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Cameron wants to make one thing clear: He didn't come into the festival to find a dragon mate.

Germany is supposed to be an escape. With a new mechanical engineering degree, a new job looming, and a whole life planned out that isn’t his, Germany seems like the best place for Cameron find himself. So how does he end up discovering his lost magic heritage, running from bad guys with a secret agenda, and being adopted by the not-so-extinct Fire Dragon clan?

He blames tall, dark, and sexy Alric, king of the Fire Dragons: his fated mate. Because of course he is, and mates are meant to take the blame, right? It may take a hot second, but as Cameron learns more about the scarred Alric and the life he’s landed in, he realizes that perhaps this is where he’s meant to be - magic, mates, kidnapping, and all.

Turns out Germany isn't an escape...it's his awakening.

©2021 AJ Sherwood and Jocelynn Drake (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • 12-08-2021

Bad habit of cutting away at important scenes...

it was written okay and I adore Joel Leslie, so I made it through to the end - but the author had a bad habit of switching scenes mid chapter and cutting away to a new scene right as the interesting things were about to happen. The love interests go drinking together - it happened but isn't in the book. They both like DND and gaming - but they never actually do either in the book apart or even separate - it's just referenced. The clan gets a letter from another dragon clan - it's apparently just to set up a phone call? Because people send letters to ask someone to call them all the time...

Also - Joel's "Korean" accent for the grandmother was so painful I nearly put the book down a dozen times. It was the worst faked accent I have ever listened to ever - to the point I'm leary of continuing the series because it was that painful.

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  • Many Hat Momma
  • 11-08-2021

Fire dragon meets mage and sparks fly!

I sometimes have a book on my shelf that is outside of my preferred genre that I have never had time to read. Joel Leslie (one of my most beloved narrators) finished his audio version of ORIGIN, which has been on my TBR list/shelf for a while now, and I just couldn't wait any more. WOWOWOWOWOWOW! I love the story - filled with words that paint vivid pictures in the mind. The characters are unique and interesting, the action is pretty decent - not high voltage intense action, but a few very edge of your seat-what happens next-type of scenes. A male unknown-until-now mage meets the king of the fire dragons... and although it's not an insta-love type of book where "BAM! True Love" happens, sparks do fly. The story has a depth or richness to it that includes a quite interesting world where dragons are the power to the mages and the bond is special. If the rest of the books in the series are like this one, I will buy them all! Joel Leslie brings the characters to life with his accents and seamlessly narrating and then speaking as one character or another. He has excellent timing and emotional control over the narration and that helps the listener really engage with the characters and the story.

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  • 17-08-2021

I took a chance on something different.

I was not disappointed! At least not until I realized I'll have to wait a while for the next one...

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  • Susan Bauer
  • 14-08-2021

Awesome series

Ive read all the books and was super excited to hear that the audio was coming out. It's an interesting take on dragons and mages and had a little bit of everything in it.

I was concerned that I didn't know the narrator until I realized that Joel Leslie and Joel Fromkin are the same person. Joel is always a fabulous narrator and he does this well too. Especially considering the amount of different accents there are. English, British, German and Asian. Add in the amount of characters there are and it's a lot of voices and accents, but I could tell who each was easily.

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  • Clara
  • 03-09-2021

Oh, this is a GOOD book!

You know it’s a good book when you go back to re-listen to some parts before it’s even finished. I could really feel the chemistry between Cameron and Alric! I loved how their relationship slowly developed, and Cameron’s pushiness managed to be both endearing and sometimes funny. I will absolutely be reading the rest of this series as soon as possible!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-2021

A interesting listen

This book was something different and interesting and everyone should give it a good listen

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  • Amy M
  • 20-08-2021

Mages and Dragons

When Cameron decided to backpack through Europe, he never expected to find that Dragons still existed in Germany. Him a mage? No way. Mates? Uhm no. Not possible....is it?

These two authors rank among my favorite and are automatic must buys when it comes to their books. So combining their genius with magic and Dragons and evil bad guys and of course I have to listen to it. Add Joel Leslie's characterizations and duh! He adds so much to an already terrific tale. LOVED IT! Magic, fated mates, found families, snark and mischief combine to create the fabulous clan of Dragons living in Germany. Highly recommend!

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  • 16-08-2021

Dragons and their Human Mages Magic are gone

The Dragon Wars decimated the Clans wiping out thousands of dragons and their powerful mages.Dragons can only reproduce with the help of their mages, so many of which were killed in the war that the small number clans that survived are in danger of firing out unless more mages can be found.

Most humans believe dragons and magic have already died out and no longer exist. An American Tourist, Cameron, has just completed his Mechanical Engineering Masters Program and is backpacking across Europe and stops at a small village celebrating their Dragon Festival. During his visit a dragon attending the event detects the presence of an unknown mage in the village and raises the alarm.

A, Very, Single, Dragon King, Alric turns out the Castle to search the village for the mage. When Ravi, the young dragon ward of the king, grabs Cameron and starts shouting in German that he has found the mage,.Cameron only knows a few words in German, and has no idea what Ravi is saying. Alric. realising this, quickly understands that Cameron is not aware at all of the significance of what he, Cameron, is—or who he is speaking to, and introduces himself as just a simple citizen, and that he thinks Ravi’s enjoyed the festival too much.”

Alric needs to handle this carefully or he could lose his chance to win Cameron over to become a mage and help save his clan of dragons by accidentally scaring him off.

The first book in the series , this is an adult tale of magic and m\m romance of a dragon king and his fated mate trying to rebuild his clan by finding lost mages for his people's future while fighting off known and unknown threats to his kingdom. Joel Leslie does a fantastic job of narrating AJ Sherwood and Jocelynn Drake's characters!


Dragons and their Human Mages Magic are gone

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  • v i r
  • 14-08-2021

Can’t Stop

OMG loved this so much! Where is book 2?

Not boring. Not repetitive. Epic ! Make this into a movie.

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  • christi l harris
  • 12-08-2021

👏 👏👏👏👏👏

Loved this book when I read it and Joel Leslie knocked it out of the park. Imagine dragons are living among us and to find out you’re a mage. Great story building and characters I hope to listen to the others soon. Use the credit.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 21-08-2021

Just Brilliant! 🥰

Absolutely loved this audiobook!

Can’t wait to hear a lot more.

The characters, the storyline and back stories, as well as the use of magic is just amazing!

Highly recommend! 🥰

Definitely gets 5⭐️’s!

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