• Reishi Adept

  • Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 7
  • By: David A. Wells
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,076 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The final audiobook of the Sovereign of the Seven Isles begins in the mountains of Andalia with Alexander - wounded, surrounded and fleeing for his life. Isabel learns that Phane can use her link with the darkness for his own, terrible ends. And Abigail rallies the Coven to face the Sin’Rath, a threat now magnified a hundred fold. Battle rages across the Seven Isles, and Alexander Reishi stands at the center of it all. As forces converge on the Nether Gate, he departs on a desperate quest to free Isabel, kill Phane and banish the Shades for all time.

©2014 David A. Wells (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Not great, but better than many.

Loads of sidetracking in this series and too little focus on the main plotline for quite a few books. This story ends here though, and thank you for finally getting there Mr. Wells.

Could have been so much more done with the power of the main character. He seems to make the strangest mistakes at times, and always ends up having to go though a few more chapters before getting back on track.

As the numbers of books increase, so does the number og characters to follow, most of them turning 2 dimentional after a few chapters. There are really only three deep characters in this story, and it could have been finished within a trilogy.

Read in between the releases of better series, or better yet... don't waste a credit better spent elsewhere.

Runs fine at 1.5x speed on my Samsung S5 without distortion.

Good narrator is a plus.

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Overall a good read and series

Overall I'd give the series a thumbs up.

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The characters felt a bit too straightforward at times- the good were "ultra good" and the bad were evil in the extreme (with a few exceptions). That's refreshing in some ways and a bit predictable at other times. The unadulterated nature of the hero of the story was a bit hard to relate to, he was just so darn pure of heart. At it's core, it's a story of light vs. dark, so I guess the characters reflect that, and It's hard to slam the story too much for that, since I knew that was the case going in and it's what I wanted.

The only real complaint I have (the above is really just an observation) is how quickly the storyline wrapped up at the end. The author took so long describing each and every trial the heroes overcame throughout the entire series in hyper detail, that I wanted the same level of explanation of what happened after the story arc climax. Instead we got a 15 minutes grand overview and hints and snippets. The author obviously took great delight in painstakingly crafting horrible and awful scenes for the characters to walk through and overcome, only to wrap things up way too quickly to feel really satisfied at the end, though it wasn't completely dropped.

I could have done with less detail about the plants in the jungle and hearing about the same emotions time and time again as the characters walked through similar situations and reacted the same. I got to where I would roll my eyes every time I heard the phrase "thrill of fear"- (that would make a good drinking game for listening to this book!)

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I do like the overall storyline. The use of magic in the story was well conceived and thought out, and the creativity of the realm was very immersive. The author described each scene with detail sufficient to picture exactly what was going on. I was also able to connect with the characters sufficiently (despite my above comment) to feel invested in them and care when they suffered or triumphed. The reading was very well done (as most audible authors seem to be) and the range of voices helped identify and the performance added to the story immensely.

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increadable Series!!!!

this has turned out to be a great series! its fast paced but still builds and keeps you wanting more.
I highly recommend this series to everyone! !

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Good but

So I started story a year ago I like the first three books. it should end at three because of the book 7-ish was just a hassle to get this last book because it was just such a long story of the same characters never having a conflict of interest and the black and white nature of all the characters.

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Every Book of Series Brought Something New

I have listened to all 7 books and never lost interest! It is a terrific book for fantasy fans - mages, witches, fairies, dragons PLUS many other unique life forms populate the saga of good verses evil. Heroes get hurt, some die, unexpected events spin the tale in unexpected directions.

I am going to listen to the books again to catch details I might have missed in this wonderful tale of magic and the hearts of men.

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good fun

narrator was good. good story glad i purchased, would enjoy more, future stories in the future

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Jumbled, too much for an 1 Audio Book

This is an OK book, but it was an Audio Book Pre-order. The chapters change viewpoint with no warning. The end is a massive car wreck pile-up. After two attempts at the last 45 minutes of the book, I decided I just didn't care. This should have been two books. The chapters should have descriptive names for the Narrator and listener to help with orientation. As a Printed book this review really would not apply. I bought it before it was published and so I feel it needs an Audio Book Review. No more then 3 stars as an audio book, and that is being generous. Derek Perkins is a great narrator. He read what he had in front of him and there were errors for him to read. RUSH to publication is my guess. I would buy another volume, even if the first 1/4 of it were to be the last 1/4 of this book. The challenge of Heroic Epic Fiction, in many people's opinions including my own, includes the transformation of the Protagonist(s) when the epic quest is done. Coming of Age stories end in... can you guess? Coming of Age. The young protagonist(s) grow up, usually too fast, and become adults without much guidance, or the guidance of a Mentor who usually gets killed somewhere along the line and is not there in the end. (That is a formula, I use it as an example, nobody likes a book where the Mentor is a Gandalf clone...... there are way too many of those.) This book fails to do a good job of ending a story, and tries to do too much too quickly at the end. I did not finish the story, I've got about 30 minutes left to go, and no longer care what happens. It may only be me, and I'll give it another try if, and only if, these characters or this setting continue. Bad Editing, and a rush to publication are what I hear.... I have no way to say if that is actually the case. The writing here is good but it could be better, the talent is there. All the other novels are enjoyable. This one is enjoyable until near the end when I simply could no longer suspend my disbelief and lost interest. My other objection is the use of "Huh." Fictional Dialect was not established, so it just got really predictable and irritating. When Multiple characters began to say it, I found this unnecessary and distracting. It made me wonder, "Huh?' Many readers will probably be fine with this novel. I can't give the story more then 2 stars.

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In league with The Chronicles of Narnia

The entire series was thorough and beautiful. The Herod were not who you expect and the possibilities for the future of the Seven Isles is infinite.

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ok ending

overall the series of book were good just wished for a better ending with a little more on the lives afterwards

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Feels rushed to end. SPOILER

Was one of my most favorite series. Loved the detail and story lines and side stories. But the ending seemed like it was wrapped up in 3 hrs. They could have had a book just for the ending wrapping up all the characters and stories lines. Like the giant dude who became a shade and locked up. Example…Like was he still a shade or died he die or live back to being a reshi protectorent after they were banished?

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  • Lambert
  • 01-24-15

Brilliant series with a great ending

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a brilliant series with a great ending. Each book got better and better and the final book was no exception.

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  • adeandsue
  • 01-14-15

Great ending

Great end to an excellent series the author has matured as the series progressed with fewer and fewer cliches. Excellent

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  • Ian
  • 01-14-15

A must listen.

Fantastic. Could not wait for book 7. Well worth it though.
The story just got better and better.

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  • Z.Ojulari
  • 02-21-21

Beautifully written

This is by far one of the best books I’ve ever read, or listened to in this case. The story is woven brilliantly, and the entire series is exceptional. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves magic, dragons, war and strategy, adventure, love , and is looking for something new.

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  • Ms. Naomi J. Mcleod
  • 10-27-20

Shame it had to end

Such a fabulous set of books (7 in total)
You get completely carried away into the Seven Isles. Derek Perkins is an extremely talented narrator
I have no doubt that I will read/listen to them all again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-19

Beyoned expectations

The book that finish a series that i didn't knew i want to hear until chapter 1 of book 1. The epilogue is one of the most well written chapters of the whole series and i will remember it for many years to come. The only regret i have is that the series have ended. Highly recommend!

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 07-20-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this whole series...

A great series of books brought to life with superb narration. I highly recommend a listen.

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  • George
  • 05-14-19

An epic conclusion

An incredible ending to an excellent series. Loved every second of it! Would recommend to any lover of fantasy literature.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-19

Enjoyable story, Fantastic performance.

The whole series is long so there are inevitably lulls in the story. However, It was thoroughly enjoyable as a whole and Derek Perkins performance was phenomenal. His portrayal of Phane was so good that I looked forward to his appearance in the story.

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  • pricey
  • 02-14-19

amazing

I love this series of books and are a fantastic to listen to have now completed them 4 times

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  • Patricia
  • 10-21-18

Excellent

These seven books are an epic tale, a must for all fantasy lovers to listen to

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  • Spud
  • 11-14-18

awesome series, so good, so engaging

I loved this series of books Wells creates such vast and amazing world's full of adventure and fantastic fantasy, just awesome. The narrator certainly did it justice as well.

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  • justine
  • 08-31-18

you're next fantasy series awaits 10/10

each and every book of this series have kept me captivated I feel each character has become part of my fantasy family
thank you for creating such a great series & storyline

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  • adam
  • 07-29-18

typical story, very enjoyable, typical fantasy

good story this one reasonably easy to follow... enjoyable chases and battles... traditional fantasy story

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  • Paul D
  • 05-21-18

Great fantasy romp

Likeable characters, epic fights of varying scale and it didn’t feel like it outstayed it’s welcome despite being 7 books. Enough new twists to the typical ‘fantasy magic system’ to keep it interesting. Had a great time listening. I would love a follow up book/series to see how the characters have gotten on. Endings to these epic series always seem a little rushed, guess you just want to hang out with the characters a little longer.
Great job David! Excellent narration by Derek as well.

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  • Michelle
  • 01-07-17

Absolutely incredible!

An epic story based in a world full of wonder and beauty, overshadowed by dark threats. A must have for any fan of fantasy and magic. Think R.E. Feist cross Ben Hale and thats about the writing style. 5 Star performance!

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  • Rob
  • 08-16-16

Amazing

An amazing story, holds you fixed for hours. Sad it's over but all great things end.

I will be listening over and over.

Thanks David A Wells

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  • lavina
  • 03-18-15

A wonderful epic adventure!

An awesome book and series. Action pact. Lots of magic and heaps of fantasy characters for the imagination. I just wish there was more in the series.

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  • Peter
  • 03-03-15

Ending wasn't as climatic as I would have liked

The ending missed a final word from Phane and no word from the other Sovereigns. Also his powers were never fully realised.
Other than that it was great narrator was awesome no issues there.

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