The first great war of Ovira is over, and the most hated king in centuries is dead, but his nephew still lives. However, Basen had nothing to do with the destructive war his uncle started. In fact it was his uncle who exiled him and his father to the territory of their enemies, where Basen's dreams of becoming a legendary mage now fade, as he must work all day just to eat. His only chance at regaining some semblance of the life he thought he would lead is to join an elite school that trains, houses, and feeds a thousand new young men and women each year. But little does Basen know that his determination will put him at the center of a war even bloodier than the one he'd barely managed to avoid.
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The writing style seemed to me like it should be classed as a young adult, ignoring the adult themes of death and the seemingly endless lust of the characters.
I found it really difficult to listen to the audio book because of the repetitiveness of benign explanations of simple things and complete lack of things important to the story.
The characters were rather bland and typical of fantasy, especially the main character who was written to seem earnest and kind, but more often, to me at least, came across as arrogant and prideful in his attempt to better others - rather than himself.
I will not, i enjoyed the premise of the story and could handle a while the characters, but it seemed like so many other stories with over used characters that it could not hold my interest.
The same story better written i would happily read or listen to again.
He pulled off the main character well i though, cocky and mildly arrogant with a touch of constant flirting.
But his vocal inflections were so at odds with the story that at times i wasn't sure if someone was talking or he had gone back to the lack luster descriptions - which i put down to the author as much as a narrator for the poor structure of the sentences as much as the narrator missing important vocal ques and inflections.
Yes and no, I did enjoy the story in some parts of the book.
I really liked the premise of the world and magic system in it as it is more unique than a lot of other fantasy books you will usually come across in nice small ways.
I understand completely that writing a book is difficult and takes a lot of time, patience and dedication, and I also do not want to take anything away from the author or narrator, but there are many other book better written and read out there to enjoy.
"I loved every minute of it"
it was a good story that captived me through the whole book with an ending that makes me want to read the second book as soon as possible.
"Slow Start But Strong Finish!"
I love a good fantasy story and after reading the Kin of Kings description, I was really interested in listening to the book, and was happy to be gifted a copy of the audiobook at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.
I'll admit, in the beginning the story started off slow and almost lost me. It was part the story and part the narration. However, after a couple of hours, the story and narrator really took off! I remember thinking much the story did "180" and was glad I did not give up. The plot starting developing with unexpected twists, and the narrator really seemed to have nailed down the characters and was doing an awesome job.
The plot and characters were developed and Basen was my favorite; however, there was another character who I really like because of their determination and hard work but they turned out to be bad person..... I did not see that coming. This story does end on a cliffhanger so I will be on the lookout for the next audiobook. I really want to know what happens next.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and was glad I stuck with it. I would have really missed out on a good story.
I liked the way the characters were depicted it was exciting and well written. I really enjoyed this book and got it in exchange for a review of the book
"Good start to the series"
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Pretty good story and good beginning to a series. Somewhat of a YA story, but still entertaining. The story kinda jumps right in and explains past characters as it needs to, which is a little strange, but the story still works. Will be listening to the second installment.
Decent fantasy story
I did enjoy the main character, but their childhood friend was a little better because she was a beast!
The narration was ok, but was distracting at times.
Not quite on the level to listen in one sitting, but not too far off.
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"I liked it. "
First things first I received a free copy of this story for a honest review.
I actually liked this book, it's a decent "lite high fantasy" the story is fairly straightforward and the twist were fairly predictable, but all and all I enjoyed the journey and will listen to the next book in the story.
The narration was well done, each character was distinguishable and unique, 10/10 for Mr. Wilcox his performance definitely increased my enjoyment of the book.
*edit * I just saw that this is Mr. Wilcox's second narration and I must say it is outstanding in that respect, his voice and cadence fix fantasy very well.
The only thing I wish someone had mentioned is this isn't the first arc of this "universe" it didn't hamper my enjoyment of the story but I felt I'd have been more invested to the returning charters if I had.
If I had one thing to say to the author it's stop forcing the romance between the mc, it feels rushed and kinda took away from my enjoyment, they talked for half an hour and had super connection... We've all had a connection between us at a stranger and wanted to pursue it but the interactions between them don't feel natural like his interactions with the rest of the characters.
Overall good book worth a credit at least and if you've read the series up to this post I feel it's a good addition. (even if I haven't read them yet"
"NOT THE FIRST BOOK"
THERE IS A LARGER SERIES. There are more books before this one; I bought this thinking it was the first.
"Didn't see it coming"
great characters and you never see it coming.
all of them for different reasons
laugh during many 1 liners
didnt see it coming. The misdirection is nice. Better than Fire games. That book was decent, but a let down when he randomly killed off characters for no good reason and killed the book for me. This book? I had no complaints! Hope the 2nd is as good.
The storyline was engaging, the characters likable, however the narrator's performance was difficult to listen to. Everyone sounded either drunk or high as a kite. The vocal inflections were all wrong and weird. Although, he performed Basen's sarcastic personality very well.
I think this a good start to the series. I liked how the characters were developed. Looking forward to more. This audiobook was provided to me for free through Audiobook Blast for my unbiased review.
"There is humour, action, tension and magic."
Yes. I like the story and the magic system is innovative so the story deviates nicely from the cookie cutter format. It does not shock you with sudden twists rather it flows well.
Solid fantasy novel, and very quickly paced-you won't find any dawdling over meaningless details. It's also got good action and a nice pace to it.
I enjoyed the narration. I think it sweeps you along and Brad has a nice voice.
The setting of this book is strong and intriguing, and the characters are very interesting and I liked the ending.
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