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Metal Mage

Written by: Eric Vall
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This magical world is about to have an industrial revolution.

  1. Get pulled from a life of 20th century boredom and thrust into a fantasy world.
  2. Find out there are a bunch of powerful monsters and evil wizards intent on killing everyone.
  3. Use new magical powers of earth and metal to craft awesome armor, swords, and guns.
  4. Kill the bad guys, become a hero, and have a harem of hot women.
©2019 Eric Vall (P)2019 Eric Vall

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Expected So much more, should of known better

I have several books from this author, all of them are juvenile escapism... however this books easily has the most infuriating MC, writing, narration of any of the other books.. and this seems to be one of the newer ones.

I have never wanted to take a MC and choke them out in the first chapter and end the book more than i have with this book or MC.

There is no maturity, depth or redeeming character in the MC, it is just juvenile quips, insults and sarcasm regardless of the tone or gravity of the interaction or meeting.... The master of a mage school, better be a insulting asshat expect favors and act like a 9yr old during testing and evaluation, not once does he show deference to those more powerful or knowledgable or acknowledge any favors or assistance provided... i honestly doubt he ever closed a door on the way out of a room.

Oh you have special magic metal powers, better invent gunpowder, primers, cartridge ammo, single action revolvers and a lever action rifles over 3 days (which the MC has never seen or used) in a contrived manner... let's skip cannons, rimfire rounds, and bolt action rifles as who needs modern military equipment and tactics which are desperately needed by his adoptive kingdom..

Instead you can have an OP MC.... who never tests his weapons to see if they even cycle before putting live ammo in them, who gets his love interest to hip fire a small cannon.. in a building.. as a first time test... TBH i'm surprised he just didn't invent a 1911 for style points...

Yes i accept that this is not hard fiction, and there are elves and giant monsters... but still, a likable MC who i didn't want to beat to death with a stick within the first 10 mins would a good start and perhaps a passing review of the history of firearms.

Hell an easy solution to all the problematic aspects of the guns could of been addressed with the metal mage being able to move metal quickly, but large masses take exponential more power and inaccurate in general (he just learned about his powers 5 days ago)... just use the guns for rifling and aiming, even use different cartridges for slug, shot and fitchette rounds... use his magic to actually accelerate the rounds... he gets guns that cannot be used against him, do not explode and do not require intricate manufacturing understanding to create.... it doesnt address the waste of ink that the MC is though.

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Great Series

Sucked me in really like the series so far, just wish each book was longer. Really enjoy the two narrators for male and female voices.

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light hearted and upbeat.

a great happy flirting ride with a welcoming fantasy world and upbeat characters. allot stronger then I expected.

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  • kevin
  • 2019-05-06

decent

the MC is a bit of a marry sue and apologizes a bit to much but book does have a decent story and having the two narrators made for a enjoyable listen with the way they went about it.

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  • Paul Reading
  • 2019-06-12

Meh

It’s ok like eating fast food good enough but gone from you thoughts as soon as your done

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  • Michael
  • 2019-06-15

Couldn't listen anymore after 3 hours.

First let me say the voice acting is fine. Not great but definitely good enough to make you believe they are different people.

And that's about it for the good news. Everything else was either absolutely horrid or almost approached OK.

The worst part is the main character. There is nothing likable about him. He starts off telling you he always knew he didn't belong and had a special destiny. Then a goddess plucks him from Modern Earth and tells him exactly that, confirming his specialness all along.

She then drops him off in a high fantasy world where, to no surprise, he has innate magic. That would be OK if he didn't ask for help learning how to control this power, then get pissed off every single time someone even kinda mentions he has no training. At one point he is taken to the most powerful order of magic on the planet, to the head of the order no less. Does he act humble? Is he grateful for the audience? Happy to be given a chance to learn? Triple no.

It was like watching a highschool student tell a PHD I know more than you... after you just asked them to teach you. That's how it came across.

I had to give up after three hours.

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  • saul
  • 2019-07-03

not that great, but not that bad either.

the character to me canenoff as a tad bit arrogant and without reason to be. and this soured the whole story becuase of that, but other readers might not find him to be so, and thus the book will be more appealing to them.

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  • NP
  • 2019-07-02

Ignore the critical picky reviews

if you're the average hetero male that enjoys fantasy or SciFi, then just get this book. Eric, Chris, and Jessica make a winning team. I'm an adult that doesn't have time to waste 70+ hours on RPG games anymore. These types of books are perfect. thank you.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • MN
  • 2019-06-11

I wanted to like it.

I wanted to like this book. The concept was interesting, but the main character was frustrating and annoying. The MC knew so much he didn't evolve, basically no character building. The narrators were good and the only reason I was able to continue the story. This may be the first book I have returned to Audible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-14

awesome story

the characters and there ability to do magic and create things is amazing. and the story is spot on

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  • Detailed, Amazing graphics, so much Fun, all it needs is More and more firearms
  • 2019-06-13

Amazing!

The characters are well written and i fell in love with them instantly, added with the exotic passions and the attention to detail hat the author portrays and this book is on my top list

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  • Chris Sheridan
  • 2019-05-13

Okay...

The MC ruined this one. He’s a know it all who asks for help than ignores the lesson. Just cause you can do what the teacher says without issue doesn’t mean you ignore what they ask of you just cause you think you know best... even though you went through so much trouble just to get them to teach you in the first place.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-12

Ignore the critical picky reviews

I really like this book. Not love, like I do the others but its still good enough to get my lazy self to write a review. PLEASE keep them coming.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful