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- Print Length: 292 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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've read all of Will's books so far, and I have enjoyed everything he has written he manages to write very interesting diverse worlds that I get sucked into instantly, the rate at which he churns out books is at a Sandersonesk level which is always appreciated.
Because he is unsouled, he is prosecuted... And we see him strive to find ways to gather more power.
In many ways, this is very much like Wight's old series. The same theme abides in it. The same trope: Weak protagonists striving to be stronger. But the story is more personal, and the protagonist's story is more fleshed out and more urgent... Which is the best thing in this book.
When I said the beginning was better than the end, it is for that very reason. After that, the story becomes too fantastical, less fleshed out and less detailed. The magical system Wight described that has intrigued me in the beginning remains more of a question mark... How does it work? Wight barely answers that question.
The interactions between the protagonist and other characters become... Blunted. Hardly is a friend or enemy introduced in details until either the protagonist is fighting with or against him. There is less of the joy of discovering new people in this book... And this is inexcusable to my mind. Wight is now an old hand, and the world, that is somewhat drawn from Fuedal Japanese culture remains too flat and one dimensional.
That is not to say that it is not interesting far from it. My disapointment is that this book could have been better. It certainly has unique ideas.
If you're debating whether this book is worth it, it definitely is. If you think the blurb.summary on amazon is kind of crappy, I agree with you. Just realize that Soul Artist = magical martial artist and go from there.