A boy lived in a small village. A peaceful life filled with family, friends, and the occasional bout of boredom; danger, trials, and hardships so very far away. Nothing would disturb such a pleasant existence.
Of course it wouldn't.
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This is a coming of age story about an orphan boy, adopted by a loving family,who reluctantly follows his friends out of the village to the big city where he gets caught up in some violent political intrigue. While he would prefer to maintain a low profile, have a quiet life, and avoid anything magical, he keeps getting pushed or dragged into situations that are counter to these wants.
Some may consider the pace to be very slow. This is an almost 800 page novel, and it takes until a full quarter of it before the MC leaves the village. In Kindle terms that's almost a full book of slice-of-village-life. I myself loved this leisurely pace, enjoying the interactions and dialogue between the characters, which felt very natural, and made them fully realized. In a sense the languid pace was also a reflection of Arion, for he is hesitant in anything he does.
For those who enjoy detaild world building and detailed magic systems, you will be rather disappointed. The...
Hopefully the beginning of a multi volume saga.
This is a beautifully paced narrative initially charting the coming of age of a young man, Arion Carther. He is part of a large farming family and being the third son, has to make his own way in the world as most of the family resources will be invested in his two older brothers. He also has two younger sisters.
He makes a decision to accompany several of his good friends to a large city, guided by the first of several powerful, mysterious strangers which make fleeting but important appearances in his life. Once he arrives in the city, some things work out for him while others do not. Ultimately, the plot builds to a very satisfying climax while leaving enough openings for following books.
Unlike many other examples in this genre, the author takes his time developing both the plot and the characters. Nothing feels hurried, there are no jarring shifts in power and when something unusual does happen, more...
This is actually a 3.5 star review.
There is a good core story here, with interesting characters, and a decent magic system. The thing that lowers the rating is that this book should have been edited one more time. Too much of it is written as if things suddenly happen out of nowhere, it is like deus ex mavhina is happening on a grandios scale. The book is also too long, with too much happening that does very little to advance the plot and the dialogue can be annoying at times. This would have been a great book if the author had cut 200 pages, built up the characters more, and frankly explained a little better why things happened.
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