First Year : The Black Mage

  • by Rachel E. Carter
  • Narrated by Melissa Moran
  • Series: The Black Mage
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 15-year-old Ryiah the choice has always been easy. Become a warrior and leave the boring confines of her lowborn life behind. Set to enroll in the School of Knighthood on the eve of her next birthday, plans suddenly shift when her twin brother discovers powers. Hoping that hers will soon follow, she enrolls with Alex at the Academy instead - the realm's most notorious war school for those with magic.
Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Every "first-year" is given a trial year to prove their worth - and no amount of hard work and drive will guarantee them a spot. It seems like everyone is rooting for her to fail - and first and foremost among them Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.
When an accidental encounter leads Ryiah and Darren to an unlikely friendship, she is convinced nothing good will come of it. But the lines become blurred when she begins to improve - and soon she is a key competitor for the faction of Combat. Still, nothing is ever as it seems - and when the world comes crashing down around her, Ry is forced to place faith in the one thing she can believe in - herself. Will it be enough?

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Least original book I've ever experienced

Every single device, convention, tradition, character, event, and structure of this book, and presumably, the entire series, is a simple amalgamation of other works. It's the worst example of the fan fiction explosion. Scenes stolen from Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and every other basic fantasy construct ever written, but without a single drop of originality. Pig's blood hazing incident? Could the author not even choose the blood of another animal? Or even a different prank? It's blatant and brazen. The narrator in the audiobook is even worse. It's like a manual on how to sound like an A.I. robot while an actual A.I. speech to text capability already exists. Worst book I've ever wasted an audible credit on.
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- John F. Jaymes "Slim Polski"

Wait Until You Meet Priscilla

I enjoyed this story very much. It slowly drew me in and I looked forward to resuming the narrative each time I halted the book. The Black Mage is a story about twins, Ryiah and Alex, attending a magic school. It is a Medieval type world where the twins are considered "low born" by the nobility. Ryiah, the main character, struggles to win a place at the academy. Priscilla is her major nemesis and she takes "mean girl" to the next level. There is the "spare non-heir" to the thrown and all the usual sycophants that help make the story exciting. I will definitely get the next book in the series.
Melissa Moran does an excellent job as narrator.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator
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- Hudson the Basset "The Baby"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2016
  • Publisher: Clean Reads