

Thrilling story

This is an exciting continuation of the Casters of Syndrial series, but don’t worry if you haven’t listened to the first two books as you will still be able to follow the story because the author recaps the prior books well. Writer and Painter are great characters, they compliment each other perfectly and you can’t help but like them. Their relationship grows and they learn to work together better as they strive to help save their world from an apocalyptic event that they cannot resolve alone. With an untrained power, uncooperative gods, revelations, trials and dangers, this story is exciting and has lots of action. The narrator did a great job with the whole series, creating tension in all the right places but also showing the humor in the story very well. His voices are consistent from book to book, making the characters easily recognizable and giving them individual voices. I really enjoyed the repartee, the relationships, magic, dangers and intrigue in this entertaining story.

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  • TU
  • 24-07-18

a good book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I ended up skipping book 2 to listen to this one. Thankfully, the author does a great job of filling in the pertinent details from the last 2 books so even a new reader won't be lost. This story was just as entertaining as the first and the narrator did a good job. Better, in fact, than the first book. Definitely worth checking out if you like a good fantasy story.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 23-07-18

Writer and Painter are back!

Writer and painter are back. This time their whole birth world is in danger of destruction. There is only one person who can save it and neither of them is that person. They have a short time to find this person and get him/her where they need to be. Trials to pass and patron god to choose. Things will occur that could not be predicted or prophesied. Get ready for a great tale! Well written and well narrated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 07-07-18

Let this cast a great listen

This is a great audio. The author wrote a great story. It is book 3. I have not listened to book 1 or 3 . But you can listen to this as a stand-alone. It seems you should listen to the other 2. Scott Bennett as a narrator was great . He had a clear voice . Scott played the parts fantastically.

This is a story about the hero that wants to help his brother out. There is gods in this one and other entities that play a big part in the listen His brother has two sides to him . Grab it and see how it plays in the story

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  • Deedra
  • 24-08-18

Curse of Sekhmet

This is the third book in the series.Writer and Painter have to save Syndral.Everytime they think they know what is going on,something changes.I enjoyed this book.J. Scott Bennett was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Ronald Shaw
  • 09-08-18

What Appears to Be Can Be Decieving

If like me you are coming upon this series on this, its third installment, then you will appreciate the fast and concise summary that readers are given at the start of the major events that came before. This becomes especially true when people and their stories (as the audience knows them) become twisted. When you mix this with the training of the under-trained, the paranoia of the targeted, and the frustration of the under-informed, then put all of these volatile elements under the pressure of a prophecy of doom, and you can get some explosive results.

As always the narrator performs excellently. Unfortunately due to several high-speed conversations between family members of the same gender and similar temperament, even the skills of this very skilled and versatile narrator are not enough to keep the differentiation clear and distinct.

Although this story is in-depth enough and engaging enough to stand on its own, I made a realization as I listened that both saddened and irritated me. One of the supporting characters that seems to play an ongoing role in the series, looks to be very underdeveloped in this story. Fortunately for me, I had already ready a considerable length into one of this author's other series (Elemental) in which this character, his magic, his family, and his world are more thoroughly explained as well as how certain styles of magic work. This information would be extremely useful in understanding many elements of This story.