• The Sorcerer's Loss

  • The Magician's Brother, Book 2
  • By: HDA Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kemp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

My twin brother has started to go mad, and my powers are the cause.

Nobody knows how to stop it, and all the facts are telling me that unless I can cure him, my brother is very likely going to try and kill me soon. And that's just how this whole mess starts. From there I run face first into a whole stack of problems, including a crazy werewolf girl, a large pack of flesh-eating ghouls, and a trip to the greatest repository of magical knowledge in the world, where someone like me is definitely not welcome. There, I discover dark secrets from before the birth of modern civilization, and make an enemy of the toughest woman I've ever met, one whose motto may as well have been "when in doubt, stab it a lot"!

If that wasn't enough, Windward Academy has a new magic teacher, who also doesn't like me very much (who does these days?). She's not only far more powerful than I am, she's also hiding secrets of her own, any one of which could vastly complicate an already touchy situation. But I can't let any of that stop me. I've got to find a way to help Des, but the only paths open to me are costly and horrifically dangerous.

No matter what I do, I'm bound to lose something precious. I still have to try.

©2022 HDA Roberts (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Where is the next one!!!

Another enjoyable book from the series. Now I wait with bated breath for the next one!

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Pleasantly surprised

I’m usually not a fan of this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story and the performance. The story is cohesive, the main character witty and clever, and the world building is great. I hope the rest of the series is on audible soon.

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Another great listen!

I’ve never laughed so hard! Once again another great book in this series I can’t wait for the next one!

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The wait for more

one of my new favorite series
now the wait for book 3 begins
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Reluctant fan because it is so good

So I started the first book thinking ‘meh’. In the beginning I thought ‘why on earth would they choose a narrator whose voice sounds so much older than 17?’

Look, I have no problems admitting I was wrong on both fronts. I honestly have not listened to a series where the main character’s inner dialogue felt more real. And the narrator totally gets it. His intonation and well, just everything. I seriously don’t think I would have enjoyed either book as much had I read it.

I am not going to give anything away. Start with the first book, give the narrator time and just listen for the enjoyment of listening. SO MUCH FUN. Hang your literary critic hat at the door.

Gimme more. No really, where is the next one?!?

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We Need Book 3

Just as great as book one. If you like open Urban-Fantasy worlds, this is for you. Now we need book 3 to be narrated.

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Brilliant book

To be honest I am surprised that this book is not more known. I search for new books all the time and this one finally popped up on my feed? Not sure if Audible pushes certain authors more or not but this series is worth the credits. Both books are brilliant and well done. Narration is on point. Looking forward to the next book. On the Harem thing the other reviewer is complaining about, Ignore it,.. No Harem at all in this book. Not sure if he has ever read a harem book but this is not it.,.

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Has a harem-level romance escelation, so watch out

So, first off, I loved the first book, and I love this author's style. The only qualms I had about the book 1 was that Tethis's flirting was utterly infuriating and her manipulations completely humiliating, and Matt should have responded at the very least with a mind-hex to keep the bitch under control, if not killed her outright. While I eventually came to tolerate and mildly like her, I still stand by my initial assessment. She's untrustworthy, unpredictable, uncontrollable, and a non-negligible threat. She should have been eliminated. I have a similar opinion regard to the adulterous Belle, who I still despise.

Despite this, the romance was mostly a minor part of the story in the first book, and the overall plot was enthralling and beautifully crafted. I was able to put aside my personal distaste for malicious seduction and enjoy the book.

This one, however, starts off on the exact wrong foot for me. The first arc consolidates most of the women Matt has met into a into a single location, upping the number of (theoretical) romantic interests to a ludicrous 5. The story then devolves into a harem-like trainwreck that utterly degrades any faith you have in the main characters intelligence and self-awareness. Between Tethis, Kandy, Belle, and Faust's niece, our the number of women who end up fawning over Matt much time fawning over him without any respect for his own feelings is intolerably shallow on the part of the author (the niece is kinda excluded from this, but the fact that their entire relationship is summarized and railroaded is just boring).

As someone who deeply dislikes (a) insultingly-vapid romantic comedy, (b) our main character being played for a fool, and (c) self-centered women who don't understand what "no" means, I found this book to be actually unreadable. It got to the point where (minor spoilers) Matt tried to use combat magic to defend a girl while on a date with another girl. This is the guy who's a master of talking people down and distracting enemies with his wit. Like, seriously, he goes straight to physical violence before even thinking about trying logical reasoning, taunts, mind magic or even subtler forms of magic. Doesn't even hesitate for a second before trying to punch his way to victory.

At this point I was spending five minutes fuming at how dumb everyone was being for ever 1 minute of book I listened to, and I just gave up. It's not fun if the main character is so frequently, blatantly, and obviously stupid, especially when it's breaking character in the process.

I am aware enough to admit a lot of my dislike of this romance plot comes from how unconformable (a) the temptress archetype, (b) unasked for public displays of affection, and (c) being romantically pursed make me feel. I know that most of my disgust comes from how the women feel like they're maliciously taking advantage of Matt's weakness for beauty and generally benevolent disposition (For example, when Belle sexually assaulted Matt last book and enjoyed it. Doesn't matter if he enjoyed it, the simp, it's still messed up).

Despite this, I still feel like I need to warn people who also disliked the romantic aspects of book 1, or have any respect for Matt's intellect.

I can't speak for anything past 2 hours in, and I'm sure the plot and characters are just as solid as the last one, so if you can stand the harem arc go right ahead. I'm sure it will be wonderful. Unfortunately, I will be bowing out here.

TL;DR: All of the annoying qualities of the Tethis Interactions in book 1 are expanded into a harem of dumb, Matt is out-of-character stupid in several places, I do have personal reasons to dislike malicious seduction so beware of bias, and I only got 2 hours in. Read at risk of harem plot. You have been warned.

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Can't wait for the next book

The book is so good and I hope they come out with the other books in the series in audio. I've already read them so relistening has been great, all the foreshadowing is really well done. The voicing adds so much to the story.

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fantastic continuation of the series

I need more! 😫 please! Good story, excellent performance, and pretty clean. It's not quite a Great Work, but very fun.

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Love this series

Wonderful book, I love this series. Mathew is very funny and the book in hilarious.
Kevin kemp read reads it very well bringing everyone to life and making sure each character is consistent and different