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The looming war with Darrow has faded to a distant shadow, but Will’s continued studies at Wurthaven are disrupted by an unforeseen threat. Selene’s absence has raised suspicion among her friends and Will’s father-in-law, the king, who is now directing his ire at the obvious culprit, his daughter’s new husband. Meanwhile the citizens of Cerria have begun disappearing and a The looming war with Darrow has faded to a distant shadow, but Will’s continued studies at Wurthaven are disrupted by an unforeseen threat. Selene’s absence has raised suspicion among her friends and Will’s father-in-law, the king, who is now directing his ire at the obvious culprit, his daughter’s new husband. Meanwhile the citizens of Cerria have begun disappearing and a shadowy figure is stalking Will’s sister, Laina. With his power pushed to the limit, Will finds himself attempting to preserve a family that rejected him and trying to save a city whose king might rather see him dead. Desperate for help, he may not be able to trust the powers that have supported him in the past, for though the fae could be the source of the catastrophe; they only offer their assistance—for a price. Evil stalks the streets of Cerria at night, seeking the blood of his family, the destruction of the city, and the death of the king. Will may have to decide what is most important for Terabinia: preserving the people of its most prosperous city, or saving its questionable ruler?


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The looming war with Darrow has faded to a distant shadow, but Will’s continued studies at Wurthaven are disrupted by an unforeseen threat. Selene’s absence has raised suspicion among her friends and Will’s father-in-law, the king, who is now directing his ire at the obvious culprit, his daughter’s new husband. Meanwhile the citizens of Cerria have begun disappearing and a The looming war with Darrow has faded to a distant shadow, but Will’s continued studies at Wurthaven are disrupted by an unforeseen threat. Selene’s absence has raised suspicion among her friends and Will’s father-in-law, the king, who is now directing his ire at the obvious culprit, his daughter’s new husband. Meanwhile the citizens of Cerria have begun disappearing and a shadowy figure is stalking Will’s sister, Laina. With his power pushed to the limit, Will finds himself attempting to preserve a family that rejected him and trying to save a city whose king might rather see him dead. Desperate for help, he may not be able to trust the powers that have supported him in the past, for though the fae could be the source of the catastrophe; they only offer their assistance—for a price. Evil stalks the streets of Cerria at night, seeking the blood of his family, the destruction of the city, and the death of the king. Will may have to decide what is most important for Terabinia: preserving the people of its most prosperous city, or saving its questionable ruler?

30 review for Scholar of Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cat'S Schrödinger

    This series is great and I feel like the books just keep getting better. Manning knows how to find the right balance between fulfillment and agony. The interactions feel very real and I wish I had such friends. Another awesome thing is that the “hero” is never too powerful, he never wins just with his own strength or wit and is not perfect. We also get introduced to all the skills he has at hand, so solutions make sense instead of feeling like deus ex machina moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this bo This series is great and I feel like the books just keep getting better. Manning knows how to find the right balance between fulfillment and agony. The interactions feel very real and I wish I had such friends. Another awesome thing is that the “hero” is never too powerful, he never wins just with his own strength or wit and is not perfect. We also get introduced to all the skills he has at hand, so solutions make sense instead of feeling like deus ex machina moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have not taken more than 2 days with any in this series by now, even though I had tons of things to do. Waiting for the next one!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Honestly I couldn't rate it highly enough. I'm most likely going to read the whole thing all over again much slower this time so I have much more time to absorb every detail because I basically read it in 24hours I was so excited. Had been checking the store nearly every day for 2 months waiting for the release. Honestly I couldn't rate it highly enough. I'm most likely going to read the whole thing all over again much slower this time so I have much more time to absorb every detail because I basically read it in 24hours I was so excited. Had been checking the store nearly every day for 2 months waiting for the release.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Hodges

    ❤❤❤❤ The third installment of Will's story is excellent. A word of caution--do not read while you're supposed to be doing something else (like working perhaps) because people will wonder what could possibly be so funny as you snigger, snort and guffaw. ❤❤❤❤ The third installment of Will's story is excellent. A word of caution--do not read while you're supposed to be doing something else (like working perhaps) because people will wonder what could possibly be so funny as you snigger, snort and guffaw.

