This was a very fun story, most of the time. There were times that it felt like the narrator started droning on and nearly put me to sleep. Most of the time, I enjoyed the history, thaumaturgy lessons, but some of the time it felt like he was repeating himself. It is also interesting to note that we never enter the point of view of anyone except for Minalan. It feels like this is some sort of memoir or witness confessional, so I won’t hold it against him. I just point it out that we spend a lot of time in his head. I loved how the author took the time to come up with thinking outside the box type spells, but its a slippery slope. Later in the book I was thinking along those lines, though, and was disappointed when Master Minalan failed to think that way. I usually make up excuses for the character and move on, but some critics think that a hero will always do the perfect things at the perfect times and hold it against the author. This is a very tricky thing to talk about without giving away any spoilers, so I will stop there. In the end I recommend that you read the book on the premise that you not do so when you are tired, unless you are trying to put yourself to sleep. Granted there are scenes that will wake you right up, but there are areas that will put you to sleep if you aren’t careful.
Oh. One last thing before I go. I understand the reasoning behind sex magic being a more positive thing opposite to sacrificial magic. However, if you don’t care to hear about sex for say at least a sixth of the book, don’t bother picking this one up. He doesn’t go into too many details, thankfully…. although, I do know the gender of some of the gods just by the way they swear. Anyway, if you can ignore that and some drudgery for say 5-7% of the book, then its amazing. The author got me riled up quite a bit with some of the characters, so kudos for that, but there are definitely some things that could still use some work.
I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
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