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The Rebel Mages

A 2-in-1 Collection
Written by: Laurie Forest
Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
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Journey to the magical world of Erthia in these two exciting prequels to The Black Witch by critically acclaimed author Laurie Forest.

Wandfasted

Twenty years before Elloren Gardner enrolled at the illustrious Verpax University, Erthia was rent asunder during the devastating Realm War. When Tessla Harrow is driven from her home by the fighting, she discovers a depth of power she never knew she had...and an irresistible draw toward Vale Gardner, the son of the most powerful mage her people have ever known - the Black Witch.

Light Mage

Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself...a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

©2019 Laurie Forest (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited
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  • Valerie
  • 2019-10-28

Two novellas in one book!

It seems like some bought the book without reading that this book is a combination of Laurie Forest’s novellas, Wandfasted and Light Mage. (Tip: Instead of giving it negative reviews for not realizing it beforehand, you can just return it and get your credit back).

Wandfasted
This story is of Elloren’s parents and how they came together. Their love story doesn’t start out with fireworks but it’s not long after that Vale captures your heart and you’ll be wishing you were Tessla. Lol, but seriously... I was captivated by their story and the romance that evolved. I wanted so much more of this story. We go into this already knowing their fate, as it’s noted many times in The Black Witch but it doesn’t get that far in Wandfasted. We only know about their relationship up until they become parents. I would have loved to have known their journey through parenthood and their involvement in the Realm War though.

Regardless, it’s so heartwarming to know that Elloren takes after her parents in so many ways. We also find out a little about Aunt Vivianne. Out of the two novellas in this book, this was by far my favorite. I loved it so much!

Light Mage
This story is told through Sage Gaffney’s point of view. We find out why she breaks her Wandfasting to Tobias and flees from the Gardnarian’s all together. We learn about her pregnancy and romantic relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this story as well. It gave us even more insight on the Gardnarian’s and how cruel they were. I hope to hear more of Sage and her journey throughout the rest of the series to come.

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I have fallen in love with this series. I’ve finished the books and have thought about them constantly ever since. Not many books have that effect on me and when they do, I know it’s a damn good read! I am so excited for the rest of this series and I highly recommend to anyone and everyone who enjoys fantasy. Laurie is an extremely talented author and she deserves all the praise.

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  • A. B.
  • 2019-03-30

A Rip Off

This is just a compilation of two of the books in this series that I have purchased and read. No need to use a credit on this book. This should have been made clear before I pre-ordered and waited impatiently for the newest addition. I was so let down to find out it was not new. I don't understand why the author would do this and why audible books would allow it.

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  • LCSMD
  • 2019-03-31

Beware

This is just Wandfasted and Light Mage in one. Nothing new. Am going to try to return to get back a wasted credit since I have already listened to the other two books. Agree with a previous review that this is just a rip off!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-14

Worst narrator I've EVER heard<br />

I really enjoyed the other books in the series, so I was excited about this one, but I cant get through it because the narrator's voice is so unbearable. My husband asked me to wait until he's not home to listen to it without headphones, because her voice is so shrill and annoying. holy crap. I skipped through some sections (especially her "little brother" voice) because the sound was like nails on a chalkboard. I'm actually in awe of how horrible it is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-26

Two great stories

Two great stories, that add a lot of background information. should have a higher star rating but people didn't read the summary and reviews before the got it and they are mad about it. the stories are good though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-18

Great story miss leading

I was looking forward to this for some time I ore ordered excited to see was was next. I had already bought wand fasted and light mage. It was very disappointing to find this was not a new book. It’s just a combination of light mage and wand fasted I feel that should have been more clear.

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  • Greg Ward
  • 2020-04-13

Good stories but awful narrations.

why is it that producers try to fix what isn't broken? The narrator (Whelan) from Black Witch and Iron Flower did a superb job of bringing both the world and protagonist to life. So, why did they change to these terrible narrators for this novella?

The narrator they used for wand fasted was so bad that I had to lower the speed to .90. she whines, she cries, she turns statements into questions ("I'm Ron Burgandy?") in such a way that is jarring and abrasive.

At first it was a relief when I finished Wand Fasted and the narrator changed but it soon became apparent that this was a marginally better performance at best. once again, the weird statement into question, bad pacing, and whining.

The stories were good enough to bear the poor performance. Hang in there. It is worth it.

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  • CV
  • 2020-04-09

eh....

I fiercely loved the black witch and the iron flower, And I was really excited to read sages back story but honestly it felt kind of pointless. I didn't really give me any more information than what she had already told us in the main series of books. I get that these were optional but still they published it. As far as performance goes the voice Actor for the 1st book was a little grating on the ears. There were with these moments where she would speak like a little kid and it was not good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-22

Two Books in 1, two narrators, great story!

Let me start with the reason I'm writing the reviews - the narrators. One is perfectly pleasant, one was just plain painful to listen to. While I'm glad I got the "two for one" in this book from a value perspective, it's unfortunate I can't review the narrators separately.

The woman who narrated Wandfasted was not up to the quality of what I expect from Audible. Her narration reminded me of some of the worst scenes in Twilight where Kristin Stewart was so obviously flat "What is going on?" (if you're a fan, you'll remember.) And the screechy, whiny tone of the little brother? Oh my goodness....If it weren't for my fascination with the world that Laurie Forest has built, I would have abandoned this book after 5 minutes. Thank goodness I listened to this AFTER The Black Witch. The woman who narrated The Light Mage is perfectly pleasant, handled the various accents well and I've enjoyed listening - thank goodness for you, ma'am!

The stories themselves, and the whole series in general has a lot of promise. The author has obviously put a lot of time into creating a world that is rich in history, religion, magic and races. She has so very many directions she can go with her stories, I hope she keeps this series going for several more books - how did her parents die? How did the Black Witch come to be? Lots of potential here and I can't wait to read more.

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  • Holly
  • 2020-01-13

Essential listening in the Black Witch series

Wandfasted: An excellent prequel to the Black Witch Chronicles, which I highly recommend. It kept getting better and better. The anxiety of the opening was a bit much for me, but I understand completely why it was there. The author does an outstanding job of demonstrating the horrors of prejudice, xenophobia, racism and sexism, without beating it over our heads and enveloped in a fantastic story.

Light Mage: Exceptional...I normally am cautious about novellas and have lowered expectations for prequels...but this is simply superb and essential reading in the Black Witch Chronicles, following book one. What a talented writer! And the narrator of the Audible recording is superb. I love reading about this world Laurie Forest has created.