- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 943 KB
- Print Length: 295 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: GCC Books; 1 edition (23 Nov. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B018GH4WXY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,219 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Once Called Magic (The Oconic Gates Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The story alternates between the journeys of the two protagonists, Lokke and Ember, two "casters" and old childhood friends. Their journeys ultimately converge in a confidently understated twist ending, laying the foundations for what promises to be an epic fantasy series.
This has all the classic ingredients of the high fantasy genre. Like Lord of the Rings, The Oconic Gates is set in a fictional universe that borrows heavily on medieval elements from our own world but where the mythology and the fundamental rules of physics differ widely from what we know. The setting for the story is a fractious federation of formerly warring tribes, not dissimilar to Game of Thrones. There's even a gentle undercurrent of comic fantasy, particularly in the early chapters. The carrier chickens, clucking their way across the Mulai Empire to deliver messages, wouldn't be out of place in a Terry Pratchett novel.
There's a lot to enjoy here. One particularly thrilling action sequence through a series of tunnels guarded by water creatures reminded me a little of The Crystal Maze, a much missed British TV game show from the 1990s.
Once Called Magic is delightfully creative and the mythology refreshingly consistent. The "magic" in the title depends on something called "oconic bindings" which are used to power everything from weaponry to transport. Evidently, the author has diligently mapped out a long history and a wide geography for his fantasy world. The name of a legendary hero, mentioned briefly in passing, appears again several pages later as the name of a flower, for example.Read more ›
If I'm honest, I was genuinely expecting (and hoping) not to enjoy this book, so I could maintain my high-brow pomposity, but I loved it. I'm already on the mailing list for notification when book two is released.
I never thought I'd see the day, but I think old Lexel might have made a fantasy fan of me after all. Rats.
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