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The Choice of Magic

By: Michael G. Manning
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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Summary

The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite - a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.

But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.

His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

©2019 Michael G. Manning (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Awesome Audio Book!

at first I was sceptical of audio books as I didn't really get them and didn't understand why someone would listen to a book I mean its meant for reading after all. but after listening for about 20 mins I realised how great it could be, if the reader is good at there job they should know at least how to perform and give interest. and well this has exactly what I would have been looking for if I hadn't started with it, interesting story which made 100% scene everything connected easily and the narrator was amazing you could clearly tell they either loved the book or acted perfectly.

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gutted because you will end up wanting more

loved the book but unfortunately the rest of the trilogy is missing although I'm sure they have been recorded so have emailed podium to find out wtf

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very good

surprisingly good book. a lovely twist on the boy wizard tale. immediately bought the second and third after finishing the first.

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Great

One word........... EPIC!
there isn't much else I can say, I loved the entire book. all the way through.

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good

i was a little dubious to start with,but presently surprised.
tim gerald reynolds always helps though

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Very solid and enjoyable start for the series

I don't really know what to say about the book other than this: It's nothing special,nothing new,it won't make your jaw drop,but damn is it good at taking A LOT of story beats previously explored by untold thousand stories and just running with them without coming off as a terrible first attempt at storytelling.

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1 of best pieces of fanatsy this year

I’ve read over 100 fantasy books whic is no exajuration. This is one of my new fav authers. Blown away by how incredible the it is. They stand alongside the likes of Brandon Sanderson, patrick rothfus, m.d Ireman, jay kristoff, Evan winters. This is honestly incredible.

You are so lucky to escape into this book. F**k any negative reviews they are full of rubbish. It’s an incredible story. And there is a second one u can loose yourself into which is just as awesome I’m so looking. Forward to the third

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fantastic

woop really enjoyed this. I can't wait to start book 2. makes my commute so much faster

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Great story

The flow of the story was very realistic and gave a great sense of been present in the actual book….
Great work on to the next one ☝🏾

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Belting if Slightly Flawed!

Hard to know quite what to make of this one! My only previous experience of Manning's work was the fabulous 'Embers of Illenial" series which I thought was a modern fantasy tour de force. Dark and Conflicting, it took no prisoners, and it dared much to bring some harsh realities into the story line.

This is something quiet different, this is closer to an old-fashioned fantasy story, in fact at times it felt like a young adult novel apart from some of the very colourful language. It is though a belting story and Tim Gerard Reynolds gives it plenty of oomph! He has a lot of strong voices and is particularly vibrant as the young apprentice's "uncle".

However, the characters as children did grate on me just a little and there is one particular point where the young wizard makes a completely bizarre decision to join the army when he has things a wizard simply couldn't resist. If you get past those points though you have a genuinely belting tale that has a clever magic system, some interesting characters and after a slow beginning increasingly exciting adventure.

I'm happy to recommend it because I really enjoyed the journey in the end and I will get the next one which promises to be something different again. I just can't give it five stars because it didn't have the same in-depth out and out quality as the 'Embers' series.

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