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Once Called Magic (The Oconic Gates Book 1) by [Green, Lexel J.]
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  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,219 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Great debut novel, cool world and some great storytelling. A proper fantasy story without the hardcore fantasy descriptions. Highly recommend to any Scifi or fantasy readers.
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Book 1 of The Oconic Gates series is a very readable, well paced, tightly edited fantasy novel.

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.
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Before reading 'Once Called Magic', I would confidently (and perhaps somewhat dismissively) have said that I was not a fan of fantasy literature, or fantasy in general. I've never watched (nor had any desire to watch) GoT, and would never normally have sought out this book. Then I did a deal with a friend; if he promised to read a book recommendation of mine, I would reciprocate. In the first few paragraphs, the mentions of Oca (which was once called magic, hence the title) and all things Oconic were difficult to follow, but by the end of the first page, I was already intrigued. Green's characterisations are wonderful; carefully and steadily defined, rather than dumping all the attributes at once. Similarly, in any fantasy stories I've read before, the author seems to overly delight in explaining every landscape, creature and scene in intricate detail, like they want to paint their entire mind's eye to you. Green recognises that the story is key; for fantasy or sci-fi, the best stories are actually those of basic human emotions that we all encounter in our rather-less-fantastic world. Ones with which we can empathise, and be engaged. And, I must confess, this one is a real romp. It's evidently the first of a series, but there's plenty of standalone action and the plot absolutely races along.

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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This book is perfect for lovers of fantasy sci-fi. The world is beautifully crafted and creative with characters you will cling to. I eagerly await the next instalment because this series could have a really bright future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once called Magic review 14 May 2017
By jonathan21 - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded this book free from amazon top 100 free. Wow what an amazing book. Both covers on goodreads and amazon dont do it justice. The author has created a really unique storyline and world. Give it a try while its still on amazon top free. If not read the sample. You will see what an amazing book it is. Once you have finished help spread the word. The world needs more authors like this. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Called Magic 30 April 2017
By Gregory Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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A tale to introduce Ocona ... great characters! The conception is excellent. I enjoyed the beginning of the story ... you left me wanting more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Called Magic 5 May 2017
By Scout Gohr - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh my goodness!! This book surprised me as being my favourite book of the year as of now. From the huge scale of the cities to the extremely interesting use of magick, this book is a real page turner leaving you wanting more and more and being sad when it ends. I cannot wait for more books in this series and right now I'm downloading The Iconic Prison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Read 10 May 2017
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well written by an unfamiliar author. Keeps you guessing about what's coming next while making it easy to imagine this magical world!
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the ride. 18 July 2017
By Karen Joseph - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting read. Well worth the time spent. This could become one of my "old friends", to be reread many times through the years.
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