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Publisher's Summary

Fourteen-year-old Augum and friends Bridget and Leera dream of becoming warlocks. But with a kingdom in total chaos, it will take courage, sacrifice, and an iron will to make that dream come true. The lord of the legion, a vicious tyrant, has overthrown the king in a relentless and murderous quest for seven mythic artifacts - and Augum's mentor, the legendary Anna Atticus Stone, possesses one. While Augum struggles with demons from a painful childhood, a betrayal puts him, his friends, and his mentor through a harrowing ordeal that threatens to destroy them all... and change the course of history.

Arcane, the debut novel in the fantasy adventure series the Arinthian Line, follows three friends as they navigate an ancient, abandoned castle, endure grueling training, challenge old mysteries, and learn that a bond forged in tragedy might just be the only thing to save them from a ruthless enemy.

©2014 Sever Bronny (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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I liked this book.

This is a good book suitable for all ages. The target audience is really for younger audiences, though I'm in my fifties and I enjoyed it. I think that fans of Harry Potter will really like it. It's a little cookie cutter, but still good. The narration was great. I recommend this for young people and those that are young at heart.

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Excellent story

I began reading the second series on Audible without knowing this one existed. I contacted the author to find out if his second book of the second series would soon be on audible. He immediately emailed me back and told me of the first series.

It takes nothing away from this series having read the first book of the other series.

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series you will like these books. These are not so childlike that an adult cannot enjoy them.. I am 57 and enjoy the series very much. There is so much that will happen by the time you get to the second series and you won’t want to put the books down.

The negative reviews I have read here have no merit. People grasping at straws to be negative as they do hiding. Behind a keyboard. They really have no merit.

There is action and danger around every corner but it isn’t a disgusting or scary read.

I am most impressed that this young author Sever Bronny could produce such high quality reading right out of the gate. I am very impressed.

Enjoy.

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So, so book, good voice acting

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The book has a consistent flaw throughout...time. Everything happens quickly...the character shift emotions and concerns at light speed, people...large groups of people, traveling by cart what is impressed as large distances....at some point you just can't ignore these flaws. Thinking back, I think the entire book takes place is less than a week...yet the newbie apprentices are fixing walls, finding lost tunnels with spells. Add to this, that everything is easily fixed with magic...that doesn't seem to have any limits, rules..etc. The only redeeming quality to the book is Stefan Rudnicki. I would recommend holding onto your credits for another book.

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Not incredibly original, but a fun listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yeah it an enjoyable listen

What did you like best about this story?

the flow of the book and way that it gets you interested in what will happen next.

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When I started this book I was like there are 100's of books on this theme, yet I never found myself getting bored, it's a great listen. On to the next one.

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Great parental kinda to why....

killing everyone often really doesn't do any thing, especially when every one is, well..... worth less then a sack of beans... yet we spent so much time on them. Oh the whole good and evil being as black and white just wasn't black or white. Grandma really seemed like a bad guy that you were trying to make good by... actually having morals; yet her Values where clearly not...

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meh

go elswhere if you want a good story

the next book is just awful

bye

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Read the book and had it read to me

as my title says I experienced this book in 2 forms and it is wonderful. if you get a chance I suggest both as well.

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Very entertaining book, with characters that seem almost real.Avery likeable hero and support crew
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This narrator should not do young adult books

I couldn't finish. Mostly it was the story, but the narrator didn't help, over-emphasizing childishness and whining into irritations.

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Start to an excellent story

I’m glad I had the opportunity to read the first book in this series. I hope to locate the sequel soon. Brilliantly written with a twist to a classic plot.

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  • Derek
  • 08-13-21

Brill

I had to lisyen to this Audio book fron start to finish in one go, once i started, the characts are excelent.

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  • Debbie
  • 06-30-19

Could not put it down

Fantastic book the audible version was well read the story line was full of twists and turns. Can’t wait to read the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-20-22

arcane, twists, growing plot and characters

For some reason my listening choices change so what regularly. from one genre's to another though I seem to have become somewhat engaged with these fantasy works by various authors. thankfully this is one of the better one's for me personally the story while not particularly fast paced does enough to keep you engaged.
ill probably listen to the rest of the series over the coming weeks.

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  • Christine
  • 06-18-22

OMG . AMAZING

I absolutely loved this book so much I bought the whole collection. I am waiting for the next book to come out . its a great listen and takes you out of normality . I can not recommend it enough All I can say now is Enjoy . I really loved the whole collection I hope you do too . xxx

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  • Lamb
  • 06-12-22

An enjoyable listen when you’ve got fed up of battle after boring battle.

A bit of a harsh scene in the beginning but turns into a good story. I’ve been listening to a lot of fantasy which even though they are great stories get tied up in one battle after another, one great power which always comes up against another to the point that I start to turn off when yet another impossible victory occurs blah blah. This book may go that way in future books but I just enjoyed the story and will get the next book. As a read/listen it’s good but wouldn’t want to watch it as a movie. Worth it as it’s a freebie !

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  • Chris
  • 04-08-22

It's book for young teenagers.

It should be described as book for children not in general fantasy category.
12 - 15 years old character's conversation way to sophisticated and cheesy. Magic learned in hours ( boring easy) . It's very light and quite overrated story. I wouldn't recommend to my kids, there are much better written books eaven for young teens.
All said story do have potential, just written in such dull way.

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  • LizzieHaigh
  • 03-24-22

A good YA fantasy read

I enjoy YA fantasy a fiction. For the first part of this book I feared it was just for much youngerr readers. I am glad I stuck with it. It turned out to be action packed read with well developed characters . I think fantasy readers of small ages would enjoy.

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  • Gerard Lennon
  • 01-12-22

Children book

Definitely needed an age group specified. Wasted my time and token at 62. Would have rated it differently if I was 9.

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  • Frenchdann0
  • 12-25-21

Enthralling story

Gripping story with wonderful characters, brilliant narration wonderful baritone voice, loving book 1.
Thank you

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  • Boyan
  • 12-19-21

Good narration, weak narrative

I honestly hate bashing on a children's book but here we go.

I am not one of the people who thinks that every single trope should be subverted but hitting every cliche in the book is kind of tiring. The story is chaotic, jumping from one status quo to the next without any rhyme or reason. Just when you think you know what the book is about something facepalm-worthy happens and the story tries to figure out again how it should proceed. Seriously we go from the call to adventure to the crossing the threshold stages five times in this book.

And the weird part is that the MC doesn't have anything to do with it. He doesn't really have an initiative on his own and the driving force behind his actions are usually what he was told to do or the things that happen to him. The reasons we are supposed to like him are not that great either - he is an orphan, he was bullied and he is not a sadist. That last one is apparently really rare in this world for some reason, because there are like 3 characters in the book that are not and one that pretends not to be but clearly is.

The world is a weird mix of a happy-go-lucky children's fantasy and grimdark. At one point a 12 year old girl was about to be raped in this children's book. But a moment later we are once again gushing over "arcanery" and doing household chores with magic. If I had to guess the author wanted to skip over the important first part of a fantasy series where characters are established and the world is set up and to jump straight into the middle of the series where the big important revelations happen and the stakes are raised. The problem is that it is not earned.

I honestly do not think a child will mind that book as much as I do because that is how children work - they rush ahead, skipping over details. A like the main character - good children do what they are told. But great child characters grow gradually and even in their earliest adventures have that streak of rebellion and that initiative that drives them forward.

On the other hand the narration is great - it was kind of baffling at first that a man with such a deep voice does female characters especially children but he manages it. Kudos for that!