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Publisher's Summary

Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard.
Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.
©2016 Craig Alanson; 2018 Podium Publishing
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By Evan Rose on 01-04-18

Cut the boy some slack

I’ve fallen in love with this series. And for a while I couldn’t figure out why. Was it the story? The story is decent but the motions are predictable to someone who knows the flow of novels such as these. Is it the magic? While interesting the magic is mostly soft and is based on feelings, and needs of the character. Was it the Characters? Most of them are archetypical: The young ruler hoping to prove oneself, the wise and world weary mage, and the kind hearted protagonist.

Then it hit me. The thing that made me fall in love with the series is its sincerity. Everyone is acting completely rational and towards what they think is best, either for themselves or others. And that often leads to the tragedies the characters suffer through. In fantasy it is often that good natured characters do so simply because they were written in one shade of ink. They do because they are. But the main character acts the way he does almost out of misplaced guilt and honest thanks for all those around him. Which is what leads to the heart reaching points when that faith and trust is abused and life continues to beat him when he is down. I listened to the 2 books out because I as the reader, know that the protagonist deserves better and I want the best for him. I could care less if the army of darkness takes over the whole world, all I want in that universe is for the protagonist to be treated the way I know he deserves to be.

Tim Geared Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators on the site (I recommend his performances in Dawn of Wonder, and the Riyria books).

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By John on 01-06-18

Slow pace for book 2

Book 1 was fast paced. This book had too much filler. Story was OK ,but it's like he's going to turn the series into more then 3 books..... Please no Wheel of Time

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Paul Chipperfield on 01-10-18

An improvement on book 1

I did not like book 1 but I was interested in the main character, I am pleased that I persevered. This book is a step up in story, character development and a much better pace. The loss of one star is my feeling that this is for a much younger audience than me. My absolute recommendation is to accelerate the playback at least 1.25, my view is the telling has been slowed down to allow Audible to show the play time is 16 hours and not 12, the narration is just too slow. Can’t wait for book 3 !

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By Ben Sockett on 01-11-18

Good but got tired towards the end.

It's a good book and I enjoyed listening to it. However, I started to grow a little tired towards the end of how Koren believes every lie straight away but it takes a whole chapter for him to see the truth.

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By Anonymous User on 01-10-18

What. Leaves you wanting more.

loved it. Ok Craig how many are in the series and how long do we need to wait for the next one?

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By Anonymous User on 01-16-18

Really enjoying the story

Really enjoying the story. There were some bits that were annoying e.g. explaining how the wizard liked his coffee for what felt like ages; if the book was longer I wouldn't mind, but repeating bits like you're listening to a radio show, were not necessary.

I'll definitely be picking up the next book.

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