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House of Blades (The Traveler's Gate Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The narration is well paced and the story well thought through. Wight creates an emotional connection to the main character, Simon, from the very start. Throughout the story you can't help but hope for Simon to get better, faster, and ultimately succeed at his goal. Valinhall is particularly interesting with its complexity and interesting characters. Unfortunately the territories and the powers obtained from them seem random and unstructured. This may be because not all has been told in this book yet, and note that this is the only book in the series I have read so far. I will be starting The Crimson Vault immediately.
For such a young author I applaud Wight for writing an epic fantasy that haunts my thoughts long after putting the book down.
I believe I saw a rec for this on /r/fantasy, which led to my purchase. It's a solid enough fantasy novel - the alternate dimension magic system was a really cool idea.
Simon was a more interesting character than Alin, who felt... well, underbaked. I didn't really enjoy the bits with him, they felt like they could have come from almost any generic fantasy novel where a young man learns he has magical powers. Simon's storyline had a lot of interesting moments and concepts, though to be honest he's not much more unique of a character.
I wasn't bored by HoB like I have been with a lot of Kindle books I've picked up over the last year or so. It wasn't anything really great either. It was entertaining, which is pretty much all I ask for from a piece of media.
Overall it was just really solid with some cool ideas and a mixed bag of characters in terms of interest and development.
Also this reminded me of Kentaro Miura's Berserk with the impossibly huge blade thing. As long as this trilogy doesn't grind to a halt on a boat at some point I'll probably pick up the next two volumes.
I am a huge fan of magic systems and the the system in the Traveler's Gate Trilogy is awesome. The magic system is easy to understand, but allows for a lot of new information to come up as the story progresses. I don't want to spoil the fun of learning about the different "Territories" in the story, but the main character and his territory allows for his power to build in the best way...though hard work. The main character is not destined for greatness, he grabs it for himself.
While a lot of the specific details about characters and environment are lacking at times, I feel that it allowed my imagination to fill in the missing details.
This book was a great start to a great series and I am very much looking forward to any future works set in this universe.
However, let's get some hyperbole out of the way. This book isnt a patch on the Malazan series, ok? Steven Erikson's work is on a different plane altogether, and perhaps only Brandon Sanderson's books come close. But that isnt a knock on this book - very few books match up to the tale of Mezlas.
Taken on its own, this - as well as Book 2 - is a very enjoyable and fun read. The action is fast-paced, the characters are interesting and have shades of gray (none of those Goody Goody Good Guys and Brooding Skulking Evil Types), and the story is a relatively original take on the coming-of-age tale. This isnt a deep, brooding fantasy with pages and pages of worldbuilding - it is a relatively straightforward, action-oriented tale, but with enough twists and originality to keep you guessing.
I finished the 2 books one after the other, and am now eagerly awaiting the third. Strongly recommended for someone looking for an engrossing but relatively easy-reading fantasy.