  4. 4 out of 5

    MPR

    Manning is back on form with his third instalment of the Art of the Adept and by that I mean kinda dumb. The second book really picked things up from the first and I went into this one with high hopes... only to see them dashed. Not that it was bad, as like the others it was entertaining, action-packed, and well written, but like the first book suffers some pretty iffy issues. Take, for example, the character of Laina who in the previous books was portrayed exclusively as a selfish spoiled brat wh Manning is back on form with his third instalment of the Art of the Adept and by that I mean kinda dumb. The second book really picked things up from the first and I went into this one with high hopes... only to see them dashed. Not that it was bad, as like the others it was entertaining, action-packed, and well written, but like the first book suffers some pretty iffy issues. Take, for example, the character of Laina who in the previous books was portrayed exclusively as a selfish spoiled brat who even held contempt for homeless women in wartime, retconned into the saviour of those very same (retroactively) for 'plot'. How about Will, the main character who despite having only a few years of training is now not only able to go toe to toe with anyone in the 'modern' age (which made some sense as true wizardry had been lost) but has more potential than virtually any wizard that has ever lived. We learn in the first book that having his turyn compressed three times makes him rare, but in this book, it is revealed that only a few dozen wizards had EVER managed it, and even doing it twice was a 1 in a 100 thing. Oh, and we also learn that he can now hold four spells at the same time, one more than his master, a wizard so powerful he waged a one-man war against all his peers for presumably hundreds of years, whose very name could inspire a king to raze an entire village centuries after his supposed death. This conveniently puts him on par with Aislinn... the literal goddess of magic, and the only other person who could ever do so. On and on it goes with the ridiculous power creep where he just IS so much MORE than everyone else (he can now also astral project and stuff). At least him being better than the current generation of wizards made sense, the rest is just preposterous and lazy. All in all, I enjoyed reading but the author just pours too much escalation into it to keep it grounded. To top it all off, it was at this point that I realised this ISN'T a trilogy. Sure there are only 3 books listed on Goodreads and Amazon but looks like it's settling in for the long haul. I really wish authors would list how long a series they intend their works to be from the outset (and no, you can't just read the blurbs because they're always filled with spoilers for the previous books). I will be reading the next book once it's released, but after this series, I'm not inclined to ever read anything else by this author again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steven Naylor

    Rating 4.0 stars Much better than the previous books. Will has become something of a badass in this one. He isn't worried as much about what people think. He didn't do as many stupid things in this book, but he still acts out of emotion instead of using his head. In my opinion that makes him very easy to manipulate. It has been a year since Will's grandmother took Selene on as an apprentice and he hasn't seen her once. He doesn't know where she is. This creates a problem with hiding this fact fr Rating 4.0 stars Much better than the previous books. Will has become something of a badass in this one. He isn't worried as much about what people think. He didn't do as many stupid things in this book, but he still acts out of emotion instead of using his head. In my opinion that makes him very easy to manipulate. It has been a year since Will's grandmother took Selene on as an apprentice and he hasn't seen her once. He doesn't know where she is. This creates a problem with hiding this fact from the King and all of Selene's friends. Especially Will's half sister. (view spoiler)[ His step sister comes to his house late and night and demands to speak to Selene. Since she isn't there he tells her as much and she leaves. Will doesn't want anything to happen to her so he follows her home and comes up against someone following her. He takes it upon himself to protect her and uses his aunt to help him. His aunt goes missing and we find out that vampires are involved. They are supposed to be extinct, but there is apparently a wizard who became a vampire years ago and has been able to hide for all this time. Will is tasked by his grandmother to find his aunt or the city will be in trouble. He finds her and rescues her but his friends came with him and they are hurt. He goes back to the trolls to get more ingredients for the regeneration potion. Some interesting things happen but he survives. He is able to get the potion and help his friends. Then he is able to help the city get rid of all the vampires. (hide spoiler)] Probably the best book in the series so far since Will didn't act as stupid in this one. I am interested to see where this goes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jai Choubisa

    This book contains everything I expect from a epic fantasy. Well developed world, interesting characters, epic action, love, friendship and more. I am big fan of main protagonist Will, after him I loved tiny, Laina, Janice, selene and more. Every story is driven by powerful characters full of detail and their decisions. Big factor of this series is a very well developed characters. I also liked antagonist characters androv and the king. This book contained a lot more humour with various action seq This book contains everything I expect from a epic fantasy. Well developed world, interesting characters, epic action, love, friendship and more. I am big fan of main protagonist Will, after him I loved tiny, Laina, Janice, selene and more. Every story is driven by powerful characters full of detail and their decisions. Big factor of this series is a very well developed characters. I also liked antagonist characters androv and the king. This book contained a lot more humour with various action sequence. I believe this series is some what inspired by characters from Name of the wind book ( like kvothe as will, fela as Janice, university as wurhaven college, etc.) . I was looking for similar books and this series is one of the best I found. Eagerly waiting for next book in series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jaxon Kramer

    Another masterpiece by Michael. He has a way of blending just the right amount of humour with serious philosophical moral and ethical dilemmas which force you to reflect. The magic system is great and I love the characters. He continues to provide evidence of why he is one of my favourite authors.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Rabetche

    Wonderful Conclusion In these dark times, it’s nice to escape from the harsh realities we face. I read and love the Fantasy Genre for such reasons. And Michael Manning’s books always put a smile on my face. Thanks MgM for another 5-Star series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Smith

    Loved the story In a way a very standard plot line but loved the way the story built in all the books. Good characters with some development and a few unique ones as well. Looking forward to the next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Otton

    This series came back in a big way in this book, putting a lot of my worries to bed from the second book and delivering an awesome story in the process. The key things I loved about this book include: 1 - Will's changes - Will is no longer an idiot who is making the worst possible decision at every opportunity. He has levelled up as a character, both mentally and in terms of power, and he is proving that he can learn from past mistakes. Does that mean he doesn't do anything stupid? No, he still This series came back in a big way in this book, putting a lot of my worries to bed from the second book and delivering an awesome story in the process. The key things I loved about this book include: 1 - Will's changes - Will is no longer an idiot who is making the worst possible decision at every opportunity. He has levelled up as a character, both mentally and in terms of power, and he is proving that he can learn from past mistakes. Does that mean he doesn't do anything stupid? No, he still does a lot of questionable things, but in this book, it is more in fitting with his character and you can see the logic path he took to arrive at the decisions he comes to. 2 - Will's Levelling up - I know, I already mentioned this one, but I really don't want to overlook it. One of the key elements of this series that I have loved is that the author has never shied away from the fact that this is Will's story. No matter how important anyone else is, the events revolve around Will, the plot is driven by his actions, and a big part of the story is him slowly turning into an absolute badass. As a sucker for overpowered protagonists, I am loving watching this unfold. 3 - Tiny is back! - I've always loved Tiny as a character and him not being in book 2 was a real shame. His simplistic wisdom, unshakeable loyalty, and his pure goodness just made him a great character to read about. He also has excellent chemistry with Will which is one of the better relationships in this whole series. 4 - Will's noble family - A lot of this book deals with Will's noble family and I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Family drama is normally a big turn off for me, especially one that follows the old fantasy trope of a bastard son and his noble father. However, this book changed up the formula a bit and made it work. I especially enjoyed reading about Will's relationship with Laina. 5 - No Selene - I get that this will be a controversial one for a lot of people, but the author hasn't sold me on Selene as a character, nor her relationship with Will. So many other characters in this series have more agency than her and have more chemistry with the protagonist. Her not being around much in this novel is a big boon in my mind. (view spoiler)[6 - How Selene comes back into this novel - Another controversial one maybe, but I liked that Selene didn't come back into this novel as a fully-fledged wizard who was ready to show up Will at every turn. There is a tendency in fantasy to go in hard on Mary Sue side characters in the name of girl power. This is fine if it's in the form of well fleshed out characters who integrate seamlessly into the plot, but when it is written as a way to overshadow, or in a lot of cases, emasculate male protagonists in the name of putting them in their place, it gets frustrating and can ruin a series. I fully expected this to happen here as we already knew that Selene was a genius spell caster (One of her abundance of shining qualities) and that only Will's unique take on magic and his power levels set him apart, something I thought would have been rectified by her time with Aislinn. However, that didn't happen and I applaud the author for the restraint he showed here. (hide spoiler)] Now onto a few things that I didn't like about this book, as not everything was great: 1 - The King's relationship with Will - Every time they interact, I am left wondering why the king doesn't just kill Will and get it over with. I don't buy their relationship at all and it stretches the realms of disbelief every time they interact. 2 - Turning Laina into something she's not - Laina is one of the real highlights in this book, and her relationship with Will is wonderful. I really enjoyed reading about her. However, the author tries to sell us on her being a really altruistic character and he paints a very different picture of her through the way people talk about her than what he has shown throughout three novels. We have never seen anything other than a spoiled princess type character, one who didn't know what was happening under her very nose and was self-entitled. It's a classic case of show don't tell, because the author is telling us one thing, but not backing it up with her actions and personality. Overall Verdict Despite a few niggles here and there, I loved this book and it has completely washed away any ill will the second book created in me for this series. It is an exciting story that moves quickly despite being a long book and I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it. It's an easy 5-stars for this one, and I can't wait to see what comes next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Great series! I love this series; the characters are fun, and interesting. The progression and growth is well done and the main character isn’t overpowered. Honestly I also like how he’s able to write characters that have depth and are young people with flaws and awkwardness at times. Not gonna lie the last few pages of them talking over everything that happened are hilarious. This was my second read through and I can’t get enough of this series. I hope it never ends!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Furion

