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Summary

What if every choice you ever made had the power to reshape reality?

Joni, the daughter of World Walker Seb Varden, has never met her father. And the world he left behind has become a dangerous place for the last generation of Manna users. Mee and John insist Seb will return, but what if they're wrong?

Could it be possible she has none of Seb Varden's powers? Or might her abilities reveal themselves as she leaves childhood behind? In her 17th year, Joni will be forced to leave those she loves, face a great evil, and finally learn the truth about her father.

©2017 Ian Sainsbury (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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A gory but exciting next chapter

Definitely the best book in the series so far. I really enjoyed this listen. Just be aware that this book is a lot more graphically violent than the first two. I listen to it while I'm walking my dog and the faces and grimaces I must pull while walking him listening to this must be a picture! Looking forward to the next book!

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still enjoying this series

OK, so it starts and middles slow/slowly. This one has a different feeling to the rest of the series, so far, picking up the pace towards the end and setting up for the next nicely.

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Addictive listening

The Seventeenth year is an unusual mix of fantasy, science fiction, cutting but not silly humour, with a consistent thread of edge of the seat drama.
Very well narrated. At times I found myself shouting at the car (I listen whilst driving) "No! Don't let that happen!" .... You will know what I mean when you listen/read. Totally addictive.
Ideal if you have read/listened to the previous two books.

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Disappointed

What disappointed you about The Seventeenth Year?

I was looking forward to seb vardens story not his daughter.

Any additional comments?

Even though its his daughter it's still a totaly new character. and its not continuing seb's story which i was looking forward to.

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Disappointed

This book could have been good, i like the idea and the premise but the use of the main characters was kinda boring. I found the ending a let down, the whole story lazily wrapped up in short order (you running outa paper or something? ) . There are so many possibilities with characters like these and this is the best they could come up with? If the author has any conscious they should refund me for the waisted journey and staggeringly disappointing destination! I hope 'author' that if you ever get to read this that you know this kinda lazy ending is just letting your self down even more than your readers/listeners with a complete lack of creativity. is this the most powerful being in the galaxy? so lazely portrayed for the situation. I dont know if the next book is worth even starting after this seriously boaring ending, it's like setting off the world's largest firework only to have it fizzle out like a cheap papershop rocket!

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Don't bother

The first book was good, second was ok, this was trash. This book contradicts the first in so many ways, it's painful.

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  • ByEqualMeasure
  • 14-07-17

A new beginning to an incredible story.

I enjoy this except of The World Walker. While this story is about Seb's daughter, Joni, it is still a thrilling ride that answers many questions and sets the stage for the next book. In this book Joni grows up becoming her own person supported by her mother, Mei and Uncle John; Sym is even there towards the end. I can't wait to hear about what comes next but I don't want to spoil anything for others so I will just say: I highly recommend this book and enjoyed the story contained within. It is a satisfying tale that keeps you engaged throughout and left wanting more!!

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  • Catalina OC
  • 25-08-17

Gets you from the beginning

Just wow! another great book in the series! Todd did an amazing job of showcasing Joan's friggin power. Even though she is Sebb's daughter, she doesn't seem to have his powers.

While Joan's is on the run by some crazed lunatic, she shows she can wield her powers.

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  • TJunk
  • 09-05-18

was sceptical, but pleasantly surprised

I was sceptical about this book because it shifted the main character, and I've found that's not the best choice in a 3rd book. I was surprised that I liked this one as much as the first two. Joni's ability is new, different, and intriguing. and the whole story flows well as a discovery of her powers and a quick moving crime drama.

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  • Kalin Blaskoff
  • 21-02-18

The weakest of them all, but still entertaining!

I've read all 4 books and I'm writing one review for them all with the hope to help you decide if it is worth listening them. My first impression is that it sound a lot like a tale (fairy tale if you wish). It is not such, but it does sound like one. It grabs you from the beginning, very original start. You might experience memories from your childhood while listening this book (the whole series actually), which was a great feeling for me and hopefully for you too. The author makes a wonderful job extending the story in a way that you don't get bored by useless character building. The character building happens while the story develops - the author takes a short chapters to show you something in the past and that's how it happens. Most of the times those short chapters in the past are accompanied with nice story, so even that is not boring.

The narrator - super, amazing job... I'm simply speech less. I can't imagine anyone better for this job. I'm big fan of R.C. Bray, but I think even he can't make that good narration of the book. I'd say he is half of the pleasure you get while listening the book. The main reason - he reads the book as a story-tale.

As for the story - you might think it is a sci-fi, then a fantasy.. then a mixture.. and the truth could be somewhere in between.. who knows :) But it is an original story and it is entertaining.

Now about each book:

The World Walker - 9 out of 10 - great beginning of the series.
The Unmaking Engine - 10 out of 10 - simply amazing, probably the best book of them all.
The Seventeenth Year - 7 out of 10 - now that's a problem. If you are pretty young, you will probably give it 10/10, but I'm nearly 40 and it did sound a lot like teenage action. Also too much love. Basically I think this was the weakest book of them all, but still interesting enough. You better don't skip it or you will regret :)
The Unnamed Way - 9 out of 10 - back in business again! All goodies are back again.. there's again a bit more love/romance then needed and a little flat end, but the end is just 1-2 chapters, while all the rest was very entertaining. The story prior the end was very interesting and the end itself was expected and nothing spectacular.

The author has a great potential. I see these are his first books. He has a great writing skills, very captivate style. I just wish he does a bit less distraction.. lets say 10-20% less would make his books even more interesting. But even with this I definitely put this author is my personal top 3 and I'm very keen on reading/listening more books by Ian W. Sainsbury !

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  • Mark Regan
  • 16-12-17

Decent story, really just one book split into 3

this book could have easily been part of the previous 2. but hey I bought it so I guess it doesnt bother me that much.
my biggest complaint is with the narrator and his odd pronunciation. If he has an accent I can't place it, but it really takes me out of the book when I feel I need to think about the sound he made and decode what he meant. There are moments in the book that I was truly surprised that his pronunciation made it through the editing process. for example he pronounces the work nonchalant as if it was nunchulunt multiple times throughout the story.
He has an excellent grasp of the rhythm of a conversation and his ability so switch between voices is spot on, if only those voices had consistent pronunciation I would rate it as among the best performances I had ever heard.

The story itself is a little shallow, but it's certainly entertaining. I enjoyed the first two books much more, but I'm still glad I listened to this one. Its interesting to see the tale of Seb and the mana users from a new perspective. I also like the use of the island to limit the power of the mana users and remove the over top all powerful magical solutions to all the problems.

the end is very much deus ex machina but hey the hero is basically a God so I suppose it fits.

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  • Idonotdonot
  • 23-11-17

Good but not great

This one wasn't as good as the 1st two, but it was still an enjoyable listen. It seemed much slower than the other two.

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  • Gene
  • 15-09-17

This is awful. I toughed it out for 12 chapters.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is awful. It is not interesting at all. after 12 chapters I gave up.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ian W. Sainsbury again?

No, It is that bad.

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  • Drew
  • 06-09-17

Not on par with prior two books

Sorry. Can't buy the story. Couldn't buy the evil villain. Too many deus ex machina solutions. I wish I'd stopped after the first two books.

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  • S Carter
  • 04-09-17

Too much time in the villains head.

What would have made The Seventeenth Year better?

The author spent too much time in the villains head. He's evil we get it, no need to drag it out. If Adam had some redeeming qualities that made you sympathize with him I could understand it. But as written the Adam point of view portions of the book were boring and predictable and made me want to quit listening a couple times.

What character would you cut from The Seventeenth Year?

I wouldn't cut any characters but I would have trimmed Adam's part.

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  • Mark
  • 04-08-17

The gimmick was a poor one.

Any additional comments?

There could have been so much that could have happened in this instalment. The gimmick simply ate up reading/listening time. The constant narrative recapping events to make sure the reader was still with the twists was a bit much. Then again the repeating of events to other characters over and over again so that the characters were up to date was yet another layer of retelling.

I think the gimmick could have been used more effectively. The potential capabilities that were simply left on the table and not explored hurt the plot and made the story much blander than previous instalments.

( It's hard not giving spoilers. )

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