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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." (Arthur C. Clarke)

She didn't mean to use magic.

She didn't even know she had magic.

She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms.

Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

The Founder has returned to correct the wrongs of unjust. But to do that, he needs Hannah, a young woman from the city slums. She has a key to unlocking a power even greater than his own - if she can only learn to trust herself and the magic flowing within her blood.

Restriction is a fantasy set in the far future, where magic and monsters ravage the land of Irth and only the strong survive.

Set on the foundation laid by the Kurtherian Gambit Series, Restriction tells an entirely new story in the Age of Magic - and of the heroes and villains who battle for control of its destiny.

Listen now and enter the Age of Magic....

©2017 CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle (P)2017 LMPBN Publishing

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Great story standalone or as part of KGU

Excellent story and characters and a good kick off to a new story arc. Interesting ideas behind where magic comes from.
Character voices are good, but found the main narration voice slightly off-putting although I got used to it eventually and it was still clear.
The author notes weren't read by the authors as in some of the other books in KGU but again the accent/voice used by Kate was much more pleasant than the main book.
The notes themselves were interesting and funny and a nice round out to the book although it does end with rather a lot of cliffhangers; definitely a part 1 of many type book. I like that these books are like a TV series with episodes and not too long to wait for the next one.
I have read and listened to the main KGU series but I may only read the rest of the series rather than listen to it, but I look forward to enjoying it regardless of the medium.

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Really interesting fantasy audiobook

Book started slowly but soon it became fastpaced and really interesting. Lots magic and fantasy elements. Narration was good. Great author notes. Will have to take another look at them and maybe try more books written in same universe😄

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the base books/story are great but this is better...

i love the core books and have tried some of the other collaborations but this was just brilliant:- the story/ the concepts & especially wordsmithshipnessity. i really want to see what comes next so i am stopping this review so i can start listening to the next book -just buy it 👍

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 17-09-17

Excellent start to the series

I really enjoyed this captivating fantasy. This story has complex, kick-ass characters that immediately grab your attention; a street rat with innovative powers, a wizard who's life's work has been perverted, mind controlling mystics and a villain with delusions of grandeur to name but a few. This story has tragedy, magic, hints of potential romance and action. The plot is well paced, exciting, humorous and keeps your attention from the beginning to the end. The narrator of the audiobook did an excellent job. Her male and female voices were spot on and she created tension, sarcasm and humour with her tone and intonation in all the right places. Kate Rudd gives the characters individual voice and had the story visualized in your head like a movie at the theatre. It's the first book I've read/listened to in this universe and it definitely made me want to read more in the Kurtherian Gambit series. I will look forward to listening to the continuation of Hannah's story in the next book.

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  • Theresa Horton
  • 16-09-18

Great

I really enjoyed this story on this audiobook I
I liked all the characters n the story i’m glad
I got a chance to hear the story and the narrator did a great job I was able to hear this
Story because I got a free code if u have another free U S code for book 2 would be great

Thank you
Terri

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 15-09-18

Excellent New Beginning

I got this book via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I enjoyed this story from the beginning. The many plot twists and short scenes that led to the main characters meeting as well as the world building were done very well. The ending was something else. The conclusion was a cliffhanger in a manner but was drawn to a conclusion. The next story should come quickly since this was a very good story. I dislike cliffhangers but the story did come to a conclusion but made me want to hear the next book. I hate it when you have to wait to know what the next story holds. Looking forward to the next story.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 25-10-17

Offshoot series from Kurtherian universe

*Spoilers* Set in the future of Earth after Bethany Anne & Michael have traveled into space, nanos & magic spread into the population; many weren't able to handle the etheric requirement & went mad; the mad were stopped & mankind grouped together to protect & rebuild. Ezekial, the Founder of Arcadia and primary architect of this new peace, decided to go a-travelin, & left his main student Adrian in charge. Adrian's power hungry urges went unchecked and a secret tyranny has been created. Only the rich who can pay off Adrian can send their children to the Academy for training. The poor who show magical ability are rounded up and killed. Ezekial is shocked at the abuse and inhumanity and decides to take action. Luckily, he witnesses the spontaneous magical actions of Hannah to save her brother's life; and decides to train her, as she can use all 3 types of magic. Ezekial believes Hannah has the ability to become an even greater mage than he is, and can be pivotal in ousting Adrian. Rudd does an excellent job with this narration. Must read for Kurtherian addicts (?) devotees (?) Enjoy!

