The Daemon Prism : Collegia Magica

  • by Carol Berg
  • Narrated by Angele Masters, David DeVries, Daniel May, Eric Brooks
  • Series: Collegia Magica
  • 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle - a desperate soldier's dream of an imprisoned sorceress and a faceted glass that can grant one's utmost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante must risk everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and the truth of the divine.

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What the Critics Say

"Enthralling and not to be missed." (Kirkus Reviews)

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What disappointed you about The Daemon Prism?

I listened to and thoroughly enjoyed the first two volumes of the Collegia Magica series and I am sure that the story in this last volume is very engaging. However, I cannot get past the narration of Dante. It is abysmal; listening to it is almost painful.


What could Carol Berg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I am sure that the author had no control over the production of the audiobook, so it is entirely NOT her fault.


How could the performance have been better?

The narrator chosen to read for Dante could have read in a normal speaking voice rather than SHOUTING. At. Me. As. Though. I. Were. An. Imbecile! His reading is stilted, staccato and truly horrid. As an example, when Dante is visited by Masson de Cuvier in the opening chapters, and is listening to the man's story, I expected him to tell the man to stop bellowing at him. I almost laughed when the text of the story said that the man lowered his voice, and I had to lower the volume of my player because the narrator was still yelling at the top of his lungs.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I am sure the story is an excellent story, as Carol Berg is an excellent author.


Any additional comments?

I had read some of the other comments here which indicated the narration was not good, and I foolishly ignored them. Do yourself a favor and borrow the book from a library. Your ears will thank you.

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- Matthew

This is a review of the book--not the narrator.

I, too, thought they picked the wrong guy to be the voice of Dante. Some people are far more sensitive to the narrator's voice than others (this means you, Gordon). But if you can just relax and pay attention to the words rather than how they are delivered, I think you will find this a powerful story.

This is the last book of a trilogy and it brings the story to a magnificent ending which I would never have suspected was awaiting us as I read the first book. I suppose it would be possible to understand and follow this book as a stand alone, but your experience and understanding will be very much richer if you read all three books in their proper order.

The main character through most of the book is Dante, a sorcerer. He is a very powerful magician with particularly bad control of his temper. In this third book of the trilogy, we finally learn about those parts of his past which contribute to his apparent hatred of everybody. But we also learn that he has a destiny which even he has never suspected which also drives his rages.

I find Dante not only the most interesting character in this trilogy but one of the more interesting and original characters in all the fantasy I have ever read.

I recommend this book.
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- ShySusan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios