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Bane of Souls [Kindle Edition]

Thaddeus White
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The trade festival of Mascezad is normally a time of plenty for Horst and his trader uncle, but when they visit Highford Horst finds himself conscripted by the city’s mages. Unable to return to his own people and abandoned by his uncle, his fortunes go from bad to worse when he discovers that the city is being terrorised by a spate of murders, and the killer has a particular taste for dead mages…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C2KV48
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Thaddeus White is the pen name for someone else, who has always loved reading and writing and finds the third person rather odd.

He's an avid reader of fantasy and classical history, and also enjoys watching, betting and tipping on Formula 1 (with mixed results).

Bane of Souls is his first book, and is followed by Journey to Altmortis (the pair are stand-alone, but occur within the same world and have some overlapping characters).

Sir Edric's Temple is his first comedy, and Sir Edric's Treasure (the follow-up) is planned for release in late 2015/early 2016.

At the moment he is working on Kingdom Asunder, also set in the Bane of Souls/Journey to Altmortis world and planned for a 2015 release.

Visit his website at http://thaddeuswhite.weebly.com/index.html and Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/MorrisF1

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Bane of Souls is a fine first novel from Mr. White. It has a good plot that gently reveals itself thus sucking the reader in, characters that one actually cares about and, importantly for a fantasy novel, a believable and coherent world. The writing style is light where it should be and is not short on comedy moments.

I have two beefs. Firstly, I would have appreciated some maps. The Novel took me into a new world and, whilst the text descriptions of it are good some maps would have helped me understand the setting better and quicker. Secondly, it could have done with an editor as from time to time Mr. White uses the wrong word which caused me to break immersion (e.g. alleviate when he meant relieved). Minor crticisms to an altogether good read.

I thoroughly recommend Bane of Souls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Fantasy Novel 29 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is another self-published book so it requires a slightly different mindset when it comes to reviewing it.

I also have to say that it seems as though it has taken me a long time to read it. Unfortunately this is nothing to do with the book just the corrosion of time due to illness (damn kids eh?), work and life.

Right, firstly the actual formatting of the book. As this seems to be a genuine issue with self published work it is something that needs addressing with each individual case. Whether it comes down to lack of professional editing or just bad luck. In this instance Bane of Souls is remarkable well put together. It works nicely in the Kindle format and is easy to read. I noticed a few grammatical errors and the like in the first chapter, but after that they seemed to vanish - whether this is down to me being so grabbed by the story that I just flew by them or they actually disappeared I do not know.

The story: The town of Highford suffers a string of nasty murders, including some of it's most important or powerful members. But when it becomes apparent who or what is responsible, the stakes are raised and the question seems to be whether the town can survive.

This book thoroughly entertained me, it was well written, with a good story idea and a lot of interesting characters. The main thrust of the story was a gripping one and once I found the time to read I flew through it. If there is as a problem it is in the fact that the author intoroduces too many plot strands, and in order to serve them well the book could have been a little longer.

That being said the world is incredibly well constructed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Dec 2013
By Lynette
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
very well written, good characterisation, good scene setting,interesting storyline, I would recommend it for anyone who doesn't want unnecessary violence and sex
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag 6 May 2013
By Chilari
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't finish reading this book. I got about two thirds of the way through. It really bogs down following a climactic bit at the midpoint. Characterisation is weak. Sometimes language is awkward or obscure, but at other times scene descriptions are well judged to give just the right amount of information to build a strong picture without becoming dull. Worldbuilding is strong and the magic system in particular has some really fun, cool elements. The mystery part of the first half of the book is done well, with information revealed at the right time. Overall, in need of some editing but not awful.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 11 Sep 2012
By Brian Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I rarely purchase a book without at least a handful of reviews. I've been burned before, and it generally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. To be perfectly honest, I decided to give Bane of Souls a chance because it had a catchy title and nice cover art. I can't say I was disappointed. Yes, it's the work of a first time author, and no, the book isn't as smooth as those written by the masters, but this book has an interesting plot and an entertaining story. The magic is interesting and has a feel of history to it. The main protagonist is something of a magic hating barbarian who is discovered to have the capacity for magic. He is forced to give up his previous life and become an outcast to his countrymen through a forced apprenticeship in a country not his own. Then he finds out about the murders, and things start to get complicated.

