• The Impossible Wizard

  • Aegis of Merlin Series, Book 1
  • By: James E. Wisher
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (433 ratings)

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The Impossible Wizard

By: James E. Wisher
Narrated by: Joe Hempel
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Publisher's Summary

With magic, nothing's impossible.

Everyone knew it was impossible for men to do magic, until it happened.

Conryu Koda is a young man of modest ambition. All he wants is to work on bikes and practice Kung Fu. His modest dreams die on the day of The Testing when it's revealed he has wizard potential.

When the Department of Magic announces that a male wizard has been found it draws the attention of the Le Fay Society, a radical group of wizards that view men as little better than animals and Conryu as an abomination. The Society will stop at nothing to see Conryu dead.

©2017 James E. Wisher (P)2017 Tantor

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held my attention completely

The Impossible Wizard: Aegis of Merlin Series, Book 1 by James E. Wisher and narrated by Joe Hempel is the first in a trilogy of books. The author has crafted a new and complex world created where magic is real and it can only be wielded by women. Creating a strongly matriarchal society that wields powers in government and all sectors of society. In the last year of school all students are tested for magical potential, even boys, this year one boy named Conry Koda upsets the apple cart by having the highest potential for magic ever.

Conryu is as upset by this as those in the Department of Wizards. Who either views him as proof of their pet theories of wizardry or other view him as an aberration that should not exist. His plans for a simple life of going to a technical school and going to work in a repair shop are gone. If it is at this point you’re thinking Harry Potter nope thing is nothing of the sort. I like the world we have it is a huge world and the book has a massive cast of characters.

This can be problematic for some people because in the world building we don’t focus the entire story on who we believe to be the main character Conryu. There are a few subplots that are followed and might be of less interest to the casual listener. It is all part of the world building by the author putting things in place in the narrative for the other books in the series. The book held my attention and I really had a hard time putting it down and take the headphones off. I really enjoyed this world created by Mr. Wisher. The concepts, characters, and action in the story held my attention completely. This is one of those books for me I shocked it over so fast the 6 plus hours just flew by.

The narration is provided by Joe Hempel. Mr. Hempel provides an outstanding vocal performance in this audiobook. He not only delivering a compelling narration but also provides a range of vocal character’s interpretations. Each character was recognizable with their own unique voices done in a natural manner. The production quality by Tantor was top of the line as always they never fail to produce a high-quality audio product. Not a single glitch, hiss, or pop that this listener was able to hear.

Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

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Worth a listen but just missed the mark

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I was immediately intrigued by the prospect of following a young man who thinks he has his life planned out only to find he is, shockingly, the first male wizard since possibly Merlin. His world is going to be upended because he has not been trained in any way in magic. No males are. And to top it off there are various groups who now want to kill him for upsetting the order of things and being an aberration. The book follows the police investigation of the attempted murder of the young man.

The negatives for me are that: 1.) There is no real description of the world where the story takes place. How does magic fit in this world? Is there any theory as to why only females can be wizards? 2.) The main character seemed to be away through a good part of the story and as a result i didn't get a good feeling of back story for him. 3.) We never made it to the wizard college which I was looking forward to (Not expecting Hogwarts here).

Assuming these things are addressed in later volumes my negatives are relatively minor.

The book is well written and Mr. Hempel does an admirable job of telling the story. The pace is good and I really liked the action sequences.

I do recommend giving this book a try. I know I will be looking into the second book in the series.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom. I have provided this review voluntarily.

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a world that doesn't quite make sense

In a world populated only by female wizards arrives the first male wizard, and the La Fey society will stop at nothing to destroy him.

The cover and blurb set up a story magic! fighting! A lone wizard having to fight insurmountable odd alone to survive! And maybe he does, but not in this books.

This is the book of the story, before the story, that leads to the origin story. We meet the soon to be male wizard, his friends, family and then switch to just about everyone else, coming back to him only to show us he's in "grave danger." If this story is about him, how come it keeps once the threat is dealt with?

The biggest problem I had with this story is the number of PoV characters that serve no other purpose than excuse some violence that doesn't even impact the main character, if he's supposed to be our male wizard. They are not even used to add depth to the world.

And the world is just about none existent. Clearly this is supposed to be some alternate Earth were magic returned at some point, but we don't get any details about when and how it happened. It leaves the story feeling like all the world building decisions were made because the plot demanded them, rather than grow from the past of this world. Case in point: what is a none wizard doing running the department of magic? I know why the plot needs it, but goes that cone to be?

And that is not even bringing up the way the topography of the city changes to accommodate the plot. I.E: buildings move closer to allow a bad guy to escape.

In the end, I was left feeling this should have gotten story edit to iron out the kinks, fill the plot holes and determine where the world building needed to be shown to the reader.

On the level on the narration, half the time I didn't know which character was talking until the dialogue tag came up.

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*Yawn*

good story line, but delivery is pretty vanilla. Hard to tell which character is speaking, and no emotions came across.
Maybe actually reading the book would be better.

