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On the unforgiving streets of Karad, Veron grows up hungry, inexperienced, and stealing just to survive. After tragedy strikes, he is forced to decide what path his life will take.

Opportunity arises when he discovers the last survivor of a secret organization called the Shadow Knights. Apprenticed to learn their ways, Veron begins to develop abilities he never dreamed he could have.

Meanwhile, an enemy from across the mountains comes to destroy their kingdom’s way of life, and the Shadow Knights are the only ones able to stop him. As Veron fights to survive the city, he prepares to face his destiny.

©2021 Michael Webb (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • 26-03-22

Great start to the trilogy

This book is well written and the narrator was perfect. The characters and story were engaging and kept me interested. Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out!

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  • 19-04-22

Mostly good but I have reservations.

This audiobook was excellently performed by Tim Campbell. After being repeatedly subjected to Daniel Wisniewski in recent weeks, it was a breath of fresh air to listen to a narrator who doesn’t ruin everything he touches.

The book was also pretty good for the most part. It kept me engaged and I enjoyed following the MC’s as they made their ways through the story. The plot was not particularly original, but that’s fine with me. I don’t need an author to re-invent the wheel in order to enjoy a good story.

With that said Michael Webb made some pretty glaring rookie mistakes. My biggest problem is that his MC’s are inexplicably stupid whenever Webb needs them to be to create tension or move the plot forward.

It just strains credulity that a kid who spent most of his young life living on the streets, starving, and having to steal to get by, would be this naive and trusting. Also, in every single action sequence, the MC’s are stunned into inaction at least once but often multiple times in a single engagement… Yeah, this increases the tension but it’s a cheap ploy when used sparingly and it just gets insulting after the fourth or fifth time.

For the most part, I was still interested enough in finding out what happened next that I was able to stick with it. I can only hope that future books in the series will be more carefully crafted and contain less cheap and transparent manipulations of the MCs’ intelligence and personalities.

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After reading people’s reviews of the second book I feel obligated to update this one. I was hopeful that this author had made improvements between this book and the next, but it appears I’ll be sorely disappointed.

After further talking with some friends who have read the second book, I have discovered that this author continues to force his characters to act like morons whenever he’s too lazy to come up with a way to create drama or move the plot.

This is all very frustrating because I was really enjoying the story. However I’m not prepared to subject myself to more repetitions of this cheap plot device. When the characters blatantly stop being themselves just to create tension in the story it ruins everything. There is so much potential here, and it’s really disappointing to see it wasted. Michael Webb desperately needs some good beta readers who aren’t afraid to push him to do better.