The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept, #1)
The ancient magic of wizards was anything but dark. It was the enlightenment that lifted humanity from the squalor of superstition, and the worship of fell spirits and capricious gods, but those days are gone. The shining glory of the sorcerers burned away the subtlety of wisdom, replacing it with easy power, held only in the hands of the elite—a new age built upon the elemental supremacy of aristocrats and the ignorance of the masses.But this will change, for the greatest power comes with knowledge, and the deeper teachings of wizardry have not been utterly lost. The last wizard of the old tradition still survives in solitude, nursing tired grudges and waiting for death.His passing might have gone unnoticed, but for the imposition of a youth too stubborn to accept his refusal to take an apprentice. With a new student comes new hope, and that hope has caused old powers to stir again. That the world will change is inevitable, but the shape of the future is anything but certain.

The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept, #1) Details

TitleThe Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 16th, 2019
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GenreFantasy

The Choice of Magic (Art of the Adept, #1) Review

  • Alexander Moralez
    January 1, 1970
    Truly Awesome.I just finished this book(in one sitting) and now I’m contemplating how on earth will I get up in 3 hours for work. Curse you again Mr. Manning and I look forward to the next book!
  • Benjamin Cross
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent new storylineIt’s rare indeed when a writer knows how to complete a long storyline and start something completely fresh and new. Bravo Mr. Manning. This book has almost nothing in common with his previous universe, from basic natural principles to characters, and yet it is still just as engrossing and the writer keeps his habit of creating characters that the reader will relate to. Now I have to wait for the sequel....
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  • Todd Barrett
    January 1, 1970
    This author........I thought I had another good read to start with this new series. However, I wish I had not read this book. This book left me wishing it was a thousand pages longer or that he had finished the entire series before publishing the first book. I enjoyed this more than the start of the mage born series. This book will get anyone hooked on this author and unfortunately he has not written enough books yet. After you’ve read his books go and read Patrick Rothfuss as you what for the s This author........I thought I had another good read to start with this new series. However, I wish I had not read this book. This book left me wishing it was a thousand pages longer or that he had finished the entire series before publishing the first book. I enjoyed this more than the start of the mage born series. This book will get anyone hooked on this author and unfortunately he has not written enough books yet. After you’ve read his books go and read Patrick Rothfuss as you what for the second book in this great start of a new series.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    As another reviewer put it...how ever did I wake up for work this morning? An often used story line of a young boy being tutored in magic by a cantankerous master...yet more. Having read the Mageborn series some years ago and having enjoyed it thoroughly, I only realized after finishing this book that it was the same author. Had I known I might not have started reading this book on a sunday afternoon with the result of landing up carrying on almost through the night. This book should come with a As another reviewer put it...how ever did I wake up for work this morning? An often used story line of a young boy being tutored in magic by a cantankerous master...yet more. Having read the Mageborn series some years ago and having enjoyed it thoroughly, I only realized after finishing this book that it was the same author. Had I known I might not have started reading this book on a sunday afternoon with the result of landing up carrying on almost through the night. This book should come with a no-sleep warning. On that note Mr. Manning...please hurry up with the next one.
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  • Sarz
    January 1, 1970
    Top class epic fantasyI enjoyed every minute of this, a fantastic beginning to a new series from Michael. Interesting magical systems, good world building, and some really appealing characters. The obligatory grumpy old wizard is hilarious, and there's a few interesting women with fully realised characters. I think it'll appeal to fans of Tad Williams, Robin Hobb, Duncan Hamilton and many others.
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  • Collin Reece
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book by a great author. I wasn’t sure if this book would live up to my expectations after the mageborn saga but it has easily. As with any great book I was sad to reach the end and can’t wait for the next one. Keep up the great work Mr. Manning.
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  • Kimberly Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    A New MasterpieceManning's years of practice in his Mageborn series have truly paid off in this thrilling start to a new series. The far more refined writing had me forgetting I wasn't reading something by Brandon Sanderson or another master of fantasy with 20 years experience. Continously entertained and gripped in this new story the whole way through. Cannot wait for the next installment. Manning is fast climbing the ranks and will surely be known as a master of fantasy himself soon.
