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  • Legend of the Arch Magus: Publisher's Pack

  • Legend of the Arch Magus, Book 1-2
  • Written by: Michael Sisa
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (248 ratings)

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Legend of the Arch Magus: Publisher's Pack

Written by: Michael Sisa
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
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Publisher's Summary

Contains The Expansion (book one) and The Upheaval (book two) of the Legend of the Arch Magus series.

An Arch Magus dies, only to find himself in the body of a young man in a medieval kingdom. He finds out that he is the second son of a Duke, exiled to a desolated town by his own family. Shackled by the notorious reputation of his new shell, he tries his best to develop his domain, implementing new policies and innovations, leading his subjects to prosperity. In this world where magic is undeveloped, he shall once again pave a new path. 

©2018 Michael Sisa (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Podium did the right thing here

When the author posted on his Patreon about an audiobook, the first thing that popped into my head was "This will be a waste of a credit". Because as I much as I love this series, the books are very short. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found that Podium combined the first 2 books into 1. Hopefully they continue to do so with the following books as well.

Story wise, this series is one of my favorites. This first popped up in a LitRPG forum on Goodreads, and while it's not GameLit or LitRPG everyone loved it, and so I stupidly started reading this before bed one night and ended up missing work the next day. This book has 2 things I love reading about: overpowered main characters, and town building. If you like those elements, then you will love this series.

Narration wise, I've never heard of Tom Taylorson but he did a stellar job. The first chapter I was hesitant about him, but he got good fast and I was impressed with all his different voices. I look forward to more of his work.

Anyway I'm bad at reviews, but these books are a great read, and becoming an audiobook has made them even better. and though I questioned wasting a credit on them, this was a credit well spent.

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Started great, ended “good”

Honestly, this was a fun story with a great narrator! It was reasonably original and I found the main character interesting enough to keep me wanting more. Where it fell short though, was in the second half of the story. It began to feel just like any other rebirth story with an OP protagonist. It started out in such a way that I was excited to see this arch magus struggle to regain his power and exert his authority, but after about half way through the book, he immediately has no trouble conquering any obstacles before him. If there’s no struggle, even internally, then there are no stakes. No stakes, then no tension. Lots of potential, just squandered in the end.

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another "Gary sue"

The story has some fun points, but overall it's sort of boring. The MC is so overpowered and knowledgeable that nothing could possibly harm him. At no point, in either book 1 or 2, was the MC ever challenged. The performance is decent, but hearing "young master" so many times, over the course of the books, began to.put my teeth on edge. Overall a lack luster attempt at fantasy

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A bit disappointing

I gave this book a fair chance - actually making it through the first “book” in the publisher’s pack. Nothing much happens. If you enjoy a know it all OP MC doing city building without any challenges or investigation into his backstory for 4 hours, this book is for you. Characterization is weak: the MCs psychotic humanitarianism is only benevolent in comparison with the villain’s habit of eating children.

The prose and performance is good enough that I could make it through about 6 hours, and could tolerate listening to the rest. It’s certainly not the worst out there. I’m sure this book is fantastic for the right audience.

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"Guys" this was painful

I tried really hard. I even bought the 3rd and 4th books. I will be refunding all of them. The author is fairly young and it really shows in the writing. The magic system, vocabulary, and style of writing are all akin to the most common of video game and Anime plots. Ive heard everything all before. The worst parts are the repetitive and ill used nouns that pop up constantly. "GUYS" in particular. Villains are overdone to the point of being funny. And the goals of the main character are so ethereal you really dont know where the author is goin with the story.

I dont need to read anymore. The story is predictable and the writing doesnt portray any effort or originality.

Narrator did a good job tho.

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Good books

I do like how the "POV" always change and that we often find ourselves in one of a dying character. This serie, so far, is more of a town building type of book than a cultivation one. I do recommand for people who like this kind of book. I did enjoy it a lot.

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awesome

I would definitely recommend this book if you like a wise mc that has a previous life to support their knowledge. Unlike many other reincarnation type books, you don’t have to worry about a weird romance starting so that was refreshing (considering he’s in his mid 60s). There is a bit of profanity so if you’re not into that then you might want to back away. Loved it, hope the rest will come out on here too!

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So many Guys.

Fun story somewhat clumsily written. Lots of unnecessary repetitious statements and the like. Also the Author’s favourite collective pronoun seems to be “guys”. I swear “these/those guys” must pop up at least every second paragraph. Just one of those writing tics you can’t unsee once you notice it. Hopefully in future they will be able to bring in a professional editor to help tighten things up cause I do enjoy the story and characters.

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Story is not very original and lacking

Seems like a fast forward version of a mage baseline story . It’s lacking and not very interesting

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Decent but I'm tired of hearing Black Stone Town

It's an alright story, unless it's explained in later books I'm I don't know why they lost like near all their knowledge of magic, agriculture, crafting, even foods. The author might need a thesaurus for a group of people, often just calling groups "guys" just used it so often. Also I cringed every time they call Black Stone, Black Stone Town, over and over and over. I think there was only a single time they called it just Black Stone.

