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Dark Harvest

Darkling Mage, Book Two
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Darkling Mage Series, Book 2
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

Dustin Graves has three days to live.

The darkling mage has found himself in the company of scoundrels. Maybe that’s what Dustin deserves: a werewolf, a vampire, and a talking sword for teammates, and a rogue sorcerer as his mentor and master.

But a doomsday cult has surfaced. Twelve mutilated bodies are found drowned in blood and in wine. The massacre stinks of both the divine and the supernatural. Worst of all, an ancient god sends Dust on a lethal mission, one he must complete in three days. The reward? He gets to live. Well...maybe.

If you like snarky heroes, snappy dialogue, and a bit of grit and gore, you'll love the second book in Nazri Noor's series of urban fantasy novels. Explore the darkling mage universe and discover Dark Harvest today.

©2018 Nazri Noor (P)2019 Nazri Noor

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Strong follow-up novel

This book builds nicely on the first one nicely, but it is not simply more of the same, while Dustin is still in danger it does feel more personal and on a slightly smaller scale than the previous book. This is not a bad thing as the author had done a lot of the world-building in the first book and now has more time to spend on character-building this time round with the supporting cast seeming to get more attention this time round.

This narrator again gives a strong performance that helps to enhance the story and to help to bring the characters to life more fully with distinctive voices for most of the cast.

Overall, this book works really well as part of the series and as a book in it's own right and I am looking forward to some of the subsequent ones in the series being released as audiobooks.

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

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 29-08-19

Magically Brilliant Series

I love this series. It has action, adventure, magic and characters that you quickly become invested in. The storyline is original and keeps your interest throughout. The narrator is awesome with perfect pacing and character voices that are easy to distinguish and understand. I look forward to more in this series

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  • eris
  • 24-08-19

A great sequel

A sequel to a thoroughly entertaining first book (Shadow Magic) picks up a short time after the events of the first book and has Dustin working with a new group of crooks. As their current objective goes sideways Dustin is forced into a situation that is do or die, and keeps a good ticking clock to drive the pace. With new allies, enemies and some returning faces Dustin races against time to find a way out of the mess he has in.

The narration by Luke Daniels is as per usual great, he is one of the best at voicing snarky and comedic main characters. His comedic timing always does the characters justice, and he has great pacing, range, and delivery that kept me engaged from start to end.

I thought this second entry was a great outing and expanded on the universe while also not giving away too much, for what seems can be a long series. I like the gradual reveals we are getting and look forward to many more adventures in this world. Anyone who enjoyed the first book will like this, and urban fantasy fans should check out the first book.

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

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  • Max R
  • 22-08-19

The shadows can't protect you forever Dust...

This series scratches a big itch for me. I'm a big fan of urban fantasy and with several mainstays wrapping up and Peace Talks still months away, Nazri Noor comes along and delivers exactly what I needed to get me through. I absolutely loved the first book in the series and, while the story here is a complete one that more than stands on its own, you would do well to listen to the first book in order to fully appreciate this one. The action is here, the suspense is here, the wise-assness is here, It's everything you could want from an Urban Fantasy setting less the romance plot.

As has become my custom for reviews, here is my 5 and 5 list:

Things I liked:
1. Character growth. Dust gets some much-needed humble pie in the early and mid-stages of this book that force him to grow and adapt. It was really well done.
2. Sterling makes me laugh... a lot
3. The interplay between Dust and the gods is really fun to listen to because you never quite know what they think or what they want. Nazri Noor does a great job keeping them mysterious yet approachable.
4. COMBAT. Just like the last book, the magical combat in this one is extremely satisfying.
5. The story felt complete. There wasn't a super-dramatic cliffhanger ending that forces you to buy the next one to figure out what happened. Noor is justifiably confident that you'll want to continue Dust's tale without having to be really heavy-handed like some others in the space.

