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Reidon Ward will become a god.

He doesn't know it yet, of course. Reidon was born weak, sickly, and small. Afflicted with a painful disease and abandoned by his parents because of it, he has had to fight tooth and nail for every minor advantage life has allowed him.

However, his perseverance has not gone unnoticed, and when the most powerful artificial intelligence in human history takes an interest in him, things began to change quickly. Granted a CAD - a Combat Assistance Device - with awful specs but an infinite potential for growth, Reidon finds himself at the bottom of his class at the Galens Institute, one of the top military academies in the Collective. Along with his best friend, Viviana Arada, Reidon will have to start his long climb through the school rankings and on to the combat tournament circuits that have become humanity's greatest source of excitement and entertainment.

So begins the rise of a god. So begins the ascent of the Stormweaver.

©2020 Wraithmarked Creative (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Best book I've heard all year!!

I could not recommend this more if I tried. My only gripe is that I read it when it came out and now I have to wait until winter for book 2.

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I love the book, but it's too long

The world building, "magic system" and character development are all really well done. Cannot be denied.

The first time I read this book, I could not put it down. I was completely enthralled. I was hoping I would enjoy it just as much 2nd time around in audio form, but I found myself not having patience to sit through it all.

What comes across in the 2nd read, or listen in this case ...is that there are a lot of sections that you can skip through without really missing anything important storywise.

So I guess, my only complaint is that the book can be long-winded at times ...and even that isn't as big an issue on the 1st read/listen. On 2nd listen tho, and I recognize that this is nitpicking because I wanted the book to be a timeless classic that I could go back and enjoy over and over again, I feel like it's too long. Details are over-explained, and honestly there's a lot of fluff in there.
I honestly believe that the book would be better if it were pared down.

That said, I would still highly recommend this book to anyone into progression fantasy. It's a super creative interpretation of the genre, and I am very much looking forward to book 2.

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Fantastic story, killer narration

I read this in paper copy. Stayed up all night to finish it, it was that good. 6 months later, I listened to the audiobook. Even though I knew what was going to happen, I still couldn't stop listening.

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EXCELLENT BOOK, GREAT LISTEN!!!

VERY ENGAGING AND DETAILED BOOK, I COULD NOT STOP LISTENING! EXCELLENT JOB BY LUKE AS ALWAYS. I AGREE WITH OTHER REVIEWER...IT WILL BE A LONG WAIT FOR BOOK 2!

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A GREAT book with unique take on sci-fi fantasy.

Between O'Connor, Chmilienko, and Daniels. This book has the best making I've read in a while. 3 great artists. One very great book that is a little outside the norm.
The gamelit aspects are a different spectrum from the normal leveling.
The fantasy tech suits are a nice highlight for the story.
And lastly the story itself has a good bit of uniqueness that doesn't deprive the story of any action drama or mystery.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi fantasy, but don't expect much magic in the normal sense though. I feel that the magic like portions of the story will ramp up more in the second book.

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Not very interesting.

Imagine "Super Powereds" with no depth and no interesting characters. Just listen to Super Powereds instead.

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Get it, you wont be dissapointed.

This is one damn good book, one of the best credits spent in a long time.

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amazing

I just finished it and want the 2nd one to b out cant wait to find out what happens next

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Speechless

This is what I wake up to hear. This book is awesome and makes me feel it deserved full price over a credit. Definitely one of the best credits ever spent. Can't wait for book 2.

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Too long

The main story is decent. Some light lit RPG + growth in a school setting focused on battles. However the book is far too long. It gets boring as you just get repetitive training and fights which summarizes the whole book. Moreover the fights are all in the simulated arenas so nothing is at risk. Towards the end of the book I just listened to it a 2.0X speed to just get it over with. I have no plans to get the next in the series.

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  • Louise
  • 04-16-21

Can’t wait for the next book

I bought the book on a whim, expecting it to be the same as all the other power levelling fantasys out there. Where the main character/s grow so exponentially and quickly that they become overpowered within the first 20 chapters, however the slow progression in levels aptly conveys the hard work that the characters put in coupled with the suspension before anticipated reveals each battle and moment feels weighty. Inspite of the world building and and balanced power system, the authors have obviously put in a lot of effort into each character. With even the background characters having substance and depth, making you genuinely care about the characters and their relations.

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  • alistair samson
  • 04-16-21

So much fun

Ok I’ll start the 1st 2 minutes I was pretty concerned I had wasted a credit, thought I’d give it a punt though,
After the prologue it was great 30 hours of great listening, I enjoyed the characters and there interaction, there’s some bits that I didn’t like there’s a bit to much repetition of certain phrases, but not enough to spoil it, overall a 👍🏻

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  • jon
  • 05-23-21

Very very good

If you follow Anime, you may have read/watch An irregular at magic high school. Technology and Story is very close in this book. I'd be surprised if the writer hadn't come across the series.
It is a very good book, great characters and lots of action. Highly recommended

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  • S. wootton
  • 05-09-21

brilliant!

love the book couldn't put it down can't wait for the next ones if there as good as this the misses is going to be in a real mood with me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-14-21

A great first entry

Other reviewers have already said it, but this is pretty great book for the genre, with plenty of action but not excessively so. The writing quality is decent and you get value for your credit, I'd also so say there's minimal filler.

The characters a well rounded, the skill progression reasonable and consistent. Established rules and expectations are followed. There are unexpected twists and turns but this don't rely on the characters being irrational or rule braking. If rules are broken, the reasoning is well established and act as an evolution, in stead of braking your emersion.

some of the characters are exceptionally hard headed, but then again you often get that with exceptional people. A very minor critique, a touch more romance between the main characters might have been nice, as it's minimal at best, but it does seem natural and well written. Choosing between minimal or excessive though, I'd take the minimalist approach every time.

