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Publisher's Summary

Journey to the magical world of Erthia in these two exciting prequels to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Wandfasted

Twenty years before Elloren Gardner enrolled at the illustrious Verpax University, Erthia was rent asunder during the devastating Realm War. When Tessla Harrow is driven from her home by the fighting, she discovers a depth of power she never knew she had...and an irresistible draw toward Vale Gardner, the son of the most powerful mage her people have ever known - the Black Witch.

Light Mage

Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself...a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

©2019 Laurie Forest (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Narrator’s constant urgency annoying

Like the book however the narrator is often reading with a sense of urgency.. there needs to be relief in her tone occasionally

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Disappointing at first but...

After listening to the black mage series, I did find this a bit disappointing at first as I bought it thinking it was a continuation of that series which it isn’t. The story is enjoyable enough, it could very much have been its own series revolving around Sage but this book is very much a prequel for the black mage series so I do recommend listening to this book but do so before listening to the accompanying series.

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Undeniably derivative

I have fairly open standards for the books I read. I don't mind things being formulaic and predictable. But the plot of Wandfasted was so conspicuously similar to Pride and Prejudice, it was very difficult to suspend disbelief and to immerse myself as much as I'd like to. The books offer useful historical information that fans of the main trilogy will find interesting to piece together. A really enjoy the tone or pitch of the narrator's voice, and her accent. However, for much of the time she was stuck sounding as though she was going to cry. This was perfectly appropriate for certain parts of the plot, but it was overdone at other points.

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  • Valerie
  • 28-10-2019

Two novellas in one book!

It seems like some bought the book without reading that this book is a combination of Laurie Forest’s novellas, Wandfasted and Light Mage. (Tip: Instead of giving it negative reviews for not realizing it beforehand, you can just return it and get your credit back). Wandfasted This story is of Elloren’s parents and how they came together. Their love story doesn’t start out with fireworks but it’s not long after that Vale captures your heart and you’ll be wishing you were Tessla. Lol, but seriously... I was captivated by their story and the romance that evolved. I wanted so much more of this story. We go into this already knowing their fate, as it’s noted many times in The Black Witch but it doesn’t get that far in Wandfasted. We only know about their relationship up until they become parents. I would have loved to have known their journey through parenthood and their involvement in the Realm War though. Regardless, it’s so heartwarming to know that Elloren takes after her parents in so many ways. We also find out a little about Aunt Vivianne. Out of the two novellas in this book, this was by far my favorite. I loved it so much! Light Mage This story is told through Sage Gaffney’s point of view. We find out why she breaks her Wandfasting to Tobias and flees from the Gardnarian’s all together. We learn about her pregnancy and romantic relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. It gave us even more insight on the Gardnarian’s and how cruel they were. I hope to hear more of Sage and her journey throughout the rest of the series to come. _________________ I have fallen in love with this series. I’ve finished the books and have thought about them constantly ever since. Not many books have that effect on me and when they do, I know it’s a damn good read! I am so excited for the rest of this series and I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who enjoys fantasy. Laurie is an extremely talented author and she deserves all the praise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-2019

Two great stories

Two great stories, that add a lot of background information. should have a higher star rating but people didn't read the summary and reviews before the got it and they are mad about it. the stories are good though.

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  • A. B.
  • 30-03-2019

A Rip Off

This is just a compilation of two of the books in this series that I have purchased and read. No need to use a credit on this book. This should have been made clear before I pre-ordered and waited impatiently for the newest addition. I was so let down to find out it was not new. I don't understand why the author would do this and why audible books would allow it.

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  • LCSMD
  • 31-03-2019

Beware

This is just Wandfasted and Light Mage in one. Nothing new. Am going to try to return to get back a wasted credit since I have already listened to the other two books. Agree with a previous review that this is just a rip off!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-2019

Worst narrator I've EVER heard

I really enjoyed the other books in the series, so I was excited about this one, but I cant get through it because the narrator's voice is so unbearable. My husband asked me to wait until he's not home to listen to it without headphones, because her voice is so shrill and annoying. holy crap. I skipped through some sections (especially her "little brother" voice) because the sound was like nails on a chalkboard. I'm actually in awe of how horrible it is.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2019

Great story miss leading

I was looking forward to this for some time I ore ordered excited to see was was next. I had already bought wand fasted and light mage. It was very disappointing to find this was not a new book. It’s just a combination of light mage and wand fasted I feel that should have been more clear.

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  • Vivian Ngo-Anh
  • 08-09-2020

Wandfasted Narrating

I liked hearing this side of the rebellion and appreciated that these stories were combined into The Rebel Mages. I was especially intrigued by Sage’s story. However, the performance rating suffered immensely because of the narration in Wandfasted by Jesse Vilinsky. I don’t know if Tessla was just not a likeable character, the narrator was just horrible, or both. I highly recommend skipping over everytime she narrates Tessla crying or her little brother talking. Cringe. The narrating in Light Mage by Amy McFadden saved this from having 0 stars for performance, and I feel bad that they are being rated together. If you love the Black Witch Chronicles, you’ll want to read both of these stories! You may just have to read the actual book or just mentally try to get through the horrible narrating in Wandfasted like I did to save money.

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  • Meighan S
  • 26-08-2020

The WORST narration EVER

I really enjoyed the other books with different narration. My husband even started to listen with me and getting emotionally involved in the books, wanting to know more... so when we downloaded this , we were excited. BUT!!??! This is the worst narration ever. Her voice is so ear piercing , it is painful. The voice she does for the little brother sounds like a dieing cat mixed with what I can only think putting silverware in a blender and turning it on would sound like.

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  • Greg Ward
  • 13-04-2020

Good stories but awful narrations.

why is it that producers try to fix what isn't broken? The narrator (Whelan) from Black Witch and Iron Flower did a superb job of bringing both the world and protagonist to life. So, why did they change to these terrible narrators for this novella? The narrator they used for wand fasted was so bad that I had to lower the speed to .90. she whines, she cries, she turns statements into questions ("I'm Ron Burgandy?") in such a way that is jarring and abrasive. At first it was a relief when I finished Wand Fasted and the narrator changed but it soon became apparent that this was a marginally better performance at best. once again, the weird statement into question, bad pacing, and whining. The stories were good enough to bear the poor performance. Hang in there. It is worth it.

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  • CV
  • 09-04-2020

eh....

I fiercely loved the black witch and the iron flower, And I was really excited to read sages back story but honestly it felt kind of pointless. I didn't really give me any more information than what she had already told us in the main series of books. I get that these were optional but still they published it. As far as performance goes the voice Actor for the 1st book was a little grating on the ears. There were with these moments where she would speak like a little kid and it was not good.

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  • Mrs. S. Robson
  • 11-06-2019

Good story.

I found the mispronunciation of names/words annoying. Probably because it's an American reader, although she was quite a clear speaker. Despite that, the story was good...good enough for me to buy the book as well.

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  • Gameflynets
  • 28-04-2019

Very disappointing.

Sections of previous books were used in this book. So surprising, as I enjoyed the other books very much.

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  • Aussiebumwearer
  • 16-04-2019

Narrator Is Grating!

Excellent storyline, a few repetitive words used throughout which can be annoying, but more annoyingly is the narrator. It’s a voice you either like or you don’t - I certainly didn’t! The storyline is great, can’t wait for the next instalment

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