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Arcane (The Arinthian Line Book 1) by [Bronny, Sever]
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Fourteen-year-old Augum grew up with bullies instead of friends. In a kingdom where superstition trumped the written word, he fought loneliness by reading books and doing hard labor. It was a typical life for a gutter-born orphan.

An inferno changes everything. And Augum, having lost it all, begins again. He finds a mentor and even befriends Bridget and Leera, two passionate and quirky girls willing to give him a chance. Together they dream of becoming warlocks.

But Augum's mentor possesses an ancient and highly sought-after artifact. When an ambitious tyrant suddenly turns up demanding it, Augum resists--and discovers something about himself that changes the course of history. As the tyrant plunges them into a harrowing ordeal, Augum will have to use his newly-acquired warlock skills to try to save the only thing he has left . . . a friendship forged in fire.

★★★★★ "This story started strong, stayed strong and ended leaving me wanting more immediately (without a cliffhanger ending)." --Nerd Girl Magazine

★★★★★ "An epic journey of survival and self discovery." --A. Hatfield, Amazon reviewer

★★★★★ "If you loved Harry Potter, Arcane has the same thrill and page-turning fun." --Amazon reviewer

★★★★★ "For me, what's important is whether the author can create characters that the reader cares about, create a world that feels real, and tell a story that is unique. I think that Sever Bronny has accomplished those tasks here."
--MVG, Amazon reviewer

★★★★ "Where the author gets you hooked is that nothing seems forced, the plot rolls out naturally, and the magic and sorcery have merit and a quality based on believability."
--Vancouver Writer

★★★★★ "From the fields of a small town to epic adventures that span a kingdom, The Arinthian Line series is a worthy successor to books where our humble hero overcomes all odds to save the day. Like the Lord of the Rings and the Shannara Chronicles before it, The Arinthian Line is a tale that cleaves to the core of our love of fantasy, while feeling entirely fresh and new." --Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, and StorySouth Million Writers Award nominee Jake Kerr

★★★★★ "If you're looking for magic, danger, friends and an epic journey to save the world, it's time to start reading Arcane."
--Essie, reviewer

★★★★★ "The story started with a familiar feel to it, reminding me a bit of the Harry Potter books, but it quickly proved itself to be an addictive read quite capable of standing on its own. It is a great escape from the day to day which is what I look for when choosing a book to take a mental vacation with." --T. Rohring, Amazon reviewer

★★★★★ "Fall in love with fantasy again." --Jay Fowler, Amazon reviewer

Genre: Coming of age adventure fantasy set in quasi-medieval times
Reader age: Suitable for readers of all ages
Primary style influences: J.K. Rowling, Orson Scott Card, J.R.R. Tolkien
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Augum; I really liked him. He had it tough as an abused orphan slave boy, until he ended up in the care of Sir Tobias Westwood. Westwood taught Augum to read, hunt, etc. and it is thanks in large part to Westwood that Augum survives to end up with Mrs Stone. Augum has spent all of his life ridiculed and beat up on for being a gutter born orphan and it is beautiful to see that turn around for him as he finds true friendship.

Mrs. Stone; the awesome elderly super powerful bad arse Mrs. Stone. I loved her. Go Grandma, Go, Go. I think it is probably the mother in me that loved her as the hero / saviour in this novel so much (I would be interested to see a teenage boy’s response to her character)

Bridget & Leera; Augum’s back up besties. I quite liked the girls and think that they balanced Augum out nicely. Leera got to kick some butt in the book alongside Augum and I hope that in the future books they get their chance to shine independently.

Prince Sydo; I have to mention him as, Sydo is nasty spoiled foul mouthed brat and I hated him. I think you are meant to hate him, but I found him really disrupting my enjoyment of the story at times. I hope he wakes up to himself in the next book.

The story follows 14-year-old Augum. I found the story a bit hard to get into at first and some of the chapters lagging early on and towards the middle as we are getting crammed with background information. There are some cool plot twist along the way and we get a new style of magic with the Arcane discipline. Once I got into the vibe of the book and stomached all the world building, I really started to enjoy the story, but I cannot really say too much about the story without giving all the twists away.

So I will just say the Last 20% of the book was a fantastical rush. The end of the book is an exciting frantic flurry of action, with a brilliant ending, bring on the next instalment Mr Bronny.
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I am a sucker for cliche coming of age fantasy and for me this scratches that itch quite nicely. Even if its your cup of tea waiting of the next book wont exactly drive you to distraction.

Main character is more of a personality placeholder than a person and is surrounded by strong female supporting cast and evil men. Hell when you get right down to it this is very similar to many if not most other fantasy coming of age in broad storkes if not in the details. But as they say the devil is in the detail and this novel handles then admirably.

Read it i liked it your mileage may vary.
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No fantasy story lover should bypass this author. I couldn't put this book down. The author has a vivid imagination and I recommend this series for all ages to read. Loved it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fantasy series regardless of your age! 20 September 2016
By Laurie Allen - Published on
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This is Sever Bronny's first novel, and I am impressed. There were a few minor editing errors, but they didn't detract at all from the story. Overall, this is a well-written book, and I expect Mr. Bronny's writing will continue to evolve and to delight readers.

