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Soulsmith (Cradle Book 2) Kindle Edition
|Length: 284 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Book 2 of 8 in Cradle|
|Age Level: 13 - 18|
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About the Author
- File size : 2173 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- ASIN : B01M09PWJQ
- Publication date : September 26, 2016
- Publisher : Hidden Gnome Publishing (September 26, 2016)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0989671771
- Language: : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,786 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm not sure where this guy came from. I bought house of blades because Amazon told me to and it cost less than a McFlurry. That series fell before my late night reading technique like 12 year old Bieber fan getting run over by the tour bus. Cradle came next and his writing has clearly advanced. He seems to write a book in the time it takes to stand in line at the DMV, so I assume he is a disciple of Sanderson. Or he speeds a lot. Doesn't matter.
The unique magic systems, pacing, clear story arcs and vivid imagination pisses me off. Because I thought one day I could publish a book on Amazon and call myself an author. Then this sack of hammers comes along and sets STANDARDS, totally ruining my plans. Also, his pricing makes me suspicious. If I get 6 hours of reading time out of a book it should at least cost enough to let him upgrade from the dollar menu to a combo meal. Seriously dude Mountain Dew code red can't keep you going forever. Send me your address and I'll mail you one of my mom's quiches.
In terms of the overall content, we see a lot more relationship building between Lindon and other characters like Yerin, as well as more general character development. I feel like this book was generally an improvement over Unsouled in terms of character relationships in general; we're starting to see the development of a longer-term cast in this book, and I think the sequel benefits from that factor.
The story also benefits from the introduction of a potential long-term antagonist. I won't say any more than that to avoid spoilers.
If you liked the details about learning new techniques, advancing cores, and learning more about how the general magic system of the setting worked, there's a lot more of that here. Lindon is still focused on improving himself and we see him go to a great deal of effort to try to do that - in a much more dangerous environment than he had to face in the first book.
There are fewer overt tests and over trials in Soulsmith; it's more of an adventure story with a clearer central goal. This makes the plot clearer, which I imagine will appeal to some readers more than others.
The bottom line? Will Wight is defining a new genre that blends the long-term character progression of Eastern fiction with Sanderson-esque hard magic - and I can't wait to read more.
This was an excellent addition to the Cradle Series. I was worried it was going to be a little short, but this was a fantastic continuation to a new series. I was impressed and cannot wait to read more of Lindon's journey.
My only critique would be that this story felt a lot like we were losing Lindon's perspective. You spent a lot of time setting the scenes and the tone of what was happening around everyone (you are a master at that, I always feel in the middle of your stories), but I felt that every time we got a piece of Lindon it was rushing him into the next thing. My favorite part about Cradle was seeing his version of events, his voice, his immediate + longterm thoughts etc. Don't lose the voice just to increase novel volume!
That being said, please release of Killers and Kings/ of Kings and Killers yesterday...
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of magic in fantasy. On this front Will Wight delivers so well. Magic plays an incredibly integral role to the plot of Soulsmith. Lindon, our MC, continues his journey—which began in Unsouled—to become a better, more powerful sacred artist. One of the things I really appreciated about this sequel is that Wight didn’t rush things. It would have been easy to see an explosion of power for Lindon, but he continues to struggle as a comparative weakling. This gives us plenty of glimpses into Lindon’s character and it’s wonderful to see his development and growth. Even more, however, is the growth we get to see from Yerin. In fact, if anything has drastically improved from the first book in this series, I would say it is the characterization of secondary characters. Lindon has always been interesting. Wight is now building an entire cast of interesting characters and I can’t wait to see where they go and how they develop in the rest of this series. Any time you can give me intricate, interesting magic and a cast of fascinating, developing characters I’m all in. Wight has done that in spades here, and set it all in a unique world. One aspect of the world building I enjoy is how so much revolves around honor. Often fantasy worlds tend to take a guilt/innocence view of the world, much like the majority of western society. To see a tale told in a world that focuses much more on honor/shame is wonderful.
I don’t have much to criticize with this book. Almost everything worked for me. There were a few moments, particularly toward the beginning of the book, where the action slowed down a little. These didn’t last very long, however. I also felt that the book may have lacked a little bit of a plot unto itself. It is obviously a middle book of a series. These are all very minor criticisms and they did not significantly impact my enjoyment.
Will Wight’s second book in his Cradle series is excellent fun, heavy on magic, and begins introducing a wider cast of characters that I’m sure will play a larger role as the series progresses. It’s well done all-around and a wonderful read for those who thoroughly enjoy hard magic systems.
5 – I loved this, couldn’t put it down, move it to the top of your TBR pile
4 – I really enjoyed this, add it to the TBR pile
3 – It was ok, depending on your preferences it may be worth your time
2 – I didn’t like this book, it has significant flaws and I can’t recommend it
1 – I loathe this book with a most loathsome loathing