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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. 4 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. 4 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 4 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    T'Ericka Perry

    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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 4 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

  18. 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.

  19. 5 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.

  20. 5 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. 💝

  21. 5 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    William Cheney

    I started reading Mr. Kerns' books with the Cole and Srexx series and can't wait for the next book in that, so I read Awakening and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I guess it his writing style that I like but the stories are inventive and enjoyable.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert Guernsey

    An Epic adventure This book has a well thought out world and the story captures you and does not let go. Put aside enough time to finish every book by this author. You can’t stop at just one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deoro

    Disappointing A potentially good storyline ruined by characters who act inconsistently. SPOILER— I lost interest with overpowered characters who both learn too quickly but fail to take the simplest precautions and don’t avoid obvious problems. I couldn’t finish the book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Gordon-Bercich

    Fantasy fans this is a fun read. Kiri and Gavin are great. They are not so in your face it’s overwhelming. The character and world development is well done over the course of the book. You can’t help but like Marcus and Ovir.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tally

    Cannot wait to see how this storyline develops! Really fast paced and action filled storyline. Looking forward to reading more. Only criticism is that I would have preferred a little more interpersonal relations and some slower paced, more descriptive bulking.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steven Jamieson

    A very good read I liked this book a lot the only thing stopping me from 5 stars, was at times it got a little confusing for me. Also the almost boring way the 6000 year ultra powerful mage dies was disappointing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Phil Matthews

    Okay The story and characters are decent but the timeline is very disjointed. I have no idea how much time passed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    John Ford

    Good Read This was a good entry to the series, I am looking forward to see what happens with Gavin and the next book.

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