Basen’s uncle was King of a country called Cairo. He was also the bad guy who lost a war to the neighboring kingdom. Basen and his father were banished before the end of hostilities and started new lives on the bottom rung of society in a work camp. His only chance is to get accepted into the academy where Warriors, Psychics, Chemists, and Mages train for arm life.
Narro has created a system of magic that is unique to me in my wanderings through the realms of fantasy. Well where have I been anyway? My most recent reads and reviews are on LARC-SicFi(dot)com/BookReviews. There is depth similar to what one expects from a genre giant like Brandon Sanderson. As if his magical system preindustrial world were not enough, Basen discovers there is more to manipulating Bastial and Sartious energy than people at the academy are aware of.
Basen really reminds me of myself during my bachelor days. Each young lady he meets runs through his mind as a potential girlfriend. After twelve years of monogamy with a spotless record (thank you very much) I found it silly at first, but the more I thought of it, the more I realized that I was once in his shoes.
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My copy was an audible audiobook. Narration was great! I’m not just saying that because I listen to a synthetic voice on an ereader when I don’t have audiobooks either. Young men, old men, and females all had distinct voices and traits. Narro and Wilcox made a great author and narrator team. My favorite was Stephen, who had a bothersome level of curiosity at all the wrong times!
This was an excellent first book in the series. I think people who have just finished Harry Potter and want something similar yet completely original should give this book a try.
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