- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2160 KB
- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Branch Publishing (2 Mar. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XDSHCSS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark of Destiny: An Epic Fantasy Novel Kindle Edition
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The story was well thought out and quite unique. The magic system is quite unique and I wish I had thought of something like it. It had many different phases and I enjoyed the twists and turns it took me down. The pace is good. The first third of the book was absolutely fantastic. I was willingly reading it over Furies of Calderon. That was followed up by a bit of traveling that I didn't love but traveling is a necessary evil and it's hard to make that super exciting. Beyond that, I loved every bit of the plot which tied well with the setting and the characters. The last third of the book was quite unpredictable. I had no idea where it would go but it was a satisfying end.
The characters were my favorite part of the book. Azrael did a great job with creating compelling characters that were easy to root for and/or against. There is a wide variety of personalities and as a result a good variance in relationships throughout the book (that are interesting and are fun to visualize). As mentioned above, the characters are utilized well with the plot.
Grammar was wonderful. Didn't encounter any errors. Azrael's style is unique and should keep the reader entertained. The prose is well done. It's just right.
Overall, I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 and with this being his first book I have absolutely no qualms about having to round up to 5. I'd recommend anyone that enjoys well-thought-out and varied magic to check this out. Now that I write this, I realize that Azrael has given himself an opportunity to expand even further with both the magic system and Belstrom in his next book.
What I like most about this story is that both main characters are truly likeable, even when one seems to be pitted against the other. I love how their stories evolve and intertwine, making this a complex, but satisfying read. I also dig the humorous situations and banter, as well as the modern, but not too modern, language used by the characters. It feels epic, but the style and length make it great for folks who prefer books that aren’t big enough to knock someone out with.
I was a bit surprised Korlin turned out so nice based on some of the hints about the High Wizard’s School of Curogath. With so few making it through and one of the final few being slaughtered at the ceremony to induct them, I’d have thought he’d be a harder man. I also wanted to know more about how the Curo magic works. The rune magic is pretty well explored, but I never got a feel for the Curo side. Also, the elven remnants have magic, but that isn’t explained much either.
Overall, I really liked this story. I think fans of epic fantasy, magic, and quests will love it. Also, it’s a great choice if you like these sorts of reads but don’t want to dig through flowery language or overly long books.
I received the review copy of this book from the author.
It’s well-written and largely free of typos and errors, although there are a few (I’m an editor, so I notice these things). The story is a good one, and it’s hard to put it down once you start. The characters are likable--or evil, in the case of villains, of course. Some characters are still a little one-dimensional, without much depth, but I think that will be remedied as the series continues. I think these are just growing pains, and the full-grown series will be a good one. Give it a try if you’re in the mood for a good fantasy.
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