Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara: Aster Wood, Book 1 : Aster Wood

  • by J. B. Cantwell
  • Narrated by Mark Deakins
  • Series: Aster Wood
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Experience the suspense and mystery of this top young adult series.
Broken. That's what the world is now. The Long Drought is over, but the rain that falls burns like acid on the flesh.
Young Aster Wood is weak compared to the other survivors who flock to the cities, the only places where a meal and fresh water can be had.
But when he finds a ragged piece of parchment in a hidden corner of his father's childhood home, he is pulled through the cosmos to a place no one on Earth knows exists.
Here, the grass grows green. The wolves glow like the full moon. The wizards play with ancient knowledge, delighted with simple spells that can bring dying plants back to life and make invisible that which they do not want seen.
And Aster is healthy again.
The heart condition that has plagued him since he was a toddler is suddenly absent, and Aster finds himself running - no, flying - across the countryside, as if he were born to do it.
Now, he must chase down the long-lost sorcerer, Almara, to discover the truth about his own family's past. And to learn what is yet to come for Earth.

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A fun and exciting new series.

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Aster Wood is spending the summer with his grandmother and accidentally uncovers a whole new world. What follows is a book full of action, adventure and plenty of fun.

This was such a great read. I loved pretty much everything about it and can't wait for the next book to come to audio :)

Aster was a great hero. He has a heart condition and is considered weak etc at home. He isn't able to run or take part in anything physical plus he has no friends, but that all changes when he goes to his grandmothers. Aster was likable, brave, loyal and an all round nice guy. He is the perfect roll model for kids because he overcomes so much but stays the same.

The plot of this was fantastic too. I loved that it's a cross universe, scavenger hunt, mystery type book. There is plenty happening to keep everyone happy. I know my boys would love this and I am going right out and buying them a copy to read. It has a bot of everything and will definitely keep them entertained, heck, I'm in my 30s and was thoroughly entertained while reading it!! Highly recommend.

Mark Deakins was fantastic. It sounded like he loved reading the story and because of that, he brought this to life. He differentiated each character and had the right tone at the right time. He was perfect for this book and I know I will be checking out more by him.

"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com"

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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Pretty solid

Who was your favorite character and why?

I had a few favorite characters - The first character Aster meets is a Magician named Kiron who travels with him on his quest. I quite likes this stocky old character - he made a good ally. I also think Jade (the seemingly forever young girl) holds a lot of promise as a main/interesting character in the future books. Oh and special mention should go to the kind hearted wolf. I hope he pops up again somehow.


What about Mark Deakins’s performance did you like?

He was able to differentiate between characters very well. Excellent performance.


Any additional comments?

The beginning of the story (for me) wasn't very interesting. Perhaps because this story is moreso meant for teens and tweens. I did not automatically get sucked in. It was finally when the main character begins his quest and enters the first city which is controlled by Cadoc (the villain) did things start moving fast. I got really into the story by then. So if any listeners find it slow in the beginning - it really gets interesting throughout.This audiobook was gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review courtesy of audiobook blast.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2015
  • Publisher: J. B. Cantwell