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The story is refreshingly new. The author introduces a new type of magic system/ability system that is intriguing yet not overly complicated. The book has a lot of action in it to keep you listening, but, more importantly, the story moves at a good paces and never has a slow or boring point.
My only criticism is that I would like to have seen more character development and relationship building between the characters. The character development is there, along with some relationship building, but the development could deepen somewhat.
The narration is simply superb. The narrator does a good job in bringing the story to life. 5/5
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*I requested and was granted a code for this audio book for an honest review*
So, THIS! Holy moley it's been a long time since I read a magical epic adventure, and I found I was really craving one. And OH! Did this ever fit the bill! Intrigue, action, and a beautiful blend of different magical elements made for a fun, fast-paced read. Together with characters I came to care about (Yes, I cried at a point), this is a series I MUST continue, and is going to be added to my favorites of the year. Many of the elements were new to me, which always makes it more exciting, and the ones I was already familiar with had little twists to them to make them fresh. There were characters I loathed, those I loved, and those I pitied, and I thought they were very well written.
Now, for the narration. Dude. DUDE. This may be my new favorite narrator! Not only was his voice smooth and pleasing, but he seemed to know the story. The voices he did (I swear, one of them sounded just like Hagrid haha) were perfect and flawless, and it didn't feel forced in the slightest. There was no issue with switching to females speaking. The speed and tone were just...PERFECT! And yeah, I admit it, I'm a sucker for an accent. But even without, his reading voice is just amazing. I feel like he could read an encyclopedia entry on watching grass grow and it would be great LOL. I think I’ve become a total fangirl…
SO! Now that I’m finished gushing, here’s the lowdown: READ THIS. It is just so good! Anyone who likes epic adventures should thoroughly enjoy this. I definitely urge you to try the audiobook, but really, this book is amazing on its own.
Bob say: 5 Platypires because I’m not allowed to go higher!
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This was my first from Kristal Shaff and Gary Furlong ,Waw what a team ! and what an introduction!!! Wow. So deep, complex, gripping, riddled with a dark dirty underworld of secrets..Have to read more for Kristal soon ... I am Hooked!
Now the story, oh my goodness i was not expecting this at all, so intense, so gripping, so emotional, so awe inspiring.Every once in a while, a book comes along that shatters your expectations. Case in instance is a book so explosive and intense, deeply enthralling and equally disturbing. A book you'll proudly hold dear And to have this book ,a master piece in Magic ,Myth and the supernatural.So complex was the groundwork of the kings rule and his army's powers and transformations that I had to listen to a few chapters again to grasp its enormity.This is one of the best books I have listened to period .
I was hanging on every word spoken, I couldn't wait to listen more, Grabbing every chance to If you are a fan of this genre ... actually even if you are not I would sugest you listen to this book.
Loved the ending.... loved it, I had to do a sort of double take as in OMG 'What is going to happen with them?' I can not wait to listen to the sequel. Gary Furlong was ineradicable he pulled feelings from me like a Master. Spellbinding. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. As always This review is my honest opinion.There is so far to go with this series I just can't wait !
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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I was hooked from the beginning of the book, which is a good thing because there are not that many books/audio out their that hook me from the start.
The one thing I was not expecting was the violence (torture and bulling) however they were not graphic and it did not put me off the book. There is rape in this book (which occurs behind doors) against both females and males from the same perpetrator which I did not believe in. Not the rape part but of why the character did it especially after we find out who that person is. I know it is to do with control but I still would like to know why they would even consider that act. In my opinion it did not fit in with the character.
However, overall I really liked it and there are a few twists in this book which I was not expecting.