    It's amazing how he just keeps caring for people who have nothing to do with him. Anyway I won't say thats bad writing since too many books portray some morally "perfect" hero. It really gets to me whenever he kills someone, TO SAVE SOMEONE, and they glare at him accusingly like "you killed him without hesitating!", whoever does that stare is already a poor written character. Fk this author rubs in me in all the wrong ways, this book is just not for me. But seriously, why is Tiny there every figh It's amazing how he just keeps caring for people who have nothing to do with him. Anyway I won't say thats bad writing since too many books portray some morally "perfect" hero. It really gets to me whenever he kills someone, TO SAVE SOMEONE, and they glare at him accusingly like "you killed him without hesitating!", whoever does that stare is already a poor written character. Fk this author rubs in me in all the wrong ways, this book is just not for me. But seriously, why is Tiny there every fight, why do you keep trying to incorporate someone who IS USELESS and keep justifying him being useful. He has no magic. If the book followed even a bit of sense, he would have died dozens of times already, he is physically weaker than the vampires, and he has no magic. So how hasn't he died? Because plot armor supreme makes him seem relevant. (TINY SPOILER ABOUT AN IRRELEVANT COUPLE) And why is he and Janice so forced, how does she get love at first sight with a giant, I'm sry, but it doesn't happen. Being so big isn't attractive at all, and love at first sight can only happen with attractiveness, with those who are anything but, it only comes later when you get to know the person and like being with him. So yeah, Tiny is absolutely forced in both combat and love, just so to make up for Janice having a crush on Will. A cliche. Basically I only touched on things I disliked, not saying book is bad, but I really hate illogical things, and author had some dam bad ones too, lets not even get started about arrogan dying, this is up there with dumbledore being gay. An arrow gets him. An arrow. An arrow. It was fired early. Early. Let me bash my head in to this wall a bit. Edit 20 mins later / SPOILER : Omg, how did he kill Androv? Because the man simply stopped and let him cast his spell. He waited. The most careful, clever vampire, just let him do whatever he wants. I really don't want to read the next book, I really don't, but all the time invested... UGHH Edit n.2 another 20 mins later/SPOILER : okay I liked the ending and especially selene not cheating, so Ill probs read the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daedalus

    I have read the two previous books and I'm going to say I really enjoyed them. The cat and the old man are both incredibly hilarious. The books are well written and they have ample amounts of humor. Above all else, I get really tired of the social justice warrior idiocy. Keep that in the already ridiculous political spectrum, and in the previous two books the author kept that to a minimum. Insert Darla. Look ill be honest with you. I made it 30 percent into the book and I just couldn't take it any I have read the two previous books and I'm going to say I really enjoyed them. The cat and the old man are both incredibly hilarious. The books are well written and they have ample amounts of humor. Above all else, I get really tired of the social justice warrior idiocy. Keep that in the already ridiculous political spectrum, and in the previous two books the author kept that to a minimum. Insert Darla. Look ill be honest with you. I made it 30 percent into the book and I just couldn't take it anymore. It starts with the entry of the OMG badass warrior that no one can beat. Even the best male warriors get pulverized. After this beginning, I roll my eyes and think well here we go. Sure enough, we have the big reveal, it's a woman... gasp. Look women do not beat men in a fight by any sort of reasonable percentage. Especially not soldiers or warriors. The concept is ridiculous and to be honest forced. I like this author but I couldn't let this go. Its like we had to be sure to check this off the woke list and I hate it. Oh and it doesn't stop there, we have to put the "omg she's so better than me at everything" drivel. Seriously, Do women even want this crap.. if so they will be surely disappointed once they step in the ring. I'm sorry Mr. Manning but you shouldn't have drank the kool-aid. Oooo and look she's a lesbian. Come on man are you serious. Could you disappoint me more. Damn, why is this necessary? There are very few actual lesbians out there and I wouldn't describe Laina as having the proper psyche or situation based on the actual scientific evidence to be lesbian. I believe people can do whatever they want but does this need to be forced down the throat of every person. Could we just marvel at the ridiculous mechanics of it and move on? Jesus, Manning. I guess every fantasy story is based in San Francisco where people have certified rear end insurance and the smell of burnt rug can be smelled from miles away.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ferak

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First I would like to state, that I love most of your books, not too heavy on worldbuilding (which can sometimes get too overbearing, at least for me), with meaningful and real conversations and interactions between characters and good, although somewhat predictable story and actions, mainly of the main character. But hey, nowadays there are so many fiction stories floating around, that it's pretty hard creating something really unique. And although author often uses some well known stereotypes, First I would like to state, that I love most of your books, not too heavy on worldbuilding (which can sometimes get too overbearing, at least for me), with meaningful and real conversations and interactions between characters and good, although somewhat predictable story and actions, mainly of the main character. But hey, nowadays there are so many fiction stories floating around, that it's pretty hard creating something really unique. And although author often uses some well known stereotypes, the finished product is always a great read. But I must say, I'am really not getting the motivation for the whole hero/savior routine of the MC in this particular story. I mean, ok so his Fey aunt gets kidnaped and suddenly he is all crazy about saving her.. why the hell is that? First, he only knows about this particular relative for like what, 1/10th of his life? Second, several times now it was stated (and I get the feeling that Mc also internally understands this and made peace with it), that Fae don't give a f*** about others, they care only for themselves. His so called aunt would actually rip out his throat the first chance she got, if she knew there would be no ramifications for the act. And she repeatedly abuses him verbally. So why the hell would anybody go out of his way to help someone like that? Even his hero/saviour complex in case of his half-sister was getting somewhat too much, although I can at least somewhat understand this one. Well as I said, overall it's a good sequel to a great story and its really an enjoyable read, but sometimes I just can't not think to myself "Why the f*** are you trying to help that bit**? She is not worth it dumbass!" He is too good natured for his own good.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ben Male

    These books just keep getting better and better AND BETTER. I remember starting with Blacksmith's Son back in the day and falling in love with the world, the characters, the HUMOUR and WIT (which I believe are the key parts to Michael's books being amazing), the MAGIC(!), the romance, fun, sadness, agony; everything. Ugh. It's just so good 🤤 If you're a fan of fantasy/magic/wizards/boy coming into power stories, then literally ALL of Michael's books are for you. You'll fall in love, guaranteed. I These books just keep getting better and better AND BETTER. I remember starting with Blacksmith's Son back in the day and falling in love with the world, the characters, the HUMOUR and WIT (which I believe are the key parts to Michael's books being amazing), the MAGIC(!), the romance, fun, sadness, agony; everything. Ugh. It's just so good 🤤 If you're a fan of fantasy/magic/wizards/boy coming into power stories, then literally ALL of Michael's books are for you. You'll fall in love, guaranteed. If you don't, I'll take your verbal beating 😉 I might as well guarantee a limb or an organ; I know I'm never going to need to fulfil this 😂😁 Steadily and surprisingly these books just keep improving. I always think I've figured out Michael's writing, then it just blows up every book with something else amazing. Scholar of Magic has made me laugh out loud the most in a while when reading. Literally screaming with delight and hilarity and awkwardness at all the different myriad of crazy adventures Will gets up to. I love how Michael's writing is so him, and so current. It's not trying to be anything it's not, and that's gorgeous and beautiful. If you follow him on Facebook you'll know what I mean. His meme life and sense of humour translates perfectly into his writing: it feels so connected. Anyway, please please please read this book: you will laugh so many times and it will make me happy 😁😂

