Summary

Torn from a life of comfort and luxury, his family destroyed by political intrigues and aspirations, a young boy must quickly grow into a man before the deadly streets of Southport devour him. Follow Azerick through a non-stop adventure that pits him against thieves, thugs, murderers, and men of power that will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
Azerick must fight just to survive, but for him survival is not enough. A hunger to avenge the wrongs committed against him burns deep within. But that is not all that lies within the young man. There is a power waiting to be unleashed that may be the key to achieving the justice and security he seeks...if it does not destroy him first.
©2011 Brock E. Deskins (P)2017 Brock E. Deskins
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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Rowlands on 13-01-18

Many openings for one novel

This book almost felt a bit like a series of openings to a number of other books, before you reach the point of him becoming the titular sorcerer you had a young boy named Azerick from a reasonably privileged background finding himself on the streets after his father was wrongly implicated in a crime, from there he becomes a fairly successful thief before ending up at the school for wizards and eventually he is discovered to instead be a sorcerer and begins the training for that instead and this is all alongside him being very much a revenge-driven character.

While this path might seem at first to be a convoluted one, it was very enjoyable one as despite Azerick being a typical chosen one kind of a lead, he is an interesting and sympathetic character that drives the main part of the book forward very well and it was a slight disappointment when there was occasionally had an interlude that took the listener away from his story to learn a bit more about the world and politics of that region, even if such interludes are obviously necessary in the context of an ongoing series.

The supporting cast were not as well-developed as Azerick, but that wasn't really needed with the focus being on him and there was certainly enough there to lay the foundations for a larger role if required in subsequent books.

At first I didn't really enjoy the narration, it seemed to lack clarity to my ears, but things improved greatly as I progressed through the book and become more accustomed to his performance, the narrator gave a strong performance for Azerick overall and was suitably distinctive with the voices of the supporting cast.

Overall, this book was both interesting and enjoyable in its own right, while at the same time nicely setting the stage for the series as whole.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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5 out of 5 stars
By Placid on 14-04-18

Continuously engrossing

Would you listen to The Sorcerer's Ascension again? Why?

No since I seldom listen to the same book more than once

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sorcerer's Ascension?

When Azerick goes to save his friends to prevent further loss.

Which character – as performed by William Turbett – was your favourite?

Azerick

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was impressed that the character grew more mature during the telling

Any additional comments?

I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review.This book started out a bit slow but gradually increased in interest and adventure as the story proceeded. The story was an adventure from start to finish. The narrator was very good.The growth of Azerick from a spoiled child to a beginning sorcerer was well done. His involvement with people as he gained knowledge and experience was also good.This series has a lot of potential if it continues as this line.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 16-04-18

Where do you go when you have no one left?

Azerick is a great character. I'm going to get that out there first and foremost. Secondly, this is an amazing series, one that I have come into a bit backwards. I read book two first, and loved it. Loved it enough that I had to see where Azerick had come from, what he really endured, what made him into the man he was in book two, and I am glad that I did. The sorcerer's ascension might give away a bit of a clue, as we find Azerick moving from one "home" to another until he goes to a wizarding school. He does great in some areas, but in others he is lacking. The title is the key. I won't give anything away, but I have to say that once he gets on track, Azerick becomes a foce to be reckoned with.

There are a couple of folks who get on the man's list including a Duke, a school jerk, and innkeeper, and the Thieves Guild in general. And Azerick, like a Lannister, always pays his debts. He never forgets or forgives.

I first read Brock Deskins' book, the Miscreant, and was amazed at howwell he crafted his characters. After all, the lead in that book is a sociopath, and you still love to see what he's up to. In the Sorcerer's Ascension, he really crafts some incredible and realistic characters. Not matter the villainy of the Duke or Travis the are real peopl, not mushtache twirling caricatures. Azerick, himself is more human than a lot of characters I've read. I kept thinking that he was so real he was going to come out of the book like in the movie Purple Rose of Cairo.

So, he has good characters, what about the story you ask? Well, lemme tell ya the story is interesting, heartbreaking, and exciting. The action and oppression sweep you in, and the story is so comelling that you will not want to stop. Turbett is amazing as the narrator, and he brings each character to vivid life, his voices seem natural, and he fills their words with real emotion.

Book 2 is just as good, and I really suggest that you get this series, as it is a true blast, real fun, and honest excitment. (Disocunting all of Azerick's misery, of course!) Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 30-01-18

Engaging and entertaining.

Azerick's father is given an artifact from the king, to transport on his ship. But when he docks, he is accused of treason because the letter from the king evaporated when it was touched by the Guards. Locked up with no hope of freedom, he seems to be the unwitting accomplice to something larger. When he is murdered in his cell, with all evidence being that it was a mage, his families world is turned upside down.

Thrown onto the streets with little to no possessions, Azerick and his mum struggle to survive. His mum finally finds a job in a local tavern and they try to settle down. But life isn't done with Azerick yet and his mum is murdered. Alone on the streets, he finds himself battling to stay alive. He also finds a deep thirst for revenge that won't be quelled. Revenge on the people who killed both his parents and revenge on anyone who has done him wrong. Becoming a thief is the only way he knows how to survive, and he becomes very efficient at it, but pick pocketing the wrong person turns his life upside down again!

This has so much more happening throughout the book, that you just know there is a lot more to come! Not only do we have Azericks story, we also have a king who wants to get magical armour before his enemies can, we have a political coup trying to take seed and we have magicians and sorcerers as well. There is a lot of depth to the plot and this seems to only be the tip of the iceberg. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the author takes the story next!!

I must admit that it took a while for me to totally connect with Azerick. I found his determination for revenge and the way he was almost heartless at times a little unnerving, but as the story progressed I got a better sense of who he was and it made me warm towards him more. I started to really like him once he went to the magic school. He was a better character then.

This started slow and took a long while to really get going, but even the slow part was devoted to Azerick and his life now, and was very much needed in order to fully understand the character. Other than that, this was a really enjoyable and entertaining story. I'm excited to see what happens next.

William Turbett read this really well. He had enough tones and voices to differentiate most of the characters and he was easy to listen to. I did find though that a few of his characters sounded too similar to fully follow who was who.

I was given this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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