Audio: Legend Has It by Elliott James @EJ_Author @orbitbooks ‏@TantorAudio #JIAM #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS @Audiobook_Comm

Posted June 7, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 11 Comments

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Audio: Legend Has It by Elliott James @EJ_Author @orbitbooks ‏@TantorAudio #JIAM #LOVEAUDIOBOOKS @Audiobook_CommLegend Has It by Elliott James
Narrator: Roger Wayne
Series: Pax Arcana #5
Published by Tantor Audio on June 5, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours, 48 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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For John Charming, living the dream just became a nightmare.

Someone, somewhere, is reading a magic book that is reading them right back. Real life is becoming a fairytale: high school students are turning, quite literally, into zombies, subway workers into dwarves, drug addicts into vampires.

John Charming and his motley band of monster hunters are racing to find the villain of this story, following the yellow brick road through a not so wonderful wonderland. And if they can’t find Reader Zero before the book is closed, there won’t be a happily ever after again.

John Charming continues to be a wild and interesting ride! He is smart and rather too fearless at times. His integrity has granted him an interesting set of friends and allies, which every hero needs. He is not a typical hero, often more in the background, except when a battle is raging. 

Legend Has It continues in the fashion of the Pax Arcana series.  The School of Night is out to destroy the Knights and the werewolves, or let them kill each other.  There is John with his humorous and insightful views on what is really happening.  The chapter titles again provide clever bits for our amusement.   

The world continues to have many types of supernatural characters for all they are being hidden. They come from many mythologies with interesting stories and results.  The characters in this story, consist of many of John’s friends and people he has worked with in the past. There are still so many new people, it’s a bit of a blur.

I’m happy John and Sig continue to develop their relationship.  They work well together and have each other’s back. Their communication is improving, and they have supported each other and their causes.  The relationship is just a few brief moments; it is not any kind of focus.

THIS is the bottom line. In spite of no one really supporting or loving John, in pretty much his whole life, John supports, and loves.  He puts himself out there, and often for others, all the freaking time.  He allows himself to be vulnerable, body and heart.   That, right there, is why he is collecting his odd band of allies, as all great heroes do.

I wondered where things would go after the previous book. John and Sig seemed to be continuously caught up in battles but there didn’t seem to be any kind of plan for the future.  Legend Has It culminates with a plan. I didn’t even realize the meaning until I wrote this review, reading my questions at the end of the previous book. I’m in for the next round of how this will develop.


I don’t know if I have heard Roger Wayne previously but this was very enjoyable. I did find myself slowing the audio to 1.0x speed. There are so many characters and witty comments and references; I needed to slow down to catch them or chuckle as they happened. There were many giggle-worthy quotes but I find them very difficult to highlight or provide when listening to audio rather than reading.  While I totally enjoyed the audiobook, I might need to read this series to grasp all its intelligence and humor.

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About Elliott James

An army brat and gypsy scholar, ELLIOTT JAMES is currently living in the blueridge mountains of southwest Virginia. An avid reader since the age of three (or that’s what his family swears anyhow), he has an abiding interest in mythology, martial arts, live music, hiking, and used bookstores. Irrationally convinced that cellphone technology was inserted into human culture by aliens who want to turn us into easily tracked herd beasts, Elliott has one anyhow but keeps it in a locked tinfoil covered box which he will sometimes sit and stare at mistrustfully for hours. Okay, that was a lie. Elliott lies a lot; in fact, he decided to become a writer so that he could get paid for it.

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Posted June 7, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 11 Comments

11 responses to “Audio: Legend Has It by Elliott James

  1. Melliane

    Oh I didn’t know that the series was continuing, it’s been a while since I hadn’t heard about it

    • This one came out in book form last April and they just did the audio this week. It’s possible this is the last one since it would be around now the next book would arrive and there’s noting about it on Goodreads or his blog has no updates since 2015, or Twitter since 2016. I’m sad I enjoy this character and this world. I’d even be interested if he started writing another series.

  2. So the narrator changes with each book? This sounds fantastic, and the narrator reminds me of Petkoff. Off to look up the first one.

  3. carolesrandomlife

    I have been back and forth trying to decided if I should read this series. It sounds like I should 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one, Anne!

  4. I liked that this series didn’t use just the traditional Vampire/Werewolf mash up and changed up the other lore characters. I’ve liked all the books in the series but I’m waiting for one a really LOVE. The one with the gladiator fighting came close though.

  5. Jen

    I met this author at Coastal Magic a couple years ago and picked up his first book in paperback. Now that I know the audio is pretty good, I will add it to my wish list. Thanks!

    • OMG you met him? I can’t find any photos of him online.I think because he’s a teacher, needs to keep it normal. And his blog hasn’t been updated since like 2015. I’d love to know if there will be more to the story or if he’s going to do something else.