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Publisher's Summary

Knowledge is power. Knowledge is safety. Knowledge is happiness. But only if you can act on it....

In spite of his best efforts, 16-year-old Taryn is an outcast. No one in the city will sully themselves by associating with a Clanless, and without someone to jump-start his Eco core, he’s unable to fulfill his dream of walking the path of a cultivator. However, his life is turned upside down when he finds a journal belonging to an ancient immortal known only as “the Mourner”.

The journal was enchanted to pass along the memories and knowledge of the old cultivator to their successor. Taryn is ecstatic, as he suddenly has an abundance of knowledge at his fingertips.... Unfortunately, he’s unable to make use of that knowledge without Eco. And the Mourner's spirit has begun showing Taryn visions of a possible future—one where his home is destroyed and the only family he knows dies before his eyes.

There’s only one way to prevent this future from coming to pass. The journey will either force him to surpass those who once mistreated him or end in his death, and not even the Mourner has the knowledge of which outcome it will be....

From Kenneth Arant, best-selling author of the Snake’s Life series, comes a brand-new cultivation adventure perfect for fans of xianxia, demon beasts, and mystic martial arts of all types.

©2022 Shadow Alley Press Inc (P)2022 Shadow Alley Press Inc

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Really good half of a book. Bulls**t, abrupt ending.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of this book. Unfortunately, the second half is not included in this volume. The ending of this book is spliced into the story with no attempt to make it work with the pacing or particulars of the plot.

It’s like Arant was writing a persuasive essay assignment for English class 20 minutes before it was due and when the bell rang he just stopped in the middle of the third paragraph and wrote one more sentence that began with, “In conclusion,…”

I am a big fan of this author’s other series, but with this audiobook I am very concerned that Arant is taking a page from authors like Eric Ugland (Good Guys series) among several others.

I’ve stopped buying Ugland’s audiobooks because he or his publisher have decided to release his work in approximately 8 hour chunks. Having nothing to do with the pacing of the story or the actual plot, these “books” are clumsily edited into snippets of the story for the obvious purpose of milking credits out of their listeners.

I don’t know much about the economics of e-books/audiobooks. It may be that there is serious financial pressure on authors and publishers to keep audiobooks to an 8 hour per credit ratio. If this is the case, I can understand that some adjustments might need to be made…

I have to say though that dealing with it in this fashion is a serious turn-off and I will not waste my time and money listening to books that have been hacked into serials. Either write a serial in the first place, or come up with a method to monetize audiobooks in a way that doesn’t insult the listeners’ intelligence.

For a very good, 18-hour audiobook I’d be more than willing to spend 2 credits rather than having the book turned into 2 or 3, clumsily hacked-up, and frustrating chunks.

But before we go there I feel the need to note that there are probably 8 or 9 authors releasing 12 to 23 hour audiobooks for every 1 author who is chopping their books up like this… and the authors who aren’t editing their series with a machete are more likely to be new and/or underground authors than the more established authors with bigger names… which makes me feel a lot less inclined to pay more.

At the very least, I’d rather authors just title the books “Part 1” and “Part 2” and skip the half-as$ed, middle endings, so those of us who don’t want to listen to half a book at a time can just wait until both parts are released.

I love your writing Kenneth Arant, but I’m pretty disappointed with the fishy smell on the tail of this book.


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Not bad...

this book is good. but instead of going over the cons first I have some personal complaints. I don't the troupe of most cultivation books where the Mc finds a girl and falls in love with her for the entire series, but this is basically exactly what happens. then the girl just follows him, honestly I don't really like romance in story's but if your gonna add some make it good. then he also has this entire 4000 years of knowledge in his head and still loses basically every fight he gets into. if your gonna give your mc a awesome boon don't make it to where he doesn't use it properly, it's like if you make your mc overpowered but actively try and make him weaker. those are really all my personal complaints. let's get into the cons. they don't explain the cultivation system, this happens in most cultivation books. they never explain how cultivation works, I personally didn't know where the Mc was in cultivation or how he could advance in his cultivation. I already said something like this but does the girl like him or not? I don't get it. I honestly don't even know if the mc still "loves" her, but like I said the girl and her brother end up following him and I don't get why the mc even let's them, for the whole book there was basically no conversation between them and now there just following him?. but besides that this book feels like a good cultivation series. the world building just isn't there. character progression is tho, I feel like he matured through out the series. I wish there was more fighting, but when there was it was honestly very detailed. those are really all the cons I can think of.

the pros are as put here. the characters especially the ones that were actually active throughout the story are really cool, I like the grandma and the mc. the others aren't as good. the information he has in his head could be used way better but I like the idea. It was executed kinda poorly but it was still good. this book kinda reminds me of the first book of cradle. I do feel like the second addition to this series will be 100 percent times better then this one.

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first chapter of amazing everything else is garbag

after about three chapters the main character is no longer the main character don't waste your money

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sorry but..not worth the credit

was sadly boring. both the naration and story were bad. the narration was bland and droning. worse the bill stein...narrating the dictionary

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Really good! But short.

It was really enjoyable. I love cultivation novels and this one is no exception, but it was a bit short for my taste. I will likely grab the next book though when it comes out lol. I also just cannot pass up a good narration from Travis Baldree, as usual he breathes life into the characters and gives them a unique voice to relate.

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A great story

I really liked how they gave the main character knowledge without making him instantly overpowered.
I am excited for the next book.

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Awesome

I really enjoyed this Book and it is very well written. The performance by Travis Baldree was amazing as always.

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not too entertaining

not a exciting one here. very predictable and if there was more book to listen to perhaps the author could punch it up a bit.

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it's good

This is a very solid book. it you have enjoyed this authors other works there's a good chance you'll enjoy this one. to everyone complaining about the abrupt ending, stop it. It is not even that abrupt of an ending. plus this is book one, everything isn't going to be wrapped up perfectly at the end of book one, be patient and wait for book two good grief. second for those complaining about the length, not every author can pump out 1000 page epics, there are plenty if books in the 8 to 10 hour range. the Cradle series by Will Wright has a good chunk of the books around that range and that series is fantastic.
so get this book and help support a good author

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Fantastic Story.

Loved every bit of this book. Great characters. This was an awsome volume one. Can't wait for the next volume. Narrator was amazing .

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  • 06-19-22

Very average

I struggled a lot with this book. Slow pacing, poor attempts at humour and little interest in the character. There are much better stories out there in this genre.