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Lusam Audiobook

Lusam: The Dragon Mage Wars, Books 1-2

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Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others.

Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam. But before Lusam can be taught all he needed to know about his past, his grandmother unexpectedly dies of a fever, and Lusam finds himself homeless on the unforgiving streets of Helveel. Unbeknown to Lusam, the only thing keeping him alive is a promise he made to his grandmother to always hide his aura, no matter what. Lusam meets and befriends a young thief fleeing her old city of Stelgad before making a magical discovery that will change both their lives forever, and possibly the fate of the entire world.

©2015 Dean Cadman (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    arron hardiman 06/07/2017
    arron hardiman 06/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't get past two hours"

    While the premise of the story and background of lucam seems interesting nothing else does. he has magical abilities that he can apparently do anything with.
    He doesn't know any spells, so the author gives him a magical brain download.
    Two preteen meet before the girl murders someone else in cold blood, they fall in love within 2 chapters.

    also the narrator seems to think that making every single character sound gentile and polite makes sense. when the two main characters are meant to be orphaned street kids. a cliche which while overused can at least lead to interesting stories. this one does not.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NicE 14/06/2017
    NicE 14/06/2017
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    "Maddening poorly written"
    What disappointed you about Lusam?

    Really poorly written. Firstly, it is a garden variety "child with amazing powers that doesn't know his importance and living on the streets". Nothing new to see here.

    The second is the sheer poor writing. Everything is spelt out as if they were writing for someone with a memory of a goldfish. Also, there is a huge amount of unnecessary repetition. Thoughts about a subject are then repeated verbatim when talking to another character. It happens in smaller ways. "The knife flew through the air and thudded into his chest. He looked at the knife that had thudded into his chest".
    Needed a good editor to tighten up the writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Cadman again?

    Unlikely, unless his writing skills improve considerably.


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

    None really, they were all very one dimensional.


    What character would you cut from Lusam?

    I wouldn't cut them, just make them more believable.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    craig 13/03/2017
    craig 13/03/2017
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    "Compelling listening!!"

    Eagerly anticipating the next instalment of this series. I especially like the multi angle approach to the story and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Would recommend to anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosie Uk 24/06/2017
    Rosie Uk 24/06/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "great fun"

    really easy listening great characters and good story. not to intense or violent. Can't wait to listen to the next book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn C. 19/03/2017
    Glenn C. 19/03/2017
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    "Absolutely amazing!!"

    What a fantastic audio book - the story is gripping and wants you to hear more and is told with great passion and enthusiasm- can't wait for the next one!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    patrick gibson 25/09/2017
    patrick gibson 25/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    A good performance that grows on you as more characters voices are introduced. The magical storey is great too! looking forward to book 3.

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    Jim 03/09/2017
    Jim 03/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Poor narration"

    I had to give up as the narrator had no variance in his voice. I found this off-putting and annoying

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    Amazon Customer 03/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "a great story and adventure"

    well written full of believable and likeable characters that leaves you wanting to find out there fate

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  • Victoria M.
    20/03/17
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    "Love it."

    I really enjoyed listening these books. I can't wait until books three and four are available on audible as well.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Scott
    15/05/17
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    "Sadly this is a pretty mediocre book..."
    What would have made Lusam better?

    Much less exposition, greater character depth, less predictable story arcs. Having the main character simply handed all of his powers was also an incredibly trite and frankly silly plot device that really stretched credulity. As others have noted, this is not two books - it's two sections of a book - which I find to be very dishonest advertising. I also found use of words like "force field" to be very off putting, those are not things a medieval culture has ANY conception of, and it could have been handled more creatively and originally in the world. Honestly the whole book suffers from a lack of creativity, polish, and general effort. It isn't awful... it's just very not great. The main villain is also very unbelievable, which is something I always hate.


    Has Lusam turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nope.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "surgery" was fairly interesting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mild disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator did a good job - each character has a distinct voice, and the emotions of the characters come across. If you are VERY forgiving about cliches and inconsistencies, it's not a terrible book - I've certainly read worse, but I won't be picking up any sequels.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Yang
    03/04/17
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    "Great Story"

    I like the story line and character build in this story. Narration is also good. I would recommend this to others. Looking forward to book 3.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hiruu
    All around the World, baby!
    21/04/17
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this series, and can' wait to see how it plays out. Lusam and company are quite interesting, and I can't wait to see what gets uncovered on their latest foray. I have truly like about Cadam's writing style is how it is descriptive when needed, but not overly stuffed with descriptive details. This looks like it is going to be a long series, and I am going to be eagerly anticipating every release.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To
    12/04/17
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    "Waiting for Book Two"

    I really enjoyed listen to this book. I am really upset that I have to wait for the other books to come out. So. Dean please get moving to have and the other books released.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • james
    06/04/17
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    "good start can't wait for the rest"

    good start can't wait for the rest as they continue to develop. enjoyed the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frank Harris
    05/04/17
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    "simple god vs evil mage saga"

    It is a simple fast paced story of a young mage that could have easily gone into greater detail but enjoyable. The greatest plus is the female characters don't get dragged through the mud.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy Neumann
    St. George, UT United States
    05/06/17
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    "Strong Narrator, Weak Novel"

    Flat characters, dubious interactions between them, unbelievable magic systems that the main character cheats to obtain anyways, and irresponsible and inconsistent writing.

    On the positive, the narrator was enjoyable, and it gave me the idea that if this writer can succeed, then why not me? I'll be writing my own book series as well!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/08/17
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    "A great light read."

    It isn't the high fantasy I normally listen to, like the works of Brandon Sanderson or Tolkien, but it is a fun adventure with an overpowered destined to save the world kind of protagonist, a touch of romance and playful banter with a killer thief, the guidance of a stereotypical older mentor paladin figure, and an archetypal evil overlord nemesis. If you're looking for an easy to get into fantasy or a break from super heavy reads, I'd definitely recommend the series to you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Business_MD
    25/08/17
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    "Warning is in order"

    This book is simple. The language and style are about a 4th grade level, as is the plot. I don't think i have rolled my eyes as many times in the last year as i did in the course of this book. The plot twists and progression are astonishingly unbelievable. Direct intervention by gods, more than once, are the kind of plot device used regularly. The author takes an omnipotent view and jumps in and out of every character with abandon, leaving nothing for the reader to ponder except why the author would take such liberties.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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