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When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself.

But this is only the beginning of his discoveries. Something is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the rising threat of hostile nations. Fearful travelers whisper of an ancient power breathing over Thirna, changing it, waking it. In the very heart of these stirrings, Aedan encounters that which defies belief, leaving him speechless with terror - and wonder.

©2015 Jonathan Renshaw (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Mack
  • 2018-01-04

amazing adventure, wonderful story

the story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, the setting is very well written and the details are in wow.
great job.

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  • Ashoka
  • 2017-12-08

A first step..

this was a great start. engaging characters and great themes. However there are many elements that bear similarities to other stories. Young people learning in a school to be warriors is a familiar concept. So now the next book will determine how original this series will be. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Heather
  • 2016-10-16

When is the next book coming out????

One of the best books I've listened to all year. I've listened to about 250 books this year and this one, THIS ONE that I kept skimming past bc I didn't want to read a book about a young kid, had it all.
What was I thinking not to grab this before, I am aching for the next.. hurry Jonathan Renshaw!!! All I can say is Wow,wow, wow!!! also Tim Gerald Reynold did a perfect job acting the characters out.. well worth your money/credit!!! Enjoy!!

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  • Joe
  • 2016-03-21

Instant Favorite

I can't say enough about this book! Before I even got halfway through this book I knew it would be one of my favorites. The thing that glues me to this book most is the character development. I felt emotionally attached to the main character Aedan, I found myself screaming out loud in some situations routing him on. Jonathan Renshaw has a natural ability to set up tension in a scene. One key thing that I really like is the fact that the character development feels very realistic and natural. It doesn't seem forced or stiff if that makes any sense. People react to situations as you could imagine they would in reality which is something I look for in a book. Some authors like to use coincidence far too much, to the point where it takes you out of the immersion. And some authors like to take the character to a knifes edge and then some miraculous event saves the day. Which is OK sometimes... That certainly doesn't always happen in this book. Sometimes the characters in this book have to go through some really rough things not always being saved at the last minute.
Jonathan Renshaw REALLY did allot of research for this book and you can tell. He goes into detail about the making of weapons and fighting techniques etc. I very much enjoyed these parts of the book. You can very much tell that the author was a school teacher before becoming an author and likely a very good one.
Another thing which stood out about this book is the solid morality which goes against so many adult fantasy books that are popular right now. Too many authors these days feel as though in order to make the world feel more real and the characters more believable you have to add questionable morality harsh language and obscene over the top sexual situations. This book proves that this is not the case. In fact, this is a book I will be reading with my children when they are a little older as there are allot of life lessons and virtues I want to teach them which I find scattered throughout this book.
In summary, this book is a must read for anyone who likes fantasy. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. One more thing of note Tim Gerard Reynolds did a spectacular job of bringing this story to life! What an amazing performance!

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  • Isobel
  • 2016-08-16

Drop everything, buy this book.

I wasn't sure if I would like this book, I've read several coming of age books, and sometimes I get bored with the main character being a youth that is somehow the chosen one.

Not this book.
This is the first which can only be a great series to come. This book make me miss work, laugh, smile, cry and mourn.
I read the authors blog and he said a goal of his was to have the characters feel more real.
We are our own worst critics because these characters felt very real.
Everyone wasn't perfect, the main character even annoyed me at times, but not because of bad writing- but because he is trying to work through things and I wanted to shake it out of him.
I know it's yet another unfinished series, but everything from the magnificent narration to the detailed writing, loveable (and hateable) characters, the world and the sense of magic and purpose.
I don't know much about the author but I will always choose his books, and I suggest you do too.

I normally don't write reviews, and I normally don't give out 5 stars (last time I did was for Sanderson) which can be a bit snobbish, but I would give this book 6 stars.

This is a book that all ages can enjoy. It's not YA by any means- but you'll find yourself younger and full of imagination. Exactly what a fantasy book is about.

Bravo.

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  • c_soul
  • 2016-02-17

Renshaw will go down as one of the greats!

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Okay, this is truly something special! The writing is absolutely beautiful - a few steps above even the better modern novels in this genre. The amount of detail is superb - not overly drawn out, but wonderfully intricate.

The plot has a lot of depth/dynamics, and doesn't fall into the usual routines so many modern Fantasy novels are guilty of.

The characters are so easy to engage with, and most definitely NOT two dimensional and obvious - there is lots of depth/range in this department.

Perhaps the best part is that it's fresh. It follows in the footsteps of the greats, such as Tolkien and Jordan, but is easily distinguishable from them - and even manages to be distinct from the modern greats, such as Sanderson and Rothfuss.

If he keeps this up, Renshaw will easily be remembered as one of the greats of the genre.

