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.
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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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"
"Circle of Reign" .
"The Way of Kings"
"The Final Empire"
If you'd like a books that are more for older readers and are gripping/scarier/darker:
"The Warded Man"
"The Shadow of the Torturer"
"The Way of Shadows"
"Prince of Thorns"
"A Game of Thrones"
- Andrew Stone
Good, but... Something is missing
- Isaac "I drive a lot for work,and when I drive I listen to audible. Life is good. In my mid-30's now, and I mainly listen to Fantasy books."