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Summary

Nothing will be as it was. Cities will crumble to ash. Ashen wastes will become lush and fertile. Rulers will serve, and servants will rule.

Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy.

At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, who is an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world, and challenges the ways of the mages.

Soon this mages start to ask themselves: Could this powerful stranger bring the foretold end of their reign?

If yes, Nill has to be dealt with. By whatever means....

©2017 Wolf Awert; 2017 Podium Publishing

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Different and interesting

love the narrator, listen to him a lot. the story feels to have a somewhat predictable plot but with enough differences to keep your interest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Spellbound

kept me wanting more, great narrator, Story and i cannot wait for the 2nd book.

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Wow... Long rule Pentamuria...

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

Hell yer

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, great characters that I became very invested with, really nice pace, and the author definitely left me wishing that the second book was out already. Yes its a little Harry Potter, but then all book since those films of that type are compared to those films, and for me this doesn't detract at all from the story. Derek Perkins is as always just so cool with his character voices.

Overall I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Lulu
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 24-04-18

A Promising and Steady Start

This is a story with great potential to be growing success or not. The story begins slow and seems to drag a bit here only because the the author has the burden of both introducing and convincing us of the world of Pentamuria and the order of things on one hand, and the coming of age of boy with mysterious and ancient magic on the other. In the last few chapters, his development and intrinsically important events are rapidly rushed through as if the author realised too late that readers would require a satisfactory ending in order to consider getting the sequel.
The main character, Nil, is at first portrayed as a highly intuitive, intelligent and curious boy with strong yet indiscernible magical powers. Then while enrolled at the capital’s magical centre of learning for nobles with magic, he becomes unimaginably and irritatingly naive, dull and even stupid. Then before we know it, after having stumbled into some archaic scripts and writings in a long forgotten underground caves, he’s able to decipher and grasp an ancient magic and use it to gain rapid power and promotions!!!
That said, given ample time and space to stretch out the next phase of the story, there is hope that the ideas and events will be better distributed and delivered. It’s an unusual story that could so easily become predictable and boring as it can become refreshingly different and captivating. I’m not totally convinced that I should get the whole series, neither am I totally put off.
The narrator is well established and liked and did a superb job, a major factor in enduring some of the tedious, slower paced chapters.
A good read.

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Great story and so well read!

Really enjoyable. Couldn’t put it down really. Very entertaining and captures the imagination. I’m dying to get the next book when it’s available.

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Reign of magic uh

Grey book but why is the rest of the serious not on audible

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  • billy
  • 01-12-17

Not for everyone<br />

I truly enjoyed the way this story is told and how it meanders. while many people will like this book, it isdnt for everyone. I find it to be something aimed at the Sci-fi crowd. That being said, not giving it a try would be a shame.

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  • Sailfish
  • 19-01-18

Much too long for the story distance traveled

The author was skilled in his prose and the narrator in his telling and even the story itself was a rather unique take on a Fantasy epic. The book itself fit comfortably into a coming-of-age category, what with the protagonist and his two side-kicks being in their early teens. Also, each of the teens were interestingly unique in terms of their backgrounds. One being something of a half-breed (mixture of mage and mundane parents), another being of witch magic and the protagonist being odd but known to possess some form of unknown power.

During the telling, I was initially impressed with the time the author took to carefully and slowly have the trio exhibit their abilities; along with providing an abundance of detail of the world and places they visited. This started to become tedious, bordering on didactic, about a quarter of the way through and continued throughout the novel. So much so, that much more time was spent on explaining the intricacies of surrounding (buildings, wall, fauna, etc) than moving the story along.

So it was that this book, while not badly written, was one that I wasn't disappointed at finally coming to the end.

I will not continue on with the saga.

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  • Jim Balkwill
  • 02-01-18

Great book,

I have almost 500 books in my library. Absolutely love this book. Probably the second review I have ever written.

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  • Greg
  • 09-12-17

Good story

Its a decent story. The flow was a bit off here and there. I never felt the build up for the final two/three battles...they felt rushed and lacked in depth. I will probably listen to a sequel, but I am concerned the story could fall apart easily. I subtracted a couple stars for this, the storyline is walking a very delicate edge.

As a side note, Mr. Perkins did a decent job through much of the book, but in several instances the voices of two or more characters began to merge. It became difficult to figure out who said what. I subtracted a star for this, but it is really a solid 3.9 star job.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-18

Such a unique world.

I can’t wait til the next installation. I’d love to hear more about the different worlds next.

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  • Jason
  • 20-05-18

pretty good

I would not pay for this book, but if you have some credits, this is really not a bad book to check out. Initially, I thought this book started slow, there are some missing development points of the characters, but they are eventually entertaining and the story did get captivating. Towards the end unfortunately, he evidently needed to get to some points and left out huge sections of dialogue. Or something of importance! Anyway, I still gave it 4 stars, it was a fun listen, and the performer is wonderful.

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  • Todd
  • 17-05-18

the story seems fractured

the story seems like a framework of a building that has not been completed. some parts have lots of detail others seem unfinished.. I don't really know how to put it not enough detail.. deeper characters would be better.

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  • Kyle
  • 14-05-18

zero 2 hero

simple at first. depth in the middle. giant cliffhanger at the end.
it starts slow but it soon ramps up the story in short order and finally concluding with something you can easily see coming but even though you know its something that's going to happen it still remains a giant cliffhanger.

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  • Coral
  • 24-03-18

Slow start good once it gets going

I really struggled starting this book and wondered why it had such decent reviews. it is a good story but possibly suffers from Tolkien's problem of trying to start the village story with a village that moves slowly. it isn't initially clear why you should care about any of the characters but they are well drawn. at no point is this really a nail-biter but it is a good story and I look forward to book two.

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  • Brycen
  • 12-03-18

Enchanting but Flawed

I quite enjoyed the book. very enchanting. could not really put it down. but it is flawed. horribly.

it feels more like a bunch of ideas flung together in different chapters. There's no real answer to any one chapter before it moves on to the next idea. There's a lot of really good ideas in each chapter that deserve to be explored in their fullest. But I fear that the rushed ending of the book will not give much room to explore each one.

so I rate the book as I do. I enjoyed it. thoroughly entertained me for the 2.5 days I spent listening to it.

but there are way too many Flawed and Unexplored/Unanswered ideas in each chapter that it felt like it was trying to do too much with very very little.