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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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Last In the Series

Don't read this book if you havn't read the other 4 in the series first, but definately go and get them!
I loved this series and would have kept going if there were any more after it. Having never heard of him before I started this series, Ben Hale has become one of my favourite authors.

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A Strong Finish

If the first 3 books were leaning heavily on Harry Potter, the 4th and 5th shed that load to a degree.

The faster pace of this instalment was refreshing and I'm not sure if the author meant it, but sidelining his main character for the majority of this book helped massively as she was consistently the weakest aspect of the whole series.

That being said, there was an underuse of the Swordsman I can only describe as criminal. By far the most interesting character in the series but after 5 books I'm a bit let down he didnt get a more in depth run. He could have a really strong series to himself.

Author focused on grand battles more than character development but that's been the theme of the series.

It was a good solid series.

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Pretty good

But… what happened to the eternal thief?

I really enjoyed the story and hope my question will be resolved in the future.

There are still so many hanging threads from previous elements of the overall story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kyle Larson
  • 25-11-21

thank you

Both the writing and voice are well done. Got me hooked immediately. A thoroughly written masterpiece with love, friendships, loss, and well thought out personas unifying to fight together.

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  • Linda A Barrett
  • 21-07-21

Riveting

Incredible story, very moving. I listened to the entire series and was very impressed .

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  • Rob
  • 16-07-21

Excellent

Do not be confused, I swear this does begin like Harry Potter. It is an incredible incredible book. It is enlightening, it is amazing, it is spectacular.

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  • Ivette Holloway
  • 14-04-21

exceptional saga

intelligent. couldnt put it down. amazing tale of will, hope and love for all. outstanding

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  • Jesse A. Fulmore
  • 06-02-21

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why am I forced into to a certain amount of words its my review not yours ( love the book could not stop until it was finished)

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  • Fox
  • 01-02-21

left wanting

I'm a Potter fan so the parallels with this series are noticeable but not plagiarized. I like this magic concept better actually with different types of mages. The 1st 3 books were good, progression and characters moved fluidly, story was interesting but a bit rushed. could have been a lot larger series.
and then THIS book dropped. for 1, it flew by. I felt like it was over the same day I started. the same with the ending. poof done. it wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. this all is irrelevant however bc if you've made it this far you have no choice but to finish. it ties everything together but you better not get distracted. you'll miss a lot

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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.