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  • Connie Fogg-Bouchard
    January 1, 1970
    knowing who you areWill is an untapped well of a mage. through incidences beyond his control, his magic blooms. to save his life, the grouchy, old hermit in the forest takes him away with him to live. and there he opens up to Will the world of magery. but even the joy of learning magic can be lost when tragedies intervene.Mr. Manning has done it again. I am so excited to see where this wonderful story will take us.
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  • Joshua Barr
    January 1, 1970
    I’m looking forward to the next one!The last few Manning books have been a little downhill I think but this one is a fine return to form!I loved the idea of suppressing mana (“turyn”) as a key to longevity and control, it’s a neat twist on the usual cultivation-type nurturing of a source. I’m looking forward to the next one!
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  • Pam Brann
    January 1, 1970
    The choice of magic Amazing book, what a great writer! This was one of the best I have read in a long time. I hope he has more coming in this series. It was so funny I had to set the book down several time lagging so hard. Other times I would weep. That is the sign of a food book! Thanks Michael G. Manning!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic!Loved every chapter from beginning to end. He always has such a way of building characters that brings them to life, makes you love them, and cringe and smile l e with everything they go through.
  • Mark Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Want to read the next one now.. Sorry the book is not twice as long or the next parts published.
  • Nick Brummett
    January 1, 1970
    I read this whole book in one sitting and loved it. Hopefully the next book comes out soon because I am very interested to know what happens next.
  • Chad Adams
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty goodHuge fan of the author and was not disappointed in the slightest. Only thing I can say that I'm not a fan of is I gotta wait for more ughhh
  • Noah Wofford jr.
    January 1, 1970
    You have hooked me again.Michael G Manning has done a wonderful job in his new series. It starts off a little weird and a little strange.It slowly sucks you in and the next thing you know, hours have passed. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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  • Jay Fowler
    January 1, 1970
    This is another excellent start to a series by Michael Manning. His mageborn series turned me on to this author and is in my top 5 high fantasy series I have read. This new series and first book has just as much promise even if he drove me crazy and made me find a rare Welsh cat legend. Lol. Read this book
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  • Jon
    January 1, 1970
    AmazingEven better than his previous books! I can't wait for the next one! I hope the wait isn't too long. Ugh.
  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Great new series from Michael G ManningA fresh take on magic systems. Very enjoyable. I can’t wait for the next book. The story had some predictable characters but for the most part I was surprised by the twists and turns.
  • Ptdog
    January 1, 1970
    Books like this from author Manning are why I am a fan. Well paced, interesting characters and intriguing situations. Though the ending seemed to violate the rules of the protagonist it makes an acceptable cliff hanger. I hope he doesn’t take too long to write Book 2 in the series. I recommend his other writings. Check them out too.
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  • Art Winsor
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing book by Mr. Manning!I usually hate leaving reviews but I am a big fan of Mr. Manning., anything that benefits his career benefits my library. I was afraid that after the conclusion of his previous works that his next book would suffer. That wasnt the case at all! This is a phenomenal book! I really like his new spin on the concepts of magic.
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  • tmurph
    January 1, 1970
    AstoundingI’m a huge fanboy of Mr Manning’s work, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but this book is amazing. Wonderful start to a brand new world. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.
  • Brent Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Great book couldn't put it down It was a great read. Found myself engrossed in another world. Something of a mis of fantasy, romance and darkness
  • Madison Stuckey
    January 1, 1970
    A great new storyBeen following this author ever since the blacksmiths son, and i have to say i didn't think it could get better than the mageborn series, but this book has changed my opinion on that. This was a great nee story which has loafs of promise for future, as long as the goddamn cat doesn't ruin it first.
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  • Chase Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Very good book This book I think is a lot like his others in the sense of the writing and how good his books are, really enjoyed the book cant wait to see where it goes. Would definitely recommend this book to people who have read his books and liked them .
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  • S J
    January 1, 1970
    Another great readAnother well written story that captures your attention from start to finish.Can’t wait for the second book to come out
  • Jeremy
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book and finished it in about a day. However, I have to subtract one star because there were some flaws I had trouble ignoring. A few glaring grammar issues left me wondering how thorough the editing process was. More damaging to my "immersion" was frustration at the main character. This is a pretty standard coming of age tale, and it is also standard for the protagonist to be a bit naive and foolish, but it felt overdone at points.I also didn't quite get the explanation for there I enjoyed this book and finished it in about a day. However, I have to subtract one star because there were some flaws I had trouble ignoring. A few glaring grammar issues left me wondering how thorough the editing process was. More damaging to my "immersion" was frustration at the main character. This is a pretty standard coming of age tale, and it is also standard for the protagonist to be a bit naive and foolish, but it felt overdone at points.I also didn't quite get the explanation for there being only one remaining "true wizard" around. All the sorcerers know that using too much turyn/mana shortens their life, but you're telling me none try to suppress their source for the opposite effect to see if they live longer? And that this knowledge was once common but wizards just kind of "forgot" how to make themselves live 500+ years, like some unimportant bit of knowledge?Parts of the magic system seem contrived to make Will special is all. Still enjoyed the book regardless and will definitely get the next books in the series.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    I was definitely not disappointed and I'm looking forward to grabbing the next one the second it's released! With that said, it didn't grab and hold my attention like all of the Mageborn books.. (yet - I realize it's a book 1 of a series and it has huge potential for greatness).I compared it to a 50/50 mix of Mageborn meets Ranger's Apprentice. War, strategy, war mixed with magic, wizards, fae, and some new elements I was intrigued to be introduced to. Great character development, I could be wro I was definitely not disappointed and I'm looking forward to grabbing the next one the second it's released! With that said, it didn't grab and hold my attention like all of the Mageborn books.. (yet - I realize it's a book 1 of a series and it has huge potential for greatness).I compared it to a 50/50 mix of Mageborn meets Ranger's Apprentice. War, strategy, war mixed with magic, wizards, fae, and some new elements I was intrigued to be introduced to. Great character development, I could be wrong but I picture Tiny as Michael Clarke Duncan, the gentle giant from The Green Mile. :) "Grandpa" is my favorite character, his sarcasm and insults are worthy of highlighting to use later on your enemies! I love the honor and integrity of Will, I'm looking forward to seeing his character grow.This is probably the wordiest review I've ever left - because it's worth it. Read it :)
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  • Shane Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    Well written but some big gaps This book is well written and a reasonable length. However the main character eventually becomes unbelievable. Without giving the plot away, becomes the sole heir to a library of knowledge but decides to ignore that in favour of running around like a chicken. Refuses to learn, constantly beaten and abused by those in power so he keeps risking his life to help them and goes back for another beating...even the stupid learn eventually but not our manic character. He’s Well written but some big gaps This book is well written and a reasonable length. However the main character eventually becomes unbelievable. Without giving the plot away, becomes the sole heir to a library of knowledge but decides to ignore that in favour of running around like a chicken. Refuses to learn, constantly beaten and abused by those in power so he keeps risking his life to help them and goes back for another beating...even the stupid learn eventually but not our manic character. He’s the kind of slave who stays up at night fixing the overseers whip when the overseer keeps breaking it whipping him during the day because it’s the “right thing to do”.....
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  • James Stein
    January 1, 1970
    Solid Four StarI'm tired of so many of this genre of books starting off with a poor peasant or streetboy who is discovered by a wizard or a magician and ends up with a kingdom after single handedly defeating a huge army and saving a queen to be. Manning's main characters have quite a bit of originality to them while still doing the required thing main characters have to do. The story kept me from getting bored and thinking I'd read too many books like this and the grandfather and cat are wonderf Solid Four StarI'm tired of so many of this genre of books starting off with a poor peasant or streetboy who is discovered by a wizard or a magician and ends up with a kingdom after single handedly defeating a huge army and saving a queen to be. Manning's main characters have quite a bit of originality to them while still doing the required thing main characters have to do. The story kept me from getting bored and thinking I'd read too many books like this and the grandfather and cat are wonderful. Made a good read and I recommend it.
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  • Msew
    January 1, 1970
    Setting the stage and world for book 2!!!So this is going to be a great series! There is a huge amount of world building and so so so many interesting characters that can be prequel books! The main story is a great teacher / student learning and failing and prevailing story. The magic system is very cool! I want to spoil some of what happens but I won’t! You too can endure the emotions I went through! Book 2 is coming!! And it is going to be awesome!!!!!!
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