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Publisher's Summary

It has been thousands of years since beast-kind were united under one banner. The empire encompasses most of the known world, driving out or enslaving the lesser races without mercy. In a state of constant war and conquest, they have perfected the art of battle.

For commoner wolf-kind Valian, being accepted and trained in a noble house's army was a dream come true. Without wealth or a family, it was his best shot at attaining honor and glory. Until fate intervened.

When, on his graduation day, Valian discovers he's descended from an ancient and long-thought-extinct line, everything changes. Now, he'll have to come to terms with his newfound strength while joining a world he has never known. If the threat of his fellow beast-kind wasn't enough, a new danger has awoken on the empire's eastern border.

If Valian doesn't rise to the occasion, more than just his own life may be lost.

Fans of Throne of Glass and Sword of Truth will enjoy the dynamic combination of magic and action in Evans’ new series, Alpha Rising. Dark Wolf's Awakening is the debut novel in the fast-paced epic fantasy series that introduces listeners to a savage world ruled by shape-shifters and the beast within.

©2018 Ryan Evans (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Not sure why so many people like this one

Lots of new authors seem to be falling into bad habits like Mr. Evans has here.

Before the negative here is several positives
1. Interesting concept with the beast-kin thing. It seems like it could be something that could have turned into something really interesting
2. A few moments where the writing wasn't too bad. What I mean by this is some of the sentences are things people might actually say. I know that sounds like I am criticizing it and I am, but I think some of things he has the character's say are pretty good.

Alright, bad stuff. . .
1. So so soooo soooo much telling and ALMOST no showing. like every scene he just tells us what happened. "She talked about her past," what did she say? That could have been an awesome character building scene. There are so many moments where he just tells us something happened and we have are not able to draw our own conclusions.

2. This may be too harsh, but using words like appears, or he obviously was, things like that sorta tell us about how this person appeared to be. "The tension appeared to leave" Why say that? It is lazy, you could have said my shoulders relaxed and I could see a hesitant smile creeping across my best friends face. Man, I got to see that instead of hearing about it. I am ranting, but this is actually what it is like.

3. One thing I really think was the most lazy thing the author could have done in this book was where this book started. So much story was not seen and character building just wasn't there, then suddenly he completely changes? What is that about? A present one moment and king of the world the next??????? Why would you do that? A continual rule for any MC is that as an author you have the duty to beat the crap out of them and have them come back over and over and fail most of the time, but when they succeed it's awesome. You can do it the other way, where they basically can't fail, like a one punch man or something, but even in that they fail. It makes for a boring story when they get everything and nothing goes wrong and they have to think for a moment and figure something out. It is lazy.

I have more, but I think I should stop. Keep the credit, or don't and feel my pain.

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oh you suck

Great first book and was thinking of stopping instead of listening to the preview. I should have done that but instead I listened and now emotions are running and I really want to finish book two but no it's not out yet. This is going to suck waiting for it's release.

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Surprised!

The story started off interesting and ramped up into something really fun and action packed, and made me root for the MC.

The one thing I think some won't like, even though I did, is the OP Marty Sue nature of the MC.

Great performance on the audio side of things! I'll be looking for more of his work.

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Very Good

It's very good. Now to fill out the minimum 15 words so I can leave.

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Young Beastkin battles his world and himself

This was a really solid tale of one young orphan's struggle in a society of beastkin, were-creatures, as he discovers he's from a long lost family line known and feared for their strength and brutality. The newly awakened powers and emotions that he now has to deal with along with the political baggage of being from an extinct line of rulers whom opposed the current rulers, created an excellent backdrop to this story of an entry of an unsuspecting hero into the ruling class of society all the while the kingdom faces a new threat that may well be as much from within as from without.

This universe seems well thought out and developed, with many moving pieces and solid action. I enjoyed it a lot and even re-read the book in anticipation of the sequel. It was just as enjoyable the second time through which is high praise coming from me.

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Too Easy!

