A fast-paced fantasy prequel in the world of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, whose gripping conclusion, A Shattered Empire, released September 13th, 2016.
Ten years before A Crucible of Souls...
In the bustling capital city of the Mahruse Empire, Felicienne Shyrise spends her days as a talented investigator, taking on stolen goods and missing person cases and the occasional murder the city guard are too incompetent - or too lazy - to resolve.
During the nights she hones her skills playing Dominion, a board game almost as complicated as life itself. She dreams of making a name for herself and becoming the richest woman in the Empire.
But when she's roped into a murky investigation by a First Adjudicator to the immortal Emperor himself, her life is thrown into disarray. Will this be the perfect opportunity to showcase her skills and make valuable connections, or will her future now be in the hands of political powers that can never be denied?
Working against her will, and afraid of the consequences of refusing the commission, she uncovers evidence that points to an attempt on the Emperor's life. Felicienne rapidly finds herself a target and must use her considerable wits to uncover the plot of an unseen enemy who always seems to be one step ahead of the game.
©2016 Mitchell Hogan (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
it was a good introduction to the series, I liked that it was entertaining and deep in some manners, it was pretty cool actually.
the story was pretty well done, a little politic warfare here, death, intrigue and interesting heroes and heroines all well packed in a fantasy action based world.
OK I am ready for trilogy prequel. I am absorbed with Felis and her team. I'm in love with her work, ambition and morals. The writing is observant and thrilling. I'll take 3rds..
I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
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The characters were enjoyable and the storyline entertaining. I would have to say the greatest disappointment being the predictability of the identity of the antagonist, while the protagonist couldn't figure it out. Overall it was enjoyable, though.
I really got into it towards the end and then was bummed it was over. It was just a prequel, so it may be bedt for those familiar with the series already.
The narrator was really good and did a surprisingly good female voice.
I will definitely check out the next book in the series
The story didn't really grab my attention until nearly the end. I partially think it's because of the slow narration, but I can't really put my finger on it.
I found myself glancing at my phone to see how much time was left.....trying hard not to close the program and open a different book. I think it just wasn't my cup of tea.
At the time of writing this is free so I was certainly never going to have any complaints about it. It is actually an interesting piece of character background for one of the main characters in the series and for that reason alone is interesting. Consistency with the main storyline is reasonable though somehow at this time she is considerably more talented at Dominion to suit the plot.
In itself it's also a decent short story with the same narrator so if you are enjoying the Sorcery Ascendant series and would like a little more of Felicienne then this should do the trick.
It's a real bonus of the modern reading platforms that it is now so much easier for writers to publish such "extras" so bravo to Mitchell Hogan and of course Audible for making this one happen.
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