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The Archmage

A Just Cause Universe Novel
Narrated by: Leslie Howard
Series: Just Cause Universe, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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The would-be Archmage has slain nearly all the magic-users in the world, taking their power for himself. If he succeeds in killing the Lucky Seven's own mage Stratocaster, the Archmage's power will become absolute and plunge the world into darkness under his cruel reign. But not if Mustang Sally and the rest of the Just Cause superheroes have anything to say about it.

Only time will tell if Sally can run fast enough to escape the Archmage's clutches, fast enough to outwit his evil plan, fast enough to save the world.

©2012 Ian Thomas Healy (P)2017 Ian Thomas Healy

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Superheroes, Magic, Time-travel to the Wild West

This second book in the Just Cause universe is again primarily told from the perspective of 3rd generation speedster Mustang Sally, but this time the stakes have definitely been raised as one of the magic users on the planet is seeking to become the archmage and the only way that he can accomplish that is literally over the dead bodies of all the other magic users on Earth since their power travels to the nearest magic user when they die in a somewhat Highlanderesque manner.

Besides Sally, the book features a supporting cast that mostly consistent of characters who we previously met in the previous novel and on the whole they are all developed nicely in this installment, as is Sally herself who could have easily ended up filling the sterotypical 'chosen one' role which mostly isn't the case here, albeit the author's need to emphasise her youth at one point in the book was probably a little heavy-handed.

I do not want to go into too much detail on this plot as it is written in a very entertaining manner and it is probably going to be most enjoyable for people going into it fresh, but if I had to sum it up then think Avengers meets LotR with a dash of Back to the Future 3 for luck.

The narrator of this first novel returns to the same duties in this one and does another quality job, bringing Sally to life very effectively while also giving suitably distinctive performances for the rest of the supporting cast.

Overall, I thought this was noticeably better than the first one in the series and I still found that one to be enjoyable, so I would recommend people check out both of them.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Tiffany
  • 30-04-18

The Archmage

Having not read the first book, I was surprised on how much I enjoyed this book. I was expecting this book to be campy. It is not (well maybe the villain is). I'm going to have to listen to the first book. I thought the narrator did a really good job. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Theresa Horton
  • 04-04-18

Great

I really enjoyed everything about this book the characters , a lot of action in the story I recommend this book and the narrator did a great job
Thank you for a great story

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  • TU
  • 21-03-18

Fun book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I started with this book, book 2, but that didn't seem to matter much. I didn't feel like I was missing things from a previous book at all. The characters were interesting and there was good action and humor throughout. The narration was good. All in all, a fun and entertaining experience.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 15-03-18

I had so much fun

the book was fun interesting very well written the Naruto did a great job I liked it very much a very good listen to have adorable

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • James
  • 07-03-18

Interesting 2nd book

Good story, good plot and fun characters. Really like this series. Lots of fun characters and good story lines. If you like "supers" this is a good series.

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  • Marc Garvin
  • 05-03-18

Good listen! Fun!

"I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review"

That said, I wasn't sure I would like this book. haha
The cover was a little childish looking and I almost judged it as such... you know the saying.

However, I liked how this book meshed a few things together. Magic, meta-humans, romance and well timed humor. The story was fun, the characters were good and I actually really enjoyed it. It had a couple good twists.

The narrator did a fine job. The dialogue, voices and timing was good. My only problem was when she was just doing narrating story it was a little slow in contrast to the dialogue. Other than that she did a good job.

This book was a fun surprise!

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 05-03-18

Spectacular Series

This is a great series. I would recommend reading book 1 first to get the full story and character backgrounds. It is fast paced and action packed. I really like how some of the characters abilities are not the norm. The narrator does a fabulous job bringing the story and characters to life with easy to understand and distinguishable voices. I look forward to more in this series.

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