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Summary

After accidentally discovering the possible existence of a second Guardian book, Lusam and his party are remorselessly hunted high into the Elveen mountains by the Empire agents, who are intent on killing or capturing them. What they discover there may very well change the balance of power in their favor against the Thule Empire.

But their discovery will count for nothing if they cannot reach Lamuria in time to try and stop the massive invasion force sent by Lord Zelroth, who is intent on destroying their capital and stealing the High Temple's secrets for himself. Lusam inadvertently discovers a long guarded secret of Lord Zelroth's, one that will profoundly change his own life forever and force him to take action that he may very well not be prepared for.

©2016 Dean Cadman (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Great story brilliantly read

This is the second (or rather third) installment in the adventures of Lusam. It is expertly read by a master of story telling who has created clear distinctions between all the different people involved. The storyline doesn't hang around either. Really looking forward to the next book!

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Good book

Story flowed very well and was narrated expertly. A good edition to the fantasy world.

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flat characters, boring plot and fast forward

I liked the first two, despite the constant over use of descriptors. e.g. she looked out of the cave entrace to see agents coming towards the cave entrance. soon the agents coming towards the cave entrance would reach the cave entrance. I'm not even joking, It's that bad.
there was WAY too much of this in the third one. the characters seemed incapable of doing anything without explaining it in depth like they were eight years old. no subtlety, no body language other than a shrug, a grin or a smile. too many history lessons and the characters just blather on and on and on without getting to the point until the last few comments. would be good if it had an impact on the story but 90% of the backstory is totally irelevant and without emotional connection. pointless.
narrator has an annoying tendency to sound constipated or in pain, like he's urging the words out rather than simply speaking them clearly.
on the whole I was expecting more of the same from the first two but got so sick and tired of the blather and 2d characters that I gave up half way through.
sorry to the author but if you don't trim out the pointless repetition of already stated nouns, you can't expect me to give it five stars. It ruined the experience totally.

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great story, great narration

a great third addition to the series, can't wait to listen to the rest asap.

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Good pace

Picked up the pace from the previous book in the series. Well written, third part

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It is absolutely brilliant

I loved the narrator was brilliant the story was flabbergasting and brilliant great book really good

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Avoid! I want my credits back!

So it seems to be written as a game script not a book and it is full of repetitions - cut those out and the trilogy could be just one book.
I found myself cringing half of the time trying to listen as I was stuck with it and no internet connection on a Job...
As it is it could be considered barely ok for 10year olds.

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An amazing experience

What did you like most about Lusam: The Dragon Mage Wars, Book 3?

It was extremely eventful and exiting. Even when nothing was happening, the dialogue was either funny or serious and interesting.

What other book might you compare Lusam: The Dragon Mage Wars, Book 3 to, and why?

I would recommend the Apprentice book series. It is similar, fantasy and magic with other similarities, but also very interesting and an easy listen. Also, the Witcher series, but that is a lot darker than Lusam or the Apprentice series.

Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favourite?

I would say Ren, but I also love the main character, Lusam.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As I said, it is an easy listen, and if I had the time, I would listen to it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Magic and fantasy fans, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK!

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It's alright. Not a bad story, well narrated.

If I never hear the term "lad" I again, or the phase "it's a long story" I'll probably die happy. Seriously Dean get some better proof readers, and please quit with the truly Aweful analogies. All in all a bit thin, characters lack depth, a bit unpolished, and wholey predictable but I think there is hope.

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Better than the first two, or should I say, one.

There's an improvement in the story telling but it's still predictable. Everyone is either overtly good and polite or evil and scheming. Main character is as invincible as ever and it just all comes off as a bit bland.
It's competent but that's about it. Lots of silly mistakes as well: 'rock hard rocky ground' being the best cringe inducing moment.
If there's nothing left for you to read/listen too in the coming of age genre, this will do.

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  • Brooks Rose
  • 29-07-17

spoilers*****

Currently on chapter 36
I have some pet peeves that ruin a story for me this is one.
Lusam is hunted by multiple evil agents trying to kill him and his friends. Lusam eventually beats them but he decides to let them go!!! They are murderers and necromancers that are killing people and want to kill him! These agents have been hunting him for a long time and have information on him, his great and abnormal power, and his friends. Also he led them to a place of power for his side of the war which they also now know about.
The evil agents in even an illogical world would pass along this information possibly leading to many people dying including him and his friends and will definitely increase the amount of force the opposition hunts him with.
The amount of sheer stupidity in this single moment will stop me from reading another one of these books and baffles me how continually authors ruin books using this cliche and disgusting decision that almost always leads to death for his friends and hopefully for him too.
(p.s. other than that a good story which makes this soo much worse)

update.
lusam continues to whine about killing people who are trying to kill him and made a decision to not take a ship ride because it would endanger the crew even though knowing that hundreds of people will die because he wants to walk and possibly lose the war. Why authors continously use this personality I will never understand just stop writng books. So you stop wasting my money.

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  • Arthur smith
  • 11-05-18

Disappointing to say the least

Another terrible audiobook

Bad luck if you bought this it’s so bad you can’t even pretend to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Glorianna
  • 17-12-17

redundance-athon

I know that authors want to present a Paragon of virtue but how about we kill the evil enemy. When the protagonist tells them where to run away instead of killing them, he might as well add "just so you can threaten those I love later". I am looking forward to an author who presents a character with a mental age greater than 12. And what's up with every ship voyage resulting in someone with pathetic seasickness. Cliches are tiring.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • 09-08-17

Serves its purpose

If you want a listen to a generic fantasy book, especially one your mind can wander while driving for 30 min. I think this book was written by a computer- input-fantasy book with boy add magic add evil mages and some zombies, select companions and basic environments, pick from a drop down box from several mythology types, then click rated PG, violence low, sex/romance at Disney princess level and hit enter- boom wait 7 min and out comes The dragon mage Wars!
The book follows the exposition style, a character describes plot elements and back story. Good guys being chased, bad guys right behind- time for good guys to stop and describe the environment and then another describes a plan and the others say good idea- the plan being fuc$!ng run! It's like there is a pause button for the characters to talk.
Thus my review "serves its purpose" if that purpose is no thought required by reader, with low interest and zero anxiety! Ohhh and short!
If you're looking for epic fantasy that draws you in well go to Jordan, Martin or Jordan!

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  • Benjamin
  • 27-09-17

Narrator Ruins the Story

Great story premise, and good writing, but I almost had to quit listening because of the narrator. I felt like he was trying too hard. Maybe it's just me, but his style just sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. The cadence wasn't natural, and his voice control was strange and monotone in a forced way. If he just spoke normally, it would have been much better.
The story itself is exciting and well written, and for once the protagonist and the girl admit they love each other early on and their relationship grows in a satisfying way without ridiculous drama. It's nice. The zombies were a nice touch.

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  • Giri
  • 27-06-17

terrible. amateurish attempt at storytelling.

hated this book. every part of it. even the narrator.. this is 17 hrs of my life I will never get back.

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  • Tim O.
  • 04-06-17

Outstanding!

This is a great story wonderfully told, I look forward to the next one in the series.

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  • chris fetzer
  • 08-10-18

book 4 plz

I loved it can we forward to next Book.This is one of the most captivating books I have ever listened to

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  • George
  • 04-10-18

OUTSTANDING

An excellent story and storyteller
This will be one of my listen to again series in the future.

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  • Charles McGowan
  • 21-09-18

Disorientated

the story was pretty good for the most part, but I was honestly disorientated at the dozen or so times it uses the irbsn dictionary word Disorientated