When an empire is at war, growing up means seeing more killing, more magic, and more undead, than a girl could ever wish for. Ellinca has better things to do with her life than fighting a war, but what if she could end the war…
In her search to find out who she is, Ellinca has to dodge soldiers as well as the villainous Hilas Frope, who wants to execute her ASAP. If only he was the end of her problems. The creatures following her may be worse, for among them is the undead.
The empire is falling apart, and every step seems to be taking her in an entirely wrong and incredibly unsafe direction.
***I received this book as a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Magience is a sprawling epic full of magic and adventure. Coupling a little steam punk with rich fantasy, Magience is an enthralling journey that could easily become a new favorite.
- The world is complex and intricate. Everything is broken into groups of power and features much like tribes. The civilized vs. the uncivilized. There’s a sort of witch hunt mentality that carries strong through the story. Though there’s tons of terminology, it’s so offhand and put together so well that it doesn’t feel overwhelming, it’s natural.
- Mixing metal with magic and set in a world that feels medieval, it was spell-binding, enchanting, rustic, the sheer level of plotting is astounding. I adored the meshing of these science fiction with fantasy, coupled with paranormal and cultural beliefs.
- The foreboding and fear is an adrenaline rush. From the first page it’s impossible to put the book down. Each new stage of adventure will leave you with your heart-pounding. Nothing is safe and threats come from all corners.
- Animals play a huge role in this story as protectors, companions, and battle buddies. They are kind and the underlying thread about the honesty of animals vs. the deceit of humans was thought-provoking.
- Ellinca is quick on her feet but not the fastest thinker. She speaks before she considers the angles and sometimes it makes her look a bit daft-really it shows her age. Ellinca is a compassionate, brave young woman, she has a gigantic heart and always wants to help those in need. Rash, and a bit reckless, Ellinca is constantly in trouble but her relationship with the creatures that love her is heartwarming. There’s something pure and courageous about her, she’s bigger than her small body.
- Dost. All Dost wants is to live a life of hope and ideals despite his horrific fate. Dost is an inspiration. He lives a life or torment and grotesque reality and yet, he has acute determination and a hero mentality. Dost goes out of his way to watch out for Ellinca, to barter and compromise for a better future. How Ellinca doesn’t see this is beyond me.
- Ghost weaponry and needles magic is wicked awesome.
- Relationships between characters were cut short and I felt a little let down. I would have liked to have seen more development especially with Ellinca and Pascolli.
- The ending felt like a summary. While there’s potential for a sequel, verdict after verdict landed on Ellinca’s head and it felt like an ax. explanations were brief and to the point, there was no argument, simple resignation.
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