When Laedron Telpist's sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.
From the home shores in western Sorbia, through the Cael'Brilland heartlands, and even across the seas to the great city of Azura, Laedron finds himself embracing old friends, consorting with unlikely allies, and confronting potent enemies. As he struggles to train himself in spellcraft, Laedron must face that he lives in a time when the utterance of a simple spell could be the signature on his death warrant.
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The storyline is great!
The way the writer drags you into the story- makes you feel you are involved.
His reading helps the overall objectives of the writer- to get you involved- you become one of the characters, whether the lead or just an observer- you are there.
No just anticipation of the flow of the story.
Be patient allow the characters to develop, not in a dragging along way, but wait for them to mature, let the circumstances of the story move them to be the heroes and villians the story itself demands.
Abrupt ending (yes, I know it's book 1 of 3).
Yes, I've read/listened to dozens of epic fantasy novels and I liked the premise behind this one. There's nothing I enjoy more than to lose myself in a good story. I felt compelled to give this novel a relatively low overall rating, and I'll explain that shortly.
I guess I'd have to say that the protagonist Laedron would be my favorite character. I feel it necessary to say that I didn't feel that not enough time was given to fleshing out the characters. This disappointment might be my own fault, as I was really hoping for the start of a new epic series with robust character background and world building.
Now, to explain my low overall rating. In my opinion, the author did something almost unforgivable by ending this book very poorly. I don't mean as in a cliffhanger; it just ended almost like in mid-chapter like you would see in a weekly TV series. Yes, I know it's just book 1 of a trilogy, but still, even the first book of a trilogy should have some natural stopping point.
Unlike a TV series where a script writer can get away with this because the next installment is only a week away, books in a series (which can be a year or more apart) should each have a natural conclusion to the immediate action taking part in that specific book.
It's quite possible that the publisher/editor might be at fault for this. It really seemed that the author wanted to continue the story in this book, but was overruled by his editor. I don't know this, just the feeling I got.