- File Size: 756 KB
- Print Length: 514 pages
- Publication Date: January 8, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082MR74M1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,231 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book was sooooo amazing. The writing style was clean and delved into 4th wall, which was very original. The world building was perfectly explained throughout the story, keeping me both informed and entertained without too much at once.
Told from dual alternating POV's, Rune and Kyder were both easy to develop an attachment to from the start. Each with vastly different childhoods, they both held mage powers and were meant to meet, fulfilling a wordly need.
My absolute favorite part of this book was the author's ability to get me to hate a character, yet absolutely sympathize and wish good things for by the end. That takes a lot of skill and intense character development. It was brilliant.
I'm amazed to know that this is the first book by this author. It definitely will NOT be the last that I read. It gripped me and wouldn't let go!
There are layers upon layers of thoughtful response to what has shaped them and motivates their decisions. Yet on the surface, you still can enjoy a fun (if not sometimes cruel) ride through their growth as the world impacts them. There are some dark themes and concepts so masterfully told you won’t be able to turn away, even in the face of morally-objectionable actions.
It takes a certain talent to endear you to severely flawed characters, and Halo’s got it. I found myself rooting equally for the morally-sound and the despicable. Always feeling there’s redemption to be found for the wicked, and miles to fall for the good. I loved the dichotomy between the two main characters, which touches on the concept of nature vs. nurture but more poignantly illuminates the sliding scale between good and evil.
I will read this book again and again, and look forward to the next one.
The characters also experience the world in a raw way, and the reader feels their emotions easily. I really hope that more books come after this one because I want to read what's next. Very much a recommended read.
This book isn't my favorite genre, but I appreciated many aspects of the book that make it a good one. Strong character development is important and in this book there are two major characters to focus on that I got a complete pictures of. Halo Scot also creates a beautiful new world that I could picture in my mind. The plot is well-though out and interesting.
Overall, a fantastic read and one I highly recommend!
Top international reviews
Dark, raw and emotionally charged.
The characters are complex and highly original - this novel would be great as a TV series (Amazon and Netflix, you need to get the rights to this book). I loved Kyder and Rune (for very different reasons) - I wanted them to have a different outcome, but I understood and enjoyed the ending.
The world building created by Halo Scot (@halo_scot) is probably the best I’ve read since Tolkien. I know that Halo Scot will become a household name and I am honoured to have found this book before it becomes insanely popular - I hope that makes me cool by association.
I don’t like spoilers in reviews so I’m only going to include a brief highlight of a touching scene - Au revior, mon frere. 😭
I’m really looking forward to the next instalment... here’s to hoping it doesn’t take too long to arrive.
I bought the Paperback version and it’s totally worth the extra money. It looks great.
Read it. Read it now.
A fascinating read, following the story of two broken souls struggling to find their way in a complex and destructive world. Fun, frightening, and satisfying, I can't wait to read more in this series.
The author has done an amazing job of creating this last bastion of human civilization. He adds subtle details gradually, giving the reader a strong feel for the world, and I absolutely loved the way that each region/location had its own ‘personality’. Technology in the world is also subtly pulled in as required without overburdening the reader in detail.
I enjoyed all of the characters greatly. Kyder and Rune are the true stars, but even the side characters have their own distinct personality which the author brings out through conversation and speech patterns. I found both Kyder’s and Rune’s mothers to be particularly well done.
There is a fair amount of graphic sex and violence in the novel. It did not seem out of place in this grim world although there were two torture scenes that crossed the line for me in such a way that they were no longer horror, but rather became absurd, and I almost wanted to laugh. I expect this is just a matter of taste as I’m sure many readers would have been completely horrified.
The writing is spectacular. Seriously, for me, it felt nearly flawless. Both the world and characters were wonderful and I looked forward to reading this novel every night.
Easy five stars. I highly recommend this book…though it is not for the faint of heart.
The horrific violence articulated within this novel makes you uncomfortable at first, but it only serves to strip you of any judgements of the characters, to feel empathy and compassion for the human condition. The connection you feel with both of the main characters is gripping even throughout the over-arching conflict.
After all, “light can only be understood with the wisdom of darkness”. Thank you Halo Scot, for making me feel so deeply. Your energy and emotion of the brilliant writing is magnetic and I can’t wait for the next book - a highly recommended read for those who dare to travel down to the pits of Hel.