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Summary

DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over 5000 years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death. There are no exceptions.

Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt.

Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries. An ancient witch coven is also on the hunt for Kael, and they'll stop at nothing to find their messiah first.

Trapped far below the earth inside the long-lost Dwarven prison of Arkum Zul, Kael has few allies he can trust. After months of torture and suffering, he is quickly running out of time to recover what was stolen from him: The magic of the DeathWizard.

It's his only hope for escape.

©2016 JD Franx (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • PJaff
  • North Wales
  • 14-09-17

Gripping start to a great fantasy set

Fantastic 1st book hope that I don't have to wait too long for book 2 ro cone out

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A true Fantasy griping story.

This being the first fantasy audio book I have listen to my option is probably not the greatest but I know comparing this to thing such as Lord of the ring and Harry Potter its a or-some roller coaster of excitement mystery and emotional twists. With out putting spoilers in I can say all the characters are written to make you feel empathy hatred and all kinds of emotions towards each and everyone. I truly enjoyed this book and hope the next one will come soon it defiantly made my day of working a lot faster and more enjoyable experience. Sorry yes my writing is terrible sorry to put you through it.

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spellbinding

this book was an amazing listen, the narration was perfect cant wait for the second book

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I enjoyed

I enjoy this book quite a lot made you think of between Good and Evil it also made you about how you schuh in the people are evil but not just because of who they are

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  • lynsey
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 04-09-17

Great New Fantasy Series

Fast, Fun, Gritty and Intriguing! I enjoyed this book very much, lots of strong characters and very interesting plots and sub plots. I anticipate the next installment will be a fantastical, fantasy feast! Simon Vance as always is perfect.

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Nice book

looking forward to the next book.
loved the story and Simon brings it to life

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MAGICAL!!!

Would you listen to The Legacy again? Why?

Gladly! I admit that the shift in worlds near the beginning of the story threw me off to the point I thought it was something wrong with the download but bare with it and it you will not be disappointed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elise (not sure if this is the correct spelling) is by far my favourite character. Her secrets that keep creeping out make you want to want her to spill them all at once.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

Amazing narrator, captured each character perfectly. I will be hunting for more books narrated by him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely!!! I struggled to stop listening

Any additional comments?

JD Franx is an author I have not heard before but I beg to god that he brings more books to audible. If you like stories by the following: Brandon Sanderson, Trudi Canavan, James Maxwell, Stephen Aryan and Patrick Rothfuss then you will LOVE this series. I am about to start listening to the next book and cant wait to dive back into the magical adventure that awaits.

Do not make the mistake of not giving this series a chance, you will regret not adding this masterpiece to your collection.

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love it love it love it

JD Franx l love this fantazy world that i build up in book. i could not stopp listen to it.


would recommad for everyone that likes fantazy..

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Very enjoyable

Not the very best, but certainly entertaining and unusual ( it doesn't follow all the conventions of the genre)
Recommended

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Great Story Terrible American Accent

What made the experience of listening to The Legacy the most enjoyable?

The fast pace of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The Lore of the world

Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

His voice is perfect but only when doing his native accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

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  • Tim V.
  • 15-09-17

Could not stop listening

Like a mix of Token and Goodkind. Awesome read.. I highly recommend it.. can not wait for book 2..

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  • Zachary
  • 09-08-17

Good story. Recommend it.

Excellent story, loved it even. Strong world building and lots of grey characters that feel real. Except the main character. He almost ruined it for me. He has the problem that arises, at least to me and that occurs a lot in recently written books by many authors, and it is that he's afraid or remorseful of taking life, inexplicably so. I understand the need to be human and good... But there was a scene, and spoiler's, where he took bullets from some gang members instead of shooting back because he didn't want to see death... that in itself I can understand. But his wife was with him and she nearly died. That I don't. You protect those you care about, not die for a belief that will injure others. Happens again and again through the story. Stupid mistakes he makes that get others hurt.. and all he can complain about is how much this place sucks and how he can't be a good guy. And then he feels bad because others got hurt. What!! The author probably had his reasons... it was too weird for me. Cannot stand cowardly or saintly main characters... the reader has to be off like mind to enjoy it. And that's not me. It was hard for me to connect with him, couldn't really feel sorry for him at all, which was opposite of what was intended. But other than that.. loved the book. Probably will buy book #2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-17

