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Summary

With magic, nothing's impossible.

Everyone knew it was impossible for men to do magic, until it happened.

Conryu Koda is a young man of modest ambition. All he wants is to work on bikes and practice Kung Fu. His modest dreams die on the day of The Testing when it's revealed he has wizard potential.

When the Department of Magic announces that a male wizard has been found it draws the attention of the Le Fay Society, a radical group of wizards that view men as little better than animals and Conryu as an abomination. The Society will stop at nothing to see Conryu dead.

©2017 James E. Wisher (P)2017 Tantor

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it all about the side characters

Would you listen to The Impossible Wizard again? Why?

yes i am looking forward to the next book hopeful the main protagonist get more page time and is longer as i love this writer other works.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

this book main problem is that the side characters get more development and page time that the main protagonist. i liked that it did develop the side characters but they sould not be the main focus it feels like the writer wanted this book to be longer.This book is like side story and the first book is not done yet,that said i did like this the story i just want more from it

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the writer of this book is one of my favorites and everyone should check out the other books he has written and check this book out to hopeful this review helps you out as it is the first i have ever done.

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  • Ron Phillips
  • 25-01-18

Worth a listen but just missed the mark

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I was immediately intrigued by the prospect of following a young man who thinks he has his life planned out only to find he is, shockingly, the first male wizard since possibly Merlin. His world is going to be upended because he has not been trained in any way in magic. No males are. And to top it off there are various groups who now want to kill him for upsetting the order of things and being an aberration. The book follows the police investigation of the attempted murder of the young man.

The negatives for me are that: 1.) There is no real description of the world where the story takes place. How does magic fit in this world? Is there any theory as to why only females can be wizards? 2.) The main character seemed to be away through a good part of the story and as a result i didn't get a good feeling of back story for him. 3.) We never made it to the wizard college which I was looking forward to (Not expecting Hogwarts here).

Assuming these things are addressed in later volumes my negatives are relatively minor.

The book is well written and Mr. Hempel does an admirable job of telling the story. The pace is good and I really liked the action sequences.

I do recommend giving this book a try. I know I will be looking into the second book in the series.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom. I have provided this review voluntarily.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 15-03-18

held my attention completely

The Impossible Wizard: Aegis of Merlin Series, Book 1 by James E. Wisher and narrated by Joe Hempel is the first in a trilogy of books. The author has crafted a new and complex world created where magic is real and it can only be wielded by women. Creating a strongly matriarchal society that wields powers in government and all sectors of society. In the last year of school all students are tested for magical potential, even boys, this year one boy named Conry Koda upsets the apple cart by having the highest potential for magic ever.

Conryu is as upset by this as those in the Department of Wizards. Who either views him as proof of their pet theories of wizardry or other view him as an aberration that should not exist. His plans for a simple life of going to a technical school and going to work in a repair shop are gone. If it is at this point you’re thinking Harry Potter nope thing is nothing of the sort. I like the world we have it is a huge world and the book has a massive cast of characters.

This can be problematic for some people because in the world building we don’t focus the entire story on who we believe to be the main character Conryu. There are a few subplots that are followed and might be of less interest to the casual listener. It is all part of the world building by the author putting things in place in the narrative for the other books in the series. The book held my attention and I really had a hard time putting it down and take the headphones off. I really enjoyed this world created by Mr. Wisher. The concepts, characters, and action in the story held my attention completely. This is one of those books for me I shocked it over so fast the 6 plus hours just flew by.

The narration is provided by Joe Hempel. Mr. Hempel provides an outstanding vocal performance in this audiobook. He not only delivering a compelling narration but also provides a range of vocal character’s interpretations. Each character was recognizable with their own unique voices done in a natural manner. The production quality by Tantor was top of the line as always they never fail to produce a high-quality audio product. Not a single glitch, hiss, or pop that this listener was able to hear.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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  • Kandice C.
  • 23-01-18

Very good

The Impossible Wizard is a very good book. I really enjoyed listening to it the narrator did a wonderful job in reading the book and making it come alive. The writer did an excellent job in writing a good plot and keeping your attention throughout the book. I would have liked to learned more about Conryu though.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 01-02-18

Fresh and original

Before going to college boys and girls are tested to see whether they have magic powers and the level of their magic. The real test is for the girls, since boys can’t have magic, but they are tested nonetheless as a routine. Conryu is a boy with small aspirations in life but he manages to score the highest in history on this test. Nobody can explain this, since only women can be wizards. Some people seem to disagree with this aberration, and Conryu will be in imminent danger.

The premises of this book were so good. The story felt fresh and original, and the characters were quite likable. I was in for a good ride, but halfway the initial spirit got lost in subplots. I really liked the little we learned about this world: special rules about magic, and the mysterious islands hovering over the city. I wanted to know more about it, and I wanted to know more about the main characters, but the action switched to a completely different thing, and secondary characters became the main ones, sadly without enough pull to get me invested.

I understand this book is the first in a long series, but I just would have liked to know more about how the world works and the main characters in the story. I am looking forward to future books in the series, since the little we learned about this world looked good and original, and I am sure Conryu will evolve a lot, which will make for an interesting character.

Joe Hempel’s performance was the best part of this book, delivering a compelling narration and extraordinaire character’s interpretations. Every character was perfectly recognizable but all the different voices were done in a subtle way, which sounded natural and pleasant to the ear. You just can’t go wrong with Joe Hempel.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-18

sidetracked

I can only give this book 3 and 1/2 Stars hopefully the second book will have the main character and not be sidetracked it again. and hopefully the main character will get more enthusiastic about being a mage.

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  • Bunty
  • 22-02-18

OKAY BOOK.

The first few chapters were interesting as it focussed on the main character, Conryu Koda and how he was tested to have magic. The later part of book seems to be more on the other secondary characters and Conryu seemed to be out of the picture. Anyway since this is the first book in the series I will try the second book which is currently available and I hope the story will have more of Conryu.

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  • Erik
  • 06-04-18

Novice novel

The premise is good and there is a lot of potential but either the author is inexperienced or plain lazy. No background lore on the world setting and very little world building at all. the characters are 2D with hardly any explanation of who they are and what their motivation is. The action scenes (so far) are ok but i swear the inbetween moments are a total turnoff. the diction is elementary, the dialogue is boring and predictable, and there are no emotional ties between the characters and reader. the main character is a popular Asian, skull and crossbone motercycle driving, kungfu master, high school student who has a gf/not-gf? Its random, awkward and totally vague. I didnt give it one star b/c i just finished listening to Oathbringer before this and maybe the vast difference in substance is influencing my opinion. anyway, knock yourself out

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  • hhs
  • 23-02-18

Disappointed

i was disappointed by the audio version of the book. Sorry felt the narrator brought nothing to book

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  • Jennifer
  • 27-01-18

Great Start!

This book is a great start to an entertaining series! The narration is wonderful and the story is super interesting. My only issue is that the story just sort of stops. Your left missing something. The person who should be the main character is not present in the last quarter of the book. If the series was not presented to be wrapped around the one character then this would be fine, but since it is, I think we needed a bit more from him.

I am excited for the second book!

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  • Ulices
  • 18-01-18

Is this a story about ryou or whatever his name is

Was this book about the side characters???? Cause I know more about them than I do about ryou or whatever his name is, i don’t even remember his name? What does that say about this book,


Overall not the greatest, a little difficult to finish and boring

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