A Crucible of Souls : Sorcery Ascendant

  • by Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: Sorcery Ascendant
  • 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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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Loved It!!!

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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.

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"Blood Song"
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"The Way of Shadows"
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"A Game of Thrones"

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- Andrew Stone

Good, but... Something is missing

This was a really good book. It had likable characters. It was well written with good dialogue and action scenes. It had drama, coming of age, humor, love interests, intrigue, creative and well developed world and magic system. It has so much, it should be great. It even has a good narrator. But somewhere and somehow it didn't quite live up to the greatness that it should have. It actually isn't as good as the sum of its qualities. It lacks... Pizazz yes, it lacks that little spark that takes a really good story and makes it magical.

The real problem with this story is that it is so damned nearly magically great that you actually notice that it's not quite perfect. It needs so very little to push it into greatness, and you expect to find it on the next page.... But you don't the next page steps back away from greatness and forces the story back onto the outlined progression. And every time it does it, you are left feeling like maybe there was a page or two or two hundred left out of the final draft that would have made it it great. It needs something. I think it needs a more memorable character or two. It needs a Handrian and Royce, or the Bloody Nine. Or Sam Gamgee. Or a Vaelin Al Sorna. Or even an Oberon the Wolfhound.

I recommend the story. It's good. It's really good. But it is noticeable just how close it came to being great. And that oddly, is a difficult thing to quantify and explain. I feel bad saying it. But because it is so nearly great, I feel I must say it. Because nearly great is still much better than most people can achieve. So, in that, there is my review. Damn. It was almost perfect.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios