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Before reading this, I must put a warning here that there are spoilers in this review.

This book was a bit hard for me to read - it was a bit slow and then there were a lot of things going on and to keep track of. If you like epic fantasies a lot, then you'll probably enjoy this book.

I tend to not read or like a lot of epic fantasies usually, this one reminded me of another book I've read recently, Master of Sorrows by Justin T. Call - they're very much the same type of story.

I felt like this story was a bit convoluted at times as in, well, the magic system or is it the curse system is convoluted and messed up. I was not a fan of how their system worked in this book - it was very unfair and unusual.

Marshal is a boy who is mute because he is cursed because of the crimes of his unknown father, who raped/took advantage of his mother so he, the innocent child, takes on the punishment for the father taking advantage of the mother - grrr.

Then Marshal was connected to a boy in the village in grew up in because he saved the boy's life so they were bound so there's another part of the system of bindings as well as being cursed.

Marshal finds out at the beginning of the story that he has a half brother, who wants the power/magic of their father and tells Marshal that he's sending an assassin after him to kill him so that he will be the first in line to gain the power when their father dies instead of Marshal. Marshal's half brother, of course, hires the assassin so that he or his unborn children, etc. will not incur the punishment and be cursed for killing Marshal. His brother does tell Marshal that to save trouble, Marshal could just kill himself and gives him a knife in case he decides to do that at some time - lovely brother and all he's got there.

Then after Marshal's half brother comes and talks to Marshal about all of this, he leaves and Marshal's mother figures out what's happened and says they have to leave.

So, Marshal, his mother and his friend that he's bound to cause he saved him once, all leave on a journey to go find help and try to lift the curse from Marshal to save him and to turn things around in the world and try to put Marshal in a position of power to save and help turn things around in the messed up system and all.

Along the way, they gain another companion, who helps train them and protect them from the assassin tracking them and trying to kill Marshal and then they meet with some people to try to get help and these magic/elven people deny them their request for help with removing the curse and so they go on to another place to request help the only other way that Marshal's mother knows might work to remove his curse.

There's, of course, another storyline going on as well that's located in this other place Marshal and his companions are traveling to for their last resort to try to remove his curse with Seri, who's a girl that's training to be a mage. Marshal and his companions finally arrive at this city, where Seri is and ask for help to remove Marshal's curse and the only way to remove it was for an ultimate sacrifice to be given as a trade for the removal of his curse and the ritual is performed, the sacrifice is given and Marshal's curse is removed.

It's here that I was most emotional and annoyed with everything else going on at the same time that I felt was detracting from the most important storyline and moment with the sacrifice being given and Marshal's curse being removed, but that's my personal opinion.

Anyway, I finished this book, barely, because there was so much going on, to follow, to keep track of and then I got really upset and annoyed with the ending so I don't know if I want to read more of this in the next book or not, we'll have to see how I feel by the time it comes out.

But if you liked Master of Sorrows or Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, you'll probably like and enjoy this one as well.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Kiaya40 | 1 outra crítica | Jun 19, 2023 |
It took me some time to finish reading this book, but it was because this was one of those books that had the potential to be a magnificent dragon, but the egg cracked. And what we got was a broken-winged Nemo dragon.

Throughout the book, I kept cursing, “What in all Hell?” I kept saying, “Why didn’t you spend more time developing this character? I love him, but is sounds constipated?” The world felt real, but the characters in parts were so well-crafted to fall short in other parts. Oh, but I loved the plot. I had to not pay any attention the all the ups and downs with the crazy writing bumps to enjoy the plot, but I loved the plot.

The book needed so much help in the writing of the story itself. It needed the tender loving hand of an editor. Having said that, I know that for self-published authors, funds for editors are hard to come by, but they are so needed and worth every penny when you find a good one.

This book has a great plot, a unique magic system, and relatable characters. However, I felt some characters needed to be developed a little more. The dialogue needed some revisions; some of it was unpolished. The supporting characters were flat, which was a bloody shame because some could have been made exciting to read if polished and rewritten a little. The main problem with this book I find was the characterization. The communication between the characters didn’t feel right. It felt tight in so many places; almost like the characters had constipation when they talked to each other, not all but some.

When books have this kind of reaction in me, I leave them aside for a few days, and then I return to them. I like to give them the benefit of the doubt.

My Opinion stands, this book needed lots of revisions and a round of editing before publishing. If done, both Marshal and Seri would have benefited from the results. This book had so much potential.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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OmayraV | 1 outra crítica | Dec 14, 2021 |