Ascendant: Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx. The Wizard's Council didn't tell young Koren, because they know what is best for him. Even after their silent deception destroys his life.
Crown Princess Ariana Trehayme will become queen of Tarador on her 16th birthday, if her weak, indecisive mother the Regent hasn't allowed their ancient enemy to conquer Tarador before then. Ariana wants her royal army to strike at the enemy, but her mother knows what is best for her, and the realm.Together, Ariana and Koren can save Tarador, if the adults, who know best, will get out of their way.
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|Listening Length||17 hours and 23 minutes|
|Narrator||Tim Gerard Reynolds|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 31, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,080 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#191 in Teen & Young Adult (Audible Books & Originals)
#965 in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy
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In all, the book is a fun read. I found it difficult to put down, once the story hit its paces. It's not a literary masterpiece, which is why I didn't give it 5 stars. I plan on continuing to read the series as it is well done.
I also found the omniscient narrator to be distracting and confusing as it would dip into the thoughts of different characters seemingly randomly at times. Since a lot of the plot was about misunderstandings and half-truths, this had the benefit of giving us different characters' perspectives, but also struck me as weird. I guess I'm just so used to a limited third person that it felt out of place.
Overall, it was a good start. It feels very different from Alanson's other series, where it is his humor that really shines through. It was good to see the versatility in his writing style.
This is nothing like that series in any way. There's no humor at all.
It's a formulaic fantasy series. The young hero whines his way through every scene. Literally middle of battle scene enemy "almost upon him" and it goes into 5 minutes of whining self doubt that's EXACTLY THE SAME whining as the last 10 times. Hit fast forward, still whining. Never learns anything or works for anything.
There's not a single likable character. Every plot exposition is repeated back and forth in tedious plodding filler discussions with the same dialog appearing 5-6 times per discussion.
I seriously doubt Craig Alanson wrote this, smells like a ghost writer.
All the 5 star reviews must be from his reading list or something. It's probably the most tedious fantasy I've ever listed to.
I first read Craig Alanson is his world of Skippy the Magnificent. Hilarious story and he has now proven truly an excellent author able to creat a great storyline in both Sifi and Fantasy.
My message to you editor is simple, “Keep Mr. Alanson employed and his Butt in the chair so he can create the next installment!” I and now my wife anxiously await the next installment!!
If you like a great story about a young man that doesn't have the slightest idea how special he actually is....then get this book now and enjoy.
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I'm not sure if this story is far in the future after civilisation has collasped and is rising again or if its a parallel universe either way it's a well writen, well imagined story.
Read it, its quite "unputdownable".
Koren loses everything because of his magic, only thing is Koren doesn't realise he is a magician. It is decided that he is too young to be told about his magical abilities.