Arcane is a coming-of-age sword-and-sorcery fantasy. The main characters (one boy, two girls) are 14-year-old magic users-in-training, but the writing, plot, and story are mature enough to appeal to anyone (I'm 47, and an avid fantasy reader). There is minimal cursing, but the story is not pollyanna-ish, which surprised me. I know that others have summarized the plot well enough that I don't need to rehash it. For me, it was kind of a Harry Potter/Eragon/The Wheel of Time. There's rarely a dull moment; it has lots of action and dialogue that keep moving the story forward.

I'm now about halfway through Book 2 ("Riven"), and am still loving the characters--their friendships, their travails, their lack of perfection, their humor, and their poignancy. I read reviews for books 2, 3, and 4, and they remain high, so I fully expect I'll finish the series. (Mr. Bronny plans for this series to be 5 books long.)

I highly recommend this book. I think it's appropriate for readers as young as maybe 10-12 years old (my kids are older now, so I'm trying to remember what level of writing they appreciated at what age...). And it's definitely appropriate for adults as well. There's no silly-assed, off-putting teen angst, just well-developed characters who happen to be 14, learning to "adult" fast in a scary and deadly world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technically sound, excellent storyline, Arcane succeeds, giving you exactly what you asked for 28 November 2014
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There's a fine line between writing books about kids, and writing books for kids. The prevalence of the "pop fiction" genre with titles like Harry Potter, and the The Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies means the middle grade scene has become mainstream. Along with that comes increased scrutiny, no longer are you writing books for kids about kids, but you're straddling that fine line between commercial fiction, literary novels and Hollywood entertainment. You can't write below your audience, given the age range of the average reader of these books is now somewhere between 8 and 80. Let's be honest, it's a tough game out there and there's a lot of poor attempts looking to cash in on the hype surrounding these franchises. Everyone wants to write the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games, but nobody realizes there's only ever going to be one Harry Potter or Hunger Games.

With that in mind we have Arcane, the first in what will be many books in a series of fantasy adventure storytelling, set somewhere between Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender and the Lord of the Rings. We have Augum, our protagonist, who not only serves as the catalyst for the story, but represents the everyman hero, in the form of a young boy. Bronny's first test is to make sure Augum is not caricature, or your typical angsty teen who is struggling to become a man, being pushed into lockers and pining for the girl in class who doesn't even seem to notice he exists. Bronny succeeds, he gives Augum a playful edge, he's smart, but stubborn, he's valiant but flawed, he's mature but childish. He's full-blooded, realistic, which is hard to come by in the fantasy genre.

Bronny's Solia is equally vibrant and beautifully flawed. He's created a kingdom under siege, given Augum a crafty, take no crap mentor in Anna Atticus Stone, and set him on a journey with his friends, all of whom bring their own flavour to the story. Where he gets you hooked is that nothing seems forced, the plot rolls out naturally, and the magic and sorcery have merit and a quality base of believability. Arcane is easy to get into, and even easier to fall in love with. Bronny's writing is accessible but never childish. Also, as a fellow small time writer, I hate him, because technically, he's flawless. This could be attributed to his background in music, and the technical prowess needed to master multiple instruments, musical programs and turn it all into one cohesive sound. Other writers spend years of post-secondary education trying to get to where he is when it comes to form and structure, and for him it seems to come so naturally, so yeah Bronny, if you're reading this, screw you, you owe me four years of college tuition on how to write good stuff.

Arcane is excellent, plain and simple. Here's hoping the internet does this guy some justice and elevates this hidden gem above the masses, because he deserves a bigger readership than most of the middle grad fodder out there right now.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Adventure! 27 December 2014
By Terry Juell - Published on
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This is an adventure that starts building right from the very first pages. The author gives a detailed base of the characters which is essential to the adventurous plot and provides the reader all the information they need to care for the main characters. The plot builds as the story moves along making the reader unable to put the book down. After the detailed beginning the book moves along with twists and turns that are very unsuspected. The characters grow stronger and the plot thickens which both keep the reader glued to the pages to find out what happens next. At about half way through the book I found the pace quicken and myself unable to let go. I am by no means experienced with writing reviews and apologize if I don't make sense. All in all I think Mr. Bronny does an excellent job with this first book. I think it deserves 5 stars and I cannot wait to read book 2! I dare say this is an amazing read! Please bring on book 2!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It probably started with Bunicula - this love of fantasy and scifi 14 December 2014
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I want to set out my own credential for wriiting a review of this book. It probably started with Bunicula - this love of fantasy and scifi. By the time I was 14 I think I had read everything Peirs Anthony ever wrote and followed his passions and those of others into the classics like Burroughs. In recent years, my tendencies have been toward what often is called "teen fiction" or young adult. It seems like it is not only that this is where the market is - but, quite frankly, its where the rousing good yarns still are. And Arcance falls right into this sweet spot.

Bronny isn't worried about plumbing the complexities of post-modernism. This is straight up adventure with a new twist on the functioning of magic with classic elements of dungeon adventuring and group dynamics rolled in (with a light and smart touch). