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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For a debut novel this is more than a little impressive. Characters are vividly drawn, multi-layered, and in one or two cases, compelling. Hogan joins with the new wave of fantasy authors in his use of morally ambivalent characters, distinct and tight points of view, believable world building, an intelligible magic system, and some edgy, gritty content. - D.P. Prior,

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For a debut novel this is more than a little impressive. Characters are vividly drawn, multi-layered, and in one or two cases, compelling. Hogan joins with the new wave of fantasy authors in his use of morally ambivalent characters, distinct and tight points of view, believable world building, an intelligible magic system, and some edgy, gritty content. - D.P. Prior, Author of the Nameless Dwarf

When Caldan's parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar 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 earn an apprenticeship with a guild of sorcerers.

But he soon learns the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths.

As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that brings the world to the edge of destruction...

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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:
9781490326252
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
07/24/2013
Series:
Sorcery Ascendant Sequence Series, #1
Pages:
556
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.24(d)

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A Crucible of Souls (The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
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!