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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A clumsy step, the wrong branch to hold on to and a bump on the head to leave her unconscious – no more than that causes Eryn’s life to turn upside down and to suddenly find herself in the capital city as a prisoner to the king.

She is determined to keep her magical abilities a secret in a kingdom where magicians have only ever been male as long as anyone knows. That does
Kindle Edition, 913 pages
Published August 2nd 2015 by A.C. Donaubauer
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Marta Cox
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Wow this book blew my mind and it's apparently the authors debut! I had this recommended by a fellow book worm and I'm so glad I listened. I dont read a lot of fantasy and this is a seriously long read (913 pages) but so engaging I just wanted to keep reading.
Our main character is Eryn a young woman alone and hiding her magical abilities. Unfortunately an accident sees Eryns cover blown and she is sent to the King believed to be a spy. Held captive it's soon discovered that not only is Eryn not
Ari Reavis
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

You would think a book with this many pages couldn't keep your interest the entire story and you would be sooooooo wrong. This book was a very welcome surprise. I loved Eryn. Her humor, her witty comebacks, and her strength won me over from early on. She was compassionate and kind, but didn't take anyone's crap. Enric, oh Enric, there were many times I wanted to smack him, but he was just too charming for words. I loved his jealous tende
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I receive a copy of this book the author via NG in return for an honest review.

you know what really gets me? When a book has an amazing prose and a book-trailer to die for and when you read doesn't deliver.

I know that sounds mean, but bear with me and first, before you continue on, click this link to watch the book trailer.

Did you watch it? Did you feel excitement course through your veins, vibrate through your soul and add sparkles in your eyes? yes? Good, that was my reaction. So wit
Dolly Sandor
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Epic fantasy lovers should check this one out. Excellent! I don't often recommend books to my fellow bloggers but this is one I would highly recommend. Full review to follow

4.5 Stars!!

I pick The Order as the sleeper of my reading year!!

What I liked: Oh my, I really and sincerely enjoyed The Order. Ms Donaurbauer took me on a fantastic journey and I can't wait to see what happens next.

I'm not going to rehash what's covered in the synopsis. Just imagine knowing you are completely different from e
Jeannie Zelos
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Order by A.C. Donaubauer
Genre:  Sci-fi and Fantasy,
I really wasn’t sure I’d like this book – it sounded good but would I find it’s one of those full of battles and gore that I hate? Well, it isn’t, and I loved it.
At over 900 pages its a solid read, but it’s all relevant. Nothing that feels added to pad out the content, and slowly the story starts to build up and grow.the pacing is perfect, and I really felt I knew the characters as the book continued. I loved the way Eryn’s abilities grew
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Review originally posted at

This book came highly recommended by Dolly from Just Talking Books. When she told it was available on NetGalley again, I jumped at the chance to review it. There are a few things I will mention. I went into this book not noticing the page count. It has been a long time since I read a 900+ page book. I’ve listened to a few, but it has been a while since I read a book that long. It isn’t that I don’t like reading long books, it is just that the P
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars ★★★★★

The only female magician in an all male magical kingdom Eryn tries to keep her magic a secret like her father tells her too but through some unlucky happenings she winds up under the Kings and Magical Order with each their own ideas of what to do with her. This book keeps you on your toes wondering what will be next, a throughly enjoyable read.

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This book was great I love longer books because that gives me more time to enjoy them since I read pretty fast. I liked our
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Order is one of the best fantasy books I've read, and I've read quite a few. The world-building shines in its detailed and realistic presentation of an imaginary world that contains characters, dialogue, and situations that allow the reader to enter the world in the fullest sense. In addition, Donaubaur presents perhaps the best account and conception of magic I've ever run across and now ranks (in my personal high epic fantasy universe) with Tolkien, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Patrick ...more
Megan Olguin
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley for the copy of this book to review!

Honestly one of the best books I've *ever* read! There was so much content. Something was always happening! I do not even know where to start. The love between the main characters was vary realistic. Took a lot of time and was still not head over heels. The book itself was very long. I REALLY liked that! I have not been so sad to see a book end in a long time. The author is amazing! I gotta know if there will be a sequel. Hopefully yes and
Jeremy Reppy
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a very enjoyable read. The author has crafted interesting characters and an intriguing society with magic, intrigue, deception, good and evil. She has done a good job of giving characters hidden depth/dimensions that come out over time. I look forward to future books.

[SPOILERS] The main character, Eryn, was a village healer trying to keep a low profile and help others after her rash actions inadvertently led to the death of her father. Due to an unfortunate accident, the villagers learn
Michelle Quintana
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was sent to me by NetGalley. Despite the way this book ends, I really did enjoy reading this book. Things happen within the first couple of pages that hooked me right away. Even though Eryn and Enric are the main characters of this story, there are several supporting characters that include their pov's. I love Vern and hope that his pov shows up in the next book. Because of events that happened to Eryn when she was 15, I can understand why she keeps to herself and has a hard time trusting o ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first thought it's probably all about fighting because of the sword on the cover, but I'm glad that this was not the case. The two items are stand for the two conflicting sides in the book - the Order and their focus on fighting and her profession as a healer.

