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The Forge of Light

The White Mage, Book 5
By: Ben Hale
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: The White Mage Saga, Book 5
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Summary

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 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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  • Kathryn
  • Reading, United Kingdom
  • 10-01-19

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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brill

I really enjoyed this book full of action and a thrilling read that kept me listening right to the very end and wanting more. I would recommend it to any one

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Epic fantasy

A fantastic end to a magnificent series. Full of emotion and twists. An excellent performance and a perfect bitter sweet conclusion.

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brilliant

as with all his books it grabs you and refuses to let you go!! just brilliant

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  • john
  • london, united kingdom
  • 17-04-18

inspiring beyond the tribute to Hogwarts

there's plenty of references to H. P. yet the differences are telling. all in all, a story packed with action, surprises and values

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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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  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-09-19

loved every second

Epic ending to a great series. Ben Hale wrote a fascinating book. the story line was rich and entertaining.

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  • ValientZero
  • 05-07-19

love it

I listen to this once a year now some times more and it makes me cry everytime. such a good story that brings the characters to life.

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  • John
  • 29-06-19

Tedious and Inconsistent

Basically the same as book 3 in the Luminea series - one long endless, repetitive series of battle scenes. Issue with this entire series is the mythology abruptly shifts simply to make the villains more and more powerful. Luminea had a billion against less than a million... this ends with "trillions" of villains.

When you start skipping ahead to get past one fight scene after another, not a good sign. The grand ending feels like half a chapter is devoted to concluding the series.

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  • chancee young
  • 30-04-19

More detailed

More detailed ending like how is everyone living now how does the world look hopeful one day another book is made detailing this