- File Size: 451 KB
- Print Length: 117 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Twigboat Press; 1 edition (August 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074PJMJK5
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- Lending: Enabled
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Rotten Magic (The Artifice Mage Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Rotten Magic tells the story of Devin, who is a young apprentice with the Artifacer's Guild. The only problem is, Devin has a secret he can't share with anyone. Only his little sister, Misera, knows he can do "something special" with his hands, and it's not creating machines to help the Guards or anyone else.
Devin is also part of a game played by fellow Guild members, but he happens to be the villain rather than one of the heroes. However, he seems perfectly happy with that. He's always felt different, and being the villain lets him embrace that.
Later in the book, Devin does something (I won't spoil it) that sets off the chain of events for the very end of the story that I assume segues into the beginning of the first book in the series.
Overall, the book isn't a bad read. It's a new take on steampunk fantasy, with machines, magic, and mayhem. Dragons seem to be Devin's obsession, hence his desire to create a machine that shoots flames.
The plot is a bit slow to start, but I found myself rushing through the book once I got about 1/4 of the way in. It picks up, and you find yourself curious to see where the story is going to go, and how it's going to end.
The characters aren't super well-developed, but they're not completely one-dimensional. I did think their dialogue, at times, was a bit off. Like with Devin's mom. Some of the things she said didn't really seem like realistic "mom" dialogue, if you will. There are characters you will like, and some you won't, but they don't get a ton of development in the story.
There were also some editing errors I noticed, but I tried not to let them detract from the story.
Overall, not a bad read, and I'm curious to see where the series will lead readers. I give Rotten Magic 4 stars.
Throughout the book, we’re presented with two voices in Devin’s head, viewed as entirely separate entities. These are ‘The Mage’ and ‘The Artificer.’ While one voice appears to encourage magical antics, the other is strongly opposed to such sorcery.
Devin is an intriguing character. He enjoys time alone, no doubt due to childhood bullying and seems to be socially awkward- something I find it easy to relate to.
As for the story, it progressed steadily without any dull moments. I loved Devin’s interior-monologue; it was interesting to be privy to such deep and thought-provoking discussions.
The language used was easy to understand and remained that way throughout. I felt that the author possessed a genuine gift for expression and could readily imagine the scenes they were painting.
Overall, a short and compelling read.
Rated 4/5 stars.
This book just didn’t suck me in. Usually I get really involved with the story and this time all I could muster was some anger on behalf of Devin for the way he was treated. The writing was confusing to me, there was so much more that could have been said or done in my opinion. It felt rushed. I won’t be continuing with this series.
I confess that I found myself confused for much of this book. There wasn't much in the way of back story or explanation for the voices or the game or, well, anything. As a result, it was a slow read and felt longer than 126 pages.
I didn't particularly connect with any of the characters, and found some of their behaviours and reactions to be somewhat inconsistent.
Sadly, although I can see the promise in the plot line, I'm afraid that the delivery didn't sell it for me.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.