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Battlemage (Age of Darkness) Kindle Edition
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I usually dislike the final all in, I find prolonged battle wearisome - but this kept me interested all the way through, as it weaved character development around chopping battle axes, and world building as it ducked acid hailstorms.
I really look forward to book 2!
Prose: Fine. A bit repetitious at times, but there was nothing egregious of it. Nothing like Jordan's braid tugging or Martin's food descriptions (for fantasy book comparisons). It did it's job well.
Pace: Steady throughout. I didn't notice any slow points. And there were about two or three points in the book where I felt drawn in enough that I didn't want to put the book down. That was a welcome surprise.
Characters: This is where the story shined. I liked the characters. They were all distinct and had their own personalities and voices. By the end I was very vested in them. I think Aryan did a great job crafting them. There was one character in the book who I didn't really get and that was the mad king. Ultimately he felt a bit one-dimensional for me, but it didn't much matter as he didn't feel like the primary antagonist. There were plenty of other compelling characters in the book that made up for this minor gap.
Setting: The setting was a bit muddled for me at times. The book does explore some different cultures and customs which was pretty cool. I'm glad it wasn't a monoculture like other fantasy novels. But when in a scene I couldn't really get a feel for it.
Ending: I like the penultimate conflict with "Titan". That threw me for a loop and it was fantastic. The ultimate conflict was neat, but felt a bit clipped in comparison. But I thought the resolution was top notch. Most everything felt well enough resolved that I walked away fulfilled.
I am going to buy the sequel to see where this story goes.
But after I was halfway through, it felt rather repetitive and some of the characters lost my interest, as did their individual storyline.
Sorry Stephen Aryan. I wish I could have finished it. But after halfway through, you lost this reader.
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