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Summary

On the anniversary of his father’s passing, Jon leaves home in search of answers. The land is full of mystery and intrigue, and Jon wants to explore it all with the dream of one day becoming a sorcerer. But when Jon receives an invite to the castle for training, he starts to believe there has to be a catch.

A long time ago, Jon’s father was once a guard near the capital city. Now Jon finds himself back where his father used to work, and he’s beginning to learn why his father had wanted to raise him away from here. He will discover that, along with certain threats to the kingdom, there are also many magical arts to learn. Some seem stronger than others, but all have their use. Jon must come to understand the complexities of sorcery as he uncovers the mysteries and threats to the kingdom. But he also must learn to deal with the other sorcerers who have come to train at the castle at the same time as him...some of whom are hard to trust.

©2020 B.T. Narro (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Amazingly delivered by Simon Vance

This new cycle is encapsulating but the delivery by Simon Vance takes all the B T Narro books to a new level. I can’t wait for the next book to be recorded! If only they would get Simon Vance to re-record the original cycles, I would buy them all in an instant!

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Very entertaining

Many of the best magic systems are those that keep it simple, coupled with broadness of field and gradual revelation. The King's Sorcerer does this all, with the system being completely unique and interesting and letting the protagonist's characteristic strengths shine. The plot, too, is rather simple. A kingdom or city under siege isn't anything new, and yet the excellent story telling, world building and realistic characters sets it apart as a very worth-while and entertaining book. There is an incredible balance achieved between the perceptions that we are hearing the story of John, the story of the kingdom, the story of the king, and the conclusion of... well, that'd be a bit too close to a spoiler, I think.

I never used to pay too much attention to narrators aside from trying to filter out bothersome quirks so that they don't ruin the story, but Simon Vance is fantastic. I will look twice at any potential purchase in future, if he is narrating it.

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Really enjoyable

I was glued to this book from start to finish, taking every opportunity I could to listen or read the kindle version. The magic system seems really interesting. I would have liked the book to be longer however and spend some more time building the characters. The events seemed to all happen a bit too quickly without building up properly first.

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Spellbinding, engaging and evocative

I have to admit to being a Simon Vance fan. He brings a story alive.

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Fantastic

The main character is competent and clever and is always seeking to better himself.
The book is paced well with enough action to keep you listening.
Simon Vance is amazing as always.

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Nothing new here

Story line only mediocre and main character intensely annoying . It just didn't sit right that a young apprentice sourcerer would be practically on first name term with the King. Also the main character seems to be the only one who can have all the good ideas and of course he's really good at everything - urgh

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It's okay for adults

I feel had I listened to this series before my previous series I would of enjoyed it more. Unfortunately I felt both series were very samey but the other was just better overall. I feel this book would be enjoyable for teenagers and is quite a safe bet as it isn't graphically violent and isn't sexual more around the sweet innocence of romance.

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Great series

Moved from AC Cobbles series to this one and was really pleased I did. Great characters and world building. The description of how the magic works is extremely creative and the whole story moves along at a good pace. A really good read, I can't wait for next adventure 👏👏👏

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Even Simon Vance couldn't save this...

Just a poorly written and paced YA book which even the marvelous SV couldn't save... refunded!

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Thanks audible

I actually really enjoyed the book, however audibles new return policy has ruined the experience of getting through a good series, why don’t they pay he authors despite returns ?
Audible advertised it’s self as a library and has now turned into an expensive book store

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  • NoOneSpecial
  • 25-09-20

YA dulls the edge in this one

I love the narrator and he main character. Due to under developed potential it felt like something for a young audience. I wasn’t in the mood for the dulled edges of YA

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  • matt goguen
  • 06-11-20

Clumsy

This was clumsy in a nutshell. MC that can do no wrong. Full of 2d characters 2d plot and 2d dialog. the author will get better with time but I don't think this is honestly publishable. I've read too many self publish so much more flushed out that I can't recommend to anyone.

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  • brian
  • 10-09-20

B.T. Narro and Simon Vance are like peanut butter and jelly

Great story , great characters . B.T. Narro never disappoints and with Simon Vance narrating it’s must listen .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-21

Beautiful writing

This particular epic fantasy has everything, great world building with a subtle magic system. For a quick read it is beautifully written with a relatable hero who has several quote worthy passages. This book is a must read/listen, usually I recommend read but the narrator (Simon Vance) is excellent.

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  • Charles E. Baker
  • 19-12-20

Worth it!

The magic system was interesting. This book is definitely worth listening to! The story was over before I knew it and I am downloading the second book as I write this review.

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  • Mathew Whitcomb
  • 01-12-20

good book, great performance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is the first I have read from this author, and I will definitely explore more of his work. my only real criticism would be that there are a few occasions that it seemed to lack a real threat to the MC. Not to say it wasn't there at all, but it always worked out for him, even when it was built up to possibly be horrible and no where comes close. one of those feel good story where the MC is the strongest, smartest, and never fails... which isn't a bad thing. I am one of the few who regularly enjoy this kind of story, as long as it makes sense. It was really only the ending that bothered me, as it was built up to being worst case, but then the punishment is a joke. otherwise, I loved it, and I cant wait for book 2.

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  • Big Scott 32
  • 07-09-20

great start to a new series

loved the story I hope book 2 is just as good.
strong book start to finish

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  • Alicia Pearce
  • 15-07-21

really engrossing read

I remember thinking as I listened to the first chapter that holy cow this book is going to suck. the beginning first pages were so rushed it seemed, but once the story unfolded it gained in detail and depth and was really really satisfying to follow the journey of John. Can't wait to read all the next ones!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-21

Incompetence is not a thing in this book 😁

I’m a fan of B.T Narro and this book did not disappoint! I love the main character he’s stress-free to the reader. Meaning he makes the right choices the same choices that I would’ve made if I’ve been in his position….probably 🤷🏽 . Great all around. The narrator is perfect for the series! glad he real lol

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  • Nathan
  • 06-06-21

Good but flawed

Overall the story has a lot of promise. That being said, there are a few large flaws. Most of them deal with the unrealistic behavior of various people. Also, the main character is a bit too much of a Gary Stu.