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Koren Bladewell's future was stolen from him, by wizards who chose to lie, to conceal the fact that Koren is a wizard.

Crown princess Ariana Trehayme must find a way to become queen before her 16th birthday - before her indecisive mother allows all of Tarador to be conquered.

©2016 Craig Alanson; 2018 Podium Publishing

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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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Middle Book Syndrome

This series certainly has me hooked, and the reader is fantastic. However, this book is definitely a "middle book". Many parts had me distracted with other things while listening; and although it was still a great listen and had it's exciting moments - it felt as though it was a means to an end to get to the next part of the story, without any real story of it's own. Still, I am quite enjoying the series! #Audible1

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

Great second book.

Story moved along continuing the story from the first book. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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

would recommend

great writting, amazing narrator. sure it wasn't impactuful as the first, but epic stories need the space to grow, and this book allowed for the main characters to grow and develop well. onto book three.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • TjR
  • 2021-10-03

Good story, flat characters, ignorance is not a virtue for characters

My one complaint with the narration is that it’s hard to take Koren seriously when he sounds like a petulant child and a bit of idiot. While he may be a crushingly powerful wizard, his voice as given by Mr Reynolds is not one that remotely fits the image of Koren I have in my mind. While he has grown and gained experience and is transitioning from a child to a man, his voice still sounds like he is an ignoramus. Many of the boys in the series do, but as you hope Koren will grow up a bit and sound less like a dunderhead, he sounds even more so after seeing war and terror. I understand that this was maybe unavoidable, the narration is impressive with all of the voices, but I found myself wishing that Koren had the voice of another less annoying character.

As for the book, any time a book or a series relies heavily miscommunication to drive a goodly part of the story, or it’s used to NERF a character who has been revealed too early to be Uber powerful, I question the longevity of that series.

Like any story that relies too heavily on lovers kept apart by circumstance, and the intrigue of that tension giving way to apathy in its readers when that story line is brought to conclusion. The big reveal to our hero that all along he was a wizard doesn’t come off as it should, it would have been far more interesting to have the totality if his power revealed over time as he struggles to learn his power rather than as the reader be frustratingly privy to secret even our main character doesn’t know. How do you feel anything but apathy when our hero finally comes up to speed. Where do we go from here? Now a hero’s journey in truth?

When the ready knows the secrets for 2 straight books and the hero doesn’t it rubs the reader of discovery IMHO. We don’t get to experience much from the perspective of Koren, he can’t be our eyes at all simply because he doesn’t know anything, or at least the right thing. His perspective is necessarily useless because his perspective based on ignorance of almost anything including the truth of his own situation. Also Uber powerful characters don’t learn anything when written like this, they stumble into anything. That leaves you with only one conclusion, the actual hero of the series is the princess, she goes and changes and takes deliberate action, our Koren is kind but ignorant, doe-eyed and lucky and has little true agency since he controls nothing not even his own skill.

I can’t imagine a less satisfyingly written character. But I am committed to the series so I’ll see what comes of the next book.

Something Alanson doesn’t do in either this series or expeditionary force is give you occasional descriptions of the main character by a third party perspective. Occasional check-ins to describe the main chapter are excellent because they show change in the chapter. Joe Bishop for instance has basically written the book on space combat, has been out thinking and out witting vastly more powerful civilizations and is genuinely someone who could beat the Kobiachi Maru test from start trek I’m sure, yet secondary characters never seem to spend any time at all describing Bishop. He always comes across as an awe shucks one of the boys kinda guy when at this point he should be intimidating as hell if you don’t know him even if his personality doesn’t lend itself to that. He plays 4D chess and wins, he’s a legend but never seems to get any pay off from that. In this same way we get little to no chronology of physical change in Koren through the series (so far). Observation by secondary characters goes a long way to shaping the readers view of a hero but it rarely happens in this series, as a result characters tend to be flat and one dimensional. Characters are scared of wizards because they are wizards but why is anyone going to be scared or Koren other than he is an OP wizard? A hero journey should include physical change to bolster the readers buy in IMHo. Koren changing and becoming a man and a physically powerful one should be included. But that’s just me.

Anyhow, fun series, issues aside. The world that is being built isn’t the most detailed but it could be built upon greatly and it would be fun to see that in other series based on this world. Aka son has the bones of a great world and some interesting characters he could build from and I hope we see this world continue for years to come.

  • Au global
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In a Word: Wonderfull!

Prepare to be spell bound & amazed in both story & narration.

Awesome book, the adventure continues...Enjoy!

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

Optimistic then disappointed

I generally enjoyed the first book if I overlooked some inconsistencies and the slightly flat character development. I was optimistic for the second installment. This book did not reward my optimism. The story moved too slowly, the character development stalled, there were inconsistencies abound and the main characters became borderline insufferable. TGR was great as always but even his excellent work couldn't make me enjoy this book. I am usually pretty easy on what I read but this time I am going to have to abandon this series as it has not done enough to keep me engaged and the inconsistencies have really hindered my ability to enjoy.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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second book not bad

I found it a little slow but it did feel in a lot of information , now on for the second book

  • Au global
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Decent, predictable, not Alanson's best, but good

TGR is always quality. No complaints about the performance. Story was decent, but predictable. Alanson's Expeditionary Force series is predictable at times, but has much richer characters. This was good, but I'm still not tremendously invested in Koren's story. he's a bit flat. It follows fantasy tropes pretty tightly. I'll still listen to the next book.

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The story was very bland and Predictable

I downloaded this book while still only in the first part of Book 1 as it intrigued me to the story. It wasn't until thew second half of the first book that the simplistic story telling and the use of one dimensional characters started to show and bother me.

But since I had bought the second book and read so many good reviews praising the series I decided to continue. I made it ~75% of the way through book 2 before I had to give up on it. In this book I have not read about a single character that interests me beyond their first introduction. There are the bad guys (who are bad just because....) and the good guys (who the good guy thinks are bad because he keeps overhearing partial conversations very conveniently). It is very frustrating to listen about how smart and great a protectionist is and then have him jump to a ridiculous conclusion in the very next scene because he overheard a conveniently small part of a conversation.

The only upside I found to listening to these stories (besides the voice acting which was well done) was that I bought/downloaded the Lord of the Rings trilogy to compare the storytelling (I had read it years ago and held it in a very high regard). Doing so I was able to confirm that it wasn't a genre issue that caused me to dislike this story which i was worried I may have grown out of it, but a specific issue with this Series.

I know it's not fair to compare this story to LOTR but even compared to other less know Fantasy stories I find it doesn't hold up well. If I had to describe it with one word I would use: Simple.

As well I did enjoy Expeditionary Force (Same author) quite a bit so I was surprised that I found this story so off putting.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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The world expands and more adventure

#Audible1 The story is simple but fun and enjoyable. I reveled in the adventure and thoroughly enjoyed the characters. As always great narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds, he is one of the best.

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  • Au global
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  • Christopher
  • 2018-01-08

Can't wait for the next one...

My only complaint about the first book was the author's reliance on repeated miscommunications to move the plot. I was a bit wary when I spent the credit on this book as I was totally fed up with the "if they'd only told him the truth" device that was used to create the major character conflicts in the first installment.

I'm happy to say that this book was much better in that regard. If you are on the fence about continuing the story I whole-heartedly recommend that you invest the credit.

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  • Evan Rose
  • 2018-01-04

Cut the boy some slack

I’ve fallen in love with this series. And for a while I couldn’t figure out why. Was it the story? The story is decent but the motions are predictable to someone who knows the flow of novels such as these. Is it the magic? While interesting the magic is mostly soft and is based on feelings, and needs of the character. Was it the Characters? Most of them are archetypical: The young ruler hoping to prove oneself, the wise and world weary mage, and the kind hearted protagonist.

Then it hit me. The thing that made me fall in love with the series is its sincerity. Everyone is acting completely rational and towards what they think is best, either for themselves or others. And that often leads to the tragedies the characters suffer through. In fantasy it is often that good natured characters do so simply because they were written in one shade of ink. They do because they are. But the main character acts the way he does almost out of misplaced guilt and honest thanks for all those around him. Which is what leads to the heart reaching points when that faith and trust is abused and life continues to beat him when he is down. I listened to the 2 books out because I as the reader, know that the protagonist deserves better and I want the best for him. I could care less if the army of darkness takes over the whole world, all I want in that universe is for the protagonist to be treated the way I know he deserves to be.

Tim Geared Reynolds is one of my favorite narrators on the site (I recommend his performances in Dawn of Wonder, and the Riyria books).

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Jar233
  • 2018-01-15

Filler

Nothing happens. Nothing important. We could have skipped almost 98% of it and moved to the next book. The characters didn't grow in any meaningful way either. It just feels cheap, more content, but lower quality. Hope this was a fluke.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Brian
  • 2018-01-09

Alanson's first miss with me.

First the good. I like the world and the color added to it. Although rather small overall, there were a few nice moments... but...

This was a hard listen. It is a bridge book where so little happens that in another book would be covered in a couple chapters.

There were times I honestly wondered if Craig is getting paid by the word. Almost every detail is repeated so many times. Since most everything isn't actual plot advances, it gets crazy dull fast.

All the characters loose IQ in this book, not that book 1 gifted them with great intelligence, but the story was a good setup with room to grow.

Quite frankly, I feel confident that you will be able to move straight to book 3 when released and miss nothing important that won't be repeated twelve times in the first couple chapters of book 3.

I've liked all of Alanson's other books and provided solid reviews. and this is a rare bad review from me. The only two things that happen of any real plot are greatly telegraphed and obvious from book 1. These plot advances should have happened in book 1 then ended for a sequel.

I'm hoping for reparations to his fans by a solid book 3.

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • S
  • 2018-08-10

Fun Story - Sadly overly simplistic

Tim Reynolds brings this series to life like no other - I feel almost as if I’m next to the characters as he weaves the characters and narrative together. Unfortunately, multiple aspects are overly simplistic or repetitive - the impression I’m left with is that maybe Mr. Alanson is focusing on a young / newer reader audience. Protagonists represent / Work for a force constantly referred to as merely “the enemy”, reasoning is routinely explained down to a seemingly middle school level, character development is sadly shallow. Wish this was more along the lines of Ken Follet or Tolkien.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • drynick
  • 2018-02-25

amazing

easily one of my favorite series, story telling was superb as well!!! found myself listening when I should have been working/sleeping or i'd find myself driving around just to listen more it's that good!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • thomas l stewart
  • 2018-02-23

hurry up with book 3!

another wonderful book from Craig Alanson! I absolutely love them and cannot wait for the 3 book in the series.

of course the narration is amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds is simply the best narrator of all time.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • lee
  • 2018-01-04

This is a good book and held my interest

Alanson knows what he is doing. Great talent. you Will not be disappointed. Can't wait until the next book.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kaleb
  • 2018-01-04

Even better than the first!!

The characters from the first book were fleshed out more in the second book and the world felt more lived in. Intrigue and battles were far more prevalent as well. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. 5 stars.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-01-06

it was ok

the first book was amazing.. the second was a lot of filler... can't wait to read the third book hopefully it finishes with a bang.... if not still a good read or listen on a long trip...

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