• Amber Magic

  • Haven Series, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Amber Magic

By: B. V. Larson
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
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Publisher's Summary

The humans have no magic and are hunted for sport, but that is about to change. War is coming....

The Sun Dragon spawned nine lesser dragons which devoured their parent for the power the elder possessed. These young dragons fought for choice bits of the Sun Dragon, but each only managed to eat a portion, thus giving them specific powers. Over time, these foul dragons were hunted down and slain by heroes of old. When each body rotted away, nothing remained save for nine Jewels - each the lens of a dragon's left eye. These Nine Eyes, or Jewels, form the basis for all magic in the world.

The Haven Series is a fantasy epic about the Nine Jewels of Power, each of which represents a different form of magic. The Red Jewel, known as Sang, gives the wielder power over Blood Magic. The Blue, named Lavatis, can call the Rainbow and rules the Sky. Amber Magic is a short introductory book in this epic series of fantasy novels by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Not Undying Mercenaries Thats for sure

What did you like best about Amber Magic? What did you like least?

I liked the characters, I liked the story. I didn't like the way it ended. It seemed cut off and only half finished.

If you’ve listened to books by B. V. Larson before, how does this one compare?

The other books I've listened to were full of action, and adventure. This one seemed to move very slowly and almost nothing happened.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing. I like the way he reads.

Was Amber Magic worth the listening time?

Everything from B.V. Larson is worth listening to (At least once). I've listened to his other series Undying Mercenaries and Star Force. I enjoyed them greatly. Enjoyed so much that I thought I would follow him from the Sci-Fi worlds and try his Fantasy worlds. Though I'm a huge Fantasy fan as well, I'll probably just finish the Haven series and go back to his Sci-Fi stuff. I'll look to other authors for my Fantasy fix.

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Elves, goblins, godkins and a bad moon rising

With the story sporting both B.V. Larson and Mark Boyett, I've wanted to purchase this novel for close to a year but kept putting it off hoping that the following books in the series would eventually also be offered in the Whispersync format. I decided not to wait any longer and purchased this first in the Haven series.

Most of the novel seems to be backstory for the follow-on series but, even so, it was interesting learning about all the various characters that inhabit this realm.

I look forward to book 2; hopefully, in Whispersync format by the time I'm ready.

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just rubbish

just rubbish, no idea what the author was thinking. this book is all over the map.

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Boring kept hoping it would get better

Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

I really enjoy his Star Force series

What aspect of Mark Boyett’s performance would you have changed?

Performance was fine but did not like the book

Any additional comments?

I found the book boring, I do like his Star Force series.

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definitely gaps

overall I like the story. larson is a great author but..lacks meat, the central storyline floats a bit

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I usually love B.V. Larson but...

...apparently he should stick to sci-fi. This one was so boring I couldn't finish it. Good narrator though.

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Short and non memorable

Of late the books I have been listening too are either poor written, poorly read, or just not great.

This is another weak attempt at a series.

Riyria series’s one of the first I listened on audible so maybe expectations are too high.

But this was not worth a listen.

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great book, interesting characters

I liked the characters and am looking forward to reading the next book. the reader is really good.

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Decent Story, Narcoleptic Narrator

What did you like best about Amber Magic? What did you like least?

This story showed a lot of potential. I'm going to get the next book in the series. That having been said, the story takes way too long to get rolling. You basically don't get to the point of the plot until at least half the way through. This is not helped by the nature of the narrator's voice. He was putting me to sleep, it was a struggle. He had a decent variance in voice from character to character, but the delivery was that of a bedtime story. Seriously, it was delivered exactly the way I used to read stories to my nieces to get them to go to sleep.

If you’ve listened to books by B. V. Larson before, how does this one compare?

This is the first of B. V. Larson's work that I have listened to. I have several of the sci-fi end of their writing in my libray, but I went with this one first.

How could the performance have been better?

More energy in the narrator's voice.

Was Amber Magic worth the listening time?

Yes. This is a pretty short book and it did eventually capture my interest, but that took most of the book to happen.

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Slow start but a fantastic story!

Great read! Love the characters and the story. At first a bit slow but a gripping story well painted by both Author and Narrator.

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  • Alan
  • 05-02-19

very ordinary

this is the most disappointing book I have listened to.

kudos to the production team but there is only so much you can do when the story is non-existant