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Now a student at Wurthaven, Will is confronted with the truth of the present.

The powerful magic embodied by wizards like his grandfather is but a distant memory. Though the practice of the current day is timid and uninspired, Will needs the knowledge that’s preserved and managed by the college. At every turn he finds that sorcery is supreme, while wizards are trained merely to assist and support those who hold the real power - a power based on an evil so deep that few who are living know the truth of its foundation.

As a student of wizardry, he’s expected to know his place and stay in it, but Will isn’t like the other students. His grandfather’s teaching has made him into something different, something forgotten - something they will learn to fear.

If he can grow into his power, with every choice, every refusal to submit, Will creates more enemies, enemies who aren’t content to let him live in peace. Without friends or support, Will must survive the knives in the dark, for Cerria is no place for those who refuse to follow the rules.

©2019 Michael G. Manning (P)2020 Podium Audio

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I'm out.

SPOILERS

The main character actually is an idiot and this second book makes that abundantly clear. Despite his seemingly prodigious capacity to learn and practice forgotten magics, he can barely use them when it counts and makes blatantly stupid decisions, one upon another.

Romance, if you can call it that, takes over the plot and leads to a rushed and tedious tale of immaturity and foolishness without the necessary believability to justify the motives behind the critical consequences of this 'love' arch, one driven by a sensibility that seems to consider the obvious consequences of itself as inconvenient to its very existence and thus, simply ignores them.

Luckily for the main character, the author keeps this character's stupidity from taking its natural course and ending the story at any of the multiple times it probably should have, all while dropping focus from most of the character traits and development the first book built up other than a devotion to the female lead that feels so forced I question if the entire universe has the exponentially required turine(sp?) left to lift a jar of troll piss.

The vitriol above would not be possible without caring enough about the book, the world, the story and the characters, to be so disappointed, which is a credit to the engagement the author's first book in this series was capable of.

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16h 43min I’m done…

This story was very well written, enjoyed the first book and couldn’t put this one down: There was always something to keep me hooked and on the edge of my seat.

So anyway as I read through some portion of this book I had to ask myself WHAT IS THIS BLATANT DISPLAY OF IDIOCY AND BETRAYAL OF CHARACTER… and that’s about all I had to ask myself before making the statement… “I’m done reading this now… that was too far out”

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His is CG.

He is Chaotic Good, knowing law existed but doing any Simp thing that the want no matter what people wish. Which makes sense considering his friends.

This starts of with classical themes and continues with the same missplaced chivalry. Will is a farm boy type character from the outskirts of his nation but he does and says things a Prince charm type prince would. A total, break from the wizard type.

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At the beginning of the this book, even though he has a place and new possibilities for his future. He goes out of his way to do will things, which is disrespect everyone's wish, and do whatever he wants. He hasn't learned a single thing from the first book, I think he's actually dumber.

On a side, he know a spell that removes the vast majority of danger he or his family can face. He can survive everything now,Pretty easily.

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Above Average but not as good as the First Book

There are a few bad reviews that I saw for this book and I don't agree with most of what they say but there is some truth too. The main character can be an idiot sometimes and it does feel like there is a little bit of consistency missing at times. Overall it's still very enjoyable and I'm going to be continuing the series.

I feel that a lot of the bad decisions in this boon are part of character development, but if that development doesn't come in the next few books, it will be disappointed.

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it got even better

I'm an avid reader in this genre. I have thoroughly enjoyed these books. great characters story and can't wait to read the next one. I haven't enjoyed a series this much in so long.

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quite a gripping tale

loved it with no struggle to finish. the story grips onto you attention like no other. the narrator also delivers the characters quite well. though I do feel bad for his vocals when he voices the GD cat lol not sure if he does so in this book or the one after. but still very well done

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Great Series

Like fantasy, books with wizards, fey and more? If yes? A must add to anyones collection.

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entertaining

entertaining, i like the magic system and the grumpy wizard. I think the end became a little to far fetched but overall a good book

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One of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to

Purchase this and listen to it. Stop asking questions, you're going to love it.

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great book but...

What happened to no favors? prominent part of book 1 but book 2 it just no longer existed?

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  • 2020-11-05

F-bombs in every other sentence

Warning every other sentence has an F-bomb or four letter expletives. The story line is passable but definitely not one of his best.

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  • Steelgator
  • 2020-10-15

Excellent Series!!!

This book is a great continuation of the series. Great magic system. The MC isn't over or under powered. It actually delves a little into the history of his grandfather which was sorely needed. The narrator is excellent . Just go ahead and buy this one if you liked the first.

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  • T Ginn
  • 2020-11-07

All you need to know about this book

“THE GODDAMN CAT” and the best character is still with us in a way 🤣🤣🤣 you’ll get it when you listen

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  • Andreas jonsson
  • 2020-11-03

To predictable

The first one had at least some mystery, but this one was way to predictable. It left nothing to the imagination, the moment the questions were asked or events happened, there was no "holy sh.."moment.

The MC is still the same blushing zero intelligence idiot, though he gets a bonus of IQ later on but barely,

The relationship he has feel to forced and awkward, It feels more like a check mark "must have" when writing a book.

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  • Black
  • 2020-11-27

Lacking ending

Story was great up until halfway I’d still give it a try if your into romance.

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  • Stormingsmoke
  • 2021-05-09

My first Review.

Made me write a review, my first so take what you will.

MC makes consistent horrible choices and shows no development at all. A example would be him asking obvious questions or forgetting specific details as soon as possible for some quirky situation.

Another would be **SPOILER** when he decided to trade a unbound favour for information, when he was told by literally everyone including the Faye that he holds significant power over the accord and the lives of many. This is the part that broke it for me.

The story also overly focused on the romance between him and the princess, I don't mind romance but at the same time there is a whole world full of magic and adventure but instead they want to focus on some 18 year olds relationship.

Just frustrating to listen to.

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  • Brandon
  • 2021-02-19

love it

I listen to this book all day. I don't want to go back to life after it's over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-16

Couldnt finish it.

Character does not grow at all. Quit being mad at how stupid his decisions are.

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  • Fred
  • 2020-11-10

Absolutely Wonderful

probably one of the most enjoyable sequels to a book series I have ever read. it never felt like it hit a valley it always kept me at a happy medium and then hit me with good highs even that points when I felt uncomfortable it brought right back around and made me keep listening.

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  • austin hoekstra
  • 2021-05-08

Spoilers ahead

This book was going really well until an unbound favor was offered. No slightly intelligent person would offer an unbound favor for some information. Now the queen of magic owns him completely and can drop the ax at any time.

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