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    Half a millennium ago, in a desperate attempt to defeat the Ithonian Empire, Kanderon Crux and her allies banished the city of Imperial Ithos from the world of Anastis.

    Her dread weapon, the Exile Splinter, even erased the memory of its location from the universe. Now it's returning and bringing the Exile Splinter back with it.

    The great powers of the continent are desperately hunting for the site of the lost city, knowledge lost even to Kanderon herself. None know what ancient Ithonian weapons and enchantments might still be found in the ruins, but the Exile Splinter alone would be a prize to justify war.

    Hugh and his friends find themselves dragged along on the search, where they'll face enemy warlocks, sea monsters, liches, unnatural storms, and even a man-eating tiger. However, there's something they're not being told about the lost city...something that has even Kanderon and the other great powers terrified.

    Includes Murder at Ras Andis, a bonus novella from the Mage Errant series, and a special note from the author.

    ©2020 John Bierce (P)2020 Podium Audio

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    Good story, mediocre characters

    I like the story, the worldbuilding, the magic system and the battles. But...

    Sadly the characters aren‘t all that well written. All main characters are overpowered. The students, their teacher and their master are all brilliant at magic and in battle.
    Somehow these students are all geniuses and magically on archmage level who beat much stronger foes regularly. There is a lot of telling not showing going on. If you claim your MC is a genius but doesn‘t act like it, it‘s not believable.
    On the topic of geniuses.. all the parents of the characters are geniuses too, apart from the MC, a Warlock whose parents died (Cliché if I ever heard one). See a trend?
    Geniusness all around the good guys side while the bad ones like dramatic and long speeches to giving the MCs time to ambush them. Tactically sub-optimal.

    All well and good, if they wouldn‘t behave so dumb at times. I guess the book would be nice for a teen that just hit puberty because the sheer amount of times they talk about their feelings and what good friends they all are is nothing for any individual whose hormones have settled.

    Then there are all the romances which seem to pop off every time the characters meet someone new. There is a fair bit of homosexuality too.

    Then there are the enemies, who of course, are purity driven racists. What better enemy could there be. A bit shallow for my taste. I like my characters multidimensional.

    I liked to listen to the parts of the book that weren‘t about the strong feelings of the characters towards each other. It has all the right ingredients and could be really good if the characters were written a bit different. The world is very interesting, the labyrinths are too. The multiverse stuff is nice and I can see the author read about many thing to make the magic sound a bit more scientific. Many cool ideas all in all.

    Sorry for typos, I‘m not a native.