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The Dark has nearly consumed the planet. Men and beasts have been stripped of their minds, their bodies twisted to serve the Master's will. Her army now numbers in the trillions and is led by two supreme generals. Even the mages have no power to stop her. Driving the survivors to a last bastion of freedom, she calls for the decimated army to surrender.

But mankind stands defiant.

From the ashes of nations the people have united, and together they brace for the impending storm. Bereft of retreat or refuge, they hold to a single hope - that the Oracle can destroy the Dark before everyone is slaughtered. Facing the end, the Oracle must rise to her birthright and find that which can cleanse the Earth of darkness.

©2014 Ben Hale (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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The ultimate in escapism

What an absolutely epic novel. Allows total escapism from the woes of life. What more can one say,

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Flatlined

It's true that there are connotations of Harry Potter, but on the whole I found this better written.. All that said the last book was predictable and flat.. I was pleased it finished...

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Juvenile writting, but surprisingly enjoyable

Nice world and great narration, marred by doses of incredibly childlike and immature story. The author has sculpted a marvelous world and characters and then periodically destroys these with script suitable for a teenager's 'dear diary'

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Action packed magical epic-ness

For lack of a better title, action packed, magical epic-ness doesn't even come close to the emotional, magical and vivacity this saga bombards your mind with creating a world so easily brought to life with the words of Hale. With each scene brought to life by Perkins talent of accents and tones. From one scene flawlessly linking to the next and without fail every scene sucks you in for the emotional rollercoaster along with each character combined with the colossal amount of action throughout keeps you yearning to turn every page. Suitable for young teenagers and above, this saga will attract even adults with a love for adventurous tales. Set on present Earth, the magical world, I dare say, is more believable then Rowling's universe. Highly recommended. Brace yourselves! Note to parents: The adult themes extend to Kissing at most in a sexual nature. The most extensive of mature themes world be some descriptions of body wounds. Death of loved characters and mass murder. (on par with Harry Potter mixed with a more hunger games scenes - the books not films) Note to all: if you like Trudy Canavan (Black Magician Trilogy), then you are going to love this.

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The Forge of light

I have listened to all five books and loved them all. The narrator Derick Perkins is my favourite as he puts feeling and voices together perfectly.

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  • JJ
  • 04-09-19

Thoroughly Enjoyed

I thoroughly enjoyed this series including this final installment. It's nice to have a story which isn't trying to save everyone from the end of the world and actually portrays a descent fight and massive losses for the good guys. overall I found myself drawn to listening more than usual so I plugged in whenever I can. enjoyable narration and overall thoroughly enjoyed the story.

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great story

loved the books. think I need to learn how to husle though :-) hope there are more like this for me to listen to in the future.

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awsome book

awesome book fantastic characters would recommend to all. one of the best fantasy sagas I have ever listened to

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Finally have listened to this in its entirety!

Ben Hale, Thank You! Now on to his other works for which I can't wait!

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fantastic story, and gripping from start to finish

The series started off a little like Harry potter, but soon took it's own direction. The author did a great job of mixing myth and magic with a modern war/battle epic. He made the characters easy to relate to and like/loath and he made the battles thrilling whilst making you want to hear more. Another great narration by Derek Perkins he's by far my favourite narrator, and I just live the way he says BOOM so funny.

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  • The Jennerz
  • 07-07-16

Excellent story

This 5 book series is a excellent read it will keep you wanting to cheer for the good guys and wanting moor. I was so glad for the final book to be released and totally satisfied with the ending.

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  • D. T.
  • 29-08-20

Easy listening

The story was easy to follow, being young adult. It carried well. The performance of the narrator was good. My only comaint is that all of the male voices were raspy and not well distinguished.

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  • dof
  • 27-07-16

Fight, Fight, Fight, then Deus Ex.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Too many passages of fighting. Just way too many. And they seemed to get a little repetitive. After 50 fights against OVERWHELMING odds, you kind of start to lose a little something for the fighters. Especially after they do some of the stupidest stuff ever. Hey, let's leave this OP guy alive - who pops back up to kick your teeth in. Didn't see that coming? I did.

If you’ve listened to books by Ben Hale before, how does this one compare?

Other than the fact he kept confusing Derrick's voice with Iris, awesome.

What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

I don't know.

Do you think The Forge of Light needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe because it would be almost interesting to see if he could write more than three paragraphs without a 20 paragraph BAH fight scene. The ending was pretty optimistic, despite how dark the whole series was. Don't see how it can continue.

Any additional comments?

I"M DONE. YEAH. So dark! Almost depressing. SPOILERS: You killed Jack? and Breaker? and most terribly of all Hawk - once. But a jerk like Cayden gets two or three? Really? And isn't the myth "from the ashes, the Phoenix will rise"? That you didn't is one of the biggest FAILS of these novels. What's up with that? What's the point of Hawk being a phoenix? What? OOh that still gets my goat. And all those WTH moments. And no last words from Iris? Ugh!

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  • Paul Billups
  • 14-11-20

Amazing book series

loved it loved the narrator Author did an amazing job. I fell in love with the characters.

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  • EvaPhiletaWright
  • 05-11-20

avoid this

Depressing, gratuitously violent, a book to be avoided, Don't buy this book. I would return it if I could figure out how. No redeeming features that I noticed. The reader wasn't too bad. He speaks in the kind of depressing voice that one would associate with trash like this.

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  • Charles McDermott
  • 29-07-20

Outstanding

I have thoroughly enjoyed this set of books. I do not have the language skills to say anything but Outstanding. Mr. Hale captures your imagination and emotions with a master’s touch.

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  • Michal Romig
  • 14-01-20

A Serious RIVAL

The only Fantasy series I have ever read that RIVALS the Wheel Of Time,and has in it 21 books

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-11-19

What a series

it was a great end to a good series. It's so hard to write an ending these days that please everyone but this one was good. Loved the whole series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-19

Fantastic mix of fantasy and warfare

Derek Perkins is a phenomenal narrator and Ben Hale is an awesome writer of warfare mixed with fantasy

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  • Mary
  • 29-09-19

Great!

Had me on the edge of my seat! It was hard not to cry at some points! Great ending!