A Crucible of Souls (The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, #1)

A Crucible of Souls (The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, #1)

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by Mitchell Hogan
     
 

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An imaginative new talent makes his debut with the acclaimed first installment in the epic Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing tale of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.

When young Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Growing up plagued by

Overview

An imaginative new talent makes his debut with the acclaimed first installment in the epic Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing tale of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.

When young Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were violently killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers.

But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction.

Soon, he must choose a side, and face the true cost of uncovering his past.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/13/2015
Hogan’s debut, appearing for the first time in print after digital self-publication in 2013, is a multiple-narrator tale of sorcery and madness that draws upon grimdark and adventure-quest epics in equal parts—but not in the best ways. Caldan, an orphaned boy with rare powers, is taken in by monks and allowed to train at an exclusive monastery. But when he comes of age and commits a terrible crime, he’s cast out and sent to find the truth behind his parents’ murders. Culture shock thrusts the novice sorcerer into a larger network of dark plots and murderous intent, all centered on destructive sorcery, a barbaric art long thought impossible. Hogan’s description of raw magic ability, which is given nuance by its frequent connection to alchemical properties, will remind many readers of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. In fact, much of the book’s slow setup consists of a series of patchwork tropes hustled along through Hogan’s frequently clunky expository dialogue. Once some patchy worldbuilding is established, the book becomes somewhat more readable, aside from the gratuitous violence—sometimes sexual—inflicted on women for the purpose of motivating male characters. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
12/01/2015
Caldan, a young man raised in a monastery, accidentally injures a nobleman's son with a wooden sword and is expelled to survive on his own. His parents were murdered violently years ago, but he doesn't know why or how. Luckily Caldan received a well-rounded education from the monks, and his background in sorcery, tactical gaming, and craftsmanship enable him to snare an apprenticeship with the Sorcerers' Guild. When his city is attacked, Caldan and his friends must try to defend themselves from evil. Originally self-published, this fantasy novel won the Australian 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It's a perfect crossover adult fantasy title for teens—a coming-of-age story about a teenager with unknown powers and great friends. Caldan is a likable main character, and readers will root for him and hope that he finds love and happiness. Give this to teenagers who are patiently waiting for the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind (Penguin, 2007). Caldan's world is shady and violent but not as menacing as that of Lev Grossman's The Magicians (Viking, 2009). This novel does end in a cliff-hanger—the second installment, Blood of Innocents, will be published in February 2016. VERDICT Highly recommended for fantasy fans.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062407245
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/22/2015
Series:
Sorcery Ascendant Sequence Series , #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
230,129
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

When he was eleven, Mitchell Hogan was given The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy to read, and a love of fantasy novels was born. He spent the next ten years reading, rolling dice, and playing computer games, with some school and university thrown in. Along the way he accumulated numerous bookcases’ worth of fantasy and sci-fi novels, and he doesn’t look to stop anytime soon. For a decade he put off his dream of writing, then he quit his job and wrote A Crucible of Souls, Book One in the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence. He now writes full-time and is eternally grateful to the readers who took a chance on an unknown self-published author. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Isabelle. 

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A Crucible of Souls (The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent story line and concept. Dialog stilted, needed smoothing and work on flow. Professional editing could have really raised the bar.
LahainaWalt More than 1 year ago
Well defined characters, good plot line, a little slow at first (not unexpected for the first in a series). The reluctant hero thing gets a little old after awhile- but I liked it enough that I bought the second in the series.
Stefh 21 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Fast paced, lots of action and a great story line. I bought the second installment the minute I finished reading the first in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was pretty awesome. I pre-ordered the second.
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Excellent plot with characters that are well defined. Could not put it down!
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The story felt nice and fresh. The characters were a nice change and had regular emotions, a good thing
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For what is, as far as I can tell, a first book, this is absolutely amazing. From exquisite character building to fantastic world building, this book offers a story both well-told and immersive. Smooth story telling and a sympathetic character pull you in and make you wish the rest of the story were already written. If he keeps writing like this I may find I have yet another new favorite author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend this book enough. Loved it
floridawildlife More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. This is one of those books that draws you in and won't let go. Can't wait for the second in the series!