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Lusam: The Dragon Mage Wars Book One by [Cadman, Dean]
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Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic, and discovered quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before, the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam. But before Lusam could be taught all he needed to know about his past, his grandmother unexpectedly dies of a fever, and Lusam finds himself homeless on the unforgiving streets of Helveel. Unbeknown to Lusam, the only thing keeping him alive is a promise he made to his grandmother, to always hide his aura, no matter what. Lusam meets and befriends a young thief fleeing her old city of Stelgad, before making a magical discovery that will change both their lives forever, and possibly the fate of the entire world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1495 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dean Cadman; 1 edition (27 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019WTMZTI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Great story lioking forward to the next editions
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Enjoyed the book, good characters, good storyline always moved a surprising pace. Moved to the next book. Looking forward to new instalments.
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By Eccentric 911 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2016
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Fast pace, good characters, really enjoyed the direct story telling. No fluff. Enjoy this one. I'll definitely read the next book.
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My review on book three in this series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read until the abrupt ending, needed to be longer 13 January 2016
By C. Au - Published on Amazon.com
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At just over 100 Amazon pages this book is short for a fantasy story. Just when it starts to get going, it ends and we have to buy book 2. This isn't actually written like a true book in a series where it has a sub arc that ends and a series arc that draws the reader to keep going. Rather this is a part of a story that was cut into sections and bundled up as books probably to get more money while the story is being written. So if you get irritated by this tactic, you may want to wait until the entire story is done before diving in.

Now with all that said, I did enjoy this part of the story. I like the characters and want to see them stop running and start fighting. The book is decently written and has few grammar mistakes and while the story is simple it is fun. The hero might be overly powerful at times for a beginner but he's in a situation that looks so deep that I think he will need it and at least he can't do everything he wants.

The sample gives you a good indicator of the writing style throughout - no hidden surprises. So this is definitely worth reading if you liked that and you don't mind the bit about being a broken up story.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Running 5 April 2016
By Underdog - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a mostly enjoyable fantasy novel although many of the plot elements have seemingly been recycled from other fantasy novels and/or roll playing games. There is a homeless child who is destined for magical greatness, another child who is a member of a thiefs' guild, a character who is a paladin of a goddess, etc. There is very little within the novel that is truly original.

In terms of spelling, grammar, editing, and writing skills, this is a professional level work. This is important because such problems tend to throw the reader out of the immersive experience that a book should be. In any case, this book does not suffer from the frequent spelling and grammar errors that have become so typical of self published e-books.

My biggest problem with this book and a large chunk of the second book is that there is simply too much running. The characters spend several hours a day, for day after day, running. They run after each other when they become separated, they run away from the bad guys when they are together, they run from place to place, etc. They run through forests without tripping over roots, rocks, etc. They run with or without gathering food supplies in advance. They run carrying weapons. They run wearing boots. They run without taking care of their feet. The boy magician character runs after living homeless in an alley for two years followed by several months of working a completely sedentary job. The paladin character runs after living homeless on the streets for a year while he tracks a spy. One thief character runs after being poisoned (twice), then hung over a horse for a protracted length of time, then tied riding the horse, and then thrown in a cell without having any real chance to recover. Let me emphasize this issue - the characters literally run all day, for day after day, and don't experience any serious difficulty maintaining the pace.

It is as if the author has never done any running and simply does not recognize the sheer physical effort that running entails.

All of this running under these circumstances forced me to spend big chunks of time thinking about how unlikely it would be for these characters to be able to do all of this running without dropping. The sheer improbability forced me out of the flow of the narrative. It forced me to focus upon this issue when I would have liked nothing more than to become lost in the story. In short, it caused me to drop at least one star from this review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read! 27 May 2016
By Roy Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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So far (after reading the first three books) this is proving to be one of those series that you don't want to put down till you have finished it all. I'm amazed sometimes at how some readers insist on over analyzing works of this type instead of just enjoying the read and the well spent time with it. It has some tried and perhaps overdone premises in some parts but it would be really hard to come up with a completely new one all together. True, it follows certain patterns of story writing but don't most books. Really? For me the experience of getting involved with a well developed character is important even if I miss the 6:00 news once in awhile. The better part of a good story is when I can experience, vicariously, the experience of other's whether real or fiction. Remember, this is just a work of fiction and I think that the author has done a credible job. I've really enjoyed it, so far, and look forward to any more instalments in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good first book. 27 June 2016
By Silvaine - Published on Amazon.com
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The first book of this YA series does what it's supposed to. It introduces us to the characters, sets the stage for future events and establishes some historic information. The book is necessarily slow as we learn about the world Mr. Cadman has created and the people who populate it. It never stops being interesting though so long as you enjoy depth of character and world building.

Lusam is someone you can empathize with and cheer for and in this book nothing too radically out of place occurs. It's a good start to a series.
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the Lusam plot and the two books that followed 24 September 2016
By Wes Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the Lusam plot and the two books that followed.

It seems these days when an author writes an entertaining theme, well, it can't be completed in one book or a trilogy, there has to be some continuation until the reader could lose interest in the characters, the theme and conclusion. I've read several authors who have used this method of continuation up to 10 books. The theme gets stale and a reader finishes the series as a challenge, not for enjoyment.

My interest was drawn into the theme with the "discovery" of Lusam's talent. But as the heroes and villains progressed, it was evident that the theme must continue.