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The Choice of Magic

By: Michael G. Manning
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite - a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.

But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.

His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

©2019 Michael G. Manning (P)2020 Podium Audio

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awesome book

2nd best series I've ever started. name of the wind- king killer chronicles is the only fantasy better.

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ANXIETY ALERT!

oh my god, this book is causing me anxiety rather than meaningful or intersting escape. cant stand anymore the bickering, winning, and bitterness to both characters ( Aragon and Will)! My attention cant get pass their interactions and losing my interest to the progress of the story. It is very painful tp carry on, im sorry I have to stop it!!!

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Cannot pull myself away. Instantly a favourite.

Highly recommended this book if you love magic and fantasy. Very few dull moments and the characters will always surprise you.
Warning!!! If you listen to this book in public with headphones you may look like a lunatic laughing to themselves while listening to the banter between Will and his Grandfather.

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Spoiled by offensive language

Began well but ruined by offensive language (its called "offensive" for a reason). A cheap & unnecessay way to add edgyness to a story. Real shame. Confident I would have enjoyed it otherwise.

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My 11 year old boy would like this

I can’t see why this book has so many good reviews. While the writing was ok, the main character leaves you feeling flat, or annoyed. Character progression is sloppy and all over the book just left me feeling meh.
I think my 11 year old kid would love the books.

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If you can get past aragons voice its great

I normally enjoy the narrator but for me his quasi American drawl combined with the toxicity of the aragon character was nearly a deal breaker. Don't love his voices for the fey either. But it's an interesting story otherwise and overall worth persevering. I'm on book 2 now.

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I don't know how I feel about this book

This book isn't bad, but I'm not sure if I think it's good. I don't know if it's the fact that I don't think the narrator was the right choice (he sounds far too old when he voices Will), or if I'm not engaged by the story all that much. On the surface this books sounds EXACTLY like the type of book I'd be obsessed with(!), but as I was listening to it I just felt like I wanted something more (and I have no idea what that something is).

I felt the introduction of the female characters who would end up having important roles in Will's story too obvious in showing that they would be important later, so it doesn't feel surprising when they came back in (in fact I immediately guessed the real identity of Will's love interest not only from the moment she was initially introduced in the story, but also later when they meet again was adults - not to mention what her position in society was long before it was revealed). Maybe that's my issue with this book. Even though I didn't know what would happen next, nothing felt surprising or overly intriguing (except for the ending).

I also have a lot of issue with how the portrayal of the relationship with Will and his granddaughter was portrayed. I am perfectly capable of seperating the elements of a story for the sake of story telling, and the reality of real life experiences, but I have a lot of issues with portraying abusive relationships in a positive light when I myself am victim of abuse (which resulted in Complex PTSD), and didn't understand that what I was experiencing was abuse because stories like this (which I read all of the time as a form of escape during the severest years of abuse) turned abusive characters into characters that are revered and adored. Just because someone isn't abusing you with malicious intent (something I personally never experienced with my abuser), doesn't mean they aren't dangerous or causing serious and permanent harm!

Which brings me to my next problem: the only characters (who had an important role) I actually legitimately enjoyed in this story, were the abusive ones, because their oddball kookiness made them behave in ways that weren't expected! And like a lot of real life abusers, they had enough charm, where if you didn't think deeply about their behaviour (and just accepted it as a part of story telling), you could more easily forgive (like with how Will ended up viewing his grandfather).

Reality isn't this forgiving, and providing examples like this for the sake of story telling is a dangerous precedent to set! I know this from experience!

In saying all of this though, there is enough in this book that allows me to have enjoyed the story enough where I don't actually hate it. But again, I'm not really sure why that is! Maybe it's just the fact that sword and sorcery fantasy stories are my favourite type of book to read? 🤷‍♀️ I can't really think of any element of the story that really engaged me or makes me want to encourage people to read this, except for what was written in the epilogue (and I think what interests me about that is more of the social/political/relationship implications, rather than anything fabulous about the fantasy or story telling elements up to this point).

I will say that the second I get new credits I will be buying the next book, just because I'm curious to see what happens next thanks to the epilogue. I'm not sure if I will continue reading this series as a whole though, unless it becomes more intriguing and less predictable!

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I couldn't stop listening

From the moment I started I haven't been able to stop. I just finished the 2nd book 5 days after starting the 1st one and have just started the 3rd.

I highly recommend this series. 😁

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Amazing

Amazing read couldn’t put it down
Can’t wait to read the rest of the series

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my most favourite audiobook set to date

these audiobooks would also be great if they were adapted into a TV series or a couple of movies that is how much I have enjoyed them please continue to make such excellent exciting audiobooks like these

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