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*** Updated February 7, 2019, with corrections! *** Gavin Cross is a young man in an unfamiliar city with no knowledge of how he came to be there. A desperate choice awakens a power he must learn to control, or it will kill him.Marcus is an ancient master, possessing countless secrets of forgotten lore. He trivializes workings of magic anyone else would say is imp *** Updated February 7, 2019, with corrections! *** Gavin Cross is a young man in an unfamiliar city with no knowledge of how he came to be there. A desperate choice awakens a power he must learn to control, or it will kill him.Marcus is an ancient master, possessing countless secrets of forgotten lore. He trivializes workings of magic anyone else would say is impossible.Gavin becomes Marcus's first apprentice in uncounted years and must thread his way through a society where people who've never met him regard him with unease at best or outright fear at worst. But when he discovers a plot to destabilize and overthrow that society, Gavin must make another choice.Option One: a society’s leadership who would prefer Gavin dead. Option Two: a traitor who actively seeks Gavin's death. Hmmm, looks like it's time to make Option Three...


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*** Updated February 7, 2019, with corrections! *** Gavin Cross is a young man in an unfamiliar city with no knowledge of how he came to be there. A desperate choice awakens a power he must learn to control, or it will kill him.Marcus is an ancient master, possessing countless secrets of forgotten lore. He trivializes workings of magic anyone else would say is imp *** Updated February 7, 2019, with corrections! *** Gavin Cross is a young man in an unfamiliar city with no knowledge of how he came to be there. A desperate choice awakens a power he must learn to control, or it will kill him.Marcus is an ancient master, possessing countless secrets of forgotten lore. He trivializes workings of magic anyone else would say is impossible.Gavin becomes Marcus's first apprentice in uncounted years and must thread his way through a society where people who've never met him regard him with unease at best or outright fear at worst. But when he discovers a plot to destabilize and overthrow that society, Gavin must make another choice.Option One: a society’s leadership who would prefer Gavin dead. Option Two: a traitor who actively seeks Gavin's death. Hmmm, looks like it's time to make Option Three...

30 review for Awakening

  1. 5 out of 5

    Endoria

    The book starts promising enough, sadly it does not deliver past the first 50 pages. The world building is non existent, the main characters have only one dimension: Stupid. After being (obviously) summoned to another world, but stripped of all memories, our protagonist is such a bumbling moron, he does not even stop for a second to think and ask questions. To top that off, he is immediately recruited to be the apprentice of some super powerful wizard of a family that supposedly does no longer exis The book starts promising enough, sadly it does not deliver past the first 50 pages. The world building is non existent, the main characters have only one dimension: Stupid. After being (obviously) summoned to another world, but stripped of all memories, our protagonist is such a bumbling moron, he does not even stop for a second to think and ask questions. To top that off, he is immediately recruited to be the apprentice of some super powerful wizard of a family that supposedly does no longer exist. Obviously, as you do, the wizards proceeds to simply kill a full house of people to free the female slave side-kick. And our protagonist and said slave are known to be parts of some ancient prophecy. Of course nobody bother telling the protagonist about it and despite him being SUPER important, they just let the bumbling dipshit walk around the city (after he was already attacked by slavers at the start of the book) because why not, what could possibly happen to him? Of course he now gets attacked by the "evil" people of this story and the "big evil god" tries to recruit him. Obviously the first thing the protagonist, who lost ALL his memories, first looks up the wizard house he belongs to in a library, because there aren't literally thousands of books with more important topics for someone who has lost his memories. Such as: Who am I? Where am I? What is this place? Why am I a wizard? Why the F do I not remember anything? And we have not even gotten past 10% of the first book. STill nobody talked to the poor protagonist, nobody told him to be on the lookout, nobody told him he is part of a prophecy and NOBODY is there to protect him. The fact that the book is rated at 4 stars clearly shows that goodreads rating system is broken. This book does not deserve more than the 1 star I am giving it and I advice any serious ready of fantasy fiction to not touch this book, even if it is the last book on earth.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kman

