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Tsom was a believable lead, learning about his new life and powers. His heartache at the loss of his friends was heartbreaking. The war scenes were detailed but were not overly complicated or lengthy.

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I enjoyed the pace of the book once it started to pick up at around a quarter of the way through. The ending was poignant and satisfying. One person found this helpful. This fantasy new series is off to a promising start. We're plunged into the new world right away and it's quite exciting.

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The main character, Tsom, is very interesting and his interactions with those around him are fun to read. The world seems to be very well thought out, which becomes apparent as the story goes on. There's a lot of history that we don't see, hopefully there will be more of this history in later volumes. The "magic" is also quite interesting. I like how there is a very dear cost for using power. It's kind of unique how the author uses jade as a magic storage device. The non-human races are very original.

None of the usual elves, dwarves or halflings. It makes for a refreshing change. Even the incidental encounters have interesting aspects, like the "death cat" as grim as it sounds. I liked the non-human Yanin, who are portrayed as drunkards, yet they are very effective and feared warriors nonetheless. It might be fun to find out more about them, like where they're from and what their role is in the world. I suspect there is more there than just a bunch of beer soaked thugs. The other non-humans are also intriguing.

The Tarth are especially interesting. There is plenty more to discover about them as well. Many of the characters also seem to have more that meets the eye, especially Alanar. He's someone I hope we learn more about. The deities are also very unusual, or at least how they're shown in the book. It makes for some entertaining reading.

There's plenty of tragedy in the book, but it wasn't such a depressing story that I don't want to continue it. The ending was very unexpected and I am looking forward to more in this story. We're left in a good place, with some loose ends, but nothing unsatisfying. One thing I found to be lacking was that there were no maps. I always find that maps add to a fantasy story. They aren't required, but it seems to me that since much of the story involves going to and from specific locales, maps would have been most helpful. There are geographic reference points that are mentioned a couple of times, like "Web Of The Gods" and it would have been nice to see how these reference points are situated.

I would have preferred maps to the glossary. Hopefully in the next volume there will be maps. But I wouldn't let a small thing like no maps discourage someone from reading this book. I highly recommend it. I bought the paperback and will be loaning it out to my friends. The Haunted Reading Room Reviews. Indeed, I want to read it again right away! The author's touch is truly magical, and suspension of disbelief is instantaneous.

The imagery is sensuous, in the original definition: Author Tobin Loshento has such a special way with words--I want a series!: I could not stop reading! I reviewed an ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the sole purpose of my fair and honest review. No fees were exchanged. An engaging tale set in an alternate world. A young boy loses his parents and must live by his wits as a pickpocket on the streets near the harbor of a major city. He has enviable success until he unwittingly steals the birthright of the scion of the city's most powerful family: Now he must run for his life to escape those who would use this power to destroy all who share his lineage, and ultimately put civilization itself at risk.

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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The detail and wording flow together so seamlessly, that you forget you are not a part of their world. I was often left still thinking and feeling for Loshento's world and people long after I had regrettably put the book away for another evening. The characters and plot were so gripping that it felt so real you thought you were going to feel your ka being siphoned for the next move.

Like pawns in a chess match, Loshento was able to weave a masterful story, which had all the moves laid out, set for a perfect ending. He has not scrimped on any of the characters - flaws and all- or the storyline, explaining even the fear and actions by the townspeople, with regards to the actions of the main characters. I feel that the story was told in a way that accurately described war on our earth- there are never just two sides, all parts must be planned meticulously and played out, those plans never go as expected and the outcomes of them or their failure has a ripple effect of the rest of the world.

The fantasy nature was excellently written as well. It was believable, grabbing me and making me a part of the story. I also enjoyed the pace of the story. Though it was action-packed, and had a fair pace, it also made the time for all the detail needed to make the story whole. I believe I have a new addiction. The final pages wound up my excitement and engagement in to the story so well that I don't know how much I will be able to sleep before reading the next instalment in The Katar Series!