The first two chapters start 12 years before and introduce us to younger versons of Eryn and Enric and a time in their lives that chances their future. They then meet when they are both grown up and have lived with what happened to them b
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This ended up being a marathon read for me. Once I started it, I just had to see what was going to happen next. I appreciated the back story on young Enric and young Eryn enough that I actually went back to reread the earliest chapters after finishing the book just to revisit. I haven't had a desire to revisit parts of a.story in a long while. Although the ending is a little anticlimactic, it left me in just the right place for.this world and these characters. There is no giant cliffhanger and, ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, this book blew me away. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started reading it thinking Eryn was just a silly girl but that all changed once she was taken prisoner. She is witty and funny and sarcastic and just all around a fantastic leading lady. And Enric is just great. Tall, dark, brooding, powerful...the list goes on. Vern and Orric are just great side kicks that keep the mood light and humerus. The plot, while
Sabine Platzer
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Order – it’s refreshingly different.
First of all, I like the characters. It’s fun to read how they do (not) get along. Being a friend of Eryn would be really great and very diversified ;)
The scientific explanations for magic are plausible without ‘killing’ the magic itself. Shooting bolts is still cool … boy, would I like to be able to do that!
The story is compelling and shows that there is no real necessity for big bad guys or explicit bedroom action in the picture.
The novel stands for goo
Special  K
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the book and can thoroughly recommend it. It is extremely readable and although it is not the type of genre I usually read I was totally gripped by the story of Eryn and Enric. I really like the humorous and witty style of the author, she manages to develop genuine characters and an exciting story in a unique way. Hopefully, the publication of the second book would not take long to wait for.
Raina Collins
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received from NetGalley.

Eryn is a healer but is thrust into the world of fighters. She is forced to change, but she will make them all change as well.

I wished at times that Enric would of made Eryn understand how much he loves her. And why does she have to fight so hard against her love for him.

Great book with magic of healing and fighting.
A. C. H..
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given to me for an honest review.

Probably the best book I've read this year. At just over 900 pages this book leaves you wanting more. I couldn't wait to come back to this book every time I had to put it down. All characters are all well developed. You root for both Eryn and Enric. I can't wait for the second book!
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fascinating read. Witty, exciting and hard to put the book away. I almost read it in one go. The author manages to drag you into the story making you feel like living with the characters and sharing their emotions. A must-read for everyone!
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters and their magical world. Thanks Netgalley for giving me a copy to review.
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, fantasy
My best read of the year so far. A great epic fantasy.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed-books
I didn't actually finish this book...I've been deluding myself into thinking I'll pick it up again someday. So for the first time in a very long time I have chosen to abandon a book.

It had such promise in the beginning despite some supremely awkward phrasing here and there (due most likely to bad translating). It began to lose me at the nearly minute to minute play-by-play of the character's daily interactions and the log-book like following of her improvement as a magician. Boring. But I was m
Haley Keller
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
This isn't going to be a full-fledged review. I want to be upfront about the fact that I put this book down at the 53% mark on my Kindle. I couldn't finish it, but I'm going to go ahead and give an explanation as to why I couldn't finish it.

Right away, I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing style in this book. The thing that pulled me out of the story the most was the dialogue. The majority of it felt very unrealistic, and I had a hard time believing that anyone would actually talk like that in
Maia Gomez
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! This was one epic book! I was completely enraptured from the very first page and found myself quite unable to put it down for the life of me! In a land where only males have magic, Eryn has lived her whole life hiding her powers by being the town's healer. After a life-changing bump on the head, her secret is exposed and she's whisked off to become a reluctant prisoner of the king and the Order of magicians, who specialize in fighting. Taught her whole life to heal, and that using her po ...more
Rosie Rizk
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
In short, the beginning was amazing, the middle was blah, and the end was ok-good. The Order is a great magical world, excellent plot, and good strong characters. The downside was the MC's boyfriend, who is abusive & controlling. It wasn't exactly an insta-love, which is so overdone these days, but they did rush into the romance, especially on his part. That's not the end of the world, though. But when he locks her in a room and practically forces himself on her, and forbids her from so much ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read! The characters were all so great I don't really know where to start... I very much liked the king in his shrewdness; and Enric, who is steady and hard on the outside but still shows consideration when pursuing his goals. And Junar who first seems rather more gentle but certainly knows how to stand firm against Eryn's at times stubborn nature.

What I particularly liked is all the anatomic details that were described when it came to healing. I work in a medical profession, so I could
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I simply loved it! There is no constant fighting or mystical creatures, but for a change a real story that focusses on characters. There are no magical quests or major catastrophies that move the stories along, but the choices of the individuals.

Enric is indeed at times rather assertive, as others have mentioned, but considering that the story is set in a medieval society I don't see the problem with that. He never crosses any border that would make him unredeemable to me. Eryn is at times a tad
Renate Schnutt
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The plot is nice and easy, no great battles or bloody massacres - at least not yet. There are supposed to be 5 books one day, so that may come yet. The most interesting thing for me, though, were the characters. They develop nicely. But I wonder how realistic it is, that Eryn was unaware of her "dancing" partner's identity at that one event. She is obviously not one to deduct logically, even though she seems to be a bright gal in other areas. I also liked the historic background for that isolate ...more
Ylvy Jimenes
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across that book via the trailer and was not disappointed:

I liked the slightly sarcastic style - just my brand of book.

The characters felt authentic, the author uses a lot of body language to describe them, that makes them seem more alive. And they develop nicely.

The female lead is confident and cheeky despite the constant trouble she is in. I look forward to the next book! At least the author's website says there will be one sometime soon...
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Paranormal readers
This was a good book, it was well written and I enjoyed it. The author gave very detailed descriptions and I loved the world. I gave it 3 stars because it moved a little too slow for me. I will read the other books in the series.

**I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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A.C. Donaubauer lives in Vienna, Austria, and is a freelance language/business/social skills trainer and translator.