A Crucible of Souls : Sorcery Ascendant

  • by Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: Sorcery Ascendant
  • 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Caldan's parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers.
But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths.
As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction.
This is an updated recording from the original 2014 edition, also performed by Oliver Wyman, which matches the current reissue of the print book.

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What the Critics Say



Winner of Best Fantasy Novel, 2013 Aurealis Awards
"For a debut novel this is more than a little impressive. Characters are vividly drawn, multi-layered, and in one or two cases, compelling. Hogan joins with the new wave of fantasy authors in his use of morally ambivalent characters, distinct and tight points of view, believable world building, an intelligible magic system, and some edgy, gritty content." (D.P. Prior, author of The Nameless Dwarf)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A good start to an interesting story

Would you try another book written by Mitchell Hogan or narrated by Oliver Wyman?

I already have listened to the next book. so Yes :-)


Would you be willing to try another book from Mitchell Hogan? Why or why not?

same as above


What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Oliver Wyman has a great voice and can really get you feeling the mood and story much better than many other narrators


Did A Crucible of Souls inspire you to do anything?

Listen to the next book. this is an odd question


Any additional comments?

This is the first book in the series and is a good first effort. basically its a young lad with magic powers cast out in to the world to find his way on life. facing all the issues such who is he, how can he get better at magic and who killed his parents. while I enjoyed this story to a level the main character is going from one crisis to the next, this is all very well and good but because he is so Super duper amazing he hardly seems to try to get out of them. also he lacks depths no whit or anger only much remorse and shame, this detracts and his character is too plain no quirks or flaws to draw you in. he acts to dully there are very few twists or turns in this book. As a frame work this story could of been better but hey its ok.

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- William "24 year Old Brit with a Passion for Fantasy, historical fiction and Sci-fi.. and dragons . I like Dragons. Also Dyslexic so apolagise"

Another story about Pug

What other book might you compare A Crucible of Souls to, and why?

Similar to the Magician. Orphan meets wizards discovers he is special.


Any additional comments?

Orphan discovers he is special... again. Good enough that I bought book 2.

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- Jamie Taylor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-09-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios