The March of Magnus (Spark City Cycle) Paperback – October 22, 2020
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About the Author
Robert J Power is the fantasy author of the Amazon bestselling series, The Spark City Cycle and The Dellerin Tales. When not locked in a dark room with only the daunting laptop screen as a source of light, he fronts Irish rock band, Army of Ed, despite their many attempts to fire him.
Robert lives in Wicklow, Ireland with his wife Jan, 2 rescue dogs and a cat that detests his very existence. Before he found a career in writing, he enjoyed various occupations such as a terrible pizza chef, a video store manager (ask your grandparents), and an irresponsible camp counsellor. Thankfully, none of them stuck.
If you wish to learn of Robert's latest releases, his feelings on The Elder Scrolls, or just how many coffees he consumes a day before the palpitations kick in, visit his website at www.RobertJPower.com where you can join his reader's club. You might even receive some free goodies, hopefully some writing updates, and probably a few nonsensical ramblings.
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- Publisher : de Paor Press (October 22, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 794 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1999999495
- ISBN-13 : 978-1999999490
- Item Weight : 1.87 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #688,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adventure, the human spirit in tough times. War and its ravages.
The March of Magnus is just the right length in an era of 800 page monsters, it delivers its story well and concisely.
Very enjoyable reading. Looking forward to future entries in the series.
Fans of Erroh and Lea will be pleased that those two play prominent roles in this book (can’t get enough of them personally, but I’ll take what the author gives). However, we are introduced to Magnus, Elise and the further development of other characters from the first book.
The story moves along fairly rapidly, with enough action and intrigue to satisfy all readers.
I really liked this book and can’t wait for the conclusion.
Still, even more Erroh and Lea, please!!!
However, there are a few characteristics of this book that make it better than the last one. I like how this book emphasized the other characters more, providing the reader with a shift in perspective. I also feel like this shift enabled me personally to better relate to and understand the actions taken by other characters in the first book.
Lastly, the last like 100 pages or so, was perfect. I'm hoping and expecting that the 3rd book provides this balance for the entire book based on how this ended....so I will stick with this series even though it's been decent at best.
Excellent follow up to Spark City. I thought this was going to be a trilogy, but am pumped to know there's more than one book to follow this one.
If you like A song of ice and fire or King killer chronicle, you'll love this book.
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I never used to read fantasy so it’s been quite the journey and I’ve found some truly brilliant authors. Some who move the story along at such speed and consistency you find yourself reading all night. Some who build worlds so colourful and imaginative that you have to read the series of books in a week. Others who bring out characters beautifully so you genuinely care about their story.
I should say too, there are some truly shocking authors in this genre, who, for whatever reason seem to be doing well. Better marketing?
Ultimately though, there are only a few that bring the buy in, the character development, the speed and the imagination together to create truly brilliant fantasy. I can think of 10 at a push, with four or five set apart as clear leaders.
Robert Power, for me, is already in that top ten and as his writing improves over time, I’m sure he’ll end up at the top. His style is slightly unusual, the emphasis on character development is far deeper than anything else I’ve read. I found it refreshing and I found myself genuinely caring about the characters. The speed was good and you always wanted more. After this book, the series looks like it will at least be another two books (a trilogy is too short and would feel very rushed).
For anyone who enjoys fantasy, I’d recommend this book without a second thought as a must read.
I only have one criticism. The idea that the world is set in the future, with modern times (ie now) being a past age did drive me a little crazy. I’m guessing this is only because it reminds me of the Prince of Thorns which I thought was pretty average. Still, that could just be me.
In this installment everything pretty much sucks for everybody. If you feel things are going well for the characters at anytime, trust me,life punches them randomly, hard.
Erroh really should have watched GOT because he tried to recreate the duel between yer man with the tash and the mountain with really predictable results.
There's loads of really positive bro banter and male bonding and friendship which is nice and wholesome. Dads being mad proud of their kids,nice. Women warriors beating the menfolk. Yea, this has it all sorts of empowering stuff going on.
Anyway, I really enjoyed it, its the first proper, unable to put down read I've had in a while so yea.. honest review, I loved it even with the underlying current of lockdown despair.
The development of the characters from the first book has been such an enjoyable part of this series.
I've since re-read 'Spark City' and it is incredible how the characters have developed through both books. Its hard to believe Eroh at the end of 'March of Magnus' is the same character we saw aimlessly wandering the wastes, and a broken man after The Cull in 'Spark'.
The new locations and characters have added to the incredible world building while not overwhelming this reader. Can't wait to see how this story progresses through the remaining books.
The main battle spoiler, you can basically see coming a mile off & you would be hard pressed to think that Magnus never saw it coming either! Erroh has basically become a walking disaster, all to aid the plot lines of course but seeing as the alphas are not supposed to be Superhuman, he seems to recover from all these injuries pretty quickly.Cliffhanger ending but by then you are sort of used to it so it's no great surprise.