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Jaunten (Advent Mage Cycle Book 1)

Jaunten (Advent Mage Cycle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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Twenty of them finally poured out into the open street. They quickly split up, coming in at a full run that slowed about ten feet away from us. I watched with a cynical eye, as they spread out in a semi-circle, blocking our path. One of them, judging from the red piping in the dusky brown uniform he wore, was the Squad Captain. He advanced a step in front of his men. “We have detected someone with magical abilities. Hand them over immediately, and your lives will be spared.”

Oh please. Spare me the lies. Without any encouragement on my part, Night took a step forward, drawing the captain’s eyes to me. I straightened to my full height, looking down at him coldly. “I am Rhebengarthen, Earth Mage and child of the Jaunten. Who are you to stand in my way?”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LHMSF2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 26 April 2012
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This has been a relaxing read. The quality of writing is good. The world isn't about to end if our hero gets it wrong and it's refreshingly free of battles and swordplay. When our hero gets irritated he tends to leave the bad guy embarrassed but unhurt. I've enjoyed it enough that I've immediately bought the sequel. Only problem is it's hard to put down and get on with the things I should be doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read for a while 25 Feb 2014
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Only flaw? I felt the storyline could have been developed or taken a better direction, but even so that's just my personal opinion and to be honest... I read too much and write too little!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but Enjoyable 28 Jan 2014
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This book - the whole series, in fact - was fundamentally flawed, but nonetheless a pleasure to read. The characters were bland, and there was very little tension even in the climaxes of the novels, but the world was interesting enough to keep me reading.

Some gimmicky plotlines made me feel that the author is quite new as a writer; things like the spontaneous superpet, and gratuitous psuedo-heroism felt juvenile. This isn't a heavy criticism. As the author matures in his or her craft, I'll be happily reading what else they produce. It's just not there yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 16 Jan 2014
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Great start to the series, it starts at the begining with the right background to put you in the picture of why he was running away from the country of his birth
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best book I've read in years. 18 Sep 2011
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The story follows young Garth as he finds himself in more and more trouble (and coincidentally in a role of great import to the kingdom of Hain). He's new to the kingdom and of his newfound abilities, so as he finds out more about the world, so do you. You would think after all that happens to him and all the responsibility that's heaped upon his door that he just can't catch a break, but he handles himself valiantly. He is young but not brash; powerful but not arrogant; likable and easygoing.

This is not your typical fantasy although it shares many of the same themes you'll find in other books of the genre. What I found refreshing about it was what it didn't include. There was an academy setting, yet the main character wasn't bullied like in every other school arch I've ever read. There is no evil foe plotting to take over the world or scheming the protagonist's death at every turn. There is a love interest, but Garth is not completely inept around her. He is constantly finding himself at a disadvantage but he isn't whiny or edgy, rather his character comes through time and time again without becoming overbearing. There are a host of other such motifs that I find authors constantly using as a crutch to invoke emotions in the readers (something I find to be tedious and over-used) which could have been applied but weren't.

That's not to say there isn't a ton of action or things going on in the story. It is very fast-paced without leaving the reader behind or lacking in description or world-building. There are many instances of nail-biting proportions and edge-of-your-seat fun. "Jaunten" is chock-full of humorous situations and life lessons. The author does an extremely good job of introducing new characters without making me feel overwhelmed or impatient (simply wanting to get back to Garth). Also, do not confuse lack of a consistent, tangible enemy to that of a nonexistent plot or conflict. Garth battles against nature, adversity, coming to terms with his own emotions and purpose in life, and people who want to kill him for what he was born with - it often feels as if the world is conspiring against him. Finally, the main character himself is one I can relate to and I find easy to root for in difficult situations. I can't wait to read more about him and his life, and am literally buzzing with excitement for the next installment.

Take it from a scifi/fantasy junkie: you won't find a better adventure for the price, so clear a full day or two in your schedule, buy this book, and prepare to be absorbed in the wonderful new world of the Advent Mage.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great set of stories badly need proof reading 30 July 2013
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I would rate all the books at 5 stars but for all the distracting errors and misused homonyms - HIRE A PROOF READER!! For example, peel = peal / peak = peek / passed = past / back peddle = back pedal (also wrong, in a country with no bicycles)
Super story of a young mage coming into his powers. I enjoy that he is not immediately plunged into some impossible task or quest; he experiences problems and relationships and pleasures that help him grow up and grow into his strength in a way that is almost natural. There is tension, it relaxes and the story moves forward to a test of his power, and a light-hearted incident... It's very readable.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Break from Chaotic Tensions! (Sighs in relief) 25 Dec 2011
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I picked this book up in my never ending quest for new literature to consume. It's a simple story overall, with light adventures and enjoyable characters. Its short and sweet and definitely leaves you wanting more. Its a great break from the complexity and tensions of other fantasies that churn up your mind and emotions. This novel gives me an overall feeling of contentment and lightness of spirit. I've already gone through it twice, and i eagerly await the next.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for Young Adults 23 Oct 2012
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I started out reading this book with the expectation that it was targeted at adults who enjoy epic fantasy books. After a few chapters it was obvious that this book is really best for young adults. Once I got over the disappointment, I resigned myself to enjoy the story anyway. It turned out to be a good story, and although it was not on the same level as any great epic stories, it was interesting and enjoyable. I could recommend it to my grand kids!

Not much about weapons, battles, or evil characters. If you are into hard core epic stories of wars, empires, and treachery, this is not your cup of tea. Otherwise ... read it for the fun of it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 9 Mar 2013
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The series is one that I keep on my Kindle Touch so I can re-read as I'm waiting. They are good enough that I do want to re-read them after a very long day dealing with the real world.
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