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This story touches on topics of identity, race, and peer family, for sure, as well as disparity between the poor and the rich. It is written in first-person, alternating between Tarik and Hayli, which makes for an interesting read (and also forces you to read the chapter header to know who "I" is). Each of the characters were unique and distinguishable from the others.
This fantasy steampunk world is filled with politics and magic.
Prince Tarik has, since the age of 5, been hiding the secret of being a mage. Now that he is 17, his father, King Trabin, has asked him to utilize the magery Trabin despises so much. Tarik has no idea what he's getting into, and finds out that not everything is as it seems.
Hayli is a young mage, struggling with her feeling like she doesn't belong anywhere and learning how to control her shape-shifting ability.
Tarik and Hayli have several run-ins before Tarik is given his mission, and little do they know how large her role will be in its execution.
-Good pacing with a great storyline that kept me wanting to read on
-Interesting setting (I don't think I've read anything steampunk before...)
-Magic system explained enough to make sense but remain magical, and there is definitely more to learn in the upcoming books
-Depth of thought put into Tarik's magic, especially, to be able to accomplish his mission
-Touches on topics related to issues in today's world such as race, poverty, and politics
-There is a line shared between Zagger and Hayli which (to me) was fairly powerful
-Adventurous and emotional
-I want to know the rest of the story, but the other three book aren't out yet
-I don't have any complaints about this book
So, there you have it, I would definitely recommend checking out this book if you are looking for an adventure you won't soon forget!
(This review also appears on my blog)
I especially appreciated the bulky length of this novel. I read quickly and usually books in this genre are quick, to the point, and end up being a two-hour read for me. The detail that went into building descriptions of the locations in this work brought Brinmark to life for me, making it an enjoyable reading experience without being overdone. Usually, accented dialog distracts me from a novel, but I adored the switch from the noble voice to the street slang - it was purposeful and mind-bending and for some reason, it helped me to feel what the Prince must've felt switching to that society.
After the first few chapters, I felt like I knew the characters in the book, yet they continued to surprise me with their emotional growth and the revelation of what made them tick. I feel like a continuation would only bring to life more of these subtle surprises and would keep them interesting, never boring. Even after I turned off the Kindle app for the night, I stayed awake and thought about what I'd just read in "The Madness Project." It's not often that a story captures my mind and makes me wonder about what is going to happen in the next book. Usually the continuation in a series is a pleasant surprise, for me, rather than an absolute necessity! I can't wait to read more about Tarik and Hayli, life they'll carve out, and the things they'll discover.
I did find the title misleading. The Madness Project sounds more like sci fi to me than fantasy, and there wasn't really a strong sense of a 'project' mad or otherwise to warrant calling the book that. I love the cover though!
The only thing I could say against the book was that the plot was a little repetitive in that people kept going missing and betraying each other. I also felt frustrated that the central character often seemed slow to act even when the logical action was quite obvious to me. When he finally came to the obvious decision, things had changed and it was too late. But I'm only going to take off half a star for that, so this will still show up as 5 stars.
I'd like to read the next book, but it's priced too high for me.
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