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Summary

Life is simple in Ben's small town until an attack brings the arrival of exciting strangers straight out of a story. Before Ben understands what is happening, he embarks on a dangerous journey to help his friends. A mage, demons, thieves, and assassins are just a few of the perils he will face while trying to make it to safety. But things aren't always what they seem, and safety is a fragile concept when the destructive behaviors of the powerful are exercised unchecked. In Ben's world - like our own - politics, the economy, and military might create a system to keep the elite in power at the expense of the common man. As the series unfolds and Ben's knowledge and skills grow, he will have to decide if he wants to live within the system, flee from it, or break it.

©2016 AC Cobble (P)2017 Tantor

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"From the beginning the action starts and it carries straight on through until the end...it will be truly enjoyed by all who read it!" ( The Genre Minx Book Reviews)

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  • Christopher
  • 13-02-17

Pleasant surprise for fans epic fantasy.

There are many books that people claim that they are similar to wheel of time, but this one is the only one that really reminded me of Eye of the World. It is a coming of age story that is very similar to Wheel of Time. It is not as complex as wheel of time, but the story did scratch the itch I get for coming of age stories. There are all powerful women that semi control the world. There are monsters and of course a hero that believes things are just stories until he is confronted with them. While this story has some holes in it I actually found it enjoyable as a light read. The characters for the most part are likable and I have already started reading the next book on kindle. The next book should be out next month here if want as well. There are some sexual situations in this book, but nothing over the top or graphic.

The narration was good. If you want a nice coming of age story read this.

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  • Christine Bond
  • 04-05-17

Love the book!

Loved it! I finished it in a matter of days! It was hard to put down!

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  • sean turley
  • 15-03-17

Great adventure tale.

Kept interest peeked, author led you to a clear view of the scenery. Great adventure tale.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-17

A Solid Protagonist with Potential

A good start. With a very realistic approach to learning to fight. The character learns but at a realistic pace.

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  • Ashtann Arbaugh
  • 14-02-17

Loved it!

It's a realm of sword and sorcery where everything is believable. Magic seems in short supply, and the makings of some serious intrigue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

very mundane. chose promise for book 2.

starts off exciting middle part very mundane and then picks up right before book 2 I think this was written book 1 and 2 as a whole book I like the explanation of Commerce and Society he keeps it interesting and keeps your interest piqued and always wanting to see the next fight scene

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  • les
  • 31-03-18

Good not great but better than most

There seems to be several different ideals of how books should be. Some ppl want books to be innocent but we live in the world of school shooting, Trump, opium addiction and teen pregnancy. So how innocent can you be in this world. Saying that to say that this book had mature themes as it advanced. But it was handled appropriate and the story flowed. The MC powers increase and so did his standing in society. It all seemed natural.
But I won't be continuing the series because after the first book there is no world building.

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  • Patricia E. Brown
  • 02-02-18

Good Adventure

Ok, I am ready for the next book to see how it all plays out. Interesting story line and characters.

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  • Frosty307
  • 28-08-17

Good start to the series and enjoyable

Good start and is influenced by the wheel of time. Worth reading. Made me want to move on to the next book in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-06-17

Extremely boring!!!

Absolutely nothing happened in this story. The narrator was ok. Do yourself a favor and find another book.