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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A few days ago when I reviewed the prequel novella Tower of the Forgotten I had high hopes for this series. If the first full book is anything to go by it is going to be an absolute ripper! With his debut series The Sorcery Ascendant trilogy I thought that Hogan had produced a bit of a gem, but possibly a flawed one. The key problem being the lead character's constant internal monologues and some inconsistencies in his behaviour.
With Revenant Winds Hogan ditches any suggestion of a coming of age tale and delivers three excellently rounded characters. Aldric was a clear favourite to me having the most depth and his internal conflicts felt genuine and extremely three-dimensional. The other two also have potential to become long-term favourites and Niklaus's relationship with his rather racy and unique god felt extremely original. Even Kurio who could have developed into a cliche had hidden depths. In addition to the excellent characters this series once again features a magic system of no little depth and originality. The world-building is less pronounced but still has good depth to it as this one is more about the characters, religions and factions.
The story itself does dance to a similar tune with a relatively slow but never boring start which creates the backdrop for a quite stunning climax. If I'd offer listeners one bit of advice it would definitely be to set aside a good long session to take in the last couple of hours (or more if you're up to it!). This last section of the book is something that a lot of us will find hard to put down and each time I had to interrupt it I put my headphones down with great reluctance.
Oliver Wyman is of course beautifully suited to this genre and there aren't many who could deliver that final section with such aplomb, no-one does rumbling demon tones any better.
So, Revenant Winds has put down quite a marker for the rest of the series. The last section of this one is brutally exciting and left me wanting more . . .
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
This book is okei. it is fun and good fantasy world.
but it was just not working for me.
I really enjoyed this new series. The magic system was new and innovative, while the world was rich and deep.
The story follows three main characters: Kurio, a thief who is more than she seems, Aldric a well meaning but naive young sorcerer also Touched by his God and Niklaus. Niklaus is a centuries old killer and ( for lack of a better term) odd job man for his own dark God.
Despite his callousness, I found Niklaus to be the most interesting. Tortured by his endless servitude, he aspires to become a God himself to forever be with his Goddess.
Although Kurio felt a little under used, I thought the characters were well fleshed out and different.
The addition of at least one non human character and it's connection to the lost history of the world make me want to see more of them and the past.
All in all, this one is definitely worth a try!