Having two of his fingers cut off at an early age hadn't done much to make Xandrith an agreeable fellow. Besides marking him as a pariah and having him shunned by even his own family, it had also hurt. A lot. Being stripped of a few of his fingers and cast out of the Order of Mages had left him bitter and angry, but if there was any consolation to be had it was that he was doing rather well in his new line of work. While perforating people for money might not have been the most noble of callings, it was quite lucrative. Well, it had been quite lucrative.
In a conspiracy of fate seemingly beyond his control, Xan soon finds himself facing a dilemma of conscience, and that isn't something he's familiar with. One dilemma leads to another, and before long the mage-turned-assassin finds himself performing more and more honorable deeds. Worse yet, without even attempting to do so he manages to acquire friends and to develop a sense of compassion.
As Xan struggles with his burgeoning humanity, a terrible darkness begins to wake in the world. The Order of Mages, once an overbearing power of control, seems to be losing its grip as a terrifying doom of their own creation rises in the north. As if that wasn't enough, the horror brought upon the world by the folly of the mages may only be the precursor to something far more sinister.
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Fun book to read
I enjoy reading actual print books but the convenience of audio books in my daily commute is just incredible. This was well read and easy to just relax and listen to. Without overly drawn out and complicated storylines like some authors do.
The magic system. I read a lot of these types of books and enjoy seeing how the authors handle magic. Present and useful without being over powerful nor abused. I like the balance in the world and the evil weapons are a nice touch. About to start book 2 now and looking forward to it.
The fight scenes with the mechana in the library
The encounter with his old friend early on the book.
The story flows very well making it easy to listen to and follow in audio format. Some books get overly wordy and complicated. The storyline moves along logically no crazy jumps, and the writing keeps a nice pace; slowing down a little when you need a little note detail and picking up for the exciting parts, but always flowing at a great pace to keep you interested without slamming you from one scene to the next. Again best description for me is a very enjoyable listen. I look forward to hearing the rest of the series.