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Dark Forge

Narrated by: Mark Meadows
Series: Masters & Mages, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

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Summary

Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stagecoach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her. 

One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along.... 

A powerful story about beginnings, coming of age and the way choosing to take one step towards violence can lead to a slippery and dangerous slope, this is an accomplished fantasy series driven by strong characters and fast-paced action. 

©2019 Miles Cameron (P)2019 Hachette Book Group US

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"A stirring, gritty and at times quite brutal epic fantasy." (Tor.com)

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Incredible story. Incredible narrator.

I loved everything about this book, the perfect follow up to Cold Iron and possibly the best book I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

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Disappointing second part

I quite enjoyed Cold Iron, the first book of the series, but this is disappointing. I’m halfway through and it’s been hard going, even though I wanted to like it and bought extra credits so I wouldn’t have to wait to hear this. It’s pretty much all been a battle -the preparation, the battle itself and the aftermath. 10 hours of fighting with a little bit of magic thrown in and I’m not really sure who our hero’s side is fighting or why. This really doesn’t live up to the promise of book 1, and as book 3 has a military character on the cover, I probably won’t get that I case it’s more of the same.

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Disappointing

Master and Mages series is a disappointing work by the author of the brilliant Traitor Son Cycle. The plot is meandering and lacking nerve. If he had an editor that told him to cut about 50% he might have a story. I have tried several times now, but I can't manage to get through this book. I want to love it. The Traitor Son Cycle is one of my favorite fantasy series ever. But now I give up. Sad.

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Consistently brilliant

Loved it. Miles Cameron is a consistent master story teller. A great heroic romp through an alternate Byzantine empire and beyond.

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excellent story. miles cameron stays on form.

fast paced adventures. shame there is now the wait till the next one. can't wait.

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  • phillip inglis
  • 09-09-19

amazing

loved it, amazing narration brings life to already beautiful words, can't wait for next book.