In my opinion, this book is suitable for those 16 and above maybe younger within reason as it has some severe brutality in some of the war scenes. I would highly recommend it to all, above that age, as it is one of the best written book I have read in a while. Nov 02, Maxine rated it liked it. Tsom is a young pickpocket in a world ruled by the five families of the Katar whose power comes from the rings they wear.


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When Tsom accidentally steals one of these rings, he is forced to go on the run. Soon, though, as he meets members of the rebellion, he discovers he has powers of his own that may make him the saviour they have all been looking for. Unfortunately, his power comes with a cost and, unless he learns to control it, he may not be able to stay alive long enough to succeed. The Katar Tsom is a young pickpocket in a world ruled by the five families of the Katar whose power comes from the rings they wear.

The magic system is interesting and the world-building is complex. Because this is the first in the series, much time is spent introducing us to the characters and there are many and the events that led up to those in the story. At times, this made for confusion and tended to slow the story down but this is not unusual in an epic fantasy book like this and once the reader has met all the main characters and learned all of their back stories, the book really took off for me. If the first half took me days, the second half was devoured in an afternoon.

Definitely an entertaining read for fans of writers like Roger Zalazny. Nov 08, Maria Beltrami rated it really liked it Shelves: Evidently the first episode of a series, if it were not for the open-ended this novel would be a great stand alone. The elements of the story are widely recognizable and traceable to their source I think that the author, like me, is fan of Farmer , but the excellent description of the characters and the interesting creation of the world in which they move can put in the background this feeling of "already heard. Thank Smith Publicity and Netgalley for providing me wi Evidently the first episode of a series, if it were not for the open-ended this novel would be a great stand alone.

Thank Smith Publicity and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Molto evidentemente primo episodio di una serie, se non fosse per il finale aperto questo romanzo sarebbe comunque un ottimo stand alone. Qualche lungaggine di troppo in alcune parti. Ringrazio Smith Publicity e Netgalley per avermi fornito una copia gratuita in cambio di una recensione onesta. This was surprisingly good. The beginning seemed a little confusing at first but once I had sorted out who was who and what went where I was well away! The descriptions of the different worlds and races were rich and vivid.

At times I felt like I was there riding along with Tsom and Shara.

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Tsom was a believable lead, learning about his new life and powers. His heartache at the loss of his friends was heartbreaking. The war scenes were detailed Full Review: The war scenes were detailed but were not overly complicated or lengthy. I enjoyed the pace of the book once it started to pick up at around a quarter of the way through. The ending was poignant and satisfying.

Indeed, I want to read it again right away!

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The author's touch is truly magical, and suspension of disbelief is instantaneous. The imagery is sensuous, in the original definition: Author Tobin Loshento has such a special way with words--I want a series!: I could not stop reading!

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I really like the cover on this one, which is what initially attracted me to this book. I feel the writing is solid with well done world building and vivid descriptions. The characters have a nice feel for them with appropriate strengths for the more head smart characters. The plot has a bit of a rough start but then evens out and actually keeps a good pace. Overall this is a good entertaining read with an author showing future potential. I received an evaluation copy in exchange for my honest o I really like the cover on this one, which is what initially attracted me to this book.

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I received an evaluation copy in exchange for my honest opinion, which may not mirror your own. Nov 19, Randy Smith rated it it was ok. Done up as a true Greek tragedy so if you like sad endings this is the book for you. It truly had a bad and somewhat confusing ending and I would definitely classify this as tragedy story. The writing isn't so bad and this is why I gave it two stars and not just one, it just had too many issues like many of the smaller plot lines going no were and just seem to disappear. For my review please visit http: James Lynam rated it it was amazing Jul 06, Donna Roye rated it really liked it Feb 14, Stephanie Brown rated it liked it Jul 28, Jacinta rated it really liked it Jan 12, Lucas Barbknecht rated it it was amazing Oct 02, Erinn M rated it liked it Jun 09, N rated it liked it Jul 14, Pandauric rated it it was amazing Dec 07, Paul Teller rated it liked it Sep 28, Matt rated it really liked it Oct 27, Meg rated it it was ok Feb 16, Rebekah Wilder rated it liked it Oct 23, Neal rated it liked it Feb 14, Travis Grant rated it it was amazing Dec 28,