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If you like dark fantasy that caters to Adults featuring likeable anti-heroes (think Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, Martin etc..) you'll probably like this. The world building is decent, character development is good enough (a little thin on supporting characters), narration is very good, and the writing is gritty. Its a bleak world starring flawed characters and the writing makes no apologies for it. There is a magic system but its minimalistic in impact which I prefer (no Harry Potters in here). This is definitely a strong start from an unknown author.
My two critiques would be to enhance the characters a bit in the future and spend just a bit more time world building. I like whats being created but feel its a bit shallow like I missed an important prologue. Point of fact this book can easily do with a prequel to better describe how the world came to its current state and better expand on whats driving the supposed "enemy". On the up side instead of frustrating me I'm left desiring to know more. This is definitely worth a credit and deserves much greater popularity and I'm sure I wont be alone in hoping to see a book 2 sooner rather than later.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
yes, the story was well written and was great to listen to.
What did you like best about this story?
the way the author looks at how a magic based society would work is very unique.
Any additional comments?
Maybe Minor Spoilers: in almost every other fantasy book I have read, you get the feeling that magic is essential and an integral part of the society, and is an equal resource, where everyone could access to it, would never be denied some benefits from it. Every intelligent being could boot-strap themselves with a little bit of know-how or more curiosity or daring. Not so in this book. The author looks at magic like a manipulated resource, used to fund the rich and already powerful into becoming more so. The magic used in this world will chew and spit out the average joe and crush the spirits of the idealistic. Magic power is hoarded by great ancient and evil magicians and sorcerers, who view the people they rule over as nothing more than an annoyance or expendable resource. I think, looking at a realistic magic world would look something like this world and less like the optimistic and hopeful world that you would normally see in a fantasy novel.