Narrator: Ian McEuen
Series: Dual Magics #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 11 July 2017
Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Narrator, Submitted
The two kinds of magic have always been separate. Until now.
Vatar risked his life to try to save his friend - and failed. Now he has an implacable enemy in the shaman, who blames Vatar for the death of his only son. He’s forced to flee his home, at least until the shaman’s thirst for revenge cools.
Taking shelter with his mother’s people in one of the coastal cities, Vatar learns more than he bargained for. He agreed to learn to work iron and steel, but he never suspected to find a magical heritage as well.
And that’s a problem. A huge problem. Because unlike their own Spirit magic, his people regard the city magic as the work of Evil Spirits. If the shaman ever found out about this, it could be the weapon he needs to destroy Vatar.
And yet, finding a way to accept the other side of his heritage may be the only way Vatar can ultimately defeat his enemy and win more than his freedom.
©2014 Meredith Mansfield (P)2017 Meredith Mansfield
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Vatar is an adolescent on the verge of taking his manhood test. He and his friends are on a hunting trip when they decided to cool off in a nearby river. Vatar has a premonition of trouble but tries his best to ignore it. None of his friends know about Vatar’s premonitions as they would be seen as a form of magic and magic is not allowed in the society in which Vatar lives.
Vatar and his friends wade into the river. They splash around a bit, all the while, Vatar’s unease grows. He starts to climb the riverbank, trying to get his friends to come with him. He was almost on the bank when they hear a rumbling sound, the sound of a lot of water heading straight toward them.
Vatar makes it to the riverbank and helps his friends climb to safety. All except for one of his friends. Torkaz, the Shaman’s son, was further away than the others. Torkaz gets to the bottom of the bank just as the flash flood hits the riverbed. Vatar reaches out for his friend and manages to grab him. However, the current from the passing water is too strong and the Shaman’s son has swept away. He is later found further down the river, drowned. This tragedy sets off a chain of events that completely affects the course of Vatar’s life. Some good, some bring challenges.
Ian McEuen was the narrator for this book and he did an excellent job. He did a great job with using different voices to help distinguish between each characters. I had no problems telling each character from another. The production quality was very high. No noticeable changes in volume or any audible cracks or pops.
Overall “The Shaman’s Curse – Dual Magics Book 1” is an enjoyable book. I did feel that they were spots where the plot slowed down a bit but there was action as well. Seeing as this is book 1, I expect that part of this book is background information to set up the other books in the series. So I think that’s why parts seem to lag a little.
If you are looking to start something new in the fantasy genre, I highly recommend this book. There are a total of four books in the series however only the first book is available on audio right now. I’m looking forward to the other books becoming available and seeing where life takes Vatar.