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Publisher's Summary

When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers.
But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths.
As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.
This is an updated recording from the original 2014 edition, also performed by Oliver Wyman, which matches the current reissue of the print book.
©2013 Mitchell Hogan (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Winner of Best Fantasy Novel, 2013 Aurealis Awards
"For a debut novel this is more than a little impressive. Characters are vividly drawn, multi-layered, and in one or two cases, compelling. Hogan joins with the new wave of fantasy authors in his use of morally ambivalent characters, distinct and tight points of view, believable world building, an intelligible magic system, and some edgy, gritty content." (D.P. Prior, author of The Nameless Dwarf)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 01-14-15

Took a chance, hit a home run!

Simply, I'm thrilled to find this. I really like Oliver Wyman as a narrator, listening to his narration of both the Monster Hunter series and Brandon Sanderson's Legion series. So I searched for other books that he narrated and found this gem. The author is not as polished as some, and his theme isn't original, but the book works, and really works well. This is definitely high or epic fantasy, and I'm writing this while book 2 is downloading.

Why you should read this:
The Characters: Character progression in this book is very well done. You care about the ones you are supposed to care about, and are outraged at the ones you are not. There are is a lot of mysteries and secrets about each of them, and you enjoy each morsel of the authors puzzles as he gives them to you.

The Magic System: Borrowed heavily from Patrick Rothfus in my opinion, but it too works, and works very well. The way magic is done in the book is logical, and it's not 'wiggle your fingers and shoot a fireball' magic. What is known in the authors world of magic, is known to the reader, but it's very obvious that a lot about magic was lost during an event he calls 'the shattering'.

The Pace: I dislike reading short books. I want a good long juicy novel, and that's what I got. The pacing is right, and nothing really drags on too long. At 21+ hours of novel, you are getting your credits worth.

The Narrator: Oliver is great. He has some great voices, and I really enjoyed everything I've listened by him. If you haven't listened to the Monster Hunter series (Which is the worst name for a series, but one of my favorites), or Legion, they are worth the credits as well. As a matter of fact, I think Legion is 5 bucks, worth just spending the money instead of using a credit. But I digress.

In short: If you are fans of Patrick Rothfus, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, or Tolkien, then this series will fit you like a glove. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew Stone on 11-16-14

Loved It!!!

Any additional comments?

Totally enjoyed this book!

I was engrossed from the beginning wanting to know what would happen next. The narrator is excellent. While the vocabulary was suited to the younger readers there was enough sophistication to be enjoyed by adults.

The story is long.

The foundation set in this first book of the series introduces numerous characters for later books with a variety of subplots.

The closet book similar to this is the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

If you liked this book I recommend that you will also like

"The Eye of the World"
"Eye of the Moonrat"
"Sabriel"
"Circle of Reign" .
"The Way of Kings"
"The Final Empire"
"Imager"
"Harbinger"
"Jaunten"
"Jhereg"
"Assassin's Apprentice"
"Enchantress"
"Thief's Magic"
"Poison Study"

If you'd like a books that are more for older readers and are gripping/scarier/darker:

"Blood Song"
"The Warded Man"
"The Shadow of the Torturer"
"The Way of Shadows"
"Assassin's Creed"
"Prince of Thorns"
"A Game of Thrones"

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jamie Taylor on 07-23-15

Another story about Pug

What other book might you compare A Crucible of Souls to, and why?

Similar to the Magician. Orphan meets wizards discovers he is special.

Any additional comments?

Orphan discovers he is special... again. Good enough that I bought book 2.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Mark Gifford on 07-20-15

An excellent approach and cracking characters

Would you listen to A Crucible of Souls again? Why?

The plot and character development are intertwined and intricate enough to to allow a retread.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist with his humble nature unaware of the power and potential within.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Chaldeans first test duel with the protector master and discovering respect through performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

if only there were enough hours to listen in a day.

Any additional comments?

It was an entertaining read throughout.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sam Burgess on 09-01-17

loved it.

Fabulous new magical adventure. With complex webs of intrigue and betrayals. The 2nd book is just as wonderful


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