Will was living an ordinary life with his family in the small town of Ashglen until the town was mysteriously attacked. Confused and disoriented, Will manages to escape from his home, and finds that the task of discovering who is responsible for the attack falls on his shoulders. What he eventually discovers is beyond what he could have ever imagined.
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If you're looking for a great quick read this is the book! The author leaves the audience hanging and begging for more. The Architect is full of quick witted , side splitting humor. Readers will fall in love with the characters, Harrar's ironic qualities and humor, Will's good guy manner, the charming Marahas and ever determined Leah. Look no further for your next read!!
If I'm being honest, The Architect is a strong, but occasionally flawed, first novel by a young author who clearly loves high fantasy, slapstick humor, snarky dialogue and a good cliffhanger. There were aspects of this novel that I really loved. For instance, never really being sure if Harrar, the magic-wielding demon, is ever telling the truth. He tells a lot of stories, theoretically to fill in the reader on the world's history, but he always seems to be making it up as he goes along. I think this is a fun character trait, and combined with Harrar's love of romance novels and mood swings, it's a nice change from the usual OH SO SERIOUS high fantasy demon characters. Harrar starts the book as the evil, and bored, conqueror of a small town ... and then suddenly leaves (did I mention he was bored?) with his best friend/partner Marahas to find a new adventure. Which they do, alongside an endearing young man named Will whose home town has been attacked and burned to the ground. Together, they attempt to rescue a different town from the grasp of an evil sorcerer, and meet several other characters who are part of the underground. You can tell Kuhtreiber has worked hard on his world-building, and that he really does enjoy what he's doing. But a lot of freshman mistakes are noticable: the story meanders and never really ends. It's the first book in a series, but we're left with a cliffhanger and only one minor story point resolution. There's a lot to be answered in the second book. I'm sure the intent is to entice readers to come back -- and I will, but more because I want to see if the author, given time, capitalizes on his strong points and is able to file down some of his rough edges. And the strong points are all in the characterization: Harrar, Marahas, Will, and the rest could really become reader favorites and gain a bigger audience.