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The Magitech Chronicles Quadrilogy

Magitech Chronicles, Books 1-4
By: Chris Fox
Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
Length: 34 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Summary

Four full-length novels for one low price

Aran awakens in chains with no memory. He’s conscripted into the Confederate Marines as a Tech Mage, given a spellrifle then hurled into the war with the draconic Krox and their Void Wyrm masters.

Desperate to escape, Aran struggles to master his abilities while surviving the Krox onslaught. Fighting alongside him are a Major who will do anything to win, a Captain who will stop at nothing to see him dead, and a woman whose past is as blank as his own. 

Caught between survival and loyalty, Aran must choose. If he flees he will live, but the Krox will burn the galaxy. Stopping them requires a price Aran may be unable to pay: learning to trust the very people who enslaved him.

©2018 Christopher T. Fox (P)2019 Christopher T. Fox

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highly recommended

A great mix of sci-fi and magic, which is easy to listen to.
only small criticism is that some of the smaller characters get a little bit repetitive, aside from that it's a solid listen.

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It's a Quintology ! at least

Enjoyable adventure in a swords and sorcery in space, with dragons :)

Players of RPGs like D&D are going to enjoy the atmosphere, i could almost here dice during some of the combat.

Good mix of characters and motivations although some seem too forced. a lot of enemy within which i personally am not a fan of.

All in all a good set of books.

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  • James Marsh
  • 29-01-19

Space Marines, Dragons, Demons, Spellguns and More

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the audio book in exchange for an honest review.

Magitek Chronicles is a space marine story set in a Space Fantasy world. It has the normal military science fiction tropes but with elements welded in from fantasy. This is critical to understanding just what you are in for.

Some franchises I’ve enjoyed that do similar things include Star Wars, RWBY, Final Fantasy and Babylon 5.

If the idea of a space marine shooting a rifle that flings level 3 Void spells or a space dragon fighting capital ships fills you with delight then you are in the right place. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. All four volumes for one price is an insane value.

From the moment you are dropped into the world with an amnesiac hero, the brisk action keeps up a break neck pace to a rousing conclusion in the first book.

The second explains more of the world, mythology and develops the setting building up to another epic climax.
By the third and fourth books there is better balance of action and plot development. The threats, powers and spectacle keep ratcheting up and by the end the entire scope of the war elevates to something mythic. That’s right. Books 1-4 are great but the series is still ongoing.

There are plenty of swerves, surprises, revelations, prophecies, betrayals and more to constantly keep you guessing just what will happen next.

The characterization is interesting because the main characters have no memory. We get hints of who they might have been and we learn along with them as secrets are revealed, past actions they can’t even remember catch up with them and they have to choose how much of who they were will determine who they want to be.

The tone balances levity with mind blowing magic sci fi action. The use of weapons, armor, ships, spells, potions etc gives it nearly a LitRPG feel but not in a distracting way.

The spectacle alone is enough to recommend the book. I hope the rest of the series continues to deliver on its large promise. There is plenty to enjoy in this volume. It’s quite the ride and is never plodding or slow.

The narrator did an excellent job. His voice is clear, easy to understand and helps guide you along, even while pronouncing the names of strange demons, dragons and old gods. He balances a number of accents so well he makes it look easy.

There is some strong language in the books (1-2 F bombs in each book.) The action is irrepressible but never gruesome or gory. There is no explicit sexual content. I think your average teenager would be just fine with this series and would get a big kick out of it.

Looking forward to more in this world.

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  • Anthony
  • 26-02-19

Good Blending of Magic And Tech

This series blends magic and technology really well. So, if you enjoy both genres like I do you will most likely love this series.