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  • Kernman
  • 2020-05-06

Unique story, but could have used a thesaurus

I won’t criticize the story, because it was fairly unique. I don’t like writing negative reviews, especially for new, young authors, but how can one learn if they don’t look at their critics too. I struggled to finish this. Although the main character had absolutely no backstory whatsoever, I thought it was a interesting take on the fantasy genre for a while, but pretty soon, my eye rolls and frustrations got the better of me. I had to look up the author’s Amazon page, and after reading his bio, his mistakes make more sense. Sisa is clearly young and new at this writing thing, and it shows in this work. I admire people who give it a shot, I know I couldn’t do it. So if Sisa is reading this, please take this as constructive.

I know its nitpicking, but I just couldn’t get past the repetitive use of the same verbs and adjectives. For example, every character in the story used “damn bastard” when describing an enemy. I mean, it was so much that it became distracting. Also, “he froze in fear” and “shook in terror” and other similar phrases didn’t need to be used every time something strange happened. The kicker for me was the use of “those guys.” Who in medieval-styled fiction says guys to describe a group of people? That’s modern slang and it takes the reader/listener right out of the story, at least two dozen times. Change it up a bit and use genre words that fit the period. And for the love of god, the expression is “he bit his tongue” when deciding not to say what’s on your mind, not “he bit his lips.” So, again, I’m not criticizing the story. But hopefully the author will learn that the wrong choice of words, or repetition of certain phrases will take the reader out of the story very quickly.

Ok, rant over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-27

Tossing in random slavery and torture

The book is not as amazing as everyone here says, there is almost no relationships between characters like they meet he tells them what he wants like some random dude playing a RTS gama and then it moves on.

There is also alot of scenes describing torture and super evil and vile ppl but no glimmers of that ever being resolved. fat incompetent leaders eating and beating ppl to death and there is no point to it like no thought of maybe this should be somthing some1 should be againts. The plot moves fast with the townbuilding wich is 90% and super slow with the actual plot and him getting to know the world and other ppl. im 10hrs in and he has no friends no love interests and no close relationships other than as "master" servant feels pointless and booring.

WHY IS HE EVEN BUILDING UP THE TOWN? whats the motivation? Hes not interested in becoming a king but he needs more power? hes not interested in changing the laws of slavery or stopping the war just letting shit happen even tough hes pretty much a god to these ppl.

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  • Niel Causing
  • 2020-04-14

Really Good World Building, but Poor Characters.

This is a pretty solid "rebirth" story, but it could have been so much better! The pacing is there, world building is a check! But the emotional attachment is close to none. Because the the author chooses to focus on the progression of the town, with the book being so short with multiple povs, you can tell it sacrifices any emotional development from the MC to other supporting characters because by the end of the first book you can see the MC hasn't developed, which I thought the point of a "rebirth" story was a catalyst for just that: baggage from a previous life to be addressed.

Overall it isn't bad story, it's one of the most polished stories with this concept I've read, and the narrator is PERFECT. He has great range and to me he helps get past the lack of emotional depth because of his performance. So thumbs up on this one, it maybe flawed, but there is alot of growth left!

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  • Cory
  • 2020-04-14

Big Red Alert you won't be able to put this down

Big Red Alert I thought I just listened to it for half an hour before I went to bed I just ended up spending the entire day and night listening to this Non-Stop and I have to say it is one of the better Town building non litrpg books it's a great start to series that hopefully will not take more than 4 months to get put on Audible this is a book that leaves you wanting more and glad of it

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  • Darkcozbo
  • 2020-04-15

Great series

The books are great pace fun magic lots of action. Narrater is does a good job adds a little something to the story not taking anything away. He has more books out and is writing more so Don’t worry about waiting for the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-04-20

wow!

I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book, I was enthralled within the first 2 chapters, I highly recommend this book!

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  • GGT
  • 2020-04-17

Awesome series

Really nicely done start to a reincarnation series. I’m really hype for the next two books to come out soon.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-04-15

Wow!

I was not expecting this to be so good. Great Narrator and story. Going to add this to my multi listen list.

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  • Sean Head
  • 2020-07-09

It's a power fantasy

Spoiler: the spirit of the arch magus easily overcomes all obstacles with his overwhelming power and know-how. It's not bad as an escapist power-fantasy, but it didn't deliver on the "twisting and and turning plot" I was sold on.

All characters were flat (except that they gain respect for our hero). Lots of mysteries are introduced, mainly to make cool scenes. None are resolved. This reads like a retelling of a one (massively overpowered) player DnD campaign.

It's Sisa's debut book, maybe his stories get more complex, or maybe his audience expects the simple plots he delivers. I probably would have enjoyed it if I had known to expect how simple it was.

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  • Jose Aguilar
  • 2020-04-22

definitely a must-listen

I've been on a kick of these types of books oh, I highly recommend this one just due to the fact that I feel like the story has an original feeling to it not only that it has an element of sucking you in and keeps you wanting for more.

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