• The Hedge Wizard

  • A LitRPG / Progression Fantasy Adventure (The Hedge Wizard, Book 1)
  • By: Alex Maher
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (536 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Legends speak of wizards with the power to rival Gods....

To Hump, it’s just a story. Apprenticed to a wandering wizard, he grew up on the road, following the coin on whatever quest it took them. He always believed his master was just an ordinary hedge wizard, until the old man suddenly died, and his book of spells bound to Hump’s soul. 

Knowing no other life, Hump takes up his master’s staff and heads out alone into a world of dungeons and monsters. Scorned by the gods, wizards can trust only their own wit and skill to survive.

Lacking the godly gifts and grand ideals of the Chosen few, Hump fights for something else. If he wants to eat, he needs to work. And with a new Dungeon opening in Bledsbury, where better for a young hedge wizard to earn some coin?

So begins the path of The Wanderer. The White Flame. The Hedge Wizard.

Experience the start of a Progression Fantasy LitRPG Series about a working-class wizard out to forge his own path and prove that one does not have to be Chosen to do great deeds.

About the Series: Multiple magic systems, spells stolen from the gods, and an undefined path of progression, The Hedge Wizard brings a realism-focused spin to GameLit/LitRPG. Explore a world of long forgotten legends, where the Gods now reign and monsters roam.

©2022 Alex Maher (P)2022 Podium Audio

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false advertisement

i took a shot at this book because i enjoy litrpg i got over 4 hours in and nothing to do with the genre.

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It's more progression fantasy.

No game lit in it at all. Seems a bit slow at times. I believe it's a great start to a new series. it's got some great fantasy. The MC is a bit crotchety for a young man but I like it. Makes him have a world view of where he came from.

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I'm so torn on this.

I don't want to be unfair.

This story is competently written, very good even.

But I couldn't help despising the majority of my time with it. I feel like I have to take a step back and acknowledge that that's my bias towards young protagonists acting like annoying children at play. That's not on the book, that's on me.

Often a stupid or annoying protagonist is enough for me to drop and ding a story, but that's normally tied with poor writing or poorly though out plot choices. This one just seems... believable, and yet I hated it.

There are times where this breaks a little. Where the author can't decide between a 'cynical beyond his years street-wise street rat' and idiotic, naive child, and these moments stick out because they're few and far between, but they stand out and it definitely detracts.

The protagonist is also a massive, snivelling coward - something I also despise. Too often contemplating running away and blinding him to what's before his eyes. This also clashes with his portrayed personality often.

Ugh. Again, I'm torn. If deeply flawed characters are your thing, you'll probably love this. They're definitely not mine, so I hated it.

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Young Spellmonger! So Much Fun

What a pleasant gem this book is! Definitely can't wait for the next one.

As a huge fan of the Spellmonger Series the comparison is a huge compliment and definitely felt very similar (especially with Tim G Reynolds as narrator). So if you dive in with the expectation of this being an epic fantasy or a true LITRPG you might be disappointed. With that being said I love when something turns out to be different and much better than what I expected.

Very easy listening, entertaining and fun. The characters are well written, the addicting storyline just builds throughout the whole story, and left me wanting more.

My only disappointment is that now I have to wait for the next installment of the Hedge Wizard!

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A pretty good audiobook.

This was a well written and excellently performed audiobook. TGR was great as always. The story was good and the plot was enjoyable. Moreover the characters were interesting enough and compelling.

The main thing keeping me from giving this book 5 stars is that the scope of the book is relatively limited. The whole thing takes place in about two weeks and while the world building was good, we didn’t get to see much of that world.

I’m hoping the sequels will broaden out the plot and the scope of the story. There are a lot of good ideas here, and I’d like to see them more fully fleshed out.

The last thing I’ll say is that the audiobook explicitly claims to be GameLit and more specifically LitRPG. I think that this may be misleading for some people. There is a tiny bit of progression for a couple of the characters and a very basic tier system that is more alluded to than actually explained. On the whole this book reads way more like sword and sorcery fantasy than it does LitRPG…. There are no stats and very little mentioned about any real structured “system” for progression.

All that said, this audiobook definitely lands in the “worth the credit” pile. So pick it up with confidence that it will be an enjoyable listen… just don’t expect to be overwhelmed with its breadth and grandeur or that you’ll have your LitRPG itch thoroughly scratched.

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80% combat and little to no story.

There was so much combat in this book, that it threw story and character progression under the bus. I never felt anything for any of the characters. The nicknames did not help in that regard.

There's a lot of people that says it's not a LitRPG, and I'd almost agree. It is set in a litRPG'esque world, with names for spells, classes, guilds and dungeons - but the typical HUD and understanding of a new world is not there. The main character is as clueless as everyone else.

If you like a shallow story with lots of combat, then you'll probably like it. I did not like it though.

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Awful

First off, not being a litRPG would have been a good thing, as that genre is dreadful and full of poorly written trash. Unfortunately, this book does carry the same characteristics of that garbage genre. It's awful and full of poor writing, with a ridiculously amateur story. TGR can't save this one.

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A creative litrpg that is fairly smooth.

engaging.Alex Maher delivers a litrpg that is focused more on the story than the “system.” While the story does use a class system that any D&D player would be comfortable with along with familiar but unique enough magic system it feels a smooth part of the world. The elements of rpg are there of course but the author shows the give and take that the power of the protagonist requires. So at least for the first outing the main protage is not Overpower. The story is appropriate for young adults and above.

The story is told in a third person limited point of view, with a strong plot and world building that distinguishes the story from other Litrpg’s. The characters are well rounded for the most part with plenty of intrigue as the truth of who and what some of them are for good and ill.

The voice actor Tim Gerald Reynolds brings the characters to life with his light british accents. The story did keep me engaged with it as I drove and finished it up in a couple days. There is some good humor and plenty of action in the story. The struggle of the main protagonist whether to step up and be hero or to make safer decisions add some spice to the story as well as the “Chosen,” adventures verses the average human adventures.

Not the most complex of stories but deeper than many litrpgs that balance worldbuilding with adventrue.

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lite magic system isn't my favorite. lite plot to

The lite magic system isn't my favorite. The lite plot to guess what I would have thought to be more interesting.

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A GOOD FANTASY NOVEL, HOWEVER THIS IS NOT LITRPG

I enjoyed this book and do not regret spending a token on it, however this is most definitely not LITRPG. I applaud Tim Gerard Reynolds for his performance, he is truly a fantastic reader.

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  • Kian-amen Kian-amen
  • 06-26-22

Almost didn't read it!

Didn't know the author, the cover and the LitRPG nearly put me off but I like the narrator so gave it a go, I'm glad I did.
Good story with plenty of action and well paced, the MC is a young smart ass but mature for his age, not naive and wide-eyed like some books. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the character alive, I really hope there's more.

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  • david forbes
  • 09-08-22

loved it

somewhere between classic and New it wasn't litrpg or a long winding saga but a action packed introduction to the cast that leaves u excited to see what the adventures get upto next . loved it


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  • Kientha
  • 07-01-22

Surprisingly good

With how much this book was being advertised, I wasn't expecting anything great. But it's a solid beginning to an interesting world with solid characters. I am looking forward to the next instalment!

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  • M M W Baker
  • 06-30-22

An amazing book, addictive and exciting

Oh wow, I cannot put this audiobook down.
I love all the characters and how the adventure builds. The political agendas and the level of detail makes it easy to get to know each character and draw the images in your mind.

Brilliant book

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  • mark
  • 06-24-22

Really solid dnd inspired fantasy novel

Really solid novel but I'm pretty confused where the litrpg comes into it as there's no menus or stats of any kind, there's aspects such as dungeon cores mentioned but there's no "levels" as such it's more of a traditional novel than anything.

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  • Audible Fan
  • 06-22-22

A very enjoyable listen

I was not sure what to expect with this book but it was a pleasant surprise. There is an interesting magic system and a highly pragmatic main character, which I appreciate. The story is good and there are some good lines and fun character conversations.

I liked that the main character thought about different options when in a situation. Including the more ruthless or selfish options I thought that made him more well round and human.

The story has a good pace and the narrator did a great job. There are some good voices.

There are no stat tables and the story has some game elements but its more a fantasy tale.

I don't want to include spoilers but most of the book gave us insight into life for an average hedgewizard who was a nobody just trying to make a living. The end of the book involves a very standard fantasy aspect which could make the next book far less interesting and loose the nobody point of view.

That said I listened to the book in one sitting so I was engrossed in the story and wanted to know how it ends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-22

awesome!!!

A wonderful narrative filled my imagination throughout the book. it kept me wanting to listen more, waiting for the next one.

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