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Summary

Falken Calder dreams of becoming immortal.

But as a mere scullery boy in service of the fabled Ardent Lunar Sect, his chances of rising through the ranks are slim. There is only one way he can take up the title of cultivator - to awaken before he comes of age. Time is already running out.

When a grand tournament for the magicking arts is announced, bringing old foes to Albion’s shores - rumours of betrayal and war send Falken on a journey in the unknown. There he unearths the mysteries of an ancient, long-forgotten sect - whose secrets offer hope - and the chance for Falken to develop powers that none have seen in an age.

But Falken’s newfound powers may not be enough, for nightmare creatures, dark assassins and even the undead stalk the lands of Netherdei.

And this is only the beginning....

©2021 Peter Hackshaw (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Escapism at its finest!

This book was an amazing listen, quickly gripping me till I was listening at every opportunity!
Make sure you have time to get lost in this book!
The story line leaves you intrigued and the depth of the characters combined with the little details the author illustrates with; means you are invested fully on what happens to each of them as the story unravels.
I already cannot wait for the sequel to find out what happens next in the journey of the the shadow sect!
A must listen for those that love Christopher Paolini, Trudi Canavan and Cassandra Clare.

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Great !

Really liked the story hopefully there will be many more installments to come .

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caught me by surprise

Surprisingly well written, even though it wasn’t nearly as original. The world building felt very small scale, but this is only the first book in the series, and I suspect the scope will expand in further volumes. The narration by Joe Jamison was as always excellent. This was a 3.5 stars for me. I liked it and then some.

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Great book, just wow!

Great story, progression feels earned,
Love the world & magic system built upon,
Likeable characters with realistic reactions to situations,
Thoroughly enjoyable, would recommend.

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Work in Progress

Being new to both the narrator and the hackshaw but having the usual story of youth turned hero sounded interesting so i requested this copy for reviewing.
Firstly this although well written in it's entirety seemed still a little slow on the audio side before my attention was properly grabbed and held, not sure if it was just the flow or I wanted this to speed up but it did eventually go just over 50% through to a story I could perk my ears up at.
I liked how quite a few aspects of the support characters were used and the bonds they had helped spread the attention along for out MC Falcon.
The narrator was fairly good although I think i imagined some of the females voices slightly differently but again once this picked up I was enlivened to listen more closely.
Overall this is one of these books and series it's perhaps a bit too early to tell on, given the ending however I shall be keeping my eye on the sequel as i want to see where this is going.

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  • Mario
  • 15-11-21

Solid progression and prose

The prose at times reminded me of The Name of the Wind. The world was fleshed out, the characters likable, and the protagonist was easy to root for.

For fans of progression fantasy I would rate this below cradle and iron prince but above thousand li

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  • ROD
  • 11-11-21

wordy and un-inspired narration

maybe I'm just spoiled by the likes of Podehl, Daniels or Adams to name a few, I was very much looking forward to this book based on summary at pre-order. I gave it a fair shake at 4 hours (at 1.3x any slower and I wouldn't have lasted as long) I agree with some of the reviews that is was very wordy and I probably would've been ok with it, were it with a different narrator. the story had merit. when I think cultivation my mind goes to eastern culture, so it is difficult for me listen to someone with British accent on this book. no discernible accent would have been better imo.

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  • CDM860
  • 12-11-21

Starts slow ...but it builds

I'm a BIG Fan of wuxia/xanxia cultivation fantasy, and this is a great interpretation by a western author.
The author took the time to come up with an interesting magic system and the world has multiple kingdoms/empires ...and there''s some kind of world war that happened in recent history, and sets the context for the story

The characters are well developed, and the story flows naturally. All in all, I think it's well written ,,,and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

It's definitely worth the credit, give it a shot!

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  • Jonathan Robichaux
  • 08-01-22

Has Promise

I think this story has a ton of promise for the first book. The narrator was fine, idk why others are saying it's so bad, seems like they have a problem with the accent mostly, which isn't their fault. Overall it's enjoyable and I'm waiting for the second one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-12-21

i like the take

it was a fun and different take on cultivation style books kind of starting for not a fully eastern style country but almost a westerner it was also nice that the main character wasn't over powered right out the gates

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  • Jordan
  • 21-12-21

dark and good

really enjoyed this book. kid with a troubled past with everything against him and how he grows and becomes stronger really excited fir the next book

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  • Laprad
  • 27-01-22

pretty good

I have to admit it was a bit off a slow burn to start, but once they hook you it doesn't let go until suddenly it's over. looking forward to what's next.

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  • Liam
  • 23-01-22

A gem

Honestly, I rarely write reviews. However, I took a chance on a book with 300 reviews and it turned out amazing. I think it had a good blend of hero-cycle, magic systems, and imagery. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-22

I liked it

I love this book the story was good the characters dep the only issue I had was it was it's a vegan diet to be a cultivator a little annoying other than that book was good

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  • Jonathan
  • 17-01-22

Deific Writing, Eminent Narration!!

I am an avid listener audible stories, especially within the fantasy genre. As such, I came to this new work with a bit of cultivated trepidation due to the myriad of interesting and novel, albeit somewhat mediocre, LitRPG and Cultivation style series popping up of late. There are, however, some gems in this new blood and this first in series, by author Peter Hackshaw, is one of them. I must say that I have been very pleasantly refreshed by the immersion and eloquence that a good writer can breath into a story and a world, specifically, his world of Netherdei. Additionally, I found the narration by Joe Jameson, counter to the many reviews claiming the contrary, to be superb! Audible has a new voice to add to its lineup of wonderful narrators in Joe and I look forward to hearing him throughout the rest of this series and others to come. Well worth the listen. I highly recommend it!