Choices: Book 1 of the Seven Keys Saga (Volume 1) : Seven Keys Saga

  • by M. A. Brotherton
  • Narrated by David Loving
  • Series: Seven Keys Saga
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three years have passed since the war between the Six Orders, the ancient societies governing magic, and 19-year-old Terry Howard, Acolyte of the Midnight Order, is just trying to live a life as close to normal as possible. With the support of the few people in the world he hasn't alienated, that almost seems possible.
But when his ex, Carrie, asks him to look into a magic-related suicide and his mentor, Stanley, announces his retirement, Terry is forced deal with his emotional baggage before everything he's managed to build gets torn away.

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Decent 1st book

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There's a good story starting in this book. Thought there were some strange choices (pun intended) as to how the characters interacted, almost as if they didn't like each other at times. The narration is good. I think this could be a good series if the story was just a little more polished and character interaction had better depth, all the other elements are there.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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- James

meh

I have to be honest, this was not a big winner for me. Mostly because I so often didn't know what was going on. There was a huge cast of characters who were never fully introduced, let alone fleshed out. Terry seemed to develop skills and knowledge as needed in a very hand wavey kind of way. And though there was plenty of action, there was 100% no emotion. This in a character who was supposed to be suffering PTSD and encountering frightening experiences. It all felt very flat.

What's more, I couldn't really see Terry as 19 and, while he's supposed to be super trained or something, how his friends had their power/skill or how they all met was not addressed. This is marked book one, but maybe there is a prequel out there or something? For sure, something is missing in this book, something important.

Lastly, I was not impressed with Loving's narration. It was too fast. This didn't bother me at first or when I listened to the sample, but it sure did as the book went on (and it sounded funny if I listened at .75x) and I just don't think he did a very good job at sounding natural.

I did very much appreciate the diverse cast and mechanically the writing was pretty good. Others may very well love this. I didn't. I saw how it could have been pretty good, but don't think it quite managed it.

Note: I received an audible code for the purchase of this book. I chose to listen to it and review it.
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- Zarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Romengwaith Publishing