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The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx. The Wizard's Council didn't tell young Koren, because they know what is best for him. Even after their silent deception destroys his life.
Crown Princess Ariana Trehayme will become queen of Tarador on her 16th birthday, if her weak, indecisive mother the Regent hasn't allowed their ancient enemy to conquer Tarador before then. Ariana wants her royal army to strike at the enemy, but her mother knows what is best for her, and the realm.Together, Ariana and Koren can save Tarador, if the adults, who know best, will get out of their way.
©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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By David M on 11-22-17

A skeptic entertained

Honestly, I am not a passionate fan of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. I am a huge fan of the Expeditionary Force series and RC Bray's narrating. So it was with quite some hesitation that I purchased this book after listening to what I felt was a lackluster uninteresting preview. I wasn't convinced the story or narrator would be a worthy investment of my time and money.

I preface this review with my doubts not to troll the author or the narrator but to give context for my review.

First, after having completed this book I can't imagine a better suited narrator for this story. The narrator quickly dissolves away into the story and there are only a wide variety of characters and adept accents left. Production value was very good. There were no noticiable splicing of vocals, popping, lisping crackling "ssss", or sharp audible inhalations from the narrator that are still far too commonplace in audio production these days.

The story is a well tested, well worn one but the relateable and developed characters make it easy for the listener to be absorbed into the environment as an observer. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story and can't wait to listen to book two.

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By Brett on 11-13-17

A great coming of age fantasy tale

I have to say this isn't like Craig's other books. Instead of aliens this is a deep rooted world of magic, wars and outlaws. I guess it just goes to show the imagination of the author is quite wide. The book is entertaining and I found it enjoyable. However it could due with a bit more humor. But then again i'm a Skippy fan.


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By oaklands on 01-18-18

Good story, it caught me straight away.

I enjoyed this book much to my surprise, so much so I bought the second now eagerly awaiting the third hope I don't have to wait to long.

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By Mike on 01-18-18

Really good

The story was interesting but straight forward hence 4 out of 5 stars but kept me listening. Finished the booked in a few days. Well written and performed.
Hope book 2 progresses the characters on alot more, although to be fair this book only covers events over a year.

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By Darren on 01-18-18

Easy to listen entry to fantasy novels

Great for teens upward. Very easy to follow unlike other fantasy novels and very well performed

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By Gareth on 01-15-18

A great listen

What made the experience of listening to Ascendant: Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Craig Alanson exercising his Fantasy skills with "Skippy the Magnificent" like awesomeness.

What other book might you compare Ascendant: Book 1 to, and why?

Gave me a similar vibe to Dawn of Wonder, but that may be because the narrator is the same. In saying that they both gave me the same feeling of discovery and joy.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He makes the characters both fun and believable. He is a joy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment in the Church was both funny and heart wrenching.

Any additional comments?

If you loved this and haven't listened to Dawn of Wonder, I suggest you give it a listen.

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