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The Choice of Magic

Art of the Adept, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Art of the Adept, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
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The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite - a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.

But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.

His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

©2019 Michael G. Manning (P)2020 Podium Audio
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Belting if Slightly Flawed!

Hard to know quite what to make of this one! My only previous experience of Manning's work was the fabulous 'Embers of Illenial" series which I thought was a modern fantasy tour de force. Dark and Conflicting, it took no prisoners, and it dared much to bring some harsh realities into the story line.

This is something quiet different, this is closer to an old-fashioned fantasy story, in fact at times it felt like a young adult novel apart from some of the very colourful language. It is though a belting story and Tim Gerard Reynolds gives it plenty of oomph! He has a lot of strong voices and is particularly vibrant as the young apprentice's "uncle".

However, the characters as children did grate on me just a little and there is one particular point where the young wizard makes a completely bizarre decision to join the army when he has things a wizard simply couldn't resist. If you get past those points though you have a genuinely belting tale that has a clever magic system, some interesting characters and after a slow beginning increasingly exciting adventure.

I'm happy to recommend it because I really enjoyed the journey in the end and I will get the next one which promises to be something different again. I just can't give it five stars because it didn't have the same in-depth out and out quality as the 'Embers' series.

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  • 04-07-20

Fantastic start to a new series.

Grabs you right at the beginning and pulls you into a new world of fantasy. Hopefully it will continue in the next book.

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  • Alex
  • 04-06-20

Holy cow

yes I said it this book was amazing really if your looking for a good book I recommend this book to you hope you enjoy it as I did

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  • Chase Delano Morgan
  • 03-06-20

Frustrating character development

Author takes us on a journey. MC's stupidity grates at your skin, but he is a kid thrown into the midst of all sorts of craziness.

I was a BIG fan of the Mageborn series, so I expected good things from this series. It's different from what I expected, and I have honestly been very frustrated with MC as I've been listening. I realize my frustration stems from the fact that I'm invested in the character and I want him to be better, to make better decisions, to be braver, etc.

I wanted to bash the MC in my review, but if I'm being honest the author has actually done a fantastic job of developing MC's character. I guess I just have to grit my teeth and deal with all the stupid growing pains in the hope that eventually he'll do better. I wanted Will to be more like Mordecai, but Will's story is his own and this series is more ambitious than the Mageborn series.

It's a good book. I'd encourage you to give it a listen/read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-20

Here's my opinion...

I'd like to first explain that yes, I did in fact enjoy this book. Just look at the scores I gave it...but like with all reviews, you should take my opinions with a grain of salt.

That being said the book starts out with a 12 year old peasant boy who's just about to turn 13 and has likely only been given a basic education from his single mother who just so happens to operate an apothecary. Yes the MC does stupid things...he's a frustratingly ignorant boy going through puberty who's quick to anger, quicker to direct blame and easy to fool, just like 90% of all 13 year old boys are like when not in direct sight of their mother.

That's the whole point of the book, it's a coming of age story, if your not interested in that and want to skip straight to when he's a man and knows everything...read a reincarnation fantasy novel...there's tons of them now. Personally I have to be in a specific mood to tolerate an ignorant MC so there is no shame if it's just not your thing listening to another person learn and grow.

To each their own, but if your willing to forgive a small child their faults and hear them succeed then give this book a try, you can always return it if it's not your cup of tea.

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  • Ed Feustel
  • 06-06-20

More Please

I really enjoyed this. I hope that Audible will acquire and make available the next two volumes!

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  • Alex solis
  • 04-06-20

Truly a good book!

Spoilers ahead!

Okay so I thought this was a pretty damn good book up until the old man died! He definitely shouldn’t have left the story so fast! I really thought he was really funny and a great character!
So after the old man died there was several chapters where you were like come on... but then then the book went back to being great!

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  • Gary Boyce
  • 26-06-20

SO GOOD!

This was a very enjoyable book. Perfectly written and performed! Audible, I need the other two books!

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  • jackie
  • 25-06-20

It's good.

There are a few, "why" moments but not enough to turn you off the tale. Finished in two sessions. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • stone
  • 25-06-20

Awesome!

I could not stop listening. I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed the Dawn of Wonder. Awesome book amazing Narrating. I laughed alot!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-20

Way better than I thought it would be!

I was mildly interested in reading this based on the description but the fact Tim Gerard Reynolds was the narrator put it over the edge for me in buying it. This was well above what I was expecting and now I'm kicking myself for not waiting until the others came out on here. I have yet another series to play the waiting game for with just the first taste on my mind.

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  • Ian Schrott
  • 21-06-20

love the book

Michael G. Manning book are all ways good


The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite—a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.

But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.

His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

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