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Summary

Callum had seen things all his life. There are monsters and beasts living among people, but he learned very early not to admit such things, not if he didn’t want people to think him crazy. 

It turns out that the supernatural is real, but at 30, Callum has no desire to be part of that secret. Not that he has a choice when it turns out he is a mage, albeit one that hasn’t cast any spells in all his life. There are requirements, duties, and education that the powers that be insist he be subject to.

To hell with that.

An urban fantasy and magical realism story with a healthy dash of genre subversion.

Voted Best Ongoing on Royal Road!

©2022 Inadvisably Compelled (P)2022 Inadvisably Compelled

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Really Excellent book

No spoilers, only want to say that this is one of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. Easily as good as "He who Fights with Monsters".
I really want book 2 in audio format but will have to read it instead for now.

Well done and please can we have more ?.

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great

just an overall great listen compelling story realistic yet interesting characters. fun easy to follow magic system and a sensible yet amusing tone

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Good story but very fast character progression

This is a great story with an amazing premise. However, for someone who's been unaware of mage life his whole life then to revolutionise certain aspects surprises me. He is commonly referred to someone at the arch mage level after several months of training. Either he's a peerless mage with talents surpassing gods or he's just a bit OP. Nonetheless, this book contains an interesting story and the cliff hanger ending sure makes me want to read the second in the series.

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Glorious

I didn't expect much, but the characterisation was realistic, the protagonist was reasonably cautious, and the exploration of magic was pretty thorough. And there were significant undercurrents of (rightfully absurd) politics that the main character had to navigate. All because he couldn't tolerate a totalitarian bureaucracy!

The only bad thing about it was that it ended so soon. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Joseph
  • 12-07-22

Round up to 3.5

I was actually loving this book for the first half - I couldn't put it down! Anti-establishment fiction right now is the kind of escapist fantasy I can seriously get behind.

Unfortunately, the author hits their 'Paranoid' and up-to-that-point stellar protagonist with a stupid stick to set up the finale, and it was utterly unneeded.

Callum is ignorant enough of the magical world, he could easily be forgiven if that ignorance became his undoing (and it kind of does), however the way he's found is just so...amateur and annoying that it really tarnished my experience towards the end.

It's the kind of stupidity I hate in protagonists, but it's also the kind I desperately hope authors use as learning experiences for the protag and have them never do again, because if this becomes a trend I'll drop this series in a heartbeat.

Normally an ending like this would have seriously soured me on this book and I'd have rated it lower, but I so enjoyed the premise and setup I stopped myself.

While not one-to-one, this book gave me serious Enemy of the State vibes (you know... just with magic and more murdering), which I loved. I also love space and gravity magic as a concept, and using his lack of knowledge about traditional dogma as an advantage.

Though Callum's magic learning is starting to lean back towards using traditional methods, which I would find a serious shame if it ends up going that way.

Either way, unlike his other book, I will definitely be picking up book 2.

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  • MelasDelta
  • 22-06-22

IC does it again!

Another great story by Inadvisably Compelled! Love it and the narration on it! - MelasD

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  • 20-07-22

Confused

I feel as if I was tricked by the sample, I should have done my research. I expected this to be a litrpg integration you have to learn to be a wizard now and the protagonist does so in unorthodox fashion.

The story started out strange... he was at a funeral sixth sense style some guy only he could see... some mention of his parents were not really his parents they were too old or something. Then instantly next scene he's in a gym, lizard guy telling him to give workout advice. One moment funeral then bam he's talking about how he's not good at flirting and doesn't have as much muscles as other guys. I then tried to refund the audiobook, audible wouldn't let me so here I am.

I tried to give the book another shot and skipped forward to the where the cherry picked sample was but instead I found myself on a chapter about his mortgage and being frugal then skipped ahead to someone being tracked to a mobile home. I think I might have stuck with this if I wasn't expecting something else.

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  • S. Pike
  • 25-06-22

a nice story with good World building

I first saw the story on Royal Road subscribe to its you pay on a few times about the book on Amazon Kindle when it came out and it recently released has an audio books and I listened to that and I enjoyed listening to it without having to concentrate on reading it in one lump sum fair warning this is basically a part one kind of thing for a kind of web novel so book one is not the whole story but it is a complete story within the first book but not the finish and it's like a webnovel so it'll just keep going on but it is interesting to see book bring me some new insights into the world and it's kind of like if Harry Potter found out he was a wizard when he was 30 instead of heating when he was 11 years old and instead of the out of dates Wizards who manipulate the normals but live comfortable lives it's pretty much that but with a side of centuries of doing that has led to corruption at the highest levels with a tyrannical bent. and our main character is very much an individualist who believes in principles of Free Will and stuff determination the two do not mix well in the explosions are hilarious and pretty cool.

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  • MaGGot
  • 25-09-22

Urban Fantasy

Excellent narrator. Story flows, but sometimes feels like it was written by an engineer... so much detail in magic contraption building.
SPOILER: my fav part, was the assault on the 1st vamp nest.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-22

Decent but way to much internal shop talk

Dont get me wrong this is a good book it's just 70% of it is the MC talking inside his own head about how magic works it get old very fast.

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  • Christopher
  • 29-08-22

Not what I expected… in a really good way.

To be honest, I was originally turned off by the audio sample. It just didn’t sound that compelling, and I was unsure whether I liked the narrator.

I only ended up purchasing this title due to the high rating and a lack of enthusiasm for anything else in my cue.

Fortunately, this is an audiobook that lives up to its high ratings. I highly recommend it.

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  • TheRoop
  • 24-08-22

Pleasant Surprise

I had many assumptions of how this story would go, having read my fair share of urban fantasy and fish-out-of-water fantasy series, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how this one chose to go a different path. Having an adult protagonist who consistently acts their age and life experience is refreshing. Looking forward to book 2!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-22

good fun

I was not expecting this good of a read. It was good old fun. Well written nothing award winning but 5 stars from me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-22

It’s worth buying

The story is actually really good The protagonist is a bit of a maverick but a good . Going against the oppressive system.