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    This was a series that I had really enjoyed and was looking forward to continuing. It took me a bit to remember where we were in the story, but once I did, things took off from there. The story arc continued with Selene being MIA (that was one of the things I had forgotten, that she was off "training" with the Fae) and with Will just being a trouble magnet. He is a great MC, likeable yet so clueless sometimes. Somehow, even with ALL of the chaos surrounding him, he is able to come out on top. Th This was a series that I had really enjoyed and was looking forward to continuing. It took me a bit to remember where we were in the story, but once I did, things took off from there. The story arc continued with Selene being MIA (that was one of the things I had forgotten, that she was off "training" with the Fae) and with Will just being a trouble magnet. He is a great MC, likeable yet so clueless sometimes. Somehow, even with ALL of the chaos surrounding him, he is able to come out on top. There is lots and lots of action - a big bad king who is consistently awful, friends who risk everything to help him, a butler type helper who knows more than he admits, and an awful lot of bad guys trying to kill Will. So basically, what's new? I enjoyed this. There is not yet an Audible version so I ended up reading this. I'm not sure if this is the end or will be continuing, but if it continues, I will be going along for the ride.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    I'm trying to work out how the ratings have gone up over the three books in the series, in the opposite direction of mine, and I'm not sure how. I really enjoyed the first book, it setup an interesting world with interesting characters, which is the reason I've keep reading the series. Book two continued building on this, the main character did some silly things and "got away with them", but I sort of ignored them for the enjoyment of the world. Book three though frustrated me, with a main charact I'm trying to work out how the ratings have gone up over the three books in the series, in the opposite direction of mine, and I'm not sure how. I really enjoyed the first book, it setup an interesting world with interesting characters, which is the reason I've keep reading the series. Book two continued building on this, the main character did some silly things and "got away with them", but I sort of ignored them for the enjoyment of the world. Book three though frustrated me, with a main character which made blatently stupid decisions, was protected purely by authors armor in most instances, that along with a power creep and a magical (hah) abilility to match any situation. Don't get me wrong, I did still enjoy parts of book three, but those elements are diluted by the frustrating sides, and when book four comes out I'm really not sure I want to take the risk on it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Originally 4 stars, downgraded to 3 after thinking about it for a bit. Story was good in general, but there's a lot of fixation on involving almost every major female character in this book with sex in some way, and usually in some kind of weird or creepy way. For example: (view spoiler)[ When our protagonist ends up in his half-sister's body and she has to tell him not to fondle herself. Just weird. That weird dream sequence with Selene and elf-boy was just awful. Not only because of the fact tha Originally 4 stars, downgraded to 3 after thinking about it for a bit. Story was good in general, but there's a lot of fixation on involving almost every major female character in this book with sex in some way, and usually in some kind of weird or creepy way. For example: (view spoiler)[ When our protagonist ends up in his half-sister's body and she has to tell him not to fondle herself. Just weird. That weird dream sequence with Selene and elf-boy was just awful. Not only because of the fact that it was SUCH a huge tonal whiplash from the previous scene and came out of nowhere, but because of the kinda rapey nature of the scene. Also, it wasn't addressed again until the very end of the book. Not a fan. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brogan Bunner

    Character development for specific members of Will's group was fantastic in this book. They will remain unnamed for a spoiler-free review, but seriously fantastic reveals and interactions from the cast all around. I think the pace of the plot can be a bit daunting at times, to where there's no down time in the action, but that was also the practical consequence of the problems that the cast were dealing with. It definitely kept me turning the pages. Can't wait for the release of the next volume! Character development for specific members of Will's group was fantastic in this book. They will remain unnamed for a spoiler-free review, but seriously fantastic reveals and interactions from the cast all around. I think the pace of the plot can be a bit daunting at times, to where there's no down time in the action, but that was also the practical consequence of the problems that the cast were dealing with. It definitely kept me turning the pages. Can't wait for the release of the next volume!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sean Berry

    Pretty decent So I like this the series has real female characters, and not all of them are simple archetypes, and the people have difficult family relationships that they still work through, and that each character is given something to show their humanity. The magic system is interesting, and even though I don’t fully understand it, it has some great underpinnings and explanations that help you understand where the author is coming from.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniel MacDougall

