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After accidentally discovering the possible existence of a second Guardian book, Lusam and his party are remorselessly hunted high into the Elveen mountains by the Empire agents, who are intent on killing or capturing them. What they discover there may very well change the balance of power in their favor against the Thule Empire.

But their discovery will count for nothing if they cannot reach Lamuria in time to try and stop the massive invasion force sent by Lord Zelroth, who is intent on destroying their capital and stealing the High Temple's secrets for himself. Lusam inadvertently discovers a long guarded secret of Lord Zelroth's, one that will profoundly change his own life forever and force him to take action that he may very well not be prepared for.

©2016 Dean Cadman (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Yeah, nah.

This could have been great.. The author constantly repeats himself over and over. The narrator compounds this with his atrocious use of tonal inflection the entire book, he sounds like a constipated goat bleating out complete gibberish..
The author could have made this into an epic, but with his completely amateurish writing style it is now an epic failure.

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  • Anna
  • Australia
  • 09-12-2017

More for a younger audience a bit simplistic

More for a younger audience a bit simplistic. Not for the more experienced reader unless you are desperate

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Great book kept me listening

Great narrative I couldn't stop listening to it even when I should have gone to sleep.

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  • Brooks Rose
  • 29-07-2017

spoilers*****

Currently on chapter 36
I have some pet peeves that ruin a story for me this is one.
Lusam is hunted by multiple evil agents trying to kill him and his friends. Lusam eventually beats them but he decides to let them go!!! They are murderers and necromancers that are killing people and want to kill him! These agents have been hunting him for a long time and have information on him, his great and abnormal power, and his friends. Also he led them to a place of power for his side of the war which they also now know about.
The evil agents in even an illogical world would pass along this information possibly leading to many people dying including him and his friends and will definitely increase the amount of force the opposition hunts him with.
The amount of sheer stupidity in this single moment will stop me from reading another one of these books and baffles me how continually authors ruin books using this cliche and disgusting decision that almost always leads to death for his friends and hopefully for him too.
(p.s. other than that a good story which makes this soo much worse)

update.
lusam continues to whine about killing people who are trying to kill him and made a decision to not take a ship ride because it would endanger the crew even though knowing that hundreds of people will die because he wants to walk and possibly lose the war. Why authors continously use this personality I will never understand just stop writng books. So you stop wasting my money.

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  • Arthur smith
  • 11-05-2018

Disappointing to say the least

Another terrible audiobook

Bad luck if you bought this it’s so bad you can’t even pretend to listen.

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  • Glorianna
  • 17-12-2017

redundance-athon

I know that authors want to present a Paragon of virtue but how about we kill the evil enemy. When the protagonist tells them where to run away instead of killing them, he might as well add "just so you can threaten those I love later". I am looking forward to an author who presents a character with a mental age greater than 12. And what's up with every ship voyage resulting in someone with pathetic seasickness. Cliches are tiring.

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  • Scott
  • 09-08-2017

Serves its purpose

If you want a listen to a generic fantasy book, especially one your mind can wander while driving for 30 min. I think this book was written by a computer- input-fantasy book with boy add magic add evil mages and some zombies, select companions and basic environments, pick from a drop down box from several mythology types, then click rated PG, violence low, sex/romance at Disney princess level and hit enter- boom wait 7 min and out comes The dragon mage Wars!
The book follows the exposition style, a character describes plot elements and back story. Good guys being chased, bad guys right behind- time for good guys to stop and describe the environment and then another describes a plan and the others say good idea- the plan being fuc$!ng run! It's like there is a pause button for the characters to talk.
Thus my review "serves its purpose" if that purpose is no thought required by reader, with low interest and zero anxiety! Ohhh and short!
If you're looking for epic fantasy that draws you in well go to Jordan, Martin or Jordan!

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  • Benjamin
  • 27-09-2017

Narrator Ruins the Story

Great story premise, and good writing, but I almost had to quit listening because of the narrator. I felt like he was trying too hard. Maybe it's just me, but his style just sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. The cadence wasn't natural, and his voice control was strange and monotone in a forced way. If he just spoke normally, it would have been much better.
The story itself is exciting and well written, and for once the protagonist and the girl admit they love each other early on and their relationship grows in a satisfying way without ridiculous drama. It's nice. The zombies were a nice touch.

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  • Giri
  • 27-06-2017

terrible. amateurish attempt at storytelling.

hated this book. every part of it. even the narrator.. this is 17 hrs of my life I will never get back.

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  • Tim O.
  • 04-06-2017

Outstanding!

This is a great story wonderfully told, I look forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Charles McGowan
  • 21-09-2018

Disorientated

the story was pretty good for the most part, but I was honestly disorientated at the dozen or so times it uses the irbsn dictionary word Disorientated

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  • Carol Johnson
  • 12-09-2018

Charismatic mages meets Walking Dead

Simply riveting.! I would have finished it in a weekend if it wasn't for my recovering self control that allowed me to savor the story. The Narrator gets major kudos for he added such life to the story. The uthors attention to details were mind boggling. I love Lusam. He's everything I want in a son. Bravo production team.

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  • Michael Graham
  • 03-09-2018

Lusam

Outstandingly written and great plotline. Looking forward to the next book of the series. Hopefully we won't have to wait long.