I enjoyed the story, but felt it was a little rushed. The MC seemed to jump from rags to riches too soon with little effort.
Maybe this would have been possible or even plausible in the society he inhabited. Had we know a little more of his background, abilities and the culture of beast kind this may have been more believable.
Such a shame because the premise for the story was really interesting and intriguing.
Having said all that I am still considering purchasing the second book in the series hoping it will go into more depth.

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Good one

i was pleasantly surprised with this one its a new spin tp the normal beastkin stories and can't wait for the next book

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awesome

loved it, if you a fan of werewolves or lycanthropy definitely check it out.

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This is a surprisingly underrated book

I normally don’t rate books but I felt this one deserved it, both the story and the narration where excellent.
Enough intrigue to make you think and action to keep you interested. Truly one of the most enjoyable I have listened to.

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well written and told..

loved this story! can't wait to hear more from this authors worls.. the reader was great good job

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  • Rebecca J Edwards
  • 06-09-22

good listen and story

came across this by chance and really enjoyed it. a good zero to hero style with the coldness of reality and the hard decisions and struggles all combined. would recommend. plenty of fighting and strategic plots involved.

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  • D. A. Ellis
  • 06-07-22

Very entertaining

I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to the next book. The narrator makes it believable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-22

Just awesome

listened to this book for free due to my audible subscription and had to buy the 2nd.
Awesome story, great characters and divine fantazy world.

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  • Moi
  • 05-30-22

Impressed

The narrator, although monotone, absolutely NAILS this well written, no nonsense character!! I really enjoyed this book. Will definitely read the next!

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  • Kim Steele
  • 05-25-22

Kept me enthralled throughout

Really enjoyed the intriguing storyline, great pace and can't wait to read next installment

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  • francina moulder
  • 05-19-22

Brilliant

I really enjoyed the story line. The book is written nicely, at a reasonable pass.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-29-22

First excellent plus catalogue book I’ve found

A very well written book with a pretty original magic system and great narration. Kept me interested throughout. I’ve already bought the second audiobook.

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  • Louis
  • 04-16-22

Good read, listen. interesting magical system

Loved the clarity, good narrator good character creations one thing I enjoy is a story that flows naturally and this one does it brilliantly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-22

Interesting and different but for the right reason

This starts out with the hope recruit hoping to make a great impression on the high ups of society. With a well thought out plot, this slight twist on hybrid transformation / Lycan traits to pull off something quite special.
my only criticism is that the author can repeat descriptions on a rather regular basis. this does grow tiresome.
The audo was well read and kept a steady pace and portraited characters well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-22

very intriguing.

I have now done 3 sessions of listening. I just can't stop..it is calming and intriguing at the same time

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-23-20

Love love love it

Absolutely loved this book! And can't wait for the next one to come out! 😍

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  • Liv
  • 06-19-22

Overview

I feel like this book had a lot of potential to be really good and captivating. However the lack of personality and emotions displayed by the main character don’t allow you to be fully enveloped by the book. The story line is great, with a lot of action and political components, however the main characters connection to those around him stays somewhat the same throughout the story. This doesn’t allow you to see the growth of interpersonal relations with other characters which in my opinion helps create a very thrilling story when coupled with a great plot. Overall great to listen too when you want something fast paced and exciting, but if you are looking for a story line with great character connections, this isn’t your type of book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-22

Good story

Whilst I really liked the story fast paced and full of action. In my opinion a better narrator would be so much better. I want to hear the emotions. I really liked the characters. I do love a beast inside type of story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-22

Great

I really enjoyed this, one of those books with a classic trope of the orphan turned strong noble but done well 😊, female characters are (mostly) portrayed as strong and (mostly) don’t only appear for sexual tension.

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  • Boris
  • 04-28-22

Great and refreshing story packed with action

if you like movie Underworld, then you will love this book. there is no slow start, story kicks in high gear from the first moments and wraps you fully. great story, interesting and unusual plot with amazing action of werewolves/other beast men