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Summary

The Dark has nearly consumed the planet. Men and beasts have been stripped of their minds, their bodies twisted to serve the Master's will. Her army now numbers in the trillions and is led by two supreme generals. Even the mages have no power to stop her. Driving the survivors to a last bastion of freedom, she calls for the decimated army to surrender.

But mankind stands defiant.

From the ashes of nations the people have united, and together they brace for the impending storm. Bereft of retreat or refuge, they hold to a single hope - that the Oracle can destroy the Dark before everyone is slaughtered. Facing the end, the Oracle must rise to her birthright and find that which can cleanse the Earth of darkness.

©2014 Ben Hale (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • john
  • MILAN, Italy
  • 17-04-18

inspiring beyond the tribute to Hogwarts

there's plenty of references to H. P. yet the differences are telling. all in all, a story packed with action, surprises and values

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Good resolution

A good ending with no loose threads.
Thoroughly enjoyed the full series and will pass it on

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wonderful book

easy listening, extremely fun and a great story. what's not to like!! highly recommend to anyone.

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The bees knees

The voice was the book. The story full of epic people, and a fitting climax to an epic series. Now for the next series!!!!

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Great and enjoyable!

At times the writing is a little simplistic but in general this and the whole series is very enjoyable.
Performed by the engrosing Derek Perkins the story will sweep you along on a fantastic journey! Well worth a read or listen!

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great series

good end of the series, from Luminea to fol. I thoroughly enjoyed it all rock trolls next

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Just brilliant

Really well read and an excellent finale to the series. I couldn't ask for more!

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Harry Potter fans will love this

Awesome , modern and well written :) if you love Harry Potter you will love this audio book

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great finish for a great series

loved this series of books from Ben hale and this book was a brilliant ending!

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Fantastic ending to a great series.

I enjoyed every minute of this audio book. This was such a great ending to what was a fantastic series. I have really enjoyed every book that Ben hale has written and I can't wait to find out what comes next. Another great narration from Dereck I loved every minute. If you want a series that has action and adventure with magic and fantacey then give this series ago, you won't be disappointed.

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  • The Jennerz
  • 07-07-16

Excellent story

This 5 book series is a excellent read it will keep you wanting to cheer for the good guys and wanting moor. I was so glad for the final book to be released and totally satisfied with the ending.

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  • dof
  • 27-07-16

Fight, Fight, Fight, then Deus Ex.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Too many passages of fighting. Just way too many. And they seemed to get a little repetitive. After 50 fights against OVERWHELMING odds, you kind of start to lose a little something for the fighters. Especially after they do some of the stupidest stuff ever. Hey, let's leave this OP guy alive - who pops back up to kick your teeth in. Didn't see that coming? I did.

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Hale before, how does this one compare?

Other than the fact he kept confusing Derrick's voice with Iris, awesome.

What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

I don't know.

Do you think The Forge of Light needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe because it would be almost interesting to see if he could write more than three paragraphs without a 20 paragraph BAH fight scene. The ending was pretty optimistic, despite how dark the whole series was. Don't see how it can continue.

Any additional comments?

I"M DONE. YEAH. So dark! Almost depressing. SPOILERS: You killed Jack? and Breaker? and most terribly of all Hawk - once. But a jerk like Cayden gets two or three? Really? And isn't the myth "from the ashes, the Phoenix will rise"? That you didn't is one of the biggest FAILS of these novels. What's up with that? What's the point of Hawk being a phoenix? What? OOh that still gets my goat. And all those WTH moments. And no last words from Iris? Ugh!

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  • shipit
  • 05-03-18

Meh!

Hard to finish. Pretty boring and predictable ending. Guess the author need to pay the bills with a five book series.

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  • David
  • 27-01-18

A bit far fetched, even for fantasy genre

I slogged through these series but definitely not one of my favorites. A bit contrived overall. There were some very good portions as the story unfolded but for me, it was more a question of seeing how it ended instead of enjoying the journey. Definitely geared for a younger reading audience. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • N Eden
  • 23-01-18

The End of a great Epoc!

One of the best series it has been my pleasure to listen to. I almost hate to have it be finished.

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  • Buckel
  • 12-12-17

Amazing!

Every single one of Ben Hale's books has completely enthralled me. I love the characters, the plot, and the fantasy. Derek Perkins does an amazing job with the audio and portraying the characters. I highly recommend these books.

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  • LarryB
  • 03-09-17

Done

Finally wrapped up the story. the first 4 books were pretty good. This one is all about the last big war. It did get kinda old. Narrator was good though.

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  • Marie Wessels
  • 03-08-17

Great conclusion

Right at the end, it was a little bit, naive, but the story as a whole was fantastic and paid off all of the threads that had been started in the earlier books

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  • Adam Rast
  • 16-07-17

Huh... I see what you did there.

Most avid fantasy readers will recognize the plot and character tropes spread liberally throughout these books. That is not to say they are poorly written; the style and tone are competently executed, and the author did a fair job of keeping me guessing at what might happen next. There was, however, a fairly clear pattern:

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The heroes are thwarted at every turn and everyone they're trying to protect dies until they eventually find the giant reset button that turns off the insurmountable bad guy. Ultimately, the point of the story seemed to be "Just hang in there and eventually it will all be over". Or "Willpower is stronger than luck". I don't know, there were a couple of messages tossed in there somewhere, but none of them quite hit the mark as an overarching theme.

The narrator did a fair job of reading the story and creating unique character voices, but it was slightly confusing having characters who are clearly described as American being portrayed with UK accents.

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  • Darrell Moore
  • 12-04-17

Ben and Derek RocK!

What made the experience of listening to The Forge of Light the most enjoyable?

Derek has to be one of the best readers that I have listened to.

What other book might you compare The Forge of Light to and why?

Dragonvein.

Any additional comments?

This book has great depth and appears to have multiple series broken off from it. I especially liked how it has expanded from epic times with elves, dwarves, and mages to adding modern military and spy issues to the later books.