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Publisher's Summary

Winner - Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Runner-Up - Independent Publisher Book Awards
Finalist - Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Awards 

Darkness stirs in a world that is ill-equipped to confront it.

A prophesied king is born, but not all will benefit from his foretold conquests. In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure, a mere slave, draws the attention of much more than just his master after wielding an unknown force in a moment of desperation. In a twist of fate, Sindri, the priestess hired to strip Kibure of his power, defies the law, revealing designs of her own. But trust is in short supply in a land ripe with deceit. This wayward pair will have to work together if they hope to evade capture at the hands of the Empire's most potent wielders. 

Halfway around the known world, Aynward's knack for discovering trouble drives him deep into conspiracies within which he does not belong. Too arrogant to accept counsel, he will have to learn the hard way that some actions have consequences that cannot be undone....

For epic fantasy fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Michael J. Sullivan, Patrick Rothfuss, and Michael Wisehart.

©2019 Derrick Smythe (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Great performance, middling story.

The story is a best described as a B movie rip off of far better books, they have such authors listed in the description, do your self a favor and if you want a great story listen to one of them not this Transmorphers wannabe.
However Greg Patmore delivers a fantastic performance, I could listen to him read a phone book.

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  • Jake Harris
  • 2020-08-18

GoodStory.zip

The prose is awesome and the plot moves quickly but those two together make this a very dense read. There are many different characters with their own stories lines and a few flashbacks spread out. While this does come together nicely later in the book, it's hard to keep track of who is who. One extra sentence in each chapter to remind me which character goes with that name would make it a lot easier to read.

All that said, I love the diction, this is a very interesting world, and I am excited for the sequel. If you are willing to listen closely or rewind every now and then, I definitely recommend this book.

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  • Matthew
  • 2020-07-07

Double threat

The book was great in and of itself, the reviews on the in print page speak for themselves. The author clearly understands the nature of young people and captures them so well. This story is both satisfying as a stand alone but also builds an epic world one can help but wanting to return to.

The audio version of this story is amazing! I wish the voice in my head sounded like Greg's voice...life would be so much more entertaining. His performance brought these characters to life and made it even easier to be transported to their world.

Overall a great performance on top of an already great read

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  • stephen
  • 2020-07-07

Great story (esp. if you skip Aynward's chapters)!

I really enjoyed this story and think the author is very skilled and has great promise! My only complaint is that I found the character of Aynward (sp?) superfluous (i.e., I found his character so annoying that I just started skipping his chapters halfway through the book. I don't think I missed anything of note from doing this). I look forward to reading the next book (esp. if the author kills off Aynward)!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-27

Good Plot, Good hook, Narrator and loop killed it

I liked the story, but most of the time I listened i just wanted it to end. The narrator had an accent at the end of every word that made him sound like a kid making fun of a teenagers voice. The author has a loop for the chapters and doesn't stray far from this pattern :

Chap 1 Protagonist
Chap 2 Antogonist
Chap 3 Side Charactor

(might have chap 2 and 3 swapped)

so every time you ready a chapter you have to wait two chapters to find out what's next and the worst part for me was SPOILER 📢 ⚠️ 🚨 📢 ⚠️ 🚨 📢 ⚠️ 🚨






The main character spent almost half the damn book in a cage, like 8 hours into the book he finally gets out of the cage. After 20 hrs I barely know the MC. That said, the first 14-16 hours of the book was a rough read, from 16-20 was pretty good and engaging. the last 5 mins of the book makes me want to read the next one but i probably won't because the narrator and chapter loop killed it for me.

All in all I think this is a 3-3.5 star book, not bad but not awesome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-10-30

Too Slow and Drawn out

I listened to the first 10 chapters and then skipped to Chapter 35ish to see if the story had changed at all and it hadn't. the MC was still in the same situation that he was in back in chapter 5. Even listening at 1.5 speed the book it still pretty slow moving. Jumping around between 4 or 5 characters for them to not accomplish anything or move forward at all, makes this feel like a waste. After skipping 1/3 of the book I am throwing in the towel. If the story progressed a bit fast or was a bit more interesting for the first 45 chapters I would be willing but. I skipped 35 chapters and from what I can tell I didn't miss anything. Sucks, I was really intrigued by the summary of the book but it was a let down for me. hopefully other people enjoy it a bit more.

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  • T. McCulloch
  • 2020-07-12

Boring 😴 😴 😴

the characters just suck at life. I get creating suspense, but it isn't suspense if if you always know that it won't work out for the main characters

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  • Jeremy Merritt
  • 2021-03-24

Yawn....

There are slow stories and then there is this. It has potential, but at least half the book goes by and very little has changed. I recommend listening to the first hour and then skipping the next 9 hours. You won’t miss anything important and you will get 8 hours of your life back. From then on it starts to pick up speed to a slow crawl

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  • Traceloy
  • 2021-03-19

Great start

This is a great start to a new saga, very good character development and interesting magic system.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-15

awesome book

loved it, when is the next one coming out? the end seemed kinda rushed but was good

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-03-12

Good start, where is the rest?

This books does not end. The narration stop due to lack of text to read, but the story does not reach an acceptable stopping point. This whole first book is just character and world building, and that's about it. I hope the rest of the series provides a satisfying ending to the story.