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The Weatherwax Report Fantasy Blog: "A fun easy read that kept me entertained. If you like old school fantasy with a ton of magic, multi pov, wide scoped plot, and an eclectic group of people on a mission, this could be for you."
Fantasy Author Graham Austin King: "If you're in the market for a good old-fashioned fantasy, dripping with action, intrigue, and snark, then you're probably looking in the right place."
★★★★★ - "A must-read, power corrupts book."
★★★★★ - "Adventure, danger, surprises, growing friendships, evil, greed and an assortment of awesome characters."
★★★★★ - "Well written, and difficult to put down."
★★★★★ - "I guarantee you will smile at least once."
★★★★★ - "A compelling, can't-put-it-down story. The characters are wonderful."
From the Author
Fate of Wizardoms is intended to entertain readers by reinventing classic epic fantasy tropes and delivering them in modern, fast-paced storytelling. As a reader, I have always enjoyed quick-witted rogues such as Mat Cauthon, Han Solo, and Kaz Brekker, so I broke convention and cast Jerrell 'Jace' Landish as the male lead in hopes of sating the reading pallet of anyone who enjoys a healthy dose of witty banter and clever schemes amidst the magic, battles, quests, and political machinations taking place. Reader and listener feedback for this series has been outstanding and inspirational. The final book in the Fate of Wizardoms saga releases August 25, 2020. I hope you enjoy the characters and the world of Wizardoms. Best wishes,Jeff
- ASIN : B07XQFRTB7
- Publisher : Fallbrandt Press (October 1, 2019)
- Publication date : October 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4388 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,672 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was given a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
It was a very creative cast: Jace, a thief/assassin/opportunist who had taken a contract to steal a magical artifact and kill a wizard lord; Rhoa, an acrobat set on avenging the unjust deaths of her parents; Rawk, a dwarf and stone carver; and Narine, princess and wizardess who was somehow kinder than her high-class status dictates. And of course Salvon, storyteller extraordinaire, wise man, and friend to children. Read as a standalone, this is a story of revenge, but hints throughout point to a deeper plot which I'm sure will be explored in the rest of the series.
The worldbuilding was very cool. Regions are controlled by wizard lords whose powers are enhanced by the gods they serve. These powers extend their lives so they often rule more than a century and give them the ability to heal their bodies if they are poisoned or wounded, which makes them quite difficult to kill. The gods show up physically every six months to receive their sacrifice (human sacrifice). And the people are required to participate in a ritual twice every day, offering "Devotion" to the wizard lords. This devotion somehow enhances their power or health. I pictured the Ori from Stargate when I was reading it.
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to follow despite being told from the perspective of multiple characters. All of the characters were fascinating, not your typical fantasy cast but also not without its tropes. Rhoa's backstory was explored the most in this book, but I look forward to getting to know the other characters better in the rest of the series. I also appreciated how the author balanced the levity of the topics. Despite hardships and failures and loss, each of the characters found something that drove them to persevere. It will be interesting to see what they are able to accomplish together in this series. There were a few twists that caught me off guard. I'm particularly curious about how long Jace will be able to keep his secrets and how Salvon became involved in the first place - it seems like more than luck, but we will see.
Overall, this was an excellent beginning to a series that has definitely hooked me. I highly recommend it to older teenagers and adults who love a good adventure into unknown lands.
Eye of Obscurance, the first book of the Fate of Wizardoms, features fantastic world-building, an interesting magic system, and even mythological creatures, all described to the perfect amount!
The story centres around an entertaining cast of characters. Rhoa - a small girl with a big heart and full of fierceness; Jace - a snarky, slightly abrasive but hilarious thief (grapefruits, lol!); Narine - a soft but daring wizardess; Rawk - an innocent, compassionate and loyal maker, and MORE!
Yes, there are more! And I loved every single one of them! The characters are fleshed-out and beautifully written, with clearly defined voices of their own, and they all have a role to play as the story runs its course through Eye of Obscurance.
It is easy to get lost in the tale because of its engaging nature, and you find yourself wanting to dig back in as soon as you are forced to put the book down. It's a real page-turner, exciting from cover to cover, action-packed, high-paced and utterly fabulous!
Eye of Obscurance is a great start to what seems an exciting series, and I look forward to reading the rest. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys epic fantasy because this is the genre at its best!
Note: I have listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator, Travis Baldree, does a great job at bringing the characters to life, and he keeps you at the edge of your seat as the magic (and action) happens!
Jace and Rhoe are the 2 main MC's their storyline is filled with sadness and laughter and looking forward in how their story continues.
As I stated great book and if that isn't enough it has Dwarves !!!!!!!
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The way the different characters come together, the mysteries of their varied histories and the interactions between them are all great. The locations are well thought out and described with enough detail to make visualisation easy - but not too much that it becomes an exercise in looking up synonyms just to prove how clever the author is!
It took me a few chapters before the term Wizardom made sense but once I did I thought that was very clever too.
The story and the plot lines wind their way through the book with different levels from minor to history changing. The characters are believable and the story brings together a band with different abilities, much like a more standard fantasy novel, but with the author's own slant on their 'classes' which I very much appreciated. As with any good series, the book stands alone with its own plot but is part of a larger story and is well written enough that I want to read the next book straight away. I am looking forwards to seeing how the characters and their relationships with each other develop as well.
I am not easily impressed with new fantasy literature these days but this is a great book and I thoroughly recommend it.
I expected more from this author, but, I know to stay away from his books now. A lot of miss spelling and bad grammer.
There are a lot of classic, well loved fantasy tropes in this one if that's your thing but also a distinctive setting, in a world divided into wizardoms and ruled by powerful, long-living wizards.