Side Note: I thought since this came in a quadrilogy it was the whole series it is not to which I have mixed feeling... On one hand I wanted a complete series to listen to so I wasn’t waiting to continue it... On the other hand I am really enjoying the series so more books isn’t an all bad thing...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-19

Beginning shakes with a strong finish

Okay so let’s start with why I think some listeners had issues with the first few hours. Our author is following several main characters throughout different parts of the sector. Unlike George RR Martin who clearly states in chapter titles when their is a transition from perspectives our author does not. As u are new to the characters it makes the first few hours difficult to follow as some character transitions make you initially believe you are in the same perspective. This cleans up after the first few hours and book 2 makes it more clear adding in titles and clearly stating the character we are following in the first few perspectives.
Okay now to the series. It is an interesting concept on magic and tech put together in a space faring society. We have some societies that rely purely on magic and another society that is attempting to use tech and magic together. We follow several main characters in their battle against space dragons who are bent on conquering and subjugating the sector. I really enjoy how the author has mixed spell theory and technology. The character progression is also fantastic. I feel like their are a lot of GAMELit elements in the book without the amusing boxes. Well that being said, I believe anyone who likes space opera , dragons , gamelit, and magic will enjoy this book. I personally have added this series to an autobuy!

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  • Darnell Montgomery
  • 19-02-19

Strong Gravitational Pull.

I can't wait to get sucked back in to this story.
These books just take you to infinity and beyond.

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  • T.J.
  • 18-02-19

stunning story, need more

I absolutely loved this story books 1 through 4 I cannot wait until the next one is available!

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  • S. Kelly
  • 04-03-19

Sword and Sorcery meets starships an space marines

Firstly this is a great value, with four books for the price of one. However I don't think that this should be called a Quadrilogy. This is four books, but this is not a complete series. The story does not finish and leaves on quite a cliffhanger. If you listen to this then you are going to want to pick up book 5 as well (I haven't listen to it yet so I am not sure if book 5 completes the series). That said it is absolutely a fun read and it is worth the listen. The world building and magic system is very good and consistent. It kind of reads like a novelization of a space based D&D campaign. The characters are well written and you absolutely care about them. Chris Fox does a great job at the narrator.

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  • MasterTorian
  • 27-02-19

Fascinating universe

The narrator was very good. He has some really great voices, good tempo and vocal inflections, and I love it when narrators vocalize the small sounds like laughter and whistles.

All four stories included in this set are very good and skillfully written.

The characters are very individual with their own quirks, and I love that the author didn't bombard me with pages of Backstory right at the start.

I have four major detractors that kept this from being a 5-star read (the first one is vastly more pronounced in book one, though it continues to be present in later books).

1, significant portions of the dialogue are simply atrocious. Listening to it, I couldn't help thinking, really? Are you serious? Especially with the way the Dragons speak.

2, length. Each book is only about 8 to 8-1/2 hours in length. Which is fine in heroic fantasy or other fantasies with relatively low stakes or scope. But with a story this expansive, I would have liked to see much longer books to really do justice to the stories. As they are written, many parts feel skipped over or rushed. Had the author spent twice the time (or even half again), the stories would have felt a lot more complete and far more immersive.

3, I just cannot suspend disbelief when I'm expected to swallow that a dragon can be a one-hit-wonder. I don't care how powerful the magic is, nothing short of a god (or a Dragonlance) should be able to kill a dragon in a single attack.

And 4, unless it's litRPG (which this book is not), then I just can't take you seriously when characters are referring to spells by level (as in, "normally he couldn't cast a third level spell"). Now, I admit that in the military the relative power of a weapon very well may be denoted by a "level" but in this context I just can't take it seriously.

All that said, I really enjoyed these books. I love the way the characters develop and the way the characterization and backstories are slowly revealed over the course of the books.

I'm definitely going to be picking up further books in this series. Hopefully book six will be released in audio soon.

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  • A-10 Egress
  • 28-02-19

very good series.

I thought I would try this series and dang if I didn't get hooked!!! now I cant wait for the next one to come out

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  • david taylor
  • 26-02-19

Epic

what an epic ride going to listen to the next installment of this series .

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  • Jerry
  • 23-02-19

Swords and dragons fantasy.... leaves you hanging

Firstly, don't think that this is Sci-Fi even if Audible put it in that section, this is clearly fantasy.
Writing is pretty simplistic 'Spell swords, spell armor, spell ships', reader tries their best but I get the feeling that even they find it tedious at times.

Also, I listen to a LOT of long sagas, but when you buy a 34 hour Quadrilogy you actually expect an ending, this one is too drawn out and you're left hanging. Seems they just release a 9 hr book for another credit and at least another in the works. I'm left feeling a little suckered.

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