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After leaving the Academy, Azerick has no choice but to go on the run. He seeks a ship to take him away, but things don't go smoothly at sea and Azerick and the crew are kidnapped and taken to a strange island. There they are forced to either be slaves or fight in an arena. Azerick can fight, but his opponents are getting tougher as it progresses. He doesn't want to kill people, but how can he escape something that can control every aspect of his mind?
Having enjoyed book 1, I was eager to see what was in store for Azerick, well the author didn't disappoint with this edition! It was a lot darker and more action packed than the first. I flew through this one!!
The plot was pretty much non stop. Azerick finds a captain that knew his father and allows him to come aboard his ship, but he must pay his way by working. So he helps by using his magic when he can. But the crew are attacked by Minotaurs and taken prisoners. From that moment, the action is non stop.
Character wise, Azerick has really grown up during this book. His character development was awesome!! He goes through a lot of and it seems that each event leads to him becoming more of what I hoped he would be. I loved that this one was focused on Azerick more than the first. We get to connect with him more and become invested in his story. There are plenty of other characters but Azerick is still my favourite.
In all, a great second book. I loved everything about it and am really looking forward to the next one!
As with the first, William Turbett read this well. He is clear and easy to listen to and his tones and cadences were good, but I still found his voices for certain characters too similar to truly identify who was talking at any given time.
I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts
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At my request, this audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an -->unbiased<-- review
I LOVED this book! I feel like so many things happened that I just really never saw coming. Yes, of course, some things were predictable at times, but I found the story very well done and strong on its own merits vs fantasy trope.
The book starts out with Azerick not too far out from the events of book 1; a pretty good spot to start for minimal confusion. We do come to learn some of the highlights of book 1 through context of natural discussions, so there is some built-in refresher. It is kept to a minimum and was well done, and useful. That said, this book was all its own. It goes to different places and carries many different themes. We start getting a taste of the true sorcerer that Azerick is and is becoming. We learn that there is more to magic, too, and I found the presentation of those magics and of the characters involved to be delightful. I had fun listening through the entire book after I got going.
There was just so much content!
William Turbett improves VERY nicely from book 1. I think he's found the character's voice, and he relays all of the characters very well. I couldn't decide on 4 or 5 stars from Turbett's narration easily; it was close! I opted for 4, though, because it took just a bit more of the story than I wanted before his narration had me invested. Also, I would still love a bit more vocal differentiation at times. My true rating for him is more like 4.4 /5... so close :) He really carries the bulk of the story so well.
I would love to listen to more of Turbett's work as he continues to improve his narration. I believe he's going to be reliable for a good listen.
I've already begun looking to collect more book by Brock Deskins, which is among the highest praise I can offer. Deskins is telling a wonderful story, and not just in this series alone! I really enjoyed his other series, starting with Shroud of Darkness, too. I am eager for more audiobooks from these novels!
I am grateful to have had this opportunity.
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This book picks up right at the end of the first book and things don't really calm down for the young Sorcerer with the saying 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' basically summing up his life so far in these two books.
Azerick's path to become a sorcerer is clearly not meant to be an easy one, while fleeing the problems at the academy he finds himself enslaved and forced to fight in the arena for some time by a creature that is able to control his mind and things don't get much easier for him once he finally escapes this captivity either with him basically going from one incident to the next and the events towards the end of the book would seem to indicate that he is unlikely to get a much quieter life in subsequent books either.
The supporting cast is nicely varied and adds depth to the world as a whole, but the primary focus of the book is very firmly on Azerick so they are mostly there in order to interact with him more than building their own part of the story.
The narrator gives a good performance, having a pleasant tone and getting the pacing right for the story, while ensuring that the cast is suitably distinctive.
I enjoyed book one of this series, but thought this second one improved on it, escalating things well and continuing to make the main character an interesting one that I will be interested to hear more about in the future.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Sorcerer's Torment again? Why?
No; I don't listen to books more than once
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sorcerer's Torment?
When the sorcerer saved the duchess
Have you listened to any of William Turbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes. It is equally as good
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When the healer was killed
Any additional comments?
This book was provided free of charge in exchange for a review.
The book carried on from where book one ended. The adventures were varied and at times it appeared the hero would not survive. The story line was very good and it was knitted together well. There was never a time when I became bored with the story.
The narrator was very good and understandable.
This series has the potential to be very good. It contains characters with soul and lots of adventure, swords and plenty of magic.