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Wizardoms: Eye of Obscurance

Fate of Wizardoms, Book 1
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
Series: Fate of Wizardoms, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

In a realm where wizards rule, the ambitious contend for thrones that grant the power of a god. How can one defeat a god? 

Jerrell Landish is a thief, clever, creative, and conniving to the extreme. His legendary exploits force him to use the name Jace just to remain inconspicuous. When he accepts a contract to acquire a secret, enchanted amulet, he discovers the item has already been stolen. To satisfy the leader of the Thieves' Guild, he must track down the amulet and complete the ultimate objective: 

Assassinate Wizard Lord Taladain, a man with the power of a god. 

Rhoa is an acrobat, diminutive, agile, and daring. Armed with the Eye of Obscurance, she sets out to accomplish the unthinkable. Haunted by a troubled past, she cannot escape a single, all-consuming desire. 

She would risk anything to see Lord Taladain dead. 

Taladain's daughter, Narine, is a princess who recently graduated as a master wizardess. However, her father and brother seek nothing but power - one would use her to strengthen his position, the other views her as a threat to his future. 

Can she navigate troubled waters with danger lurking at every turn? 

Eye of Obscurance is the first entry in Fate of Wizardoms, a fantasy epic filled with magic, adventure, and intrigue, perfect for fans of Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, and Michael J. Sullivan.

©2019 Jeffrey L. Kohanek & Fallbrandt Press (P)2019 Jeffrey L. Kohanek & Fallbrandt Press

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Compelling

This book is a very intriguing start to a new series. I loved the amazingly written characters that are brought to life by the brilliant narration. It is fast paced and action packed. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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Good narration

I liked the narration but the story was a struggle as it's not to my liking.

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  • Natasha
  • 09-10-19

Perfect

I love this book. The story is addicting and the narrator perfectly captures the soul of it. I had previously read the book so I was delighted to find that the narrator told the story the same way I read it; well, except Jace. I think I made Jace out to be slightly less arrogant than he actually is but I actually like the "real" Jace more.
I definitely recommend this audiobook!

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  • Michele Brooks
  • 27-01-20

Loved it!

I offered to review this audiobook because I am such an an avid reader but also almost exclusively audio due to my schedule. Because of this, and the fact that a bad narrator can destroy a great series, I can be very critical of narrators. Especially when books have a single narrator required to speak with different voices for multiple characters. Most cannot do it without having some errors where they use the wrong 'voice' for the wrong character. Travis Baldree does a great job in narrating all voices this book. It was a very enjoyable listen and I didn't have any issues distinguishing between characters.

As to the story, I am not one to give a lot of specific story details since I feel you should read the story for that. However, I will say that it is book 1 in a historical fiction series where some of the characters have magic. As with most such books, some choose to use it for good while others are greedy. It has great character development and story line that included several twists I didn't see coming. You won't be disappointed if you give it a try!

I received a free review copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 13-01-20

GOOD READ, LOOKS TO BE A GOOD SERIES

Eye of Obscurance (Fate of Wizardoms #1). my sixth read from author Jeffrey L. Kohanek. Well-written with intricately developed characters you can invest heavily in and the storyline with its intricate twists & surprises as the tension & suspense ratchets up throughout the book’s length. 300 pages but reads even longer with the attention to detail written into the story. Kohanek’s fantasy worlds have become one of my favorite fantasy reads. I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Travis Baldree . Owning both the Kindle & Audible editions I was able to follow along while being read to. I look forward to reading more in this series. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Jaclyn679
  • 13-11-19

Great start to a new series

When I first saw this book compared to Six of Crows I was sold, because that's one of my favorites! Although the book was very different, I was not disappointed! It was fast paced, well written, and exciting to read. I liked that the story was told from 4 unique perspectives, which gave the story some dimension and depth. I enjoyed the unique characters, especially the princess, and would recommend to anyone who likes a book with some action and excitement. I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Rands
  • 19-02-20

Great beginning of new series

Good plot. Great character development. Terrific narrator. Looking forward to listening to the whole series.

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  • Silenced Siren
  • 07-02-20

Glad I already had book 2

Well written fantasy book, Narrated by one of my favorite narrators. Between Kohanek's world and Baldree's telling of it, the story really comes to life. I highly recommend.

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  • Treasured2005
  • 27-01-20

WOW meets Game of Thrones

Master theif, Jace, accepts a hazardous contract, but is beaten to the punch by someone who literally dives off of a tower to escape with his prize.

The book describes the adventures of a growing group of strangers who get to know each other while traveling together (running for their lives).

There is a lot of action in this book. The rise and fall of powerful leaders, magic, and multitude of secrets is reminiscent of Game of Thrones. (but a much more PG version) I am looking forward to the next book.

My only constructive criticism that I would love to see more emotion in the book. I wanted to be more emotionally engaged with the characters and their stories.

Overall, this is a great book for some who likes fantasy and intrigue.

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  • Jeff Larsen
  • 24-01-20

good book but it takes a while to let you the plot

good book, but it really took a while to come together.

this book feels like an intro to all the characters and the next book is where the story really starts to come together.

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  • Raya Whitehouse
  • 04-01-20

Great start for a fun series to enjoy

I enjoyed listening to this book, it really draws you in with the wording. This book was such a great adventure to read, and when it ended you wanted to see more.

It is a great start to a series.

Narrator does a great job on voices, even down to making age appropriate voices.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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  • Reena
  • 23-12-19

An excellent story!!!

An excellent fantasy story! Action packed, full of wonderfully written characters and excellent world building, this is a story fans of epic fantasy will devour!

I loved the narrator. He did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and I truly enjoyed the different accents he used for each character.