And as always, Tim Gerard Reynolds brings an absolutely brilliant delivery, making it all the more amazing. SO glad this got properly matched with a narrator equal to the material!

Absolutely superb!!

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  • Tevarrus
  • 2017-04-27

Wonderfully true to its title

Three dimensional characters, slowly developed in a way which brings them to life and draws the reader in. Enthralling depictions of training and strategy allows an insight into the makings of a hero from a young age. It's an investment in a series not yet past its first book, but it's an investment well made nonetheless.

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  • eric emerson
  • 2016-10-07

dawn of an amazing series

it was a very intriguing story. in some ways it felt like 3 separate tales stuck end to end. excited for the next book

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  • Jason
  • 2016-10-05

best fantasy I've read in years

fantastic narration rich with flawless accents. poetic descriptions throughout. characters with flaws that being them to life all with a story that leaves me very eager for book 2. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-25

Wonderful start to a great and realistic fantasy

Rarely does a book cause such an emotional high or low. I kept getting so angry at points in the story that I wanted to discuss it with others or just shout my frustration (which I did on occasion). This is not negative, as it might sound, Aedan just felt so real I couldn't help getting emotionally invested and sometimes that was with joy or sadness or rage.

This story is well worth a credit or purchase. I had a tough time turning it off and got little sleep. I am excited for the next story and will keep this one downloaded and will listen to it again which is another rarity for me. If you are a fan of a more realistic coming of age fantasy story centered around a main character and his friends you will not be disappointed.

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  • Jeremiah
  • 2016-03-05

Possibly the best Audible book ever!

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I just finished Dawn of Wonder on Audible and I was extremely delighted with the book. The character building was detailed and meticulous from the start, which I appreciate. The main character Aedan was a delight. Mentally following Aedan from the Misty Vale to the Academy and beyond was captivating. His coming of age story and the difficulties he faces are magnificently portrayed within the book.

The story took a surprising turn about 25 hours in which for me was the highlight of the entire book. If I went farther I would risk being a spoiler. Let’s just say I will be purchasing and downloading book 2 in advance the minute it is available.

I was in awe of the care and skill that the author employed to maintain sexual and linguistic purity within the story. It is nice to listen to a book with creative writing that does not require an NC-17 rating. Humor and action are scattered throughout the book providing an excellent rhythm for the story.

I have already began recommending this book on audible to my family and friends. My brother and Father will be listening soon. This will be my Father’s 2nd book on Audible, the first was Ben Hur. I myself have listened to 81 Audible titles.

I place Dawn of Wonder at the top of my list in the fantasy/Adventure category.

This has been my first ever review, that tells you something about the quality of this Book. Spend the token, you will not regret it.


The only sad point for me is that the 2nd book is not out yet which means I have to wait ;(

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  • 2016-02-22

This was an excellent fantasy coming of age story

Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw is the first novel in the series called The Awakening. This fantasy novel is set in the country of Thirna and it’s a coming of age and adventure story about a young boy, Aedan. When an officer rides into Aedan’s home of Mistyvales warning of coming slavers, Aedan is immediately suspicious. As events unfold, Aedan is forced to travel away from his small northern country town and finds a home in the large southern city of Castath, where he aspires to join the Academy and become an honorable marshal. He is thrown into a new life that he isn’t prepared for and must learn to contend with his demons as well as become adept at understanding and interacting safely with the world around him.

This was an excellent fantasy coming of age story. Each of the characters is filled out with a range of emotions and actions. Similarly, their interactions with one another are filled with amusement and feeling. I especially liked the boys and girls that Aedan interacts with at the academy. They turn out to be his solid footing when other things in his life are trying. Renshaw’s world building and character development are just incredible. There were many times during the listen that I actually laughed out loud! It is definitely a long book, but it lets the reader soak in every part of it with all the detail. The plot is dynamic and there are many highs and lows for Aedan and his companions, which keep it from getting boring with its length. I actually wanted it to keep going! The end is satisfyingly set up for the next novel, which I’m really looking forward to. One interesting part of the fantasy aspect was that it isn’t blatant. The world is slowly becoming more and more aware of strange mystical occurrences and vaguely speculating of their meaning. This magic wasn’t the centerpiece of the story, but something slowly coming more into focus, similarly to Aedan’s adulthood. As the series continues, I can see how it’ll become more important and I’m looking forward to learning more about the meaning of everything that was introduced in this first novel.

The narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds was excellent. He is incredible at voicing the different characters and delivered the amusing lines extremely well. I would definitely listen to another novel narrated by him. The production quality of the novel was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fantasy coming of age stories with complex, in depth story lines.

Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.

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