All tell, no show

I enjoyed the story, but the writing fell short - too many info dumps. I have 5 hours more and am forcing myself to finish, but I doubt I’ll continue the series

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  • Ron
  • 13-08-17

Great Epic Story, worth the credit.

This is an epic story that is well written. The world building is pretty good and the characters are interesting. I will definitely get the next installment.

The narrator gave life to the story and the characters. Simon Vance is always a sure bet.

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  • Clifford Wooden Jr
  • 13-11-17

Very strong and interesting characters!!!!

The book had me hooked after 15 minutes. you become quickly invested in the characters and their personalities.

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  • stone
  • 01-11-17

Awesome story

This book was Awesome! it has an amazing story that draws you in. the action and detail truly impact your mind as you are there. I can't wait to listen to book 2!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-17

please do the second book

this book was amazing...i really think that you need to do the 2nd book as well.

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  • Mike Q Saltzgaver
  • 04-09-17

Wrong Reader... Character depth an afterthought.

Simon Vance is a truly talented audiobook narrator however he is not a sure bet for every fantasy novel. I'm not so eager to criticize that I would spoil the book but let's just say a British accent is completely wrong for some of the characters in this book. I think they should have focused on matching a reader to Cade and Max as opposed to Gideon. At no time in the story did I feel transported, I always felt like I was listening to an audiobook.
As for the book it seems rather mundane if you'll pardon the pun. The Baby Hitler dilemma is laid out clearly in the first chapter and they milk that sucker for all it's worth. There weren't enough significant cultural references and culture clashes to make the part of the story that links to me here in the present believable.. it's almost like they're back story is just a plot device not something that really shaped who they are. I don't know something about the narration and the story kept me from being able to suspend my disbelief for any meaningful length of time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-17

love it

This was a great story, I like everything from start to finish. I can't wait for the next book.

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  • erin
  • 16-04-18

I rarely rate books but this deserves more

this is the best gritty HF novels I've read since George rr. I actually like it better. i estimate I've read/listened to >400 since then. It has everything in fantasy genre you could ask for (literally everything along with things you'd never know to wish for) in a gritty adult presentation. Simon Vance NAILS this performance. It's definitely not your 'coming of age hero saves the day' story.. I'm almost finished with the be 2nd book and i feel duty bound to help my fellow fantasy genre junkies fine this book. I've yet to determine who I'm rooting for.... who is good and who is not, let alone right and wrong. The characters are not predictable not erratic, They're smart and secretive and make good decisions.. often I thought I had figured out the 'good guys and the bad guys' in book 1 only to be completely suprised later.... These books are never predictable. There has never been a dull minute. I have felt a strong affection or loathing for main characters from the beginning and it only grows or changes throughout. This book keeps you guessing and nothing is off limits. From dragons, fae, cults of demon worshipping witches and monsters and an amazing fully developed world where nothing is off limits... plus political upheaval and power struggles. this book is totally adult, totally intriguing and gritty as they come. generally I only rate books because I read /listen to do many I forget which series I want to continue so I rate the books I can finish and be return the ones i can't get thru. This book is similar (in a way... maybe grittiness and originality) to Alex Marshalls A Crown for Cold Silver series. I think I may like this better even than Brandon Sanderson Way of Kings series.... and those above are my top favorites for the last decade..... So, if you like gritty high fantasy, you can't do better than this!! I usually listen to most books at higher speed because I'm ADD and get bored easily but I finished this at normal speed. I'm totally in love with this author and can't wait for future books. I'd even go out of genre to follow him and that's rare for me. get this book! you will be so very glad you did!