The story is slow. But I am anxious to see where the characters go N the next book. I loved the Sorcery Ascendant Series so I am hopeful for the Revenant Winds. On a high note Oliver Wyman's voice is perfect. It helps with the characters.
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I can say that it lasts a hook that draws in a reader. It's not badly written just... it lacks something.
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Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan is the first book in a series called the Tainted Cabal. The world is a devastated place, with followers of different gods attempting to obtain the most power. Side by side with divinely granted power sits sorcery that is often seen as a curse. Mankind is eking out a living in a world that has been damaged by cataclysms that occurred millennia ago, but a secret cabal works to bring back an evil that everyone thought had been defeated. The lives of three people Aldric, a priest and sorcerer, Niklaus, a master swordsman, and Kurio a previous noblewoman and now thief, slowly converge in a battle for their lives and their beliefs to fight the evil that may be wrought on the world once again.
This was an okay story. While each of the individual characters’ internal struggles were well developed, I struggled to connect all the stories together in a more than superficial way. I think stronger world building and more background could have helped with that. It took a long time for me to understand how the sorcery and the divine powers exist together in the novel and also who exactly the tainted cabal was made up of. Having both divine power and sorcery simultaneously is a new concept to me, though. Perhaps later books will help with connecting the characters with the world better with more information introduced. The novel had both action and a lot of introspection on the part of the three characters, which I liked. I was under the impression that this would be a story about a band of three characters off on a quest to defeat evil, but this was not the case. This is a story about three individuals that accidentally cross paths in an effort to prevent evil from reentering the world. There are hints that this is predestined, but that remains to be seen. This concept was not something I’ve seen often, which was refreshing. The fight scene at the end was climatic and exciting, leaving open the story for future development.
The narration by Oliver Wyman was okay. While his pacing was well done, the characterization could have been better. Sometimes when the chapters switched, I lost track of who was speaking. The production quality was good. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes epic fantasies with a focus on fighting inner and outer demons.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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Great read. Excellent narration. Surprise plot twist and well developed characters. Can't wait to read book 2.
I am a fan of the author. The book was a bit of a letdown. I’m OK with character building, but the entire book was a set up for the sequel. The story moved too slow, and I was still unsatisfied with character and plot development. Considerable time was spent on character storylines that were never tied in to the ending of the book. With the lack of progress for the storyline, I may not be interested in the sequel.
I loved the past series I have had the please of listening to by Mitchell Hogan and also love Oliver Wyman. This book did not disappoint. It seems the book was setup for at least a number of more books. I really enjoyed the twist in characters along with how each one had their own paths. It was well written and great story. Looking forward to the next one!