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As magic’s influence spreads across the five kingdoms, the White Tower’s reach extends with it.

No place is left untouched.

In his quest for vengeance against the witch Mangora, Ty stumbles across a curious book he believes might help. But its pages hold a dark secret that threatens to unravel everything his family and friends have been fighting for. The more he reads, the more addicted he becomes to the knowledge it offers....

With no memory of who he is or where he came from, Ayrion finds himself traveling with a pair Rhivanni tinkers as they head east toward Sidara. Then a plea for help from a young rover boy leads them into the middle of a horrific bloodbath against an enemy no one has seen in over a thousand years. If they aren’t stopped, these creatures will spread across Aldor, leaving nothing but destruction in their wake....

As the first prisoner to escape the clutches of the White Tower, Ferrin’s only concern is reaching his sister, Myriah, before the Black Watch catches him. Joined by Rae, her daughter, Suri, and a former captain in the Black Watch, the small band makes their way north, hoping to keep ahead of the white riders. Little do they know who has been sent to track them down....

Meanwhile, Kira and the Warren underground continue their search for Reevie as they attempt to discover the reason behind the strange disappearances in Aramoor. However, the answers they seek are more disturbing than anything they could have imagined....

©2019 Michael Wisehart (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Bittersweet

The narration from Reynolds is always acceptable so let's just move to the story. I wanted this story to move forward since its been nearly 2 years. It unfortunately spread out instead of progressing. Ferrin is pretty much in the exact same predicament at the end as he was in the beginning. That goes for almost all of the characters. The biggest problems for me are that apparently no law enforcement is ever available. There are no city watch or soldiers anywhere; no garrisons for days in settled kingdoms to the point that a conflict can rage for over a week and noone has gone for reinforcements or to even try to get help from the authority in the area. Dont get me started on Ty. Instead of actually doing something he is basically just used to annoy the reader by making every "teen" ,aka dumb, decision the author can think of. This book really dampened my expectations for every character.
I get the feeling the real story is still being spun and this was just the author looking for where to go and I wouldn't mind if this was a blog or something else to keep people informed. This as a book...that they charged full price for and the story barely moved. It moved so little that if you cut out everything between each persons first chapter and their last chapter the only person that seems like they did anything is the guy who lost his memory. Wait for the next one.

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Lacking

Disappointing second instalment after a great first book. It seems like a filler book, many words with very little substance. You can almost finish the first book and completely skip this one and not miss anything. Every plot is stretched and prolonged, the protagonist just gets more and more annoying.

Hopefully the next one is more relevant.

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Decent but rushed

This book was hard for me to finish. I enjoyed the previous book's but this one did not have the same depth, either that or the characters didn't have much depth in the beginning and I'm just now realizing it? Either way, the villains were all loathsome and evil to the core. The heroes were all perfect. No one had flaws, except maybe Ty, but instead of flaws he was an irredeemable idiot. It's rough because there are a lot of interesting ideas and content. They were simply hampered by a lack of realism and thought. The editor did no favors to the writer.

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Plague of Shadows, very entertaining book!

Great characters, great story and Tim Reynolds did an excellent job telling us!
My suggestion is to listen to the street rats of Aramoor first, then to the white tower and then the plague of shadows. If you enjoy sci-fi fantasy books then I highly recommend the books from Michael Wisehart!

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Will be waiting for the next book

This story has a lot of characters and multiple points of view. Wisehart give them enough time and space to develop their voices in the larger narrative. It make the story richer and easier to follow than some.
More important- the story sounds like a familiar trope but every time you think it is going one way, it goes another. It’s fun, interesting and I’ll be waiting for the next book the whole time.
And I ‘m certain Tim Gerard Reynolds could make my grocery list sound like a charming adventure or sinister thriller. He is a blessing to all the books he performs.

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Awesome but...

Waaaay to many characters and unnecessary details. Do I need to know what every stranger likes for breakfast? I never know if I'm supposed to remember them, if they will tie in later or end up in peices. Then I'll hear a name and be like, what? who? The names sound familiar too. It's a bit convoluted, reminds me of Charles Dickens or Stephen King. I've only realized I'd read all 22 hours and not much has happened other than a bunch of dismembered bodies. I mean, after all this time surely the king has learned of the creatures?! Can only the 4 people know?? And it never did coincide with the main, I guess, story. The first was character driven, this one is VanDiesel-guy-gory driven. I prefer the former.

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Just a meh book.

There is a slow start to this book even though the last book ended on a high note. A great story was built up listening to the first book and my hope was that it would carry over into this one but it was much the same as the first only less so. The lack of good pacing and the lack of story progression is astounding. This book feels like a filler episode of your favorite show, doing little to progress the characters and main story. You listen to it in hopes it starts to bring everything together or make characters grow closer to meeting or for some story to come through but it didn't. listen to this when you want a filler book. there are better out there though.

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Incredibly slow

Ty is so annoying and stupid. I gave up half way through the book. No plot movement either. I’m more than halfway through and nothing happened.

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Understanding

My biggest issue is that the main character is so clueless he is the most powerful person. yet he continues to cry and makes stupid decisions against the advice of other people including his parents. I see this in so many books it's insane. I can see making a bad choice but to keep building it until something goes so backwards that you end up just wanting the character to be killed off. So many of the other characters have strength s and make mistakes but they learn and move forward, and turns out better and better for them.

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Great epic book

I’m really enjoying this series – lots of characters and different stories, well written, and long which is great for audible credits. I don’t enjoy the zombie-plague part because I think there are too many books going there, but it’s still a great story with great characters!

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  • Brynley Grist Yates
  • 05-23-21

Middling fantasy read with some good points

While the author seems to have a good idea for a story the overall book leaves something to be desired. Not a bad story to fill some time if bored but certainly not one of those books you can't put down.

While the author does manage to keep the main separate storylines going simultaneously giving each one a fair amount of coverage, all three of the main ones seem to end up in perilously situations at the same time resulting in sacrificing character development for action.

The frequent use of the secondary characters appearing certainly dead one second and alive again the next by miraculous circumstances becomes so overused that you begin to role your eyes every time a character apparently dies.

The overuse of magic to solve every problem is another flaw of the book, the author unfortunately doesn't seem to have a solid grasp of the magic system it's limits and uses. With on multiple occasions the characters being described at the end of the strength then suddenly able to use magic again seconds later.

However despite all this the overall idea behind the story is good and I will likely read/listen to the next novel in hopes that the author matures in his writing.

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  • maxx
  • 11-18-21

Viers toward Harry potter, but still a good romp

good story. one more to go .. Ty is a simpleton. oops. who said that? 😂

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 08-22-21

another hit

Excellent story, lots of characters, just the ending needs another book I think.
i hope the author realises this and concludes the story to tie up the loose ends

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  • Seòl D.
  • 11-20-19

Absolutely fantastic!

This is yet another fantastic book from one of the best authors in the world

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  • andrew berwick
  • 10-31-19

non stop

this book is great loved it can't wait for the next part keeps you on the edge of the seat