    Outstanding Another amazing dive into a rich and fascinating world. Relatable and well-created characters are the hallmark of Mr Manning and one can’t help being drawn in by the comparisons to the previous series’ main (anti-)hero. If you like fantasy, you can’t afford to miss this author.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ganan

    MG Manning does it again! Listen, if you’ve already finished books one and two why are you honestly bothering to read reviews for book 3! You know it’ll be just as brilliant and downright hilarious as the other two! Will’s journey just keeps getting better and better - bravo MG Manning 👏

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    My favorite in the series so far! A lot of unexpected twists and laughs. Also a lot of unanswered questions, but not an awful cliffhanger either. I'll gladly pre-purchase the next book when it's released! My favorite in the series so far! A lot of unexpected twists and laughs. Also a lot of unanswered questions, but not an awful cliffhanger either. I'll gladly pre-purchase the next book when it's released!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gary Holland

    It's always a little sad when i finish one of Michael's books, as i know it will be a while before the next one. If you are a fan of 'coming of age fantasy' then you must read Mr Manning's back catalogue. I would love to see a movies series adapted from these books. It's always a little sad when i finish one of Michael's books, as i know it will be a while before the next one. If you are a fan of 'coming of age fantasy' then you must read Mr Manning's back catalogue. I would love to see a movies series adapted from these books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hud Russo

    Liked it Not sure if the story is over or not but great book. Interesting new characters and further development of existing ones. New monsters, magic and plots. Defendantely worth reading!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Vanucchi

    Great ending So, the first book in this series I thought Will was a complete idiot and so wasn't really eager to read book two. When I finally did I was much happier, for that and this conclusion. Just read if a fan my thoughts aren't forming well this morning lol Great ending So, the first book in this series I thought Will was a complete idiot and so wasn't really eager to read book two. When I finally did I was much happier, for that and this conclusion. Just read if a fan my thoughts aren't forming well this morning lol

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

    The book itself is not as bad as the second book. There are parts of it that screams stupidity, and some story lines that had alot of potential like what happend to his friend. But that was utterly scrapped i think. Other then that you have your standard plot armors and weird actions. I think after i finished this book i'm ish 60% sure how the end of the king is going to be. In short, it's a book for teens written vulgarly with sex, and swearing. This dont damn the book, the writing quality is n The book itself is not as bad as the second book. There are parts of it that screams stupidity, and some story lines that had alot of potential like what happend to his friend. But that was utterly scrapped i think. Other then that you have your standard plot armors and weird actions. I think after i finished this book i'm ish 60% sure how the end of the king is going to be. In short, it's a book for teens written vulgarly with sex, and swearing. This dont damn the book, the writing quality is not the best. But passable. I would recommend this for people that dont got anything to read but liked the book 1 and 2.

  28. 5 out of 5

    T.W.A.T Oronyx

    Manning is back with a third installment that just brings joy and agony in equal parts With this book, manning flushes out William as an emotional character, carrying for those who at first glance don't seem to care at all about him. and as always the dialogue between Aragon and William is excellent parts of witty banter and informative subjects that flush out the world of hycenia even further. in summary, another great installment in the series that flushes our main character and the world he Manning is back with a third installment that just brings joy and agony in equal parts With this book, manning flushes out William as an emotional character, carrying for those who at first glance don't seem to care at all about him. and as always the dialogue between Aragon and William is excellent parts of witty banter and informative subjects that flush out the world of hycenia even further. in summary, another great installment in the series that flushes our main character and the world he lives in.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steven Rumsey

    A bit superficial and trite. Simplistic, cheap sexy thrills, simple plot, lazy dialog and seemed to be just filling space to create another book, which just continues on and on as much as necessary to earn a bit more money from ...us Simplistic , trite , lazy, looking to just fill space and earn some money by publishing a new book which is just a bit more than a few chapters. A shame as the earlier books were more interesting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Didrik

    Almost 5 stars for me. I still love the characters, but I felt this installment was missing something. Maybe because it only takes place over a few weeks of time, or perhaps it’s that there wasn’t much growth in the characters, due to such a short period of time in the book. I’m still very much looking forward to the next one.

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