By using the energy of the land, some humans have found they can develop extraordinary abilities. At the age of 17, these warriors, magicians, chemists, and psychics are allowed the opportunity to train at the Academy, increasing their opportunity for a well-paying career. But there's a catch. They must fight beside the Army if requested by their king. Most aren't concerned by this, as the current treaty has prevented battle for nearly 70 years...but that's about to change.
Of four roommates with interwoven stories, Cleve Polken takes focus as a hostile warrior who feels more comfortable in a duel than a conversation. Never getting past his parents' death, Cleve has developed a crippling fear of psychics, for some may have the power to resurface the torment he buried within himself upon his parents' passing. Cleve's forced to face this fear head-on when he discovers that not only is one of his roommates a psychic, but that he has an overwhelming attraction to her, which he quickly attributes to a psychic spell, nothing more.
By the time an army of savage, reptilian men called Krepps become involved in the war, all hope of resolution without battle is shattered. In this powerful army, one born with the inability to smell doesn't have the same feeding urges as his fellow Krepps and is outcast because of it. He finds himself with an unlikely ally in the middle of a crossroad, trying to find a way to reunite with his sister. Little does he know how much his choices will twist the fate of the war and alter the lives of the four human roommates forever.
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This is one of the best books I've listened to this year. The story is laid out in an easy to follow structure, but is engaging. The characters are believable. Basically, all of the standards that need to be met to make a fantasy story good are met.
There are two things that I can say without spoiling the story: 1) I like the slow world-building. You learn about the different parts of the world and magic and energy when it is necessary for you to know, and it's easily and gracefully handled. 2) I like that the characters who are exceptional at their talents are just... exceptional. There is no discovery, they simply are that good. This allows the story to continue and develop easily.
At times, it can get to the point where you forget that the story is only being read by one person. Mr. Patterson has a talent in changing inflection, tone, and accent in such a way to make each character unique. Combine that with perfect pacing and pronunciation, even for words that don't exist, and you have a really enjoyable read.
At fifteen hours, one sitting would have been a little much, but the story is engrossing, so a long listening session is not unbelievable.
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