Things I didn't care for as much:
1. Habitual recall to the fact that "somebody should have written a book about it" regarding actions from the first book. The first time was funny, the second was less-so, the third felt excessive.
2. At times Dust gets a little too snarky/juvenile given the reality of what's happening to him in the book. To quote Wayne from the TV show Letterkenny, "Why don't you take about 15% off the top there Squirly Dan".
3. I feel like Carver needs some more page time. Often you know he's doing something really awesome, but we only get glimpses of his power. Sometimes it feels like he could actually solve some of the problems Dust gets into in about 5 seconds.... though that is kind of the point of some of the book.
4. A couple of times in combat things feel a little too convenient for Dust to leverage his unique skills.
5. Dust needs a better foil than Bastion. I'm hoping that Sterling kind of becomes more of the foil-in-chief going forward.

So there you have it, friends. The book is so much fun that I didn't even have to talk about how amazing Luke Daniels is in the things I like section (but he does a great job too!). The series as a whole is on my "would recommend to friends list and I can't wait to see what shenanigans Dust et al get themselves into next!

**Note I asked for and received a promotional copy of this book from the author in exchange for the unbiassed review above**

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  • Carole Wooten
  • 16-08-19

Action filled entertainment!

I thought that this book was really well done. I enjoyed the first book in the series quite a bit so I was pretty excited to start reading this book. It really had everything that I was looking for with great characters, a touch of humor, a mystery that kept me guess, and one of my favorite narrators. I really enjoyed the hours that I spend with this book.

This book is the second book in the Darkling Mage series which I do think is best read in order since this book picks up shortly after the events of the first book. Dustin's life looks somewhat similar but yet different than it did in the previous book. He is still stealing things but he is doing it for a different group. He still has his trusty sword and seems to be able to get out of some pretty serious situations.

The story opens with the search for a very special cup and things go wrong almost immediately. Before long, Dustin has been assigned a task and if he can't complete it within three days he will die. Let's just say that Dustin is pretty motivated to do what he has been asked to do. The story takes quite a few twists and turns and there is a lot of excitement along the way.

Luke Daniels does a phenomenal job with this book. He really was able to bring Dustin to life and I loved the voices that he used for all of the characters. I think that he was able to give highlight Dustin's sense of humor through his reading. He was very easy to listen to for hours at a time and I think that I liked this story just a bit more because of his narration.

I would recommend this series to others. This was an action-filled story where anything could happen. This was a very complete story but there were a few unresolved questions that I hope will be addressed in future books. I can't wait to read more about Dustin and his friends!

I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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  • lisamcintire
  • 13-08-19

Trust in Dustin!

This book picks up right after the first and Dustin is even more snarky, sassy, and lovable than before. Old characters and new return for a roller coaster ride that doesn't stop till the last word is spoken. Dustin has once again found trouble in the only way he can. By being himself. Accompanied by a vampire, werewolf, and a talking sword with quite the attitude, Dustin has 3 days to complete a mission for Dionysus. Failure to do so will have dire consequences... Or will it? The story lines continue to grow. This growth add depth and gives new dimension to old characters and life to the new!

Nazri Noor and Luke Daniels once again deliver an award worthy performance!

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Cleocutie
  • 11-08-19

Good story

Fast paced fun story with interesting and diverse characters. The story flows nicely and keeps you interested.

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  • DSI
  • 04-08-19

Excellent urban fantasy

Second main book in the series, 3rd if you count the prequel Penumbra. Builds the series nicely. This has the makings of a great new urban fantasy series. Fast moving and enjoyable. Narrator also performed extremely well. I will be continuing the series as they are published in audio format.

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

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  • Tyler Mitchell
  • 31-07-19

It's been too long since the last book

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

TLDR; We're picking up with Dustin right where we left off, and what a good pick up it is. A great hidden-world Fantasy book.

This is a great addition to the series, the first one opened up the world really well, and this one expands on it. Adding some new characters, and some new things for Dustin to contend with. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll stay light on the details, but suffice to say it as much fun as the first and I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to the next one in the series.

Overall, pick this up if you liked the first. If you haven't listened to the first you'll need to do that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-19

Love, Love, Loved it!

Very good! I read these books so fast - I'm very excited for the next one to come out, whenever that may be!

Luke Daniels has such an interesting voice, and he isnt scared to play around and, like, actually act! Dustin Graves has such a cool, interesting, and quirky personality - has Luke Daniel's brings it right out!!