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The Legacy

The Darkness Within Saga, Book 1
Written by: JD Franx
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over 5000 years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death. There are no exceptions.

Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt.

Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries. An ancient witch coven is also on the hunt for Kael, and they'll stop at nothing to find their messiah first.

Trapped far below the earth inside the long-lost Dwarven prison of Arkum Zul, Kael has few allies he can trust. After months of torture and suffering, he is quickly running out of time to recover what was stolen from him: The magic of the DeathWizard.

It's his only hope for escape.

©2016 JD Franx (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Dan
  • 2018-09-13

Fantastic new story with a fresh storyline.

I normally do not go for timeline shift type stories but the cover looked interesting so I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did! JD Franx has created a fantastic new world for my mind to explore, new friends to wait anxiously to re-meet as the next books come out. I haven't been this excited about reading a new series since I was a teen discovering Tad Williams! Most definitely worth the listen. #Audible1

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too much torture

another Terry goodkind obscesed with multiple chapters of torture. pointless depressing bs that lasts too long as it ruins the experience.

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  • Sailfish
  • 2018-04-21

An interesting take on Multiverse Fantasy

The author has taken an interesting twist on what, so far, is mostly an epic fantasy story. The primary realm is similar to what would be found in magical realms and includes many typical characters like wizards, fae, elves, dwarfs but also vampiers. death witches, pirates and necromancers.

The primary thing that sets this off from other works is that the 3 primary adult protagonists were pulled into this realm after being raised in a sleepy mundane Washington State beach town in the US. The story then focuses on their ability to adjust to the incomprehensibility of their surrounding and trials and travails thrust upon them.

JD Franx writing is very good and Simon Vance gives a typically excellent narrating performance.

Fair Warning: There is an over-abundance of brutal and goreish sections, some particularly sadistic, however, the rest of the novel was highly entertaining.

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  • Zachary
  • 2017-08-09

Good story. Recommend it.

Excellent story, loved it even. Strong world building and lots of grey characters that feel real. Except the main character. He almost ruined it for me. He has the problem that arises, at least to me and that occurs a lot in recently written books by many authors, and it is that he's afraid or remorseful of taking life, inexplicably so. I understand the need to be human and good... But there was a scene, and spoiler's, where he took bullets from some gang members instead of shooting back because he didn't want to see death... that in itself I can understand. But his wife was with him and she nearly died. That I don't. You protect those you care about, not die for a belief that will injure others. Happens again and again through the story. Stupid mistakes he makes that get others hurt.. and all he can complain about is how much this place sucks and how he can't be a good guy. And then he feels bad because others got hurt. What!! The author probably had his reasons... it was too weird for me. Cannot stand cowardly or saintly main characters... the reader has to be off like mind to enjoy it. And that's not me. It was hard for me to connect with him, couldn't really feel sorry for him at all, which was opposite of what was intended. But other than that.. loved the book. Probably will buy book #2.

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  • Business_MD
  • 2018-08-18

Lots to love. Lots to dislike.

Two hours into this book, I thought it was one of the best books ever. Then the author spends the next 10 hours torturing his main characters. Plot twists are unbelievable. Character abilities are unbelievable. Nothing about this book is believable. But the author is super creative. It is really interesting all the ideas that are spun into this tale. I liked it. But I'd only recommend it with heavy reservations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-29

All tell, no show

I enjoyed the story, but the writing fell short - too many info dumps. I have 5 hours more and am forcing myself to finish, but I doubt I’ll continue the series

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  • Amy
  • 2018-10-09

Frustrating

This book has great characters and great story but the author’s insistence on making every decision by the characters turn into a great struggle, the fact that the most accomplished wizard never can do any magic and everyone loses every fight just to luck their way out gets very tiresome and just leaves you feeling frustrated. This is the first time I wished for an abridged version of any book because it could be so good but unfortunately is not.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-18

The Plot and all subplots are never resolved.

The story keeps on adding new characters and subplots that never amount to anything. I enjoyed the first quarter of this book but afterwards it just dragged on.

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  • Marlon
  • 2019-01-27

Great book

I think this book was a great book and it really had some good fighting that you don't find in a lot of books. I enjoyed the fact that it had a twist to it that really changes the arc of the story. worth a credit

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  • Andri
  • 2018-10-12

The book is ordered wrong!!

This book comes in multiple parts and they are incorrect. It gave me the second half first. i was confused as all hell.

good book though. just make sure you listen to the first part first

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  • David R
  • 2018-09-10

Another pathetic hero

If you like listening to a story Where an "all powerful" hero is weak and a carebear constantly Getting into situations like inspector gadget and only Getting through it by cliche luck then this is a good book. I don't, the story is from the mind of a bad GM who thinks that NPC always have the logic of an 80's action movie. The people in this book do things that don't make logical sense. Don't bother with this one.

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  • Newpunisherfan1
  • 2017-12-21

2nd half is good

plot twist at the end was so so awesome. first few chapters were so boring. ending was worth it.

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