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Publisher's Summary

When Jack Vance's grandfather is murdered, his dying words are to get Jack to promise to attend Darkthorn Academy.

Jack doesn't like it, but he'll do what is necessary to honor the man who raised him. But surviving Darkthorn Academy won't be easy. Jack will have to make alliances, learn to harness magic, and face dangerous enemies - both alive and dead. If he's lucky, he might just make it to second year.

Darkthorn Academy is a coming-of-age fantasy adventure with gamelit aspects, including a slightly overpowered MC, a dragon companion, and a team of adventurers. It’s inspired by games like Skyrim, Diablo 2 and Fallout.

©2019 Robyn Wideman (P)2020 Podium Audio

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GREAT

turned into someone what of a litrpg, don't know if that was in the description of the book but I'm all for it. If you like quantifiable ranking system like me you'll love this book. 10/10 would recommend

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Amazing!

Loved the story line, a very good job on the game lit not too ”statsy" the reader does a good job on the characters the main females are harder to tell apart.

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It's good but the writing could be better

I'm a little ignorant of the writers background, I won't pretend as if I know but, the writing, in my opinion, could've been much better. I'll avoid spoilers for this review for anybody thinking about buying the book.

I like the story itself, more the concept than anything, but I feel like a lot is rushed, major things that could've been in more detail that would've expanded on the whole story and the characters and character development, especially at the start.

Other things is that some things that happened felt as if it wasn't thought through properly, as if the writer was writing the book and suddenly decided to add something minor or major that drastically changes things somehow for the better.

Overall I still like the book and I'll still get the second one and listen to it but it's quite a few flaws in my opinion that sort of put me off as to wanting to listen to it more. If you like this type of book, please feel free to listen to it, especially if it only costs a credit or so.

Bit of a spoiler at the end here so be warned



I felt throughout the story, nothing TRULY bad could happen to the main characters, they all had the thickest plot armor, no matter how bad something may seem, they profit from it like crazy and I feel it takes away a lot of the suspense of intense moments.

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  • Dia
  • 2021-01-16

YESSSSS

Fantastic. I can't believe there aren't more reviews on this one. Really solid story with hints of a little bit of everything. Crafting, adventuring, looting, mana system and progression, all without droning on or getting all lewd and weird.

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amazing

loved the book, can't wait for book 2, please hurry up lol seriously amazing story!

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Great book, Jack said

really enjoy the book great story but the author or the performer needs to stop saying Jack said or XXX said it's every other sentence and it's ruining the experience..

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Ok… but not the best

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The story is a great premise...

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The writing in this book isn’t the best, and at times the characters seem way too synchronized in their thinking. By the third book, it seems as if the author has lost all motivation, and it shows in his writing.

Sorry, I know this is very harsh. But I want to give an accurate review of how I feel about this book.

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Good Story. Ok Narration.

I have listened to the first 3 books in this series and have come to the realization that I enjoy the book but feel the narrator misses the mark. The book borrows ideas from several similar series' to this one but makes them their own in an entertaining way. I do feel it's worth mentioning that the narrator misses the mark with how the characters present themselves. A multi century dragon somehow sounds like an old lady while some of the main characters don't always seem to reflect what the author was trying to present in Narration. Overall still an enjoyable listen but could be better with different narration.

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Great Introduction to LitRPG

Very PG. Light on stats. I'd say it's suitable for ages 10 and up. MC is a good role model. This series just has all my favorite elements packed in and it still manages to flow nicely. You don't get bogged down with overdone emotional content or other annoying traits. Progression is steady, comfortable and fun. Not dark. Secondary dramaless romance. Contains elements of cultivation, town building and overcoming racial prejudice.

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Great Read with a fun, adventure story.

Good for most ages, NO XXX scenes or profanity. Very intereetsed going to school story, with quests, treasure hunting and learning defence, fighting and magic. It’s definitely an underdog story.
Listened with my kids. Will purchase the next one for sure!

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  • Ty
  • 2020-12-06

Hard to listen to.

Very noticeable and frequent pauses through the audio. It's like the narrator needed moments between voices, and however they spliced the audio back together they left chunks of time between them.

Lana said.
Jack said.
Lana answered.
Colin said.
Stan asked.
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Colin said.
Talia said.
Stan said.
Talia said.
Colin, Lana, Stan said at the same time.

Painful to listen to dialog.

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  • BenjaminL
  • 2021-03-03

I can't finish this.

I think there is a good story in here somewhere. I want it to be there but between the awkward audio pauses (idk if that was the speaker or an editor), lack of character tone/inflection and surface level writing I can't find it. I was on chapter 15, saw there was 12 hours left and just can't bring myself to listen to the rest.
This book needs to be taken out of production, worked on for another year and reprinted.

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  • Luke Adam
  • 2020-11-17

not thought out at all

so pretty much theres ancient land that all destroyed and people scavenge the area this has been happening for a long time but somehow they find valuable stuff I buildings within an hour walk into the area. it makes no sense. the magic isnt well explained and the conversations are clunky and awkward.

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  • Kel Ward
  • 2021-01-06

Enjoyable but...

I was enjoying this book 5/5 and then almost halfway through jack and his friends fail 1 class out of like 7 and for some dumb reason that is grounds for expulsion?? What on earth kind of school runs like that?? The logic and world building is subpar in this book but it can still be enjoyable.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-02-20

written by a 10 year old.

jack stood up. jack breathed deeply. jack prepared himself. jack knew what was about to happen

-_- some parts of this are just painfully written.
voice actor doesn't help matters. can't keep his voices straight so it's easy to mix up who is talking until the stellar writing tells you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-22

amazing story

loved the story and narration. One of the beat I listened to. Can't wait for the second book to be narrated

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  • Dr. Mark A. Jones
  • 2020-10-27

Epic Story From the Start

At the end of the first book I was angry that I had not downloaded the next one earlier. This book is well written and read. The hero’s journey theme is followed it it is not predictable. I can’t wait to start book 2!!!!

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  • sharon sørensen
  • 2021-03-03

Loved it

This book made me feel part of the story, as if I was part of the team of misfits ❤️ it made me laugh and cry. Cannot wait to start the next book ❤️

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  • Veronica rose
  • 2020-10-23

enjoyed the book

I enjoyed this one book very much and since book 2 is not on Audible yet, I cant enjoy that either. I want to know what's next and reading is not much of an option when you have this to do an cannot take the time to sit and read

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  • kas
  • 2020-10-23

great

It was really good! Twists and turns intrigue action and some RPG aspects. I recommend!

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