Oh and the narrations pretty great too, as it seems well suited to this type of story and character's.

So far so good, I look forward to the next one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-21

Two words: To Short.

Considering that this is a 33 hour long book, I stand by what I said in the title of this review. It's to short!!!

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  • Grant
  • 05-04-21

Wow

Loved this book from start to finish, love the compariaon to Cradle as I had the same excitement regarding the main characters growth. The narration is great Luke does an amazing job. I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in progression fantasy.

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  • logan
  • 04-21-21

A welcome find

I really enjoyed this! The pacing was good, the story was engaging and the characters felt believable.

Now beings the wait for future installments

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  • M Fowler
  • 04-16-21

I can't believe I bought this book...

I can't believe I bought this book and it had only been out for a few days!
I love long books and to be honest, it suits my taste very well in every department.
I haven't even finished it yet and I am here to get the next instalment in my library for when I do - and I can't believe there is no next instalment in the series yet... now where is that crying emoji?

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  • kevin rhodes
  • 01-09-22

Where is the next story in this series?

One of the best books I have ever heard from Audible, But where is the next one in the series? Been waiting for it at least eighteen months! Please get it out, waiting, and waiting!

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  • The Keyboard
  • 05-05-21

Streetfighter meets Harry Potter

Okay, so let's start by saying that while not everything in this book was to my taste, Iron Prince is still a clear 5 star listen / read. The writing was superb, the characters intelligent, the conversation natural and the story progression satisfying. O'Connor & Chmlenko have done a stand-up job producing a story that stands among the greats of the litrpg / gamelit genre. This book is incredibly easy to recommend, and translates well to narration - there are stats as are common in the gamelit genre, but they're not overwhelming.

I did have lots of little nit-picks, which I think all basically boil down to 'this wasn't quite my genre.' Set far in the future, this book at it's core is about a guy who goes to a school where the main aim is learning to beat the cr@p out of all the other students in ultra viscous, no-holds barred competitive tournaments. Sounds cool at first glance, but you've really got to like sci-fi and competitive fighting to enjoy it. I usually prefer fantasy games where I fight monsters, not other players.

The story is loooong at almost 34 hours, and there were a *lot* of fights in the book between characters I just didn't care about. I think this criticism holds regardless of genre tastes too. There's a lot of filler in this book - that 34 hours you see in the length section of the audiobook description could have easily been 24, and a much better story for it. Don't get me wrong - the scenes were all well written, but the story would have been exactly the same without them. I would have liked to see the MC learn from each fight he watched, not just enjoy them.

In terms of other negatives, levelling felt /blah/ and didn't get me excited at all. Too much emphasis was placed on tiny progressions - usually a good thing, I don't like OP characters and this isn't one - but in this case, underwhelming because we were constantly reminded how much better everyone else was. Why get excited when someone goes from rank D1 to D2, when there are 'A' ranked characters everywhere you look? Its great that the MC earns everything he gets. But most other books don't focus as heavily on the end destination, and I think there's a reason why.

There's other stuff I didn't enjoy, but I won't bother going into it because honestly, all in all these were minor issues in an otherwise impressive book. I won't be continuing the series, but I think if you're into competitive fighting and don't mind a little bit of waffle, you'll enjoy this book immensely.

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  • Brenden
  • 07-12-21

Fresh new ideas, great fu. Give it a go

Loved this ! The item advancements through the 30+ hours kept me hooked in wanting more.

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  • Joshua Jones
  • 07-01-21

I lost sleep over this book.

Solid progression fantasy. I enjoyed this as much as Cradle, which is damn near the highest praise I can give it. So if you like that but aren't a big fan of scifi, don't let that deter you from giving this a shot.

Only complaint I have to make is that not being able to jump straight into the next book is the worst.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-21

Hey you! Yeaaaaa you... Stop what you're doing and

Get this book! Thank me later! 10/10
Great characterisation, loveable main character. Seriously... Just get it. Trust me.

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  • Paul Smyth
  • 06-15-21

more please

come on where is the next one? well? totally enjoyed the story and narration. next

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  • Xravia
  • 06-12-21

bad pacing.

The series falls into alot of subplotsand troupes like its marking off a checklist, mc with the highest potential, underestimated mc, Mc has a special capacity to go though pain because of backstory, The Mc is supposedly the smartest because he scored well yet dives head first into forced conflict. the billing situation would have been resolved if the MC said that the other student falsified a senior officers orders to attack him.

that would result in immediate punishment and no repercussions for him as well. but they had to redeem the main antagonist so they did the boring subplot thing that entirely slowed down the pace of the novel. there is the slow pace then time skip repeat. I think this would have been a much more enjoyable book if the MC wasn't stacked with the s grade growth rate thing as the mc is playing by a different set of rules that takes away the enjoyment of progression and makes it a chore.

The title of the book was tacked on at the end as well not what I expect from a book this long to make it work within the story.

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  • Dave
  • 06-04-21

well done.

a great military story that keeps you wanting more. can't wait till book two. very awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-21

Definitely worth the listen

Storytelling, voice acting and story progression were on point. Intense action packed battles with a smart protagonist who is the underdog all the way to the very end, yet making visible progression in his own legend. Can't wait for the rest of the series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-21

hate that i have to wait for more

love the characters, world and story. its a must read by anyone who likes sifi. good job by everyone who worked on this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-21

What an amazing read

Not normally in to future sorta books but this was amazing soo well written could not put it down the iron prince my new favorite cant wait 4 book 2 there other book a mark of kings also a great
read

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