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Deceptions

Ascendant, Book 3
Auteur(s): Craig Alanson
Narrateur(s): Tim Gerard Reynolds
Durée: 16 h et 46 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (151 évaluations)

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Koren Bladewell now knows he is a wizard, but he is lost in the wilderness, cut off from help, and unable to use his powers. The enemy is poised at the border with an overwhelming invasion force, and it will take wizards, soldiers and a young, untested princess to hold off defeat long enough for Koren to be trained and grow into his power. But he might not wish to help those who deceived him and destroyed his life.

©2018 Craig Alanson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Au global

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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An Excellent third book in a series.

This book was the perfect way to sum up the build up of the previous two books. it was excellent.

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars

Great story but ended to quickly!!!

It felt as if the author intended to write a four book series about the war but by the end of book two found it tedious and ended everything at book 3. A lot of the expectations and set up in the first two books were trashed leaving me at least, wanting more out of the story. I couldn’t complaint about anything else though.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story, greater narrator.

Very fun Trilogy. TGR is a ridiculously great narrator! I hope there are more to come in this series.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Good end to an enjoyable series

I was quite enraptured in this series and find it to be a trilogy I would recommend for young and old alike! A lovely, albeit predictable, ending to a pleasant story. I found I couldn’t stop listening! Would recommend! #Audible1

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

What a great book, stunning series

#Audible1 I really enjoyed this series. It got me through some rough times, thanks To sir bladewell

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

A fitting end

The final book in the series is what you will expect from this series. It does not have any big surprises or twist, but it is well written and narrated. I very much enjoyed this series. #Audible1

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

fun summer series

this series i listened to over the summer and inoyed the good vs evil and the ruknown hero clasic story line. #audible1

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Great book

Solid book, a bit disappointed to see the series end though. Comparable to the Micheal J Sullivan’s writing but not as detailed. Still very good and would recommend

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars

Meh

The story is derivative and simplistic. TGR's performance redeems it somewhat, but after three books even the novelty of that wears off. Give this series a miss and try The Goblin Emperor or Curse of Chalion instead.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

The performance was superb!!

Such a great story and so well told. The performance made it addictive. I have no idea how I will enjoy my commute now that I've finished the series.

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  • MJC
  • 2018-04-28

Solid Yet Tropetastic

Bottom line, this was a good, but simple book. I did, however, get the distinct impression that the ending was rushed; lots of ground covered by simply skipping ahead.

The overall plot for the series was simple and straightforward (mild spoilers) :

One big baddie, one princess and kingdom in distress, one commoner with the ability to save the day, one betrothal to an adversaries child, one betrayal by said adversary, and all the powerful ‘good’ wizards who are centuries old and have had all that time to study and empower themselves are just too tired, old, and weak to really do much of anything (except one).

If I were to guess, this book was aimed at the YA audience and actually leaning towards teen readers.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Johan
  • 2018-04-29

First two books; really good!

This book, the conclusion of the story didn't even come near the quality of the previous work. Side plots taking up about half the story shouldn't even be in here. The very awkward moment when the main character comes to fruition is one of the worst conclusions in the history of fantasy in my opinion. I just want to sit down with the author and try to iron out what the **** happened. It boggles the mind how such a promising series could be botched in this manner. But it's not the first time this has happened either is it Craig?

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Scott
  • 2018-06-08

I think the Iron Druid Finale was worse...maybe

I'm very angry about Deceptions. I presumed, incorrectly, though out the hours of goblin fleeing, dwarf assisting and pointless boat travel, that this was going to be a 4 part cycle instead of a trilogy. I presumed, at some point we would actually meet the demon and get a background story about the creature and his powers. I presumed that we would have some powerful moment when Koren arrived at the perfect time and saved everybody from a terrible death. I presumed, that Koren would manage to escape the clutches of evil after he saw how powerful the demon was and would come back in book four kicking ass and taking names! I presumed very wrong.

