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From USA Today best seller and Audie nominee for Best Fantasy Novel Edward W. Robertson comes book 2 of the hotly anticipated spin-off from the Cycle of Galand universe.

Cally and Rowe have scoured the demonic wights from Narashtovik. 

But during the war, Cally learned he can no longer be part of the pacifist Order that raised him to be a sorcerer. The pair has traveled south, seeking the true copy of The Cycle of Arawn - the artifact Cally believes can restore proper rule to Narashtovik. 

There's a few problems with this plan, though. For one, nobody's seen the true copy in decades. And another, in these lands, possessing a copy of the Cycle is rewarded with a quick trip to the hangman. If anyone finds out Cally can wield the dark arts of the nether, he'll wish all he got was hanged.

Hunting for the book in the Western Kingdoms, Cally and Rowe are arrested by the Inquisition and sentenced to serve them. Since the Inquisition tracks down banned books, Cally has a better chance to find his prize than ever. But one slip will cost him his life. As the Inquisition pursues its leads, it exposes a conspiracy that could be more devastating than the one that almost destroyed Narashtovik.

©2020 Edward W. Robertson (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Brilliant, quirky and totally enjoyable!

Edward W. Robertson knows how to create characters and world that are believable, even if it's pure fiction.

The character of Caly is so endearing in this series and in The Cycle of Ayran. It's triffic that he's a focal point in this series. To see him grow as a sorcerer and a person. His muddle headed ideas, sense of humour and so much more paint such a quirky picture of his sense of being.

I'm even more glad that Tim Gerald Reynolds was asked to do this series as well. His repertoire of character voices, female and male is pretty much boundless. Having read most books narrated by Tim he delivers every time! Especially, the character of Caly and Rowe. A true master of voices, tempo and everything else in between.

Well done guys and gals!!! Can't wait for the third book in the series! Highly recommend. :)

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  • Anon
  • 02-02-2021

Explains more of who Kali is!

Love dante's only successful teacher? turns out he's been holding out on his knowledge! could have solved so many troubles if Dante had a copy of this!

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  • Marlon
  • 16-11-2020

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I expected more especially at the end once it was all clear who was the cause of the trouble. I don't get why he didn't kill the inquisitor, the librarian and all others he could safely kill then leave to go help the basin. The order will do what they were doing over and over so logically it would make sense to kill them. I really don't get it, leaving enemies alive behind you for what so they can know to come after you, just dumb.

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  • Cortuga
  • 28-02-2021

Absolutely loved it!!!

I'm in love with the series and love the world. I'm hooked hahaha! Looking forward to the next one!!!

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  • M B Yorton
  • 15-02-2021

Truly five-star series, especially The Black Book.

A superb continuation of The Cycle of the Scour. Even better than book 1, The Sealed Citadel, if that's remotely possible. Callie & Rowe still search for the original copy of The Cycle of Arawn, but end up serving an enemy, The Black Book, that is bent on detrimental all copies of it. In the course of that mission, as Callie Continues to grow up, he makes a new ally while losing another. I hope Book Three will be written SOON because I can't wait to read of his adventures with that new friend.

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  • Bugpop
  • 10-02-2021

Read Cycle of the Scour first

Great story and great listen. It picks up shortly after Cycle of the Scour. There isn't much of a refresher of the events in the previous book.

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  • EHC
  • 02-02-2021

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The voices used were all good but one that sounded like a cross between some WV red neck and a Texan drawl. Callie the main character did not seem consistent. The plot was good, the character building was good, and I like listening to Tim the reader. All in all it was good.

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  • Izzy
  • 29-01-2021

Magic

This fantasy world is one of my favorites! This is another fun adventure with Cally and the nether. It’s a little too short, but I’ll take whatever I can get with this series since it’s such a fun escape.

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  • Josh Knisley
  • 07-01-2021

Another great cycle

Strong start to the Cycle of Cally. I love the details that keep you in touch with Dante.

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  • Matt
  • 02-01-2021

Another Excellent Entry

This is another fantastic book by Edward. His fantasy stories are great and I absolutely love getting this backstory to the world.

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  • T. Adams
  • 24-12-2020

pretty good

not. much character,development and he kills randomly killed Roe for no,apparent reason.
its kind of a just mish mash story from Kali's past. biggest weakness was poor character development

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  • Mads
  • 21-11-2020

So jarring

Narration is great and the story is interesting.. But the book is awful.

How can this be? Simple. It is written in first perspective, or as I like to call it "Diary mode". This is frankly something I dislike to begin with, no matter what, but can look past...

What makes it incredibly jarring and honestly feels like a very odd decision, is to change from a third person writing style to a first person one, from one book to another. I often choose to read books based on whether they are written in first person or third person, so to now have read the start of series that I will not enjoy finishing, sucks.

That said, Robertson is a genius writer and Reynolds is one of my top 5 narrators. Cycle of Arawn and Galand are two of my all time fave series and I've nothing but love for these guys.

Sadly, shifting perspective like this has ruined it for me, so I'll just wait for his other book series.

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