    ok is the best i can do for this series, 1.5 stars. it isn't terrible but there is absolutely nothing new. the plot is really a bunch of well worn fantasy tropes tied together in 50-100 page blocks. character development is minimal at best, the main character is at barely 1 dimensional and there is no supporting characters of interest. the author does do a good job of keeping the story moving, it was an easy light read. i would recommend it for young readers accept that for some unknown reason t ok is the best i can do for this series, 1.5 stars. it isn't terrible but there is absolutely nothing new. the plot is really a bunch of well worn fantasy tropes tied together in 50-100 page blocks. character development is minimal at best, the main character is at barely 1 dimensional and there is no supporting characters of interest. the author does do a good job of keeping the story moving, it was an easy light read. i would recommend it for young readers accept that for some unknown reason the author continually veered into dark very adult segues.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steve Naylor

    Rating 2.0 stars This book was kind of boring. Kind of simple. Nothing really happened, and when something did happen there wasn't any follow up. The story follows Gavin Cross as he arrives in this new world with no memories of his previous life. He comes across a slave who has escaped her master and he protects her with magic. He is a wizard in a world of mages. Mages can use spells but wizards know words of magic. The slave is actually the daughter of another countries king, which makes her a Rating 2.0 stars This book was kind of boring. Kind of simple. Nothing really happened, and when something did happen there wasn't any follow up. The story follows Gavin Cross as he arrives in this new world with no memories of his previous life. He comes across a slave who has escaped her master and he protects her with magic. He is a wizard in a world of mages. Mages can use spells but wizards know words of magic. The slave is actually the daughter of another countries king, which makes her a princess. We find out that Gavin is related to one of the noble wizard lines and he is the last of his family (at least on this world). He is taken to be the apprentice of a master wizard and goes to the college to learn magic. All of this is pretty standard and I didn't mind the setup. I am always looking for something that stands out in a book. More than one thing is always preferable but there needs to be something that makes the story great. It could be the magic system, world building, the characters, the action. There needs to be something that makes the story memorable. This book had nothing that stood out. Everything was flat. I kept waiting for more to happen. I thought that since Gavin was going to the college to learn magic, then this would be a big part of the story but it wasn't. I liked Kiri and felt that her story was very interesting and there would be more about her, but again there was almost nothing. Then there were the things that I thought were bad about the story (view spoiler)[ Gavin gets his way with the council by using the rules against them and the constitution. He has only been there for months and seems to know the rules better than anyone? How is that? What is up with the slavers? All it takes it for someone to touch you with a slave brand and then you are a slave forever and nobody can do anything about it? Gavin is attacked with a void blade that has killed everyone it has ever touched, except of course for Gavin. He has a scar on his arm, is weak for a couple of pages and then this is never mentioned again. He has assassins after him and he doesn't take any precautions. His mentor is killed and he doesn't change anything about his behavior. In fact he goes off by himself for weeks to "figure things out". He then takes on apprentices himself even though he has only been studying magic for a few months. What the hell is going on in this story. None of this made any sense to me. (hide spoiler)] Overall this was a very weak story. I felt no emotion from any of the characters. Even when there was a tragedy, the characters seemed to get over it very quickly. It is possible that the narration added to my opinion as I felt it was pretty bland and void of emotion as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Allen McDonald

    Outstanding It is getting rare to find an adult treatment of fantasy of this kind, I'm sorry to say. All too often the MC is either clueless or bumbling or emotionally fraught for some reason. This guy is none of that. He understandably takes a bit to get his feet under himself but he then operates with principle and honor and doesn't let his power go to his head. Very refreshing! The plot is complex and not easily perceived. The world and the magic system are mildly unique, interesting and sensi Outstanding It is getting rare to find an adult treatment of fantasy of this kind, I'm sorry to say. All too often the MC is either clueless or bumbling or emotionally fraught for some reason. This guy is none of that. He understandably takes a bit to get his feet under himself but he then operates with principle and honor and doesn't let his power go to his head. Very refreshing! The plot is complex and not easily perceived. The world and the magic system are mildly unique, interesting and sensible. The author assumes, as is sensible, that an old culture will be mature and sophisticated, but not necessarily decadent. There are bad guys and traitors and hence the plot. Very good read. I soaked it right up and went right on to the next in the series. I highly recommend it for anyone that appreciates mature fantasy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Epic This story was well composed in it's world building and magic system. Plots schemed, and dark forces at work as a bid for power ensues from a noble seeking influence, a king wanting absolute authority and an ancient who wants to reclaim his mantle of a God. Gavin is not an OP character but is far more powerful in the magical arts than the current generation. That is because he knows many words of power, how magic was conducted in the old ways. He is fragile but capable and makes many friends Epic This story was well composed in it's world building and magic system. Plots schemed, and dark forces at work as a bid for power ensues from a noble seeking influence, a king wanting absolute authority and an ancient who wants to reclaim his mantle of a God. Gavin is not an OP character but is far more powerful in the magical arts than the current generation. That is because he knows many words of power, how magic was conducted in the old ways. He is fragile but capable and makes many friends along the way to fulfill his purpose. I would reccomend this to anyone interested in light political intrigue, fantasy, and world building rich in its own history.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book one Mistakes: None found. Plot: I want to call this portal fantasy. MC is transported to a different world with no memory of his past. He learns he is related to the most powerful House of mages. His branch of the family having fled the world during the God War. What ensues is him picking up the family mantel and coming to terms with the power he welds. Characters: The Mc is likable and so is his first companion. I would like more depth on her. 7.5/10 This could have been a lot longer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    Intriguing Read Gavin is transported from his world to another where he has no memories of his past. He immediately finds himself protecting the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. In the battle, he discovers that he has magic. His mentor to be finds them and takes Gavin as his apprentice. As the story progresses, Gavin finds himself clashing with some of the powers to be while protecting friends and the kingdom. I like the action, humor, and possible romance. I look forward to the next book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Flores

    Lacking in story continuity. This feels as if someone read a very good book and then told it to another person leaving out the good bits and getting parts confused. The training is abysmal, the time frame is missing, the lack of action nonsensical. The first part, the middle and the end all feel like different books told by different people. Several characters are criminally underutilized and left to flounder. This has the makings of a great series but was lacking in so many ways.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Benn

    Looking for a MC you can trust? Are you like me? Have you found too many heroes that can’t get the job done because they are scared that all it takes is one wrong turn and they will be the bad guy? What would happen if the old wizard doesn’t play the game of “you need to learn yourself”? If like me you need a break from the heroes that just can’t solve future problems because it wouldn’t be right. Well you have found just the series for you! So find a spot to sit and enjoy, happy reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Queen Suga

    Better than it looks and the cover looks pretty cool! I really enjoyed this book! Our main character lands in the middle of a new world with no memory but plenty of magic, saves a slave girl on the run and then things really hit the fan!! Evil Gods, assassin guild: duplicitous politicians abound. A quick paced plot and great world building ensured that you will be waiting on tinder hooks to read book 2

  11. 5 out of 5

    chris

    Enjoyable but thin To start this review I want to say I enjoyed this book and will likely buy the next in the series however I feel like the author missed out on alot of opportunities to improve their book through world building and characters building. The book is riddled with time skips that I feel were moments when some development could occur, there weren't huge skips but occured with a ridiculous frequency. If a character was going from one place to another ... time skip, some training to be Enjoyable but thin To start this review I want to say I enjoyed this book and will likely buy the next in the series however I feel like the author missed out on alot of opportunities to improve their book through world building and characters building. The book is riddled with time skips that I feel were moments when some development could occur, there weren't huge skips but occured with a ridiculous frequency. If a character was going from one place to another ... time skip, some training to be done ... time skip. All these skips can make parts of the book harder to follow as the author seems to just speed run between events. Start, conflict/challenge and resolution happen in a few pages for what big parts of the story. I really feel that if the author chose to add more detail to the world, characters and events the book would have been much more enjoyable than it is. For example, some of the side characters that are supposed to be close to our main character and involved in his life just feel like strangers despite the fact that they apparently spend most days together, because almost all of their interactions happen during time skips. The author could have easily added in the occasion casually meet up where these characters talk about their days, what they have learned and minor issues they faced/resolved that would have given the author opportunities to develop character and foreshadow useful knowledge.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mike Watson

    It was a decent story, well thought out and described. It does have some flaws that is increasingly found in indie fantasy novels. First, the character arrives, helpless, and then gains power in an expotential rate. However, how the increases his knowledge and power is never presented nor explained. "I read a lot," doesn't cut it. In addition, the MC is being presented as a 'Marty Sue', the male equivilent of 'Mary Sue.' He overcomes every obstacale without raising a sweat until, someone sneaks u It was a decent story, well thought out and described. It does have some flaws that is increasingly found in indie fantasy novels. First, the character arrives, helpless, and then gains power in an expotential rate. However, how the increases his knowledge and power is never presented nor explained. "I read a lot," doesn't cut it. In addition, the MC is being presented as a 'Marty Sue', the male equivilent of 'Mary Sue.' He overcomes every obstacale without raising a sweat until, someone sneaks up behind him and smack him in the head. That was disappointing. L. E. Modesitt, Jr., does it much better.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Harriss

    Cliche Not bad, but ticks virtually every European fantasy trope on the list as it staggers from one cliche story beat to the next cliche story beat. Ancient wizard mentor? Check. Secret princess love interest? Check. Random nobody with a bloodline of power and authority? Check. Vaguely racist lack of diversity? Check. Gods popping up to give information dumps or witty banter? Check. Nonhuman species that do not matter to the narrative? Check. International guilds of thieves, assassins, and spies Cliche Not bad, but ticks virtually every European fantasy trope on the list as it staggers from one cliche story beat to the next cliche story beat. Ancient wizard mentor? Check. Secret princess love interest? Check. Random nobody with a bloodline of power and authority? Check. Vaguely racist lack of diversity? Check. Gods popping up to give information dumps or witty banter? Check. Nonhuman species that do not matter to the narrative? Check. International guilds of thieves, assassins, and spies? Check. Coincidences saving the protagonist at every turn? Check. It isn't bad; my fourteen year old self would have loved it. But my current self skimmed sections.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brenda D

    Has the feel of Terry Goodkind Good reading, good story line so far. The reason, to me it has the feel of the Sword of Truth books, is how he finds his power and the price when power is used and a code for rightness of justice. This is just the first book, it moves a little on the fast side, feels like it could have more depth to make it last longer, but it makes me want to read the next books with hope of a same nature of a good story line. I have a really hard time finding books to hold my atte Has the feel of Terry Goodkind Good reading, good story line so far. The reason, to me it has the feel of the Sword of Truth books, is how he finds his power and the price when power is used and a code for rightness of justice. This is just the first book, it moves a little on the fast side, feels like it could have more depth to make it last longer, but it makes me want to read the next books with hope of a same nature of a good story line. I have a really hard time finding books to hold my attention and not get burned out on the story line. This book held my attention because it wasn't predictable. I would recommend it for you to give it a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Southern

    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2019 Plot, plot and counterplot. Heroes don't come any better - especially when they respect women. Gavin has amnesia, but retains his ability to summon magical powers. The pace hots up from the kick-off, the mystery deepens almost with the turn of every page and the magic is ... magical. The intermittent use of modern syntax was somewhat disconcerting at times, especially in conjunction with more formal 'medieval' dialogue - but Gavin is cool and tur Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2019 Plot, plot and counterplot. Heroes don't come any better - especially when they respect women. Gavin has amnesia, but retains his ability to summon magical powers. The pace hots up from the kick-off, the mystery deepens almost with the turn of every page and the magic is ... magical. The intermittent use of modern syntax was somewhat disconcerting at times, especially in conjunction with more formal 'medieval' dialogue - but Gavin is cool and turning that world upside down. A strong start to a series which promises more escapist reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jason W

    Mediocre The author combines a bunch of tropes to create a garbled story. There's little depth. Things just kind of happen. The magic system is poorly defined. The characters are poorly developed. The MC goes from totally ignorant of the world he's in to the most powerful living wizard, who also happens to be rich, a consummate leader and skilled politician in 3 months. But the author just glosses over his training. Also the characters who live in an epic midevil fantasy string think and act way Mediocre The author combines a bunch of tropes to create a garbled story. There's little depth. Things just kind of happen. The magic system is poorly defined. The characters are poorly developed. The MC goes from totally ignorant of the world he's in to the most powerful living wizard, who also happens to be rich, a consummate leader and skilled politician in 3 months. But the author just glosses over his training. Also the characters who live in an epic midevil fantasy string think and act way too much like middle class Americans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Mostly Just Lost I tried to follow this story but eventually it just wore me down enough that I no longer cared. The writing is OK, the editing is, well, average for KU but definitely subpar for literature of any merit. Character development appears to have been an afterthought and world building was minimal, details being supplied as was convenient. The storyline holds promise and with some effort and a good editor, this book could shine. But as presented it is mostly a missed opportunity

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    This was quite underwhelming. The idea was ok I guess but it just never quite caught my attention or interest. I appreciated that it was aimed at slightly older audiences than teen fantasy novels without being horribly dark or disturbing but that was the extent of my appreciation. Most of the characters were ok but pretty 'meh' overall and I kept forgetting who was who. It was ok, its definitely nowhere near the worst thing I've read this year but I couldn't give it a 3 because it just fell so f This was quite underwhelming. The idea was ok I guess but it just never quite caught my attention or interest. I appreciated that it was aimed at slightly older audiences than teen fantasy novels without being horribly dark or disturbing but that was the extent of my appreciation. Most of the characters were ok but pretty 'meh' overall and I kept forgetting who was who. It was ok, its definitely nowhere near the worst thing I've read this year but I couldn't give it a 3 because it just fell so flat for me, personally.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Harrison

    Not bad First let me say I been putting off reading this book because I wish they were more of his sifi series such I loved. After I always in a sifi mood when I look up this author. When book 4 came out in this series and not his sifi series have up and tried it. It had a quick start, witch hooked me. Then it quickly slowed, but that was more of building the story for future action. So have it a solid 4 stars. Being kindle unlimited give it a try. His web page said he's working on book four of h Not bad First let me say I been putting off reading this book because I wish they were more of his sifi series such I loved. After I always in a sifi mood when I look up this author. When book 4 came out in this series and not his sifi series have up and tried it. It had a quick start, witch hooked me. Then it quickly slowed, but that was more of building the story for future action. So have it a solid 4 stars. Being kindle unlimited give it a try. His web page said he's working on book four of his sifi series so let's hope that's comes soon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Black

    OK The plot is interesting and I was interested to know what would happen next. The characters are decent. But something seemed off, and I'm not sure I still have a finger on it. Part of it I can summarize as, often there are too many words. And it's not like Mozart's critic's "too many notes." He's not Mozart in prose. I've marked a couple of examples. They represent lots of other passages that include too much descriptive text--too much "tell," not show. And then I reach the last page, only to d OK The plot is interesting and I was interested to know what would happen next. The characters are decent. But something seemed off, and I'm not sure I still have a finger on it. Part of it I can summarize as, often there are too many words. And it's not like Mozart's critic's "too many notes." He's not Mozart in prose. I've marked a couple of examples. They represent lots of other passages that include too much descriptive text--too much "tell," not show. And then I reach the last page, only to discover I've yet to reach any kind of ending? No. No!

