• Azyl Academy

  • Elemental Gatherers, Book 1
  • By: Chris Vines
  • Narrated by: Kristian Eros
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (288 ratings)

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Azyl Academy

By: Chris Vines
Narrated by: Kristian Eros
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Publisher's Summary

"You have chosen and been chosen. Grow stronger and save my world."

Just one semester until graduation, and I died saving a little girl. This wasn't the end, though, as a deity chose me to save another world.  

I woke up in the body of Kupiec Aiden, in a world where magic was real. Unfortunately, unlike many isekai novels I've read, I retained none of his memories, and had to learn everything. His family took me in, and I recovered from his sickness before learning about magic, or Aether as they called it.  

I discovered that I had immense innate talent in Aether Gathering, and was offered a scholarship to attend Azyl Academy, the city's premier institution. Where do I fit in this world, and how am I going to be key to saving it?

©2019 Chris Vines (P)2020 Chris Vines

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fantastic story

the story and performance are great. the gist of the story is an airforce cadet dies saving a kid only to die and wake up speaking to a god and what follows is an isekai cultivation journey.

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Odd ending point

The book ended at an odd spot and didn’t have much more than a foundational story line. I’m going to read the next book vs listening because it is short and I’m not sure about investing more $ at this point. I hope it develops and maybe a new narrator at some point if it does?

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A very long tutorial.

has potential. this one was long winded and slow. I'll probably give the second book a shot. but unless side characters get more rounded out i won't continue past that.

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not particularly good

honestly just not a particularly interesting story. honestly I almost stopped listening in the first 5 minutes. it's pretty obvious from the prologue that the characters are paper thin and pretty unbelievable, and the plot is pretty cliche for Isekai / portal type stories. MC dies doing something heroic? Check. Mysterious deity gives him a chance to reincarnate in another world with magic? check. MC is given exceptional abilities and doesn't particularly have to work for anything? check. paper thin cliche rich spoiled noble set up to be the antagonist so the mc can be the good guy and stand up to him? check. I've read or watched this same setup a hundred times between fantasy novels, anime, and manwha. stuck with it until half way through or so and can't say I have any desire to finish it.

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Great story and told well.

It may be considered a good story for a younger audience but as an middle aged adult, I found it enjoyable too. I was very happy to find the narration was done well. I hope the next books in this series will be put on Audible as well.

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Highly enjoyable

What can I say? I enjoyed the book. A lot of people will comment that there are a bunch of stereotypes for this genre of book but I still enjoy them is something I look forward to.

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Stupidly overpowered MC Issekai #forgetable

Look I get that it has all been done before and the Issekai genre is saturated right now and has been for a while. the MC dies in his Earth body by getting hit by a truck while saving a girl. (Like Issekai hasn't done that before) Then uses his Earth knowledgeto innovate his new family's business. (never been done) Then goes to get magically tested to find out he has more maridians then modern theory even knew about. As well as his traits are so many and high ranked he is pretty much a god among mortals. (Overpowered MC at absurd levels) Attends a magic academy where the high class bullies him because they are threatened by him. (This is in every media where there is an academy so I don't fault you for this) However reading or listening to this you get the sense that the author was in a rush to get to the parts of the book he wanted to write. Who cares which direction the MC is reading book titles on a book shelf do some world building or character development. Ascendance of a Bookworm made me care about the MC, her family, her goals, and her new world. The narrator brought this book back from a 1 star to a 3 so I'll try to complete the book before my final review. I'll update this in a few days.

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a taste of air force; a feast of cultivation

I like how the best of Air Force-like behavior is manifested in the main characters attitude and personal discipline. If you're looking for action, this isn't your prime piece, but it does have a lot of creative ideas, story progression, and description of cultivation. Also, concepts sound reasonable, rather than hollow, preachy doctrination. Despite "He Who Fights with Monsters" being very preachy, this and that book series are very reasonable, while many are lacking such good sense in this genre.

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Nothing new & lacking in many areas

This book is a generic Isakai cultivation novel which is okay with me but it seemed poorly executed. One of the biggest problems is there is no story. This is a day to day life of going to school and leveling up. And by levels I really mean opening up meridians, one after another, and the main character gathering energy through meditation. This is how it feels: I meditate, I level up. I take a pill, I level up. I put a stone to my head and become knowledgeable. I brush my teeth..I eat some food..I take a shower..I run a lap. There is no struggle.. There is no story. There is very little conflict for most of this book and when there is it is short.

The characters feel hollow. They lack backstory and the interactions felt dull. The MC seems to be monologging a lot of thoughts in his head. I think some of it is supposed to be humorous but fell short for me in its presentation. And it doesn't feel like the MC lets much personality show. Some of this may have to do with the narrator because these characters don't come alive for me. The narrator does manage to pull off some different voices so he isn't the worst I have seen.. but something is missing here too. Overall, there seems to be a lot of missed opportunities in this novel. Maybe the problem is there is a lot of telling and not showing. However, I do believe this series has potential. The author just needs a little guidance.

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Best school in a book I’ve read

I’ve read many books that involve a school but they usually have the teachers hating/loving the MC for no reason. The higher class (nobles or upperclassmen) also bully people and the teachers do nothing or just don’t check into it. But this book makes me feel that all people are treated fairly and all get help when asked in this school.

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  • ben
  • 10-15-22

Not for me.

The guy is just to nice, honestly I couldn't get past 2/3 hours before checking to see if it changed by the next book. I just found it hard to keep my mind on and started looking for other books.
the book seems well written but if I had to guess its the type of book where he kills someone and later on wines about it for half a book. some people might enjoy that but I like action.