- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 1 minute
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Meredith Mansfield
- Audible.com Release Date: July 11, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073SHB938
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The Shaman's Curse: Dual Magics, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Did I absolutely love reading this book on a lazy Sunday? Yes.
Vatar risked his life to try to save his friend--and failed.
Now he has an implacable enemy in the vengeful shaman, who blames Vatar for the death of his only son. In his isolation, Vatar finds some comfort in daydreams. He knows the strange girl he sometimes imagines is just that--a dream. She’d better be.
Because, if she’s real things could get even worse for Vatar. The accepted magic of Vatar’s plains tribe wouldn’t enable him to see or communicate with a girl he doesn’t even know--or know where to find. That would be more like the magic passed down in certain, closely-guarded bloodlines among the ruling class of the coastal cities. And that’s bad. Very bad.
Unlike their own, Vatar’s people think the city magic is evil. If the shaman ever found out, 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.
The two kinds of magic have always been totally separate. Until now.
Mansfield's writing is solid, and she tells an imaginative and sometimes gripping story. Interesting cultures. I thought it was fascinating that the nomadic Dardani were actually more culturally sophisticated in some ways than the city people.
I found Vatar to be very likable, and I felt so bad for him. The terrible guilt at not being able to save his friend was bad enough, but to have his friend's father blame Vatar and seek to punish him was terrible.
Vatar's journey includes finding out that the father he's always known was not the one who had fathered him, if that makes sense. Vatar is appalled to find out that the "sperm donor" was a powerful wizard--or that Vatar has half siblings all over the place. The last thing Vatar wants is to have anything to do magic.
It was fun to watch Vatar really grow into a man--often in the school of hard knocks. To be so young and a "divorced" father only added to his challenges.
Can't wait for the next book.
The magic system in this world is unique not 100% original but what is in modern fantasy writing; point is that it is not the standard hocus pocus one comes to expect. It is a very interesting mix of traditional, druidic, & shamanistic magic styles there is just not a lot of it that is described well although the parts of the magic that the author does give explanations for are satisfactory.
Over all, this book was a page-turner for me and I read it through in one go. The characters were easy to like; there is one review posted here that complains about the women in this book being treated like “whiny things” and discourages other women from reading the book, this is not the case except for the one female character that is portrayed this way Avaza; which seemed to be the whole point of that character to me at least, she was a plot device to help Vatar figure out what he does not want. The rest of the women I this story I felt were written as strong, confident and independent. I happily recommend this book to any fantasy fans and am looking forward to the next installment. One last kudos, to the author, for an independently published work the editing is very good not perfect but so much better than many other works in the same category.
Had a wonderful plot of adventure and as Vatar later learned to distinguish the difference between lust and love. I loved the fact that he never let anything stop him from moving forward in life even though there was the fear. Look forward to book 2 of this wonderful story.