What I didn't expect, was that we'd have to sit through 14 hours of all that plus two wizards making a worthless journey. That the Regent and future Queen of the realm wouldn't be dragged around to every battle for no apparent reason other than to let her be attacked. We certainly didn't expect a mere ten minutes of finally meeting the so called most evil/powerful creature on the continent (10 minutes! That's all the time Alanson gave us with the Demon!) Plus all the other countless events of lazy writing and the terrible sense of time throughout the book that actually got us to a final showdown that took all of five minutes before it was all over.

I restarted my Audible account because of the Ascendant series. I enjoyed the first two books, even though Alanson relied far too much on chance and circumstance to move his story along in my opinion, and I was looking forward to the next part of the series. And we got this. A book that might possibly be my least favorite ending ever (after the Iron Druid finale (Which we should all burn and pretend didn't happen!)). As aforementioned, I thought for sure that this was all build up for an epic fourth book in the series. There was so much potential. Betrayl, romance, magic and battles. But instead, all we got was running and scheming and the like. It's like Alanson was told by his agent that he was done with this series and they wouldn't publish a fourth book. So he just scrambled to a ending that would kind of fit. (I like to think this, but my presumptions haven't been accurate in regards to this series so far)

In the end, the story isn't the worst, it's just poorly written. And Reynolds does his usual excellent job.

Go a head and finish the series, but don't expect much.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jaye
  • 2018-11-14

Great with a few flaws

There were a few holes in the story that didn’t make a lot of sense but they didn’t ruin the series for me. I think most loose ends were wrapped up nicely. Overall, it was a great book.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-11-14

A little hurried

As much setup and detail in the first 2 books seemed too be missing in book 3. Author should have made the book longer and spent more time expanding the new characters. Also seems to be several loose ends that didn't get addressed. 65

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Deena Chadwick
  • 2018-11-12

Couldnt stop reading, thanks

The narrator and the story are epic and I loved the book.
I thank both Craig Alanson and the Tim Reynolds.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • LostTxn
  • 2018-11-07

A great ending

There seem to be a lot of folks that are disappointed by this series, and this book in particular. I have to disagree; I really enjoyed the dynamic characters (they all grew and changed throughout the series), as well as the detail the author put into back stories and each scene. And the ending...it was a sweet ending to a roller coaster ride.

Note: This is my first experience with this author, unlike some that have written reviews. I think Mr. Alanson did a fantastic job at this fantasy series.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-06-05

Great listen

Wonderful listing to the story while commuting. The performance was perfect. I would recommend to anyone!

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Suspect
  • 2018-04-30

Reverse Ascendancy .. all. Terrible Finale to an Epic Series

The first two books in Alanson's YA Ascendant Series are chock full of fantastic characters, imaginative world building, and intriguing plot lines and themes.

The third book, Deceptions, however, is a hastily written mess (unusual for an author of Craig Alanson's talent). Several examples why I think this is a two star book: 1st, every time Koren is down to his "last arrow", or runs out of arrows, while he and his crew are being chased by Orcs (this happens a lot), there's an overwhelming amount of null and elementary explanation re "guys, we have a serious problem"; 2nd, almost one half of this book is dedicated to the survival of two old wizards on a ship in a sea. Their adventure offers nothing to advance the plot line, it's 100% 'filler' (I did, however, enjoy their constant bickering); 3rd, there's little to no cohesion among the various characters, themes, and storyline which was so richly developed in the first two books—this was a bit like listening to one very long run on sentence with no end in sight—I won't spoil the 'grande finale' here, but I must say it was about as anticlimactic as every episode of Scooby Doo.
Deceptions is a fine book for kids and very 'young adults', e.g. there's no swearing, no blood and gore, no battle/fight scenarios, etc.
TGR's narration is, once again, worthy of an infinite number of stars. He's truly superb—there's no way I would've been able to finish this book without the sound of his soothing voice.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Wrench
  • 2018-05-11

So much potential, but no.....

Good wins, Evil loses, Love prevails, and a great storyline ends with a thud. There was such a chance for a great tale to come to fruition, great characters who just fizzled, and a plotline that just did the same old same old. Blah.....just disappointed.

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