The main character is memorable and far more hands on then your average apprentice mage. The history of the land and the politics are just detailed enough to help you get a feel for the world and the people that inhabit it without bogging down the story. The magic is described in a fair amount of detail and complexity. All in all, I was happy with my purchase and look forward to reading future books from this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fantasy 19 Jun 2013
By Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a fun book to read. I'm kind of a sucker for world-building fantasies, but they have to be done right. This one is. It pays attention not only to the world building aspects, but also to good characterization, plotting, and pacing. Horst, the protagonist, makes a sympathetic character to balance the plot around, but there are other fully fleshed protagonists who weave their own plotlines in this story.

The mix of cultural references is interesting and entertaining and adds a certain flair to the overall world. As stated in other reviews, the magic system is good, complete, and well thought out, and the description of the magister's lives and their relationships with each other, as well as the rest of the society, are engrossing. Indeed, this book was a page-turner for me.

Overall, a good, fun read that was well worth the small investment, and a book that leaves you thinking about it when you're done.
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting traditional fantasy with really cool magic 6 July 2014
By LunarmommyK - Published on Amazon.com
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Exciting traditional fantasy. Horst is a newcomer and misfit to the tower and school of mages - his people believe that magical gifts are a curse. An evil spirit is terrorizing the city, and when the spirit's malicious actions strike too close to Horst, he vows personal revenge.

This book has enjoyable characters; I especially liked Horst and Rufus, Horst's fellow "barbarian" who is also a mage and one of his mentors. The magicians training and living in the tower are mostly portrayed as a well-rounded and diverse group of people. The crimelord Thaddeus is also a fun character; the bane of the city law enforcement's existence, he's too useful for them to seriously think about putting him away.

I also enjoyed the nature of the evil threat in the story; much more frightening and insidious than an army. The evil spirit has its own agenda, and it's ruthless and sneaky in going about its business. The magic in the story is also quite cool.

The novel felt a little unbalanced; a lot of attention was given to things that didn't seem quite as important to the story (they may prove to be more important in later books), while other, more important, events felt like they were skimmed over or skipped completely. Because of this, sometimes it was kind of hard to tell what was going on.

But mostly Bane of Souls is pretty well-written, and a fast-paced, entertaining read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tall on description but hazy on solid main character 16 April 2014
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Bane of Souls by Thaddeus White

A friend suggest this read because I've been doing indie authors and they thought this one might do the trick. I'm glad they did. This was an entertaining read that is well written in the grammatical sense.

This is one of those books that almost lost me at the beginning. It opens with Francis who is being trussed up to drown in the River Axe by Wilf who is one of many corrupt Watchmen in the city of Highford.They are both despicable characters in their own way and in truth are very much alike. But this night Francis will meet a disembodied spirit who befriends him and can't help him and a magistri -mage who can and does help him. We do find that Francis has a tiny speck of loyalty in him that prevents him from revealing who left him out there to drown. He also has an almost unlikely girl friend named Sarah. The disembodied spirit named Samuel manages to assist Francis in obtaining a better life than his begging has given him and a better chance with Sarah. His intersection with the mage Julia brings him in contact with the other mage and possibly with the Main Character Horst. This is Horst's story, I think, but there are so many to chose from.

The other main character is the setting. This is possibly overwrought as far as description of what it looks like, but as long as the descriptions are there seems to be very little that brought me into the taste,smell, and feel of the story. Even Horst, who by default becomes the main character when you reach the end, is distanced by his desire to be somewhere else all the time. And there are so many characters that take the focus it is often difficult to keep up with and sort through them through the cover of all the description. If you love books that describe the setting down to tiny detail you should love this book.

There were few if any characters that peaked my interest or garnered sympathy. The most interesting character is Thaddeus who is basically an orbital character who floats out there intersecting with the other main characters periodically and even garnering the limelight now an then. Thaddeus is a thief in a world of thieves who is the only one who really seems to be comfortable with who he is and makes no pretense with special title or anything like that as do the rest of the community of thieves. He's the only character that rings true to himself all the time and he probably deserves his own book.

