Shasha and Percy had no reason to be friends, but a day saved brought them together. Now Percy's ambition brings about more trouble than either of them can handle alone. Best effort and good intentions go miles but only as a pair can they face the troubles to come. Without magic, weapon, or common sense Percy has nothing but Chutzpah to attempt to keep Shasha by his side to save both their hides from a threat that has followed them from the first.
This is the first book in the Arcane Savant series. I wanted to tell an organic story as if it was just you and I sitting down and talking. A story that flowed and dipped into the history that has been built up. I do hope you enjoy this first short book as I plan for there to be many more to come yet still!
©2014 Bradley Clarke McDowell (P)2014 Bradley Clarke McDowell
A pleasing mixture of fantastic magic and quasi-scientific steampunk told with a light hearted mood. Like many debut fantasies, the story is sometimes blogged down with exposition and explanations. However, the overall tale is worth it. Clever, fun, and inventive.
Loved listening to the story and will probably listen again when the next book in the series comes out. The narrator had a beautiful Irish accent and was excellent at telling the tale.
I enjoyed the fact that it was a mix of Harry Potter magic mixed with Steam-punk in a world that is pure fantasy. Also liked the idea of a young hero who is far from perfect, still mustering through his countless dilemma's to come out on top.
My favorite scene was probably when the magic shop exploded and the main character makes his escape through the city. I felt as though I could almost see this like a movie in my mind.
There was lots of humor in this rollicking adventure that kept me wanting more. The writer has done an excellent job of reeling the reader in and making them care about the young hero and the girl he loves.
The premise and characters are interesting but there is no real character development beyond some minimal development of the main character. Also it was more like someone telling me what happened rather than making me see it.
No. I love fantasy and while not the best book it did have some entertainment value. It seems like there could be a lot more from the author, a lot of potential, that isn't realized in this book.
I liked the narrators voice. I just had a hard time with a woman doing a male voice. Usually not an issue for me but I think maybe, because in some ways, the main character wasn't particularly masculine I kept getting confused as to who was talking.
Disappointment, there is potential it just isn't realized.
I would be curious about future work from this author but this initial stab was a bit disappointing. There are some neat ideas, the premise of the characters background is pretty interesting.
I enjoyed this story for many reasons, the first being my love of rooting for underdogs. This story was woven in such a way as to keep me engaged and eager to see what happens next for not only the misunderstood protagonist but also the companions who came along the journey with him. The lore of the world and the magic system is interesting and relatable, especially so for me, and some very good wisdom is woven into it. Please write more!
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