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Jon and his allies are far from home. An unstoppable force is coming, and a play for the crown has left their army broken.

A choice must be made to side with the lesser of two evils. Will the ends justify the means? How much will have to be sacrificed to ensure some semblance of a future for Lycast? One thing is for certain. Jon and his allies must use everything available to them to get through this, and even then it might not be enough.

To take on everyone who opposes their king means mysteries must be uncovered. It means Jon’s people must regain the strength they lost after the betrayal. They will have to find support in places out of reach of their enemies, and fast. Soon the fray will ignite the fire that could destroy everything.

©2022 B.T. Narro (P)2022 Podium Audio

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  • Dylan Byler
  • 03-08-22

Beautiful ending to a great series

I hope I will one day hear more of john’s adventures. a good ending to a wonderful series.

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  • Cory Marshburn
  • 25-07-22

Great book!

Loved the story, descriptive battle scenes, and a terrific ending. Must read for fantasy genre lovers.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-07-22

Great Saga

This is one of my favorite series. I enjoyed the story, and felt the narration added a lot of feeling and emotion. John finds a special friend among the girls that he has interacted with. The war draws toward a conclusion as the balance among the antagonists tilts back and forth. I like the action, humor, intrigue, and romance.

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  • Kyle J. Dore
  • 17-07-22

Someone needs to have a serious talk with Author

MC almost dies and barely survives fight. Demi-God villain team rockets away like a 1980s cartoon villain after failing again. Sound familiar? Yeah I bet it does after this book series.

Making a constant chain of crappy events that consistently puts MC and friends at a disadvantage while I’m forced to listen to the constant prattling of the most annoying antagonist I’ve ever had to hear is like nails on chalkboard.

Oh and before I forget, having the villain or one of his new sidekicks (the guy literally always has some new, previously unknown, amazing sorcerer mortal sidekick) almost be killed 25-30 times only to have him be spared by MC getting blindsided from the side is not creative writing. Honestly how many times can you have a sword descending on someone’s throat only to have victory ripped from their hands at the last possible second allowing the villains to barely survive. Idk if the writer thinks this is some kinda subversion of expectation or thrilling moment, but it’s so predictable at this point that I’m actually surprised when someone “important” dies. Idk how you can write such a unique and intriguing story and then completely botch the delivery to such a point that I spend most of your book annoyed at you (yes I am literally annoyed at the actual writer).

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  • Il-Sim
  • 27-06-22

Solid book, solid series. Skillful Imperfection

It was the right time to end this series, and the author did it in a way that I find to be ideal for series endings. My comments pertain to both this book and to the series in general. The resolution closed all the loose ends that I cared about, but also left me curious without feeling dissatisfied. It’s hard to explain without giving anything away—you’ll see when you read it.

I love the series, and I want to end my comments on a high note, so I’ll just mention this first: Overall, the romantic/love scenes were described tastefully, and respectfully—so much better than the misogynistic, violent sex scenes that have become prevalent in this drama.

I also found that the focus on the body parts of female characters was excessive, and the descriptions were noticeably “male-gaze-y.” To be fair, the descriptions were written as the thoughts of a teenage boy. The descriptions are probably much more nuanced and tasteful than those of many teenage boys.

Still, some of the descriptions were sometimes a bit repetitive, lengthy without purpose, or just unnecessary in general. At times, they’re so out of place that they’re jarring and takes the listener out of the story, In those instances, I wonder if the story would have been better off without it, or if those parts could’ve been written in a way that was less distracting.

I may be the only person on earth with this opinion—Who knows, maybe everyone else thinks the descriptions are their favorite parts of the book, and renounce writers think that they’re flawlessly-written. No judgment here—who am I to yuck your yum?

Regardless of what I think of that, I noticed so many things in this book and the rest of the Jon Oklar series that the author did exceptionally well:

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author switched from first person to third person. As a general rule, I can’t stand reading stories written from the first-person perspective, and I dislike reading stories written from multiple perspectives even more. I often find it confusing or just annoying—too much head-hopping, not enough showing and too much telling through inner dialogue, and too much inner snarky banter. None of these was an issue here. For that I am eternally grateful.

The author is particularly skilled at tempering cliffhangers with resolution of some issue of interest—the cliffhangers left me wanting more, and the resolution kept me satisfied as a listener and more invested in the series, rather than manipulated into buying the next book (and cliffhanger) in the series, wondering how many books there will be before any of my questions are answered.

The magic system had the potential to be clunky and excruciating to read about, but thankfully, was not. Instead of writing a manual of the ins and outs of the magic system, he left the listener a little bit in the dark at first—just like the characters were—and instead, showed what the magic did. I love that. Even when it got complicated, he didn’t shovel-feed the whole magic system all at once. I wish more authors did that.
I also appreciate that the author didn’t make me read arbitrary copy and paste job recaps of the previous books in every subsequent book just in case someone decides to read the books out of order. Who does that (on purpose)? Thankfully, the author uses recaps sparingly, and is thoughtful about the placement of the recaps, the details he includes in them, and how they’re written. Not a verbatim recitation of details from previous book, but enough to remind listeners of important things they may have forgotten, and probably enough so that someone reading out of order can figure out what’s going on.

I enjoyed the way the author uses tropes and character archetypes but made them less…”tropey,” a skill that’s essential for fantasy writers. By resisting the urge to eliminate every character flaw and solve every problem for the sake of resolution, he avoids making the mistake of destroying the elements that make the story and characters more interesting and less tropey.

For example, his depiction of the main character: At first, I was afraid that Jon was going to be another predictable, one-dimensional superhero who can do no wrong. Thankfully, I was wrong. Jon improved and matured throughout the series, but his flaws and limitations didn’t magically disappear. He never became a superhero that was the best at every kind of magic and who knew more than everyone else. Even though he was a hero, not everyone liked him.

He was similarly consistent with other characters’ weaknesses and flaws. They didn’t overcome every challenge or solve all their problems and inner conflicts overnight, if at all. A character introduced as unperceptive never metamorphosed into a paragon of insight and wisdom. When they did find resolution or gain insight, it wasn’t inexplicable, and it took time and effort. Tensions between classes didn’t disappear just because people from different classes happened to work together once or twice. “Good guys” were sometimes “bad guys” (and vice versa). Unlikeable characters didn’t transform into everyone’s best friend. Trust and forgiveness were not automatically earned through apologies and good deeds.

My excessively long, uneducated opinions aside, I do recommend this book and the rest of the series wholeheartedly.

And how could I forget Simon Vance? As usual, he does not disappoint, There were so many characters in this story, and the voices he used were distinct enough for me to keep track of the characters during the dialogue-heavy bits.

This book and the rest of the Jon Oklar series are fun, and easy-to-read. They’re not perfect, but that’s what makes them special, and why I’ll be reading more books by Mr Narro.

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  • JimJ
  • 02-06-22

Good Story too much profanity

It was a very good story, and series.
There was too much profanity.
The performance was excellent.

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  • john
  • 12-05-22

Almost

It was good,could have been better.Seemed to wander at times.The originality of the stort kept it fresh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-22

disappointed

i liked the story up until this book jon became a mindless slave not standing up for his friends and mentor

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  • Anthony E Perkins
  • 14-04-22

Great finish!

Love the narrator, love the characters, and love the finish! Well written conclusion for the finish. Simon Vance is awesome, as always!!