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From the ashes of fate, a legend rises.

Arik Dacre never thought he’d become the reincarnation of the War Priest, nor did he think he’d befriend an irritable water spirit or a mysterious master illusionist. But destiny can be funny like that. Does Arik have what it takes to survive?

From Harmon Cooper, author of the instant best seller Pilgrim, comes a fast-paced cultivation adventure for wuxia and progression fantasy listeners alike.

©2021 Harmon Cooper (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • 10-19-21

Thoroughly enjoyable new series

Mask of the Fallen is an enjoyable read. It tells the beginning of a revenge journey, set in a Japanese/eastern fantasy world. Although Amazon is saying this is a progression fantasy, it doesn't read as one, with the evolution of the character coming through training rather than some growing magic power.
I had already read the Pilgrim series by the same author, so I knew what to expect. I think in this one the main character is more charismatic and also the plot is more straightforward, while the world is a touch less colorful.
I enjoyed the dynamic between the protagonist and his companion, and the other side characters are interesting as well.
I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Annoying start-middle, may re-edit if I come back

The MC is sort of pathetic to start. He pretty much whines about how horrible these things that happen were while pretending nothing has changed(i.e. I will heal anyone even if they do/did horrible things to me because it creates a cheap kind of conflict to fuel the story.) It’s annoying this whole he wants to reject his mantle thing. It’s just an excuse to write an annoying MC who drags things out.

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Not so much with this YA

Started off well, but this YA book quickly went down hill into this long training montage with a very naïve MC. Don't get me started on the plot that ALL the healers happen to be in one location and wiped out, the world is flushed out to maybe 50 square miles and a few towns that the MC can travel to within a couple days.

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Enjoyable story and listening pleasure

This is a not to uncommon coming-of-age theme where a young adolescent healer initiate is thrust into a scene where his academy is attacked by assassins and, seemingly, all the healers are killed, along with their families and he barely survives the encounter. Left to his own devices, he almost get caught when he is saved by the surprised intervention of a Kami water-spirit. From there he is determined to seek vengeance on those who were behind this slaughter.

On his path of revenge, he encounters several other mysterious characters and is befriended by other support characters along the way. Harmon Cooper creates a decidedly well-defined Asian-like culture and does an excellent job at making the various characters in the story interesting and mysterious such that it is easy to become invested in their involvement. Furthermore, the author moves the story along always in a forward direction.

And, if that weren't enough, we are treated to Travis Baldree's entrancing narration performance. I found myself wanting binge on the follow-up novels, only to find out that I'll need to wait.

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Awesome

Liked the character development. Interesting chi system. Awesome I definitely recommend. Can't wait for book 2

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What a Awesome start!

it was a unbelievable start . It kept me on the edge of my seat the hole way through till the end. I can't wait for the next installment! In the meantime I recommend Pilgrim

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Another great story

This is my 4th series I started listening to by Harmon. Enjoyable story good characters and the narrator does a good job also.

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Fantastic

I really enjoyed this book. From the writing and narration, to the well thought out details, the story flows and captivates. I really enjoyed how all the trials and tribulations of the MC don’t grow him to simply be overpowered, they help grow him as a person based upon who he is. The inclusion of master teachers and yōkai that help guide the MC along his journey is awesome. Definitely a book I would recommend any one give a try.