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This is an excellent book full of adventure, misadventure. It is full of hard decisions and heartache and yet there is still hope for the hero. What I enjoy most is it's a great story in a semi fictional world that resembles ours so closely that you aren't confused or lost by it. The magic is simple yet intriguing enough to keep you curious as to what more the hero can do. This is a fantastic start to an epic journey full of friendship, loyalty and the ever present good versus evil though those lines are very thin and crisscrosses, it just adds a deeper element to this tale. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one. If I were reading it id say I couldn't put it down. As it stands, I've listened to it as often as I possibly could! You won't regret adding this to your library.
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I'm often reluctant to choose a title from a previously unread author since the chances of finding not merely a diamond in the rough but a expertly facet jewel is fairly rare. While the fantastical aspects of this fantasy are not unlike what is found in many other novels of the same genre, what makes this one truly unique and rare is the way in which the author weaves his tale.
Many novels tend to unfold a story in pre-Copernicus fashion, where the events primary revolve around a primary protagonist with some interaction with supporting characters. Taming of the Elements still has a primary character but the author takes much care in providing a rich background to not only the secondary players but also the tertiary ones. Additionally, he moves the story through adventures that involve the secondary characters, separate from the primary protagonist. It really makes for a much more pleasurable reading (and in the case, listening) experience.
The story also has an ample amount of intrigue and several poignant moments which worked its own kind of dark magic which inhibited sleep on my part, not wanting to wait until a restful evening to renew this interesting tale.
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