  21. 4 out of 5

    tammy

    Awesome storyline I love the storyline and can’t wait to see what happens next . That said, there are some issues that make it a difficult read at times. Occasionally, the dialog is stilted and unnatural with missing context. Nothing that a quick re-read can’t solve or overlook but it does tend to be a distraction. (Editing issues, maybe?) If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get the next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Tyson

    These are the days Like the author I love to read usually from the moment I wake until I fall asleep. When you wake up, you normally know who you are and where you are at, but what would you do if you woke and couldn't remember your life that is what the protagonist experiences the story is well thought out giving hints and suggestions of the rich history of the past set in the now and I love it These are the days Like the author I love to read usually from the moment I wake until I fall asleep. When you wake up, you normally know who you are and where you are at, but what would you do if you woke and couldn't remember your life that is what the protagonist experiences the story is well thought out giving hints and suggestions of the rich history of the past set in the now and I love it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Liz Reinhart

    Plot? Check. Characters well thought out and have depth? Check. World building is engaging? Check. All in all this is a great read with little to no downsides. You’ve got mystery of where the MC came from, political intrigue, fantasy, a sprinkle of sword swinging, medieval ninjas, the list goes on. I am thoroughly please with this one and it has earned a rare five star from me. Will be picking up the book 2 next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wolfgarr

    What can i say.. I have read far far worse. The first book lead me to starting to read book two. And i may not finish book two... The story is rather predictable 3 stars because i did enjoy book one somewhat. (Spoiler/Prediction) MC is from Our Earth MC probably was transported just before he died etc etc IE the comment about how his daughter is much older than he thinks etc. Honestly do not know if i will ever pick up where i dropped book 2 at (round page 100) Maybe..

  25. 4 out of 5

    Drew

    What a great find A great story that flows along and doesn’t fill for the sake of it. Great characters and plenty of background to add flavour to what is an excellent start to a series that I look forward to reading more off. I for one love the fact the MC has more patience than most but can still be ruthless if necessary. Also the fact the author lays breadcrumbs in plot that I’m sure will develop into full blown loaves with time. Enjoy 😁

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I need more If anyone can point me to more authors who write in the style of this author, I would be much appreciative. Yes, there are a few typos, but they are few, and do not detract. The story, character development and even a splash of humor make for a very good read....very hard to put down.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Persnickety

    Whoa! This is a good one! I read. A LOT. It's gotten truly difficult to find something beyond 'okay enough to finish'. So it's truly a joy to find a well written, engaging story that creates a place where you want to spend time. Yay! This is one. Thank you so much Mr. Kerns. 💝 Whoa! This is a good one! I read. A LOT. It's gotten truly difficult to find something beyond 'okay enough to finish'. So it's truly a joy to find a well written, engaging story that creates a place where you want to spend time. Yay! This is one. Thank you so much Mr. Kerns. 💝

  28. 4 out of 5

    John

    Excellent first book This looks to be a good series. A MC with a Mysterious hidden past. A loyal and beautiful follower and new apprentices. Lots of political shenanigans and some nasty gods kind of set the tone. The world he arrived into is changing and it needs a new Hero. Seems he got volunteered but is up to the task. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christo Lourens

    Great logical fantasy read. This book has a well done magic system, good story line and some of my favorite descriptions yet. The book however is badly paced and the characters are hard to relate to with no real character growth taking place. So if you read for the magic and not the character perfect book for you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Just_do_it

    It's a nice story with a cool universe, but the storytelling fails to build tension as all the conflicts are resolved rather quickly. More character development would be nice to be able to relate to them and the story. The book feels more like a summary of a book than a book itself... tho it certainly has potential. It's a nice story with a cool universe, but the storytelling fails to build tension as all the conflicts are resolved rather quickly. More character development would be nice to be able to relate to them and the story. The book feels more like a summary of a book than a book itself... tho it certainly has potential.

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