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Ascendant: Book 1

Auteur(s): Craig Alanson
Narrateur(s): Tim Gerard Reynolds
Série: Ascendant, Livre 1
Durée: 17 h et 23 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (137 évaluations)

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Description

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx. The Wizard's Council didn't tell young Koren, because they know what is best for him. Even after their silent deception destroys his life.

Crown Princess Ariana Trehayme will become queen of Tarador on her 16th birthday, if her weak, indecisive mother the Regent hasn't allowed their ancient enemy to conquer Tarador before then. Ariana wants her royal army to strike at the enemy, but her mother knows what is best for her, and the realm.Together, Ariana and Koren can save Tarador, if the adults, who know best, will get out of their way.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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good book but mis labeled

I enjoyed the book but it needs to be labeled as a young adult or teen book. I only finished listening to it since I bought it already

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Life Isnt Just Unfair, Its Methodically Unfair

A both enjoyable, engrossing, and grueling experience. The author clearly cares about their book, and the narrator is fantastic. There are a few patterns that idk maybe the author experiences in their own life that they are expressing through the book. I feel that because they are so set in stone it has to be a commentary. It makes it both frustrating and interesting. For example:
- Gossip is always wrong. If you even hear someone gossiping, their IQ has been reduced to 0 for the duration of that conversation. I dont know if the people in this world understand a damn thing going on around them if they are talking about it to eachother and the main character is listening.
- When people learn their lessons or compare whats happening to them to their own lives, they seem to both understand the lesson / methodically do it again without even having a clue. They will almost literally be like: "I should not have stuck my head into that bears mouth" WHILE sticking their head into the bears mouth. Its so consistent that I have to believe the author is trying to make a point about peoples decision making skills, because there are points where the sentence structure is almost exactly that!
- Life isnt just unfair, its methodically unfair.

I really enjoyed the book and the story, but I am also just waiting for when he snaps and starts killing or blowing up all his problems. I feel like its coming and the satisfaction will be immeasurable.

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wonderful story

very good. kept me listening when I should have been sleeping. narrating was also great

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A great start for wonderful world building.

I found it took a little bit of time to get into but after the first couple of chapters, I quite enjoyed it.

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Good hook but dropped off quickly

I went further into detail in my review for the sequel as I prematurely bought it while only partway into this story but I will summarize my thoughts below:

I found all of the characters once they left their hometown to be very one dimensional (Good, bad etc). As well I found the overall story arc to be incredibly predictable with none of the plot points being surprises or new as I felt they were all just rehashes from other successful fantasy stories.

Overall I found it to be an interesting concept (a Hero's Journey will always get me as a good hook with a call to action) but overall it was quite disappointing. I will stick to Craig's Sci-Fi stories from now on.

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Very enjoyable read

The thing I liked most about this book was the humble yet powerfulness of the main character. I also really enjoyed how well the story points come together in the end and the emotional roller coaster this book took me on. If you enjoy coming of age stories and fantasy books you'll enjoy this book.

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A simple but very enjoyable story

This book is a testament to the fact that great books don't have to be complex. There is a good twist in this book but for the most part it has a fairly simple plot. The characters are great and the narration is superb. Craig Alanson really understands his characters and gives us a sense of the inner workings of the mind of a child. I enjoyed the simplicity of the plot as it enhanced every other area of the book #Audible1.

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Great for adults who enjoy youth lit

Technically not geared towards a youth audience, but could (or should?) be. It is a great story despite the generic fantasy themes and occasional lack of creativity (a character names Chuwing from the distant land of Chindo...). I would recommend this light and enjoyable read to adults and strong readers in the youth category (Ages 11+) alike! Would also suggest this would be a fun family read/listen for your next car trip or family activity.
Looking forward to reading/listening to book 2!

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Refreshing and enjoyable

Very much enjoyed it. and the narrative was superb. highly recommend you give a listen.

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Poor narration

I couldn’t stand the narrator , sounded like I was being read a children’s book. Paid for it, but had to delete it.

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  • David M
  • 2017-11-22

A skeptic entertained

Honestly, I am not a passionate fan of the sword and sorcery fantasy genre. I am a huge fan of the Expeditionary Force series and RC Bray's narrating. So it was with quite some hesitation that I purchased this book after listening to what I felt was a lackluster uninteresting preview. I wasn't convinced the story or narrator would be a worthy investment of my time and money.

I preface this review with my doubts not to troll the author or the narrator but to give context for my review.

First, after having completed this book I can't imagine a better suited narrator for this story. The narrator quickly dissolves away into the story and there are only a wide variety of characters and adept accents left. Production value was very good. There were no noticiable splicing of vocals, popping, lisping crackling "ssss", or sharp audible inhalations from the narrator that are still far too commonplace in audio production these days.

The story is a well tested, well worn one but the relateable and developed characters make it easy for the listener to be absorbed into the environment as an observer. I am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story and can't wait to listen to book two.

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  • Adam S. Walter
  • 2019-05-03

Lazy Repetitive Writing

For context, I love expeditionary force and Alanson changed my mind about military style sci-fi. I also love fantasy. Outside of "new moon" and book 10 of wheel of time...I have loved everything I have read on a variety of scales.

So when I say lazy writing, it isn't because the characters lacked depth or the story wasn't there but I am almost done with the book and he keeps re-asserting the back story. He keeps coming up with new ways to beat the main character down and through the book there has been 0 character development of any kind. The only other time I have seen a main character this abused in a series is Robin Hobbs "Assassin's apprentice" series. At least there was character development in those books.

They cant tell the main character he is important because he is too important, Yet the princess gets the exact opposite treatment? She is a figurehead, easily assassinated by the enemy but is paraded around with very little guards but our intrepid hero cant get 1 ounce of recognition because he is too important? Laaaaaaazzzzzzzyyyyyy.

Repetitive: It is almost like extra words were required by the editor so every few chapters Alanson made sure to re-iterate the back story. 13 hours so far of the same story...over and over...with no plot development, character development or anything.

The only thing that keeps me going is that there is no way a book can be written this poorly. There has to be a punchline somewhere I imagine some big reveal will happen at the end. Because right now every adult character is so shallow I am detached from them. Decisions are completely unbelievable. Hey I have an idea...lets steal all credit from a teenager, give him 0 recognition or a future just so he doesn't know he is useful. For extra measure throw him to the politics and ensure taht no matter what he does, he gets it ingrained that he is worthless. Do you know what this kind of parenting makes? Sociopaths.

Improvement to story. Compare and contrast the princess and wizard storyline. What happens to the two as they grow, wizard who has nothing and has everything taken from him while princess has everything given to her and moves forward. How do the two develop?

You can do better than read this book. Like go stare at some grass, maybe feed a duck.

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  • Matthew M Ferguson
  • 2019-07-26

If you love being angry - this book is for you!

This book is a lesson in frustration. I listened until the last hour and I had to drop it - I don't think my car could handle the shouting (from me yelling at the characters). I love a good intrigue book where characters are hiding information from one another - but they have the worst possible reasons in this one.

It's particularly frustrating because the narrator is awesome, the characters are so likable, and the writing is actually really good. I listened to all of the EF novels and so I picked this up hoping for a good listen. Most of the book is fun to listen to with a really weird plot line where everyone decides to lie and withhold information from the main character for poorly thought out reasons. The world isn't anything special - pretty standard for the genre - and so the only thing the book has going for it is the characters and the writing.

Overall, if you like listening to fantasies, you like the farm-boy-turned-hero story, and you don't get bothered by characters doing really stupid things for really stupid reasons, then this book is for you. However, if you do get attached to characters and it really gets to you when they make idiotic choices, then avoid this one. I will not be reading books 2 and 3 - but I would like to know what happens. I suppose I will look up a wiki - because I can't take the stress of listening to it.

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  • James Morris
  • 2019-07-23

Oh! It’s a misunderstanding!

I love the characters and would probably love the book but I had to quit listening. I lost count of “misunderstandings” and misconceptions and oh hell its just one unfortunate and unbelievable coincidence after another. Just made me irritable. Sadly other than that it has everything I love in a book and as always Tim was great. I might give it another go and skip past the very predictable unfortunate misunderstandings.

So..... I did go back! I’m glad I did, it was frustrating at first, it was hard to get past the blatant use of coincidence. However, after finishing book two I was quite excited for book 3! I will further update my review after I think on it a bit.

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  • Brett
  • 2017-11-13

A great coming of age fantasy tale

I have to say this isn't like Craig's other books. Instead of aliens this is a deep rooted world of magic, wars and outlaws. I guess it just goes to show the imagination of the author is quite wide. The book is entertaining and I found it enjoyable. However it could due with a bit more humor. But then again i'm a Skippy fan.