Being limited in my scope of reading in this genre I couldn't help get a certain feeling as though this were a slightly more mature Harry Potter type novel. I think it might have been the disembodied spirits and the notion of the great evil being one of those and needing to find the perfect vessel to bring him closer to this world and to greater power.

What I found missing was a good solid plot to grab onto. Oh, I'm sure it's there and I'll figure it out as I write all this. We have at least a handful of stories. The story of Horst the Kuhrisch who's last wish would be-to become a mage. The story of Francis the begger and Sarah and Francis' brief rise in society. We have the story of the Mage community a tight community devoutly protecting the city and other cities throughout the land. We have Thaddeus the head of the underworld so to speak and his fight to retain his power. And we have the officials of the city and their miriad of stories. And we have the evil spirit. These are all definitely part of the world building and are interesting; again, if world building is the readers interest. What they don't all do is come together clearly all the time, so there are things that don't seem to move, I can't say plot , the story and they don't even always move each other along, but just occasionally contribute a bit here and there.

There is so much going on and so much description that in a way, for me, it was hard to keep up and keep things straight. I had to go backwards a few times to figure out if I zoned out or if the story just japed into a different direction. (A couple of times it really was me zoning out.)

This is one of those stories that a lot of people die in- and the very ending had a predictable element to it. The Plot might be best described as good vs evil though in this case, with few if any redeeming characters, it might be grey vs black and the victory of the many over the one evil. And with as many times as that victory seems to occur it, is uncertain there has been a victory.

There could be more books coming though this seems to leave the stories in a fair place.

This is a great book for the SFF fans especially those who like the descriptive world building of a world of magic and evil spirits.

J.L. Dobias
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 6 Feb 2014
By L. K. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
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I’m struggling with the appropriate star rating for this book, which I’m finding I’m doing more and more these days. This is one of those books that swayed from 3 to 5 often. It’s why I’ve chosen the middle of the two. Never once did I feel this dropped to 2 stars, however. It stayed well above that, for me anyways.

First, the reasons why it dipped to 3, which you’ll notice is due to personal taste:

One, I’m not a fan of description. A lot of detail, paragraphs of world history, and lack of dialog usually loses my interest. There is a fair amount of description in this book and even more history. It made me trudge through certain spots.

Second, it took me quite a long time to read this book when the length should have allowed me to pound this away in the span of a day of reading. What slowed it down was getting acquainted with all the names and places. It had a lot going on so this won’t be a quick read. Even with as slow as I read it, I’m sure I lost details.

Now, why it rose to 5:

I LOVE animals. This had transfiguration magic and a couple hounds as pets. I found the transfiguration fascinating and extremely well described. Furthermore, the hounds were a satisfying addition for an animal lover such as myself.

I was immensely entertained by White’s subtle humor when the those rare moments presented themselves. It got a couple smiles out of me.

I’m not latched on to any one character, but I think Thaddeus is the most well developed of them all. I’m not a 100% sure why I say so, save that I felt I ‘got’ him as a character. Even so, I was always watching him with a wary eye. Honestly, over half the characters kept me on the fence, which is great. They’re not your cookie-cutter types. Horst was my second favorite, though he seemed a little stiff sometimes. I would have liked more insight/emotion into his mind/feelings, more so for his past, how it shaped him, and how he feels about it.

Lastly, I’m a fan of White’s writing. There were a handful of moments he lost me, but the rest of the time I fell into a wonderful, rhythmic reading trance.

On to the story itself.

This read more like a murder mystery to me. Since we stayed within the same city, there were no epic magical lands that we traveled to and we did not undertake ‘quests’ that usually reside in fantasy novels. This isn’t a bad or good thing. It’s just something I felt.

That being said, there was magic, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and a few fights that kept me entertained (wish there were more). With White’s descriptions, I had no problem imagining the city and its denizens.

What impressed me the most were all the tiny world details White crammed into the book. Indeed, this world is intricate, well planned, and White seemed to think of everything one would need to know to live in a ‘real’ world.

I have to say, Sir Edric’s Temple is my favorite of White’s books, and I might have been begging the pages for more of his humor. White has the ability to create a serious, dark story sprinkled with jewels of hilarity. I savored those rare moments in this book.

To conclude my ramblings, I’m very much looking forward to reading anything by White. With promises for a second book to Bane of Souls, I hope I don’t wait too long.
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