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Publisher's Summary

The (Sort of) Dark Mage is the story of a young man named Waldo who grows up in a world where monsters, the undead, and dark magic are part of everyday life. He is forced to go on a journey to prove himself and soon discovers that his beliefs don't fit into the wider world.
©2013 Nelson Chereta (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"A fantastic book...Nelson Chereta has a unique talent at writing witty dialogue and engaging characters. He also has that rare gift that manages to successfully infuse humor into the story, without cheapening it." (Fantasy Muse)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Arthur on 05-11-17

Truly Enjoyable

What did you love best about The (Sort of) Dark Mage?

The book genuinely made me burst out laughing any times

Any additional comments?

I listened to this entire title in one go. I have never felt confident in abridging words to describe a fantastic book. It was a very fun read and more of a comedy than anything else. The world building was good, the comedy fantastic, and the casual graphic violence was very entertaining in its context.

The narrator of this story did a wonderful job and I hope he continues to be a fantastic combination with this author and series.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 07-30-17

Engaging, but has no ending.

This was a fun story that drew me in and kept a smile on my face most of the way through. I would recommend it except for one glaring flaw...

It doesn't end, it just stops.

It feels like someone tore a book in half, let me read it enough to get hooked, and then yanked the rest of the story away from me.

I love long series and story arks. My audible books for the past few months have been the Dragons of Dorcastle series which is a six-book epic sprawl before it feels like the main action has finally resolved, but at the end of each book, the story arc has a resolution. There is an ebb and flow to the narrative that makes it clear, even when the ending is less than satsifying, that our characters have completed a leg of their journey.

This book is more cliffhangery than a chapter from Scott Sigler. And less satisfying than a Season of Lost.

Since I have been sucked in, I'll give the rest a listen to see if the overall story ends up being worth it, but for the rest of you I'm going to leave you with the advice I wish I'd had before I stumbled down the Waldo Rabbit-hole:

Wait until you can get the whole story at once.

I'm not sure how many pieces it's been chopped into, but if you can't get the whole thing, it's a lose-lose situation. Either you hate it and wasted your time, or you love it and feel cheated.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jumpin' Bean on 06-03-17

One dimensional

I am thinking that this must be a young person's book and I must have bought it in error. The characters and plot are very one dimensional and the whole thing is very simple and predictable. The story unfolds at an unutterably slooooow pace.
The end isn't even nearly the end. The book suddenly stops, as though the last half of the book has already been eaten by bookworms. That is irritating. I dutifully listened to the end, expecting some sort of resolution, after all I did pay for a whole book.
I was pleased when it was over. I won't be buying any more volumes. Sorry Nelson, this just wasn't right for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 06-08-17

Lovely monsters!

I loved this book! We have monsters and wizards, plots and wheezes, and a good old-fashioned quest. It's fun and lively, and has a really frolicsome air about it.

The story is engaging and left me wanting more. The reading is lovely, and adds to the very warm and friendly feel of the book. This is one I'll revisit if I ever find myself needing a cheering story to capture my imagination and lift my spirits.
I hugely enjoyed it, and feel like I found a little treasure.

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