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worth picking up

this was a total blind pick for me and I went in with pretty low expectations. to my surprise I was blown away and so drawn in. I finished the first book in one day and started the second book.

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OKAY BOOK.

The first few chapters were interesting as it focussed on the main character, Conryu Koda and how he was tested to have magic. The later part of book seems to be more on the other secondary characters and Conryu seemed to be out of the picture. Anyway since this is the first book in the series I will try the second book which is currently available and I hope the story will have more of Conryu.

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I would not recommend this book

Generally, I usealy write gibberish in this part of the review because most of my reviews are ‘buy this book’ or ‘do not buy this Book’, but I’m three chapters in and I feel I need to say something of warning to future readers.
First point: This is a horribly sexist book. Not so much in that it has hyper masculine, put women in chains tight of sexism. More of a reverse universe where all the protagonist antagonist are women and our main character, who is a male, is set against them and always prevail. Which brings me to my next point.
Second Point: The main character is to perfect. He is a master at fist a cuff, a brilliant mechanic and the (Minor spoilers) the most powerful wizard ever born into a world that is filled entirely of Women wizards, none of whom have anywhere close to the potential as he does. The character himself is infallible, which makes it hard to identify with him. A crazed man attacks him with a knife and he easily disarms without effort and is about as upset about being the target for murder as if he’d just had a little trouble taking out the trash.
Third point (spoiler alert): I must admit this next bit is more a critic about his writing, so take this next part as just my opinion. The charter if the first male wizard born since Merlin; who most people believe was a myth, and his emergence is treated with no greater emotions then one might have when finding out that their favorite move was playing at a theater near them for half the price of a ticket. His friends, his family, the government, and even the press, treat the discovery of him being the first and ever recorded male wizard in history as if he’d just got an A on his math test. The entire world seems to be very blasé about this discovery.
Now, mind you, this is all that I’ve discovered in just three chapters, it is possible that the story could turn around, but I don’t feel like trudging through more passive chauvinism and uninteresting plot lines where the man character doesn’t just succeed, but succeeds without effort. I write this review merely to let other readers know of what kind of a story that they can expect.
A point in the books favor: This book as all the right ingredients for a fantastic novel. Even if it leans hard into the unwanted harem territory, this has all the ingredients to be a fantastic story. If only the writer above could find their way into fixing they above points.
But again, all this is just my uneducated opinion.

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Fresh and original

Before going to college boys and girls are tested to see whether they have magic powers and the level of their magic. The real test is for the girls, since boys can’t have magic, but they are tested nonetheless as a routine. Conryu is a boy with small aspirations in life but he manages to score the highest in history on this test. Nobody can explain this, since only women can be wizards. Some people seem to disagree with this aberration, and Conryu will be in imminent danger.

The premises of this book were so good. The story felt fresh and original, and the characters were quite likable. I was in for a good ride, but halfway the initial spirit got lost in subplots. I really liked the little we learned about this world: special rules about magic, and the mysterious islands hovering over the city. I wanted to know more about it, and I wanted to know more about the main characters, but the action switched to a completely different thing, and secondary characters became the main ones, sadly without enough pull to get me invested.

I understand this book is the first in a long series, but I just would have liked to know more about how the world works and the main characters in the story. I am looking forward to future books in the series, since the little we learned about this world looked good and original, and I am sure Conryu will evolve a lot, which will make for an interesting character.

Joe Hempel’s performance was the best part of this book, delivering a compelling narration and extraordinaire character’s interpretations. Every character was perfectly recognizable but all the different voices were done in a subtle way, which sounded natural and pleasant to the ear. You just can’t go wrong with Joe Hempel.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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Very good

The Impossible Wizard is a very good book. I really enjoyed listening to it the narrator did a wonderful job in reading the book and making it come alive. The writer did an excellent job in writing a good plot and keeping your attention throughout the book. I would have liked to learned more about Conryu though.

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Good Y.A. story.

Yes this is a good well infact very good story. But I would recommend buying the Omnibus version with books one through four.
Wisher has kept Joe Hempel for the series. I might add he has the perfect voices, dialects, and tonal ranges for the story.
Obviously it was pleasure to listen to this Audible because I also purchased the Omnibus.

C Wright
Somewhere in the hills of Northern California.

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  • paul
  • 12-28-17

it all about the side characters

Would you listen to The Impossible Wizard again? Why?

yes i am looking forward to the next book hopeful the main protagonist get more page time and is longer as i love this writer other works.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

this book main problem is that the side characters get more development and page time that the main protagonist. i liked that it did develop the side characters but they sould not be the main focus it feels like the writer wanted this book to be longer.This book is like side story and the first book is not done yet,that said i did like this the story i just want more from it

Any additional comments?

the writer of this book is one of my favorites and everyone should check out the other books he has written and check this book out to hopeful this review helps you out as it is the first i have ever done.

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