Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality.
Lydia Hastings is a knowledge sorcerer, capable of extracting information from anything she touches. When she travels to Orlyn to validate the claims of the local faith, she discovers a conspiracy that could lead to a war between the world's three greatest powers. At the focal point is a prisoner who bears a striking resemblance to the long-missing leader of the pantheon she worships.
Rescuing the prisoner would require risking her carefully cultivated cover - but his execution could mean the end of everything Lydia holds dear.
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"Definitely a keeper"
I immediately was swept into this book right from the beginning. The world and character development were nicely done. I like the idea of the use of magic causing a physical cost to the user. The action scenes were incredibly engaging. Nick Podehl is as masterful as ever. I had a hard time putting this one down. Moving on to the second book and I already can't wait for the third.
"A promising and enjoyable fantasy start"
If ever there was a novel where it seemed certain that both the author and narrator worked closely to craft a novel that exploited the best characteristics of each, this is it. The story evolves around 3 unlikely protagonists, 2 untrusting sorcerers and one naive orphaned swordsman, agreeing to work together to help help the swordsman find a teacher he was directed to meet by his adoptive parents. Each of these characters have their own separate agendas that at times coincide and other times conflict; yet they end up working wonderfully, if ever untrustingly, together.
That combination in itself would have made it a very good story but the author took care to create several other characters, some antagonists and other allies, who are equally intriguing and interesting.
The narrator is excellent in his ability to put life into the telling of the story. There is some deaths; after all, it is a fantasy, but surprisingly, there are very few. I liked it so much I immediately looked to see if Book 2 was available but, alas, as of this review it's only available for pre-order.
"Original and engaging"
Forging Divinity was an excellent read, so I couldn't resist picking up the audio version once it became available. Mr. Podehl really helps to bring the story and its characters to life.
One of the things I like best about Forging Divinity is the magic system. Where many other books leave their magic unexplained or without consequence, Mr. Rowe has written a setting in which delving into the complicated - and often somewhat dangerous - varieties of magic in the world causes some very serious effects.
This book is an excellent read/listen. As the first installation in the War of Broken Mirrors series, Forging Divinity delivers a story that is engaging and fast-paced with an abundance of clever, well-written characters and an entirely unique setting.
"Too much too fast."
Yes I would. This book was a lot of world building and setting. And the world is very interesting if not all throw at you all at once.
The world it's set in is by far the most interesting.
This book throws a ton of names, places, and overall exposition at you right out of the gate and it never really feels like it lets up. The world is interesting and I liked the characters but there was so much to keep straight that I tended to lose track. I still enjoyed the book but i'm hoping the second will focus more on characters since the world was mostly build in this book.
The earlier part of the story can be confusing at first but as I delve deeper into the story, the world was visible in my imagination.
The narrator did an amazing job with the book. The best I've heard so far in my library. Can't wait to get my hands on the second book.
"too obviously a transcription of a d&d campaign"
the author is probably a talented dungeon master but hasn't really become a skilled writer. his book drowns you in exposition because he doesn't know how to start in media res without backtracking to fill in the details. i couldn't make it past the first five chapters but the characters act way too much like a player than an actual person. they fail to adequately look after their own well-being and the laughably naive swordsman is just atrocious. that being said, I think he can improve if he keeps at it or attends a few workshops
"Really Enjoyed It"
Interesting World, Great Characters, Great Performance. I'm about to buy the second book in the series tonight
"Such an enjoyable listen!"
The War of Broken Mirrors kept my attention throughout. Nick Powel did a great job narrating the story. As a Brandon Sanderson fan I'm very happy to say I have found Andrew Rowe to be a fantastic writer as well. I only purchased the audio book because of Sanderson's positive review. Andrew Rowe is definitely an author I will be watching for!
"Fast pace and unpredictable"
A great start to a series, it had many unexpected twists that had you constantly rethinking what path the story would take. Character development was amusing as some were predicable while others unexpected. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
A very interesting beginning to the series, I'm looking forward to continuing into the other books!
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