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Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic and discovered, quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before: the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others.
Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam. But before Lusam can be taught all he needed to know about his past, his grandmother unexpectedly dies of a fever, and Lusam finds himself homeless on the unforgiving streets of Helveel. Unbeknown to Lusam, the only thing keeping him alive is a promise he made to his grandmother to always hide his aura, no matter what. Lusam meets and befriends a young thief fleeing her old city of Stelgad before making a magical discovery that will change both their lives forever, and possibly the fate of the entire world.
©2015 Dean Cadman (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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By Victoria M. on 03-20-17

Love it.

I really enjoyed listening these books. I can't wait until books three and four are available on audible as well.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful


By Yang on 04-03-17

Great Story

I like the story line and character build in this story. Narration is also good. I would recommend this to others. Looking forward to book 3.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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By NicE on 06-14-17

Maddening poorly written

What disappointed you about Lusam?

Really poorly written. Firstly, it is a garden variety "child with amazing powers that doesn't know his importance and living on the streets". Nothing new to see here.

The second is the sheer poor writing. Everything is spelt out as if they were writing for someone with a memory of a goldfish. Also, there is a huge amount of unnecessary repetition. Thoughts about a subject are then repeated verbatim when talking to another character. It happens in smaller ways. "The knife flew through the air and thudded into his chest. He looked at the knife that had thudded into his chest".
Needed a good editor to tighten up the writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Cadman again?

Unlikely, unless his writing skills improve considerably.

Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favourite?

None really, they were all very one dimensional.

What character would you cut from Lusam?

I wouldn't cut them, just make them more believable.

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By craig on 03-13-17

Compelling listening!!

Eagerly anticipating the next instalment of this series. I especially like the multi angle approach to the story and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Would recommend to anyone.

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By Nicola on 10-28-17

Great Listen highly recommend

I have really enjoyed this book unable to stop listening the narration is great too. I hope Dean keeps writing more stories - don't change please.

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By Gabrielle on 01-06-18

For young people

Written and read for a young audience perhaps? I found the narration very stilted and distraction.

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