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  • Christopher
  • 2017-11-02

Loved it with one constant reservation

This was a really well written first book in a series. It's definitely at the high end of the quality spectrum from the writing and story-telling angle.

My reservation... I have read or listened to quite a few books whose major plot points are repeatedly driven by misunderstandings, characters accidentally over-hearing the exact wrong information at the exact wrong time, and characters inexplicably not revealing pertinent information that otherwise would bring resolution instead of conflict. In other books this usually happens "because reasons" or with no explanation whatsoever. With a book where this happens over and over, I usually make it about 4 hours in and then return it with prejudice. It's almost always lazy story-telling and so frustrating that I find myself wanting to choke the author for wasting what would otherwise be a good book.

In the case of Ascendant, the author manages to make it work (most of the time). These coincidence fails are overtly portrayed and mostly adequately explained. As a result I was able to enjoy the book and was only really in a choking mood a couple times... That said, if the inexplicable repetition of unfortunate coincidences continues through book 2 as the only device to move the plot then I'm pretty sure I won't be able to hang in for book 3.

My fingers are crossed because I really did enjoy this book.

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  • T. A. Widman
  • 2019-08-26

Frustrating in the extreme

I started this book with the desire and wish to find a new series and author that I could continue listening to across many books. I end relieved for it to be over. In truth there are three reason I managed to finish this book:
1. I kept hoping it would turn a corner and improve.
2. As an audio book it was much easier to continue rather than pick another.
3. There's a quality to it akin to rubbernecking.

This book is absolutely infuriating, as its primary theme is miscommunication, misinformation, and assumption making. It is a common trope to have someone overhear a conversation and hear only the most damaging piece and thereby leap to the worst possible conclusion. In this book, for Koren Bladewell, this is an everyday occurrence and is the main driver of the plot. Because of this need to ensure that Koren believes he is a jinx and persecuted by all others, characters are constantly reacting in the worst possible way to all plot points...even when this completely contradicts elements of their character. This is seen particularly in the characters of the Regent and Lord Salva. The book becomes constant telling, as each character assumes Koren's a jinx, or too young to bear the truth, or a coward, or traitor, or assassin...the list is endless and ever more surreal. These assumptions break the story, as it so often shows that the characters (besides perhaps Koren and Ariana alone) are little more than echo chambers for Koren's persecution complex.

The narrator is generally OK for this book, however there are many cases throughout wherein he pauses awkwardly where it does not make sense...even mid-sentence.

Overall the general story follows your typical stereotypical fantasy fare, with a couple of ideas which were genuinely interesting. There is potential in the story. The writing does not live up to it.

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  • Scott O'Bryan
  • 2019-05-28

Frustrating book

This book was entertaining and the reader did a great job, but it suffers from some of the issues I have with Craig Alanson as an author.

In an effort to sell more books he has a tenancy to not complete a story and to leave the story mid-stride for his next book. This whole book seemed like it was a set up for the next book.

Additionally Craig Alanson has the tenancy to stick with a single theme. While the interaction of Bishop and Skippy in Expeditionary Force is entertaining, the theme of misunderstanding in this book got annoying and burdensome. We all know that a simple misunderstanding can lead to some epic things, but this book contained so many that the misunderstandings became predictable.

Craig is great with the written word. His characters are believable, but sometimes his plot or theme seems flat and his ending a book mid-story is annoying. I’m really struggling with whether I can endure book 2 in order to see what happens or if I should cut my losses.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • John Hammon
  • 2019-05-04

Had to try it a second time.

The narrator took a little getting used to. I actually returned this book once. I bought it based on the Craig Alanson ExForce series. Anyway, when I tried it the second time I really got into it. I"m giving it 5 stars because it really pulled me in. The perspective and detail of the story really gave me a unique experience on the adventure. I was constantly amazed at how the author gave me some detail that was surprising but interesting and relative.l

Anyway, I really liked this series. Seems like a simple 3 and done series, but still really cool.

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  • E. Collins
  • 2018-05-06

Best fairy tale

I bought this book without reading the reviews because I love the author’s other works, and I’m so glad I did. While this is a traditional fairy tale it lacks the evil forces and monsters, which made it far more enjoyable. The magic is present but the book isn’t just about good vs evil. It’s a character study with abundant, likable characters facing challenges and finding discoveries. Misunderstandings and secrets, nearly always win the best intentions, made this a truly good book.

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