Summary

Winner 2017 National IE Award for Fantasy.
Winner 2017 Readers Favorite for Epic Fantasy.
Winner 2017 Beverly Hills Awards for Fantasy.
RunnerUp 2017 Kindle Book Awards for Fantasy/SciFi.
Magic is outlawed.
Those caught wielding it are taken to the White Tower. They are never heard from again.
After the chaos of the Wizard Wars a thousand years ago, the people turned their backs on magic. It was deemed evil. Those born with it will stop at nothing to remain hidden.
In the north, a young boy is hunted by the Black Watch. Desperate to survive, he turns to the one thing he fears most. Magic. A young girl's affection for him forces her to pick up the sword. Her life may never be the same. In the east, a tortured prisoner vows to escape the White Tower. His sister's life depends on it. And in the west, a captain fights to protect his king while shielding the woman he loves from the king's son.
The world balances on the edge of a blade.
Can a handful of wielders manage to change it?
The first installment in the Aldoran Chronicles, a new epic fantasy saga filled with magic and monsters, sword and sorcery, heroes, villains, and those in between.
©2016 Michael Wisehart (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By ellen on 28-10-17

RANKS WITH THE GREATS

Great story, Tim Gerald Reynolds always a great reader.
Book 2 alas is not written yet.

will any of his earlier stuff be available at Audible in the near future ??

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rachel on 01-07-18

Not Meaty enough

Perhaps I'm just getting jaded with fantasy. This is a reasonable story but too soft. There are goodies and baddies (yawn) and the goodies are just so very nice. I need grimdark. The narrator is good, as he always is, but there's just no real meat.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 22-09-17

Spend the Credit

I'm a devoted listener of fantasy audiobooks on audible. I listen to 3-5 books every week. In spite of the endless number of books audible has to choose from I find it increasingly difficult to find new, well written, and most importantly well edited fantasy series.

So many books have good story arcs or interesting worlds but become unlistenable just because the author was unwilling or unable to have a competent editor pick up a red pen and beat their story like a rented mule.

I intro my review this way because when I stumble across a book like The White Tower it makes the experience all the more unique. This book has great characters... Protagonists you can't help but root for, villains you want to strangle and conflicts whose outcomes are uncertain.

The narration is solid, the voices are spot on, and the writing is fluid. While some might critique this book for having a relatively standard epic fantasy plot, I find that it's the writing and the characters that keep me engaged in a story more so than a reinvention of the genre. I've listened to many books with groundbreaking plots that I never finished because the dialog was idiotic or the characters two dimensional.

In summary, if you like epic fantasy you should spend the credit and start listening.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-10-17

Good story line but needs some more editing

Good story line but some editing is needed. The section relating to the Kings guard back story becomes a complete ramble. 3 or 4 chapters could be reduced by a lot. Also comparing him to a circus performer pulls away from the story. I understand the author is trying to show he is Mr awesome but that was too much. I found the timeline a little confusing in comparison to each characters point of view sometimes weeks past in one but days in another between chapters.

over all the book had a good story line and I will read/listen to the next book.

Tim Gerald Reynolds ability is always great. He really knows how to bring the listener in.

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