• The Reign of Magic

  • Pentamuria Saga, Book 1
  • By: Wolf Awert
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (704 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nothing will be as it was. Cities will crumble to ash. Ashen wastes will become lush and fertile. Rulers will serve, and servants will rule.

Pentamuria, the world of five kingdoms, is in a time of change. The power of the nobles and mages is threatened. War is upon them, although they do not know yet when or with whom. Thus, the mages are gathering in their capital, Ringwall, to prepare together against any possible enemy.

At this time, the orphan boy Nill is found by the Druids. He possesses considerable magical skills. So he is taken to Ringwall, where he is to be trained in the magical arts alongside his fellow students. Nill, who is an outsider, shows no respect for the traditions of the magical world, and challenges the ways of the mages.

Soon this mages start to ask themselves: Could this powerful stranger bring the foretold end of their reign?

If yes, Nill has to be dealt with. By whatever means....

©2017 Wolf Awert; 2017 Podium Publishing

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Much too long for the story distance traveled

The author was skilled in his prose and the narrator in his telling and even the story itself was a rather unique take on a Fantasy epic. The book itself fit comfortably into a coming-of-age category, what with the protagonist and his two side-kicks being in their early teens. Also, each of the teens were interestingly unique in terms of their backgrounds. One being something of a half-breed (mixture of mage and mundane parents), another being of witch magic and the protagonist being odd but known to possess some form of unknown power.

During the telling, I was initially impressed with the time the author took to carefully and slowly have the trio exhibit their abilities; along with providing an abundance of detail of the world and places they visited. This started to become tedious, bordering on didactic, about a quarter of the way through and continued throughout the novel. So much so, that much more time was spent on explaining the intricacies of surrounding (buildings, wall, fauna, etc) than moving the story along.

So it was that this book, while not badly written, was one that I wasn't disappointed at finally coming to the end.

I will not continue on with the saga.

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The flow was off.

I like the story but the flow is wrong on several parts . I would definitely read the second book but looking back, his school years had no real separation. the story jumps a few days and or months with no warning. l am trying to figure out what the real mystery is..

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Good story

Its a decent story. The flow was a bit off here and there. I never felt the build up for the final two/three battles...they felt rushed and lacked in depth. I will probably listen to a sequel, but I am concerned the story could fall apart easily. I subtracted a couple stars for this, the storyline is walking a very delicate edge.

As a side note, Mr. Perkins did a decent job through much of the book, but in several instances the voices of two or more characters began to merge. It became difficult to figure out who said what. I subtracted a star for this, but it is really a solid 3.9 star job.

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Not for everyone

I truly enjoyed the way this story is told and how it meanders. while many people will like this book, it isdnt for everyone. I find it to be something aimed at the Sci-fi crowd. That being said, not giving it a try would be a shame.

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Great book,

I have almost 500 books in my library. Absolutely love this book. Probably the second review I have ever written.

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Not for me.

Tedious. I feel like it is a task I Have to do. Slow and pointless.

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the story seems fractured

the story seems like a framework of a building that has not been completed. some parts have lots of detail others seem unfinished.. I don't really know how to put it not enough detail.. deeper characters would be better.

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zero 2 hero

simple at first. depth in the middle. giant cliffhanger at the end.
it starts slow but it soon ramps up the story in short order and finally concluding with something you can easily see coming but even though you know its something that's going to happen it still remains a giant cliffhanger.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

It would need more plot twist. The story skips around and it seems that the author assumes that the reader understands the story full line without explanation of why things happen

Has The Reign of Magic turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. just this book

Which character – as performed by Derek Perkins – was your favorite?

All were well performed

Do you think The Reign of Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. But a with a much deeper story.

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dissatisfied

the best way to describe this book is a ocean that's a few inches deep. things just happen in the book with no background information to why it happens.

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  • Stuart
  • 01-19-18

Spellbound

kept me wanting more, great narrator, Story and i cannot wait for the 2nd book.

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  • Mr. C. Broome
  • 07-05-19

Obtuse, slow and boring

This is the first audiobook that I've been unwilling to finish. I managed about 80% before giving up. The story didn't flow at all, the characters are uninspiring and many elements are thrown in by the author with little or no explanation behind them, leaving the listener to scrabble to catch up. I wouldn't recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-18

Excellent!

I am so glad to have stumbled across this author. This is the first book of the series and I enjoyed every second of it. A fantasy masterpiece. I have downloaded the second novel straight away and I’m hoping there are many more. I have listened to other books by the same narrator and this is just another gem. So easy to get lost in the fantasy world of magic. I highly recommend this story.

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  • Andrew Delaney
  • 02-04-18

Wow... Long rule Pentamuria...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Hell yer

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, great characters that I became very invested with, really nice pace, and the author definitely left me wishing that the second book was out already. Yes its a little Harry Potter, but then all book since those films of that type are compared to those films, and for me this doesn't detract at all from the story. Derek Perkins is as always just so cool with his character voices.

Overall I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-19

fantastic

absolutely brilliant story, couldnt put it down

Derek Perkins as always brings each character to life

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  • Huknar
  • 01-18-19

Highly Recommended for magic-lovers

Gripping from start to finish. Poetically written with such thoughtful choices of words unlike any other story I've read or heard. Was a joy to listen to.

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  • Mr Anthony Geoghegan
  • 04-16-18

Great story and so well read!

Really enjoyable. Couldn’t put it down really. Very entertaining and captures the imagination. I’m dying to get the next book when it’s available.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-11-18

Reign of magic uh

Grey book but why is the rest of the serious not on audible

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  • Adam
  • 12-02-20

Boring, magical jargon

It's so hard to follow they keep going off on rants about magic theory and I just entirely lose focus on it. Just noise in my ear mostly

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  • Micke
  • 09-13-20

Slow story and flat characters

The plot is pretty good, aswell as the writing. To bad the pacing and the characters falls flat. MC is mostly annoying. Things could move on in a more interesting way. It just turn boring. Won't read the 2nd book.

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  • Pat r.
  • 06-13-18

great read

great book narrator made it sound as of you we're there cant wait for the next one