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The Choice of Magic

Art of the Adept, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Art of the Adept, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Strong start, weak finish.

The book starts very strong with compelling characters and tons of humour. Throughout the first half, you are taught one thing about the MC and the world only to have the MC throw it all in your face.

It is very well written, in that it never feels meandering or verbose, but also it seems poorly thought out. I don't think it recommend it, but that doesn't mean it's bad, just that it led down an unfortunate path that inevitably continues in the sequels.

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Did not finish

Could not get interested in the main characters and the story was way too slow

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fantastic a story that will last

its sucks you in and wont let you out.
great world and character building
great plotline
great writing

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I enjoyed this story.

The story is hilarious, and the narrator is skilled in projecting a scene with enthusiasm. Some of the character developments seems unrealistic for the situation they're in, however the story is stable enough due to those scenes not having a great significance over the plot. The semi antagonistic personality of the protagonist is a welcome change to what I'm used to, especially with him becoming more and more understanding of his grandfather's personality. I look forward to a continuation of Will's distress.

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Great Story and Lol funny 😂

This is one of the best books I have listened to. TGR is so good as a reader. I laughed out loud so many times. I can't wait for the next book.

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Quite boring.

After the old man kicked the bucket the story kinda halted for some action and terrible romance, when I say terrible I mean it. There is literally no way the main character should attract women except the lack of better alternatives, who the hell says 'I didn't give you permission to kiss me' on their first kiss! and he didnt recognize her even though she is one of the 10 or so human beings he had interacted with since he was a kid! The entire war thing was a bit pointless and unrealistic, its like he wants to play a rogue, wizard, warrior, knight, noble.

the entire story would have flowed better if he went to the academy after his town was ransacked, but nope relying on plot armor and contrivance he manages to single handedly tip the scales of war into his favor. The MC also lacks agency and purpose. The only choice he made was between warlock, sorcerer or wizard.
and that's already a forgone conclusion. he doesn't take any proactive steps on the path and it blatantly foreshadowed that he will just learn what he needs to on the way.

I might stick around foe the academy arc if its interesting but I don't have high hopes.

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Very good

It's a rare story that can have me laugh out loud, let alone also tear up, this has both.

Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-06-2020

Here's my opinion...

I'd like to first explain that yes, I did in fact enjoy this book. Just look at the scores I gave it...but like with all reviews, you should take my opinions with a grain of salt.

That being said the book starts out with a 12 year old peasant boy who's just about to turn 13 and has likely only been given a basic education from his single mother who just so happens to operate an apothecary. Yes the MC does stupid things...he's a frustratingly ignorant boy going through puberty who's quick to anger, quicker to direct blame and easy to fool, just like 90% of all 13 year old boys are like when not in direct sight of their mother.

That's the whole point of the book, it's a coming of age story, if your not interested in that and want to skip straight to when he's a man and knows everything...read a reincarnation fantasy novel...there's tons of them now. Personally I have to be in a specific mood to tolerate an ignorant MC so there is no shame if it's just not your thing listening to another person learn and grow.

To each their own, but if your willing to forgive a small child their faults and hear them succeed then give this book a try, you can always return it if it's not your cup of tea.

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  • Alex
  • 04-06-2020

Holy cow

yes I said it this book was amazing really if your looking for a good book I recommend this book to you hope you enjoy it as I did

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  • Chase Delano Morgan
  • 03-06-2020

Frustrating character development

Author takes us on a journey. MC's stupidity grates at your skin, but he is a kid thrown into the midst of all sorts of craziness.

I was a BIG fan of the Mageborn series, so I expected good things from this series. It's different from what I expected, and I have honestly been very frustrated with MC as I've been listening. I realize my frustration stems from the fact that I'm invested in the character and I want him to be better, to make better decisions, to be braver, etc.

I wanted to bash the MC in my review, but if I'm being honest the author has actually done a fantastic job of developing MC's character. I guess I just have to grit my teeth and deal with all the stupid growing pains in the hope that eventually he'll do better. I wanted Will to be more like Mordecai, but Will's story is his own and this series is more ambitious than the Mageborn series.

It's a good book. I'd encourage you to give it a listen/read.

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  • Ed Feustel
  • 06-06-2020

More Please

I really enjoyed this. I hope that Audible will acquire and make available the next two volumes!

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  • Christopher
  • 08-06-2020

4.5 Stars. Top quality fantasy.

This was an excellent start to a new series. The characters are nuanced, the story and world building have depth and breadth, and Tim Gerard Reynolds gives his usual spot-on performance.

The only caveat I’ll include concerns Manning’s very realistic portrayal of an adolescent (and teenage) boy. Around the early middle of the book I found myself wanting to wring the MC’s neck for his rash and impulsive decisions and his simultaneously idealistic and boneheaded view of the world...

I should point out that those characteristics are often the hallmark of this age group... In this Manning has eschewed the unrealistically mature behavior of the majority of young MC’s in the coming-of-age fantasy genre. For once we get a main character who actually acts his age sometimes, and doesn’t portray a ten-year-old with the confidence and gut instincts that most people won’t develop until they’re pushing 30, if ever.