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  • Adriana B
  • 09-09-17

Great New Fantasy New Series With Quite a Bit Of Action

The story is interesting and the characters are well developed. The Author created an excellent world. The story grips you and keeps you in the edge of your seat. There is some crude language and IMO I would say this is appropriate for an older audience not for kids.

Narration was well done and brought the story to life.

The story is not complete so if you want to find out how things turn out, you will need to continue reading the next book in this intriguing new series. There is a lot that goes on towards the end but it does leave you hanging and issues unresolved. This is very well written and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in this epic fantasy series.

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  • Ashley Leonard
  • 26-09-18

Hannah

Hannah is a fascinating character. She falls into using magic the first time to save her brother and her life is never the same again. Her faith in her teacher is amazing as she leaves her life behind to follow him to learn. She progresses in her learning and along with her new familiar is what is going to save the world. As with all the Kurtherian Gambet books I have read the world in which this book is set is rich with history and its own personality. If you are a fan of the KG universe I would highly recommend you pick this series up.

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  • Rebecca
  • 25-09-18

Very enjoy able

This is the first book and I can't wait to read the next one. I really love how the book starts in a class room and then it goes into the story.

I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Mark B
  • 21-09-18

Interesting Mix of Futuristic Fantasy!

This was an interesting blend of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. The story takes place in the future of Earth, yet, due to a clever backstory (Think Zombie!), the story fits perfectly into a fantasy world with magic. Lots of magic. At first I was put off by the blending of the two. I didn't like the fact that the characters language and attitudes fit more in line with typical Millennials of today. But once I got through the explanation, it was a fun, swashbuckling yarn with some very cool story elements.

Young Hannah, a poor urchin from the wrong part of the city, finds herself in the center of a world of magic that she had know idea she would ever be a part of. Ezekial, her savior and mentor, is your typical Obi-Wan Kenobi type with a strong sense of justice. The sassy, wise-cracking youth and the elder begin a journey together. While this is the first in a series, and I found myself wanting more, I was satisfied with the ending of this episode.

My only problem with the story is the fact that Ezekial was in a self-imposed exile for 40 years. Yet he has abilities to teleport and astral project. He also is among people who know about the comings and goings of the people of Arcadia. Perhaps there is more to his absence than is explained in the book, but I was confused as to how he could be so oblivious to what was going on in the city he helped build.

Kate Rudd is a brilliant choice to lend her vocal talents to the multiple characters in this story. She made two incredibly different characters come to life. The elder Ezekial and the kid. She also did an incredible job with the "dumb" henchmen and made you feel as if you are listening to a full cast presentation. Her audible gymnastics and attention to detail made me want to find more of her work.
I highly recommend this story to the fantasy and/or sci-fi fan. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Mindy fangedmom Janicke
  • 20-09-18

Excited for this new series!!!

This has been a super fun book to listen to. I always love me some magic, so this book is right up my alley. I have really enjoyed how the story has progressed. The building of the characters is great. I can see them all in mind as I listen. The voices are done very well. I am super excited to follow the rest of this book series!!

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  • Lynda Engler
  • 20-09-18

Great fantasy novel, with FABULOUS narrator

Kate Rudd is one of my favorite female narrators. Her work on the John Green books and Rysa Walker's Timebound series are among my favorites, so picking up this title was a no-brainer for me.
Restriction: The Rise of Magic, brings us an 18-year-old, crafty, irreverent street kid named Hannah, who didn't know she knew magic until it flowed out of her body to save her 15 year old brother. Unfortunately, using magic -- unless you are from the high-and-mighty-class -- is illegal. Hannah gets chased by the Hunters (magic cops?) and is saved by an old wizard, who turns out to be the Founder. From there on, the rest of the novel is pure magic.
I love SF, but don't read much fantasy, however I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I'm off to check out the rest of the Kurtherian Gambit series now!