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Hollow Core

School of Swords and Serpents, Book 1
By: Gage Lee
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

Jace Warin never wanted anything more than to attend the School of Swords and Serpents to escape the labor camps and restore his family's stained honor.

But the determined young martial artist soon discovers the school he's always dreamed about is teeming with secret plots and sinister designs. To survive, he will have to master long-lost jinsei techniques, repair his wounded soul, and face down a most unexpected enemy: The Academy's ruthless headmaster and cunning professors.

Hollow Core is the first book in the School of Swords and Serpents series, a tale of wuxia adventure, cultivation mastery, and lurking threats.

“Wow, this book is crazy-good. If the Harry Potter series were somehow violently smashed together with the characters from Mortal Kombat, you might have something that comes close to the School of Swords and Serpents.” (James A. Hunter, best-selling author of Rogue Dungeon, Bibliomancer, and the LitRPG epic Viridian Gate Online)

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Theoughly enjoyed listen

A great listen and a wonderfully emotional main character who draws our attention in and his underdog story soons has us cheering for him. World building by Less is exacting and works well in this scenario and Proczko does very well with this narration. I liked the Academy and its supporting cast of characters and im sure they will work out even better in further adventures as will the challenges Jace shall face. I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts for everyone.

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Exciting New Under dog Story

Looking forward to Next book, totally enjoyed this Story. Has potential to be very big.

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  • Lajarhed
  • 22-05-20

don't like

I just don't like it because too submissive also like punishing the main character in this life it's unnecessary and it just like everybody being mean to him and it just don't make sense just doesn't

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-07-20

WTF?? why make this

the most depressing sadistic pile of poop I've had the unfortunate experience of listening to. this is for people that want to escape into a world of suck. is your life too good? are you too fortunate? do you wish that your life have more pain and suffering? well let this book carry you away! you can put yourself in the shoes of someone who the very fabric of reality is contrived to make their life suck. and don't worry it never stops till the end of the book which will probably be difficult for anyone to get to if you happen to be a fan of normal cultivation novels. it seems like this author tries so hard to not create an overpowered MC that he donkey punches the MC Oblivion.

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  • David R
  • 20-07-20

Another Weak MC

I should have listened to the review that said the MC was too submissive. If you want to listen to a book about torture, abuse, and slavery where everything bad that can happen to the MC does and nothing good happens then read this book. But It was so cringeworthy I could barely finish it. Don't waste your time.

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  • Danny Moody
  • 20-05-20

Brutally awesome

Really cool premise from which to establish a series. I love the brutality of the school I just feel like the MC has more than his fair share of adversity. But he definitely comes out better because of it. The narration was solid.

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  • Joshua
  • 10-08-20

interesting story but with many problems

This is a hard book for me to rate. The story is interesting but there are so many flaws that I cant count them on two hands. If you are uninterested in hearing about such flaws skip the second paragraph. I like the idea of how the main characters path develops and the blend of mystic power and current technology is interesting. However, there are so many issues that I almost stopped listening. Ill just rattle them off. If you dont want to hear a rant, skip this. The main character is submissive, weak(eventually not physically but always emotionally), and extremely unclever. The actions/events are extremely juvenile and impractical. There is no society anywhere that considers yes or no answers only as a fair trial. Thats not even reasonable. Everyone hates the main character immensely with very little cause except for a core group of friends that sprouted out of nowhere. Even if there was an entire class of what amounts to basically slaves, how does one have access to the internet but is not allowed to read. Why cant you afford cell phones but have social media and articles. I'm sorry thats a massive plot hole. When a military member screams to react, they never ever say "go go go " its move...move move move. Go sounds like no and that is drilled into you. Why in gods green earth is murder in what amounts to a martial arts high school perfectly fine. Why do the professors have little to no power? Why does the entire world care what happens to this academy? shouldn't special interests of the rich and powerful care more about military strength, military academy maybe, or even private sector corporations, sects, or groups? not a rich kid high school? Should there not be main organizations of the different houses? And whats really the hiearchy here, if one of the most powerful men in the world is a dean at a high school who is constantly yelled at by children. .........whatever I'm sorry, rant over. EVEN WITH ALL OF THAT, the main story is still semi interesting and I'm well on my way through book two. The main character has an interesting back story and I'm curious to know about what happened with his family. If your bored, its worth a credit.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 15-06-20

Fantastic!

Great story and narration! Jace has a damaged core, but wants to attend the Academy and win back his family's honor. Coming from the lowest rung it will be an uphill battle all the way as he faces discrimination for being a commoner, and is weak due to his issues with his core. He will have to be creative with the talents that he has if he hopes to stand a chance. Pavi doe a tremendous job with the narration! This story was great! I cant wait to find out what happens next!

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  • kevin
  • 15-05-20

wonderful book looking forward to the next!!

started slow but boy did it get good, I have yet another book that has stolen my time and it is worth it!!!

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  • Aubrey
  • 13-10-20

Don’t expect an overpowered character

This is definitely an underdog book where the character has to climb and fight tooth and nail to get anywhere. It isn’t a story that’s going to make you feel good all the time that’s for sure. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The character has a more Chinese idea of honor than American and readers should keep that in mind.

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  • ViceP
  • 10-10-20

Great start

This is a very good starter story. It had a great blend of progression, story telling and action to keep you hooked the entire time. I recommend this book.

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  • Chaz R.
  • 29-08-20

Close to the edge.

Look, I'm all for rags to riches, and bum to Mr. B----es. But, the thing that nearly killed it for me is the mc's concept of right and wrong, honor, and acceptable behavior. Along with the inconsistent personality. One second he's a cry baby whining about getting his honor, the next second he sounds like he's gearing up to be a school shooter. Look I'm sure some people are ok with this as is, but when someone tries to KILL you, I need to see some problems permanently taken out. Quit Batmaning things and letting the would be murderer live.