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Light Mage

Narrated by: Amy McFadden
Series: The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1.5
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Journey to the magical world of Erthia in this exciting prequel to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney.

Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the Wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself...a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

©2018 Laurie Forest (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Twilight meets Hunger Games in a fairytale land

This is an enjoyable read, heavy on the magic and teen romance whilst being one big, fat allegory for the human condition. Engaging and well narrated.

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Brilliant

Really enjoying this series. Haven’t enjoyed a set of books like this for ages! Clever, original, well narrated, by all narrators.

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  • Lara
  • 08-08-18

Laurie Forest does it again!

Laurie Forest has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her fantastic and imaginative storytelling engrosses you and makes it easy to become emotionally invested in her character’s lives. The narrator did an excellent job and really brought the characters to life. I hope that there will be another book continuing Sage’s story! I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

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  • Ellen A.
  • 05-08-18

In love with this story

It is impossible to stop listening to this book and the series as a whole. So excited for the rest of the story to come out!

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  • Jeannette D.
  • 03-08-18

Disappointed<br />

I enjoyed "The Black Witch" so much that I immediately searched for additional books in the series and purchased this one.

Unfortunately, "Light Mage" lacked the richness of detail found in "Black Witch.". Too many shortcuts taken and months skipped.

I suggest that if you are just looking at this series, you might want to listen to this novella first and then go to "The Black Witch."

Narrator neither added to nor detracted from my experience; therefore the average rating.

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  • trueart
  • 06-02-20

A Necessary Backstory, Strange Narration

It’s nice to have Sage’s backstory and wonderful to hear another tale of a strong woman bucking the conventions of a repressive culture. I love the first two books so much, Light Mage makes me want to go back and listen to the beginning of The Black Witch to relive where this story leaves off.

However, while the narration is better than Wandfasted (which I had to abandon because the narration was so distracting), the Light Mage talent uses what I find to be very annoying inflections at the end of many sentences. Even the very last sentence in the book ends with an upturn of tone that led me to anything but a sense of conclusion.

My hope is that for future releases they’ll stick with Whelan for Elloren’s story. And if there are more stories through the eyes of other characters, choose voice talent who can deliver the same ease of listening as she does.

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  • Cheryl Fricke
  • 22-01-20

Enthralled!

I loved everything about this book! the entire series so far has had me enthralled

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  • Faith T. Grant
  • 08-11-19

Loved it!!!

I don't know what people are referring to regarding the narrators accent. I didn't notice one and thought she did a great job. I agree that you could read this one before The Black Witch to be in accurate timeline order. The Black Witch pretty much picks up where this one leaves off. Glad for the fill in/back story on Sage as well as the white wand itself. Starting the Iron Flower now!

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  • FMC
  • 22-10-19

Redundant

I don’t dislike this book. I like Sage and while this story isn’t bad she has more potential than what’s in this book. My two main issues are the narrator getting into the habit throughout the book of ending every sentence with the same inflection for long periods, and the prejudice/discrimination theme that seems to be in every single sentence. It stops being a major theme and becomes the only thing happening, reducing the dimension and potential of the story. I’m smart enough to get the conditions of this society without every scene being about that. And I’d like to think the characters are too.

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  • Tiffany
  • 24-01-19

Narrator pronounces words wrong

The story is great but I can't get over the heavy Minnesota accent and poor pronunciation from the narrator. It's drives me crazy that she pronounces Sages name as Sage Ellen instead of Sagelyn.

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  • Sassmouth11
  • 27-12-18

Great story!

Great book! The actresses midwestern accent was very distracting, though. Glad the story outshined it.

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  • Shorty
  • 18-12-18

answers questions

it answered a lot of questions about how Sage got it and her fasting... I'm excited to see the next books come out!!!