The gods created the elves, dwarves, gnomes, and humanity - granting all but humans an inherent magic power. But with the encouragement of the goddess Persuasion, the magical races soon turned on the humans, pushing the magic-less race to the brink of destruction.
In response, the gods chose to abandon the mortal world for Heaven. Before leaving, however, they gave mankind a gift to restore balance - a few select individuals with the power to actively wield magic. Persuasion, for her crimes, was banished to Limbo.
Since then, the exiled goddess has made only one attempt to free herself, enthralling the human sorcerer Taida in a scheme that destroyed both a kingdom and the powerful Pankara Stone that the goddess required for escape.
The young magic-wielder known as Rhyen Hyldhem, newly graduated from the great Academy in Ikha, knows of the story of Taida - but such events occurred millennia ago.
As war brews, however, Rhyen will learn more about his powers and the identity of the fearsome Dark Rider who has stalked him since childhood. Rhyen is about to discover the past isn't dead - and that his destiny is intricately tied to Taida's betrayal of humanity.
©2015 C.S. Night (P)2016 C.S. Night
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4 out of 5 stars
By Brian P on 14-06-16

A slow burner<br />

The story - slow in picking up momentum.......The book should be heard at 1.15 normal speed
Really enjoyed the magic system.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ivan Martin on 07-05-16


The story wasn't horrible though it could have been much better. The author seemed to have found a few things inspirational in other stories based on how often dialogue and plot formulae sidled up rather close to a few other books I've read. The biggest problem was the narrator who seemed more like a bored news anchor from the 80s rather than a story teller. From nearly the beggining it was like watching someone spin a weighted wheel he would start lines slow and in a normal voice and then by the end it would speed up and end on higher notes. I would like to see where the story leads as, although it follows other examples with the plot, the formula isn't a bad one. I'm just not sure I can listen to the narrator through more than one of what will be a several book series.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ali on 11-06-16

Good story but needs another narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend this book mainly because the narrator was horrible. the story line is good, but the narration ruins it completely. sounded like a children's book when it came from his voice.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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