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  • Blessings Of A Curse - Metric Promotional Edition - Book One of The Nexus Of Kellaran Trilogy on Feb. 08, 2015

    If you ever read / watched / played any kind of serialized story, you are familiar with the issue of spectacle creep. In general it means that with every story arc the impeding catastrophe has to be more dangerous, the villain more evil and everything becomes a tad extremer. Commonly you try to slow it down as much as you possibly can. Well... This book outpaces spectacle creep at the speed of light. To the point that impeding doom becomes nothing but a stepping stone to solve a larger problem. - It has the most dynamic storytelling i ever witnessed that didn't became its own caricature at one point. I usually refer to this book as the one that has everything. And contend-wise it truly is. Be it in the variety of creatures or their culture, in magic, events, challenges to the protagonist or in scope ... It has everything and all of it fits together. But there is one big issue. With everything in there it would be truly impossible to do more than scratch the surface in some areas - one of them unfortunately being the protagonist himself. There is just no room left for the emotional side of character development. Almost all of it already happened before the story even begins. If you really cannot enjoy a story without it, i recommend you to not read this book. Otherwise it will be one of the best you ever read.
  • Galdoni on Feb. 08, 2015

    One of the best books i ever read. What bugs me about this one is that i can't point out any one single thing that was exceptional about it. This one seems to be bigger than the sum of it's parts.
  • Bound in Stone: Volume One on Feb. 08, 2015

    One of the best books i ever read. What i like most about it is how well it executes its protagonist; a child prodigy. Usually this kind of character borders on a split personality - childish with his peers and adult genius on the job. This one manages to unify both aspects; staying both consistent and genuine. Also it brings its own set of issues. Like being in love while staying, you know, childzoned. (One of the few things i can tell without spoiling anything)