The good news is that even if he’s a little annoying for a part of the book, he’s annoying in a way that is not only credible, but authentic. The even better news is that if you hang in there for just a little bit, much of this behavior is tempered by the character’s development and experiences. And in retrospect, it only adds to the richness of the story and genuine identification with the MC.

Still, I struggled with wanting to give this book a 5 star rating (I am admittedly stingy with those)... All of the necessary elements were there, and as stated above, even the part that was a bit frustrating as it was happening ended up being another reason to respect Manning’s talent and craft as a storyteller.

I guess in the end, as much as I enjoyed this book, it didn’t quite leave me with that undefinable feeling that you get when you finish a book and know that you have just experienced something truly amazing.

All that said, this is a no-brainer for fantasy fans in general, but especially for those who are into the epic, sword and sorcery sub-genre. You should probably spend the credit. It’s more than worth it.

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  • Luke Steepy
  • 06-07-2020

Where’s the second book

Great book highly recommend. Audible doesn’t seem to have number two though, which is disappointing.

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  • Gary Boyce
  • 26-06-2020

SO GOOD!

This was a very enjoyable book. Perfectly written and performed! Audible, I need the other two books!

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  • jackie
  • 25-06-2020

It's good.

There are a few, "why" moments but not enough to turn you off the tale. Finished in two sessions. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • stone
  • 25-06-2020

Awesome!

I could not stop listening. I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed the Dawn of Wonder. Awesome book amazing Narrating. I laughed alot!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-2020

Way better than I thought it would be!

I was mildly interested in reading this based on the description but the fact Tim Gerard Reynolds was the narrator put it over the edge for me in buying it. This was well above what I was expecting and now I'm kicking myself for not waiting until the others came out on here. I have yet another series to play the waiting game for with just the first taste on my mind.

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  • Simon
  • 14-06-2020

Belting if Slightly Flawed!

Hard to know quite what to make of this one! My only previous experience of Manning's work was the fabulous 'Embers of Illenial" series which I thought was a modern fantasy tour de force. Dark and Conflicting, it took no prisoners, and it dared much to bring some harsh realities into the story line.

This is something quiet different, this is closer to an old-fashioned fantasy story, in fact at times it felt like a young adult novel apart from some of the very colourful language. It is though a belting story and Tim Gerard Reynolds gives it plenty of oomph! He has a lot of strong voices and is particularly vibrant as the young apprentice's "uncle".

However, the characters as children did grate on me just a little and there is one particular point where the young wizard makes a completely bizarre decision to join the army when he has things a wizard simply couldn't resist. If you get past those points though you have a genuinely belting tale that has a clever magic system, some interesting characters and after a slow beginning increasingly exciting adventure.

I'm happy to recommend it because I really enjoyed the journey in the end and I will get the next one which promises to be something different again. I just can't give it five stars because it didn't have the same in-depth out and out quality as the 'Embers' series.

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  • INVIZ
  • 03-08-2020

First half was great.

After the first half the main character makes a choice and goes off on his own , at which point he becomes a complete dunce and can't even remember the girl he meets even though she knows him and his mother and she has 2 elementals flying around her. He just forgot everything from a few years ago i guess. He got whipped in the face trying the save her as a boy. rage inducing.

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  • Robert sweeney
  • 22-07-2020

lover this book great fun

smart and well wright book that gets to the point and keeps moving right along if great fun and will read a gean

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  • skudds
  • 16-07-2020

Great

One word........... EPIC!
there isn't much else I can say, I loved the entire book. all the way through.

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  • Deon
  • 02-09-2020

gutted because you will end up wanting more

loved the book but unfortunately the rest of the trilogy is missing although I'm sure they have been recorded so have emailed podium to find out wtf

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  • Aaron
  • 28-08-2020

Well done.

Seems fairly similar to others in this genre;

Young protagonist emerges as a powerful being, tragedy befalls, revenge/motivation to grow stronger.

Having said that there are unique ideas and twists which creates an enjoyable experience.
Cracking narration throughout brought the whole thing to life.

I'll be looking out for the next one.

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  • Bennie Hart-Lewis
  • 23-08-2020

Strong storyline full of intrigue.

Promising story and plot, read with great care giving life to the colourful characters. This audiobook engages with the listener, bringing a promise of an exciting new world to explore. Roll on the rest of the series.

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  • Jaiesse69
  • 23-08-2020

My search has ended

Thank goodness I have at last found the perfect mix, a great story & a great narrator.. I’ve been so disappointed lately and was waiting for Audible telling me I was over my limit of returns ...Not since finishing my time with Mr Feist & Mr Joyce has a team of Author & Narrator worked together so well. Within the first few chapters I was concerned about the fate of my new friends. Imagine my disappointment when I bought extra credits to enable me to hear the whole series without waiting only to find THEY'RE UNAVAILABLE ...I’m done done done
I can’t be bother wading through all the weak stories and irritating narration to then get disappointed by THE WHOLE SERIES NOT BEING AVAILABLE
I should have checked before I fell in love of their availability

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  • Trudib
  • 23-08-2020

brilliant book

Absolutely loved this book am gutted book two isn't.om audio till Oct as narration was brilliant.
so am reading on Kindle now

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  • Tony
  • 05-08-2020

Fantastic

Great story better than most
Please read it what a story amazing
Couldnt put it down