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.
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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Another story about Pug
Similar to the Magician. Orphan meets wizards discovers he is special.
Orphan discovers he is special... again. Good enough that I bought book 2.
- Jamie Taylor
An excellent approach and cracking characters
The plot and character development are intertwined and intricate enough to to allow a retread.
The protagonist with his humble nature unaware of the power and potential within.
Chaldeans first test duel with the protector master and discovering respect through performance.
if only there were enough hours to listen in a day.
It was an entertaining read throughout.
- Mark Gifford