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Summary

The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain.

For fans who finished the first four installments, many questions were left unanswered and many stories left untold. This collection of short stories and novellas addresses some of the questions, expands previous books, and points to future directions. The anthology begins not on the planet Anyar but on Earth, with the aftermath of the improbable accident that starts Joseph Colsco on his new life.

©2018 Olan Thorensen (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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don't bother

unless you are a Thorensen addict and you just can't get enough anyar, give this one a miss, don't bother. no plot, no conclusion. just a deeper dive into some of the stories you've already read in earlier books. Thorensen is taking the piss here but the previous books are brilliant.

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loved it

Olan is a Gifted story teller and these books have been amazing in their scope and depth. I truly look forward to returning to Anyar in the future.

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  • Bryan
  • 21-08-18

Managing Expectations

From reading the other reviews here, it's clear that some listeners didn't read the summary or follow the author's website/blog/facebook. If they had, they would have clearly been informed that this work is a collection of novellas and short stories and not a direct continuation of the main story-line.

That being said, the author and the publisher should have foreseen these issues and marketed this work as a short story anthology, Book 4.5, or some way other than "Book 5" which implies a direct continuation from Book 4.

I would recommend this work to anyone who plans to continue the main story-line when Book 6 is published. While some of the stories are a re-hash of previous events from other POVs, there are just as many that address unanswered questions and others that serve as a prelude for the next major story arc. Based on some of these preludes, I suspect that Book 6 will begin with a time skip of 1-5 years.

Rating: I rate the individual stories anywhere from 2.5 to 5, with an average of 3.5. No issues with the narration. 4 stars overall

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  • Robert
  • 10-08-18

Not what you would expect

Don’t approach this book expecting any form of coherent structure or answers to any outstanding questions. Expect fragmented story lines to be brought up and then dropped with no explanation. Plan for retelling of scenes from different perspectives without adding new information.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-08-18

Not the best from Thorensen

I loved all his previous stories, but this one was just lacking. More about clan politics than anything else—almost nothing about how he outsmarted the Nartharny during battle or how he created new inventions. Perhaps this series has run its course—so disappointed :(

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  • Dan
  • 10-08-18

Not up to par with 1-4

Interesting but not in the same league as the others. This felt incomplete and rushed to publishing. If there aren’t any follow-up books, this will be a very disappointing ending to an excellent series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-08-18

I'm hooked can't wait

till the next 4 release. I hope that Jonathan Davis continues to be the narrator

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  • Rachel
  • 15-08-18

Awesome Series!!!

I really love this series. This one provides some answers to questions from previous books and opens up new situations for future books. Please write more for this series and keep the same narrator. He did an awesome job!

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  • Jason
  • 10-08-18

Fun stuff some big surprise as well

These are great stories some about what's to come and some that really deepen some of the characters development. If your a a fan of the series this is good stuff and some of the surprises are fantastic and I never would have expected. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • R. Villa
  • 18-09-18

I liked it!

Although it is not part of the main storyline, I enjoyed this book. It is a great addition to the whole Anyar universe. I hope Olan keeps churning out more books in the series as they are very enjoyable. Jonathan Davis does as superb job as always.

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  • Kenneth Hines
  • 04-09-18

Continued 5th book of series.

This was an excellent 5th book for the series and added some additional background information and hints at some future events that are about to occur and provided an excellent background story for the beginnings of a United Cadelia

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  • Bjorn Van den Berghe
  • 03-09-18

Can’t wait to go back to Anyar

Great storytelling and performance, as the other books... since short stories within the universe, hope the next book will flesh each of these out into the main stories coming up. Can’t wait!

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