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- Print Length: 292 pages
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- Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing (June 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H1CYBS6
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Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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In recent years I have been excited and lucky to watch and take part in fantastic new entries into the genre (Mark Lawrence, Patrick Rothfuss, Martin, Anthony Ryan's first book). In between the "big authors" releases I have downloaded, read and discarded probably forty or so indie entries. Some have been good. Some have been bad. Most have been terrible.
What I can't figure out is how some of these books obtain 100+ reviews averaging 4 stars or better, or how they can contain multi-paragraph hand written write-ups praising the "original story" or "unique characters" or "intriguing plot line". I am at a loss because most of these books end up turning me off after about 50 pages because they are some combination of a) illegible writing, and b) a protagonist that is unrealistic/whiny/overpowered/smartwhilestupid.
This book is none of those things. This author's other works do not fall into those categories. Will's stuff is well written, entertaining and contains characters that are funny, relate-able and have depth. I am a fan of pretty much every character in his Traveler's gate and Elder Empire Series. Will does small short-stories filling in background on the characters in between book releases and it is a testament to his writing that fans get excited to hear from minor characters who barely got any lines in the book (incarnation's daughter... more please).
The magic systems are well thought out and unique. The action is fast-paced and well described. The dialogue is sometimes laugh out loud funny and you actually care about what happens to each of the characters.
Honestly my only complaint with Will's stuff is that I want more and wish he could write longer books, but if he did that we wouldn't have so many releases in such a short time span.
Seriously, buy this book, then buy his other books. They are all good and they are stupidly cheap compared to some of the others out there on amazon.
Regarding Unsouled specifically, this is actually my least favorite of his three series, but I still enjoyed it immensely and believe it deserves a 5 star review. I read two other self-published Xianxia novels before this and the state of that genre is currently terrible. One of the novels was unreadable (I won't mention a name, but it involves a certain bird that is a certain color). Even if you don't like Will's other stuff, or just don't like fantasy in general, but somehow you still like Xianxia, you should read this. Its by far the best available.
If you read this and wonder which to go to next, start with Traveler's Gate. It starts a little slow in house of blades but it quickly ramps up into the awesome-sphere. The Crimson Vault and City of Light are even better.
I'd point out a couple of things, not to diminish this series, but perhaps for Wight to take into consideration in the future to improve his already excellent writing. With a very unique world and background, some of the ideas were difficult to ferret out, and an explanation could have been incorporated earlier on in the novel. Some fantasy novels have a glossary of terms and concepts (N.K. Jemison's Broken Earth triolgy was my last series before Wight's and had a glossary). While I rarely use the glossaries or are even aware of them until I'm at the end of a nove, that may have been helpful here.
The Adidan, Surriel, and the Judges subplot were fascinating, but that part of the story could have been developed more fully and reveled much earlier in the novel. I still find the overall subplot wanting, and some of the details there are still vague in my mind. Some threads could have been outlined more clearly, or pursued further (Yerin's parasitic Blood Shadow for instance).
Chapter break points often serve as natural transition points. Many of the chapter transitions here seemed arbitrary, and the next chapter often picked up in the middle of the preceding action. This was still a page turner for me, and led to some late nights far past my regular bedtime.
As for characters, the main character's growth as a person seemed to take place dramatically, quickly and lacked a certain subtlety. I liked the female supporting character, Yerin as much, if not more than the main character. Part of that could be I consumed these novels very quickly given my fascination with the story. Eithan was another excellent character, but I like some vulnerability or flaw in most characters, and he seemed to much, if any, weakness.
It is still one of the better series I have read recently, and I recommend it to any fan of fantasy.
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