This is the first book I’ve read by this author. Story kept my interest throughout and I was surprised by the ending. Very good read I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Good Steady Interesting Book!
Having read all Brock’s previous books, I was looking forward to this. Loved it and can’t wait for the next book. The plot was well done and liked the Heroes in it.
This book is different from other books written by Brock, in the sense that this one has a very serious tone to it. I enjoyed reading it. I will be waiting for the next one to come out.
Phaer was a pretty good book that I finished in two days. It was well paced with some unique plot elements.
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An Amazing Novel!
This book series is among my three favorites of all time. Excellent diction, an engaging – abite dark – plot, but still with enough good context for the inexperienced reader to know not only what is being said but what is being meant. It is a shame, in my opinion, that each book after the fourth gets progressively more dark and with lessening comic relief to the point to which it is almost painful to read. Nonetheless, this and the first three in this series remain among the top 10 books I have read in my lifetime.
I enjoyed reading the book. The best part was the fact that the protagonist was not a goody 2 shoes. He felt more like a real person than many protagonist in other books, that have this marvelous over emphasized goodness and never do things like revenge and such. Also it is evident that he is young as he foolishly repeats things that caused him to get “punished” as almost any teen would do. He also wasn’t immediately super powerful as a mage only resourceful and smart even though it is hinted that he would be. The foursome felt like a distraction except if they will somehow become companions in the future; don’t get me wrong I love them and their bickering. I didn’t have much trouble with the artifacts, since this is not an uncommon thing in fantasy books; objects of power spread out to reduce chances of someone amassing power since they probably couldn’t destroy them outright. I loved the book and my only regret is that I can’t read the sequel just yet. hopefully we don’t have to wait so long.
ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!!!
Loved it! Really did not expect to be enthralled but I was. In some respects, and only some, reminds me of Stephen King in the manner which he lays all the background and all the different sects will come together, I am sure, in the next book. I really enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the action. I enjoyed that the “heroes” are human with virtues and vices. I will purchase his next books with great anticipation.
High Fantasy Done Well!
I was pleasantly surprised with this book, At first it started off more than a little dark, especially considering the main characters age. It is gritty and in your face, but well written and paced nicely even if the plot is elusive at first. It starts to turn into a cliche tale of a wizard (or sorcerer) coming of age, but to me it went so far beyond that. The characters are very well developed and motivations are easy to see and believable in a fantasy world.
It wasn’t until late in the book and the sequels that I started to compare it to a well known rpg, but even then I have enjoyed the first five books of the series and number six is waiting to go, just need to catch up on some of the other new releases first.
Enthralling and Wonderful!
I fell in love with it from the beginning. Most of the reviews give a good idea of the book as a story so I will share it more as it feels. I was entranced with emotion the entire book. In fact this is where I want to point out I disagree with Warren Igny on it not being original. There are many stories of course that will feel familiar as you read along but the way Mr. Brock weaves so many emotions in such a short book is excellent and I do not feel like I have ever known or read about any actual likeness to any character beyond of course popular names or races such as elves. Each character seems new and with a very distinct personality with the exception of one of my favorites who I’m sure lovers of the book will know fondly as shall we say a very unusual and…. surprising but funny “colorful” fellow :). The book does kind of bounce story wise as they say but I enjoyed it and trust me if you continue the series it all fits together nicely so far by the current third part of the series in my opinion and it helped to not devour it too quickly although I did finish the first within half a day lol. If you are conflicted about this one I would press you to at least try to finish the second and if you are not caught up in the whirlwind of every emotion known and the very nice pace set I would honestly be very surprised.