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Spells of Old

By: Benjamin Medrano
Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
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Having successfully driven off an assault and freed captives of Kelvanis, Sistina begins fortifying to defend those she cares about from further attacks. Yet with all her power within her halls, she cannot grant those under her protection true freedom. To truly bring hope to her love, Sistina must delve into who she once was, and bring forth every scrap of magic she has to become a shining beacon of hope.

Sadly, Kelvanis' plans are only mildly impeded by her efforts up until now, and they will stop at nothing to bring their ends about. The only question is, whose side is time on?

©2017 Benjamin Paul Medrano (P)2017 Benjamin Medrano

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A Different Fantasy

Surprisingly compelling for a second book in a trillogy, Spells of Old did not disappoint.

My personal guess as to why this book holds up so well on its own and as an installment in a series is the author's break from traditional narrative convention. This is not a traditional fantasy story in anything but the (possible over) use of traditional fantasy words. The most compelling character is a nigh-unstoppable not-quite deity, and she's the central figure of the tale through this book as well. She is just doing her own thing, and it's interesting to see how and why she takes steps to build up her power base and harem.

In trying to spell it out, this is almost the reverse of a traditional fantasy tale. Almost all the supporting cast is on fairly standard fantasy adventures, even the badguy building up his evil empire, but our not-goddess is just doing her own thing. It's obvious to the audience that she will eventually but heads with others but it's hard to imagine how she'd be stopped, or even really slowed, and we're just along for the ride like the rest of the cast, watching her build power and do crazy powerful stuff for herself and those she cares about. How does she react to all the little people in her shadow, and how do they react now that she's starting to make waves?

It's not a book one reads to empathize with a main character. This is a book and series for cheering on a superwoman as the word crashes into her, and admiring the mythology revealed in the prices left over.

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can't wait for the next book.

This is by far one my favorite book series. I've never felt like writing reviews or looking up the date of when the next book would be available before this reading these books.

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vary enjoyable

I wasn't sure I would like these books but I'm on book two and can't stop

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bad pronunciation problems

overall the book that's fine but the narrator are on the other hand not so much due to the fact that she kept mispronouncing the word leylines it pronounced (lay)lines not (lee)lines

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Great book

This is a great book I would read it again and the series in a heartbeat. It puts a new twist on oldschool fantasy

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Excellent Story But....

The story is great and fun to follow but the enemy faction is very poorly put together. The enemy actors are only lucky idiots that somehow have gained access to fantastic capabilities. I very much enjoyed everything except any chapter that was presented from the enemy's POV they were just frustrating to listen to.

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love the development

All of the characters got good development. the great conflict is starting to take place.

The author does an amazing job portraying the slavers. Not glossing over the horror without veering into trauma porn.

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builds on the first book nicely

I'll try not to leave spoilers, but ye have been warned:

there were a lot of complaints in the reviews of the first book about "all" of the men being rapey, and tbh the non-rapey men in the first book weren't painted as anything to write home about. this book has some good men in more active roles. we see some really nice character development, polyamory, and of course, badass women. I suspect the author plays D&D and watches anime, so if you like those, you might like this book. there is some mention of sexual assault, but it's not graphic, and there's at least one bit that's very satisfying.

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this is a great series

this is one of his best series I highly suggest getting the first book and getting into this world

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Feels forced

I cant shake the general feeling that everything just feels forced and unnatural and that the motivations are weak.

I feel good natural character development takes the characters along a meandering route. But these characters are all straight to their desired end development state, no in between, no soul searching and the story rather than exploring potential narrative complications. Just adds a wall stopping it cold.

On a lesser note the author is doing far too much body changing. Thankfully the book is non-explicit otherwise it would be intolerable. But obviously an author will include their fetishes, but it needs to be moderated otherwise it turns the book into a niche softcore fetish story. And its bordering on that point already.

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  • 12-09-20

Mmm ok

The story picks up a very good pace in this one. Loved it. Recommended.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

I really enjoyed the audio book.

I really enjoyed the audio book. A new spin on magic and the way the system works.. I highly recommended the book. I hope the author is a fast writer...

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  • Dan Wright
  • 09-20-17

a good giggle.

it's a fun story. the writing is ok. alittle lacking in places. detail mostly. the environment could be richer. but the story is good and I'm eager for the third installment. a good holiday read.

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  • 08-26-17

hi

this is great please write the next book and put it to unabridged so I can lesion to it thank you

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  • 06-21-18

Spells of Old

I love this book from start to finish the characters a well written and lovable the narrator did a great job with the narration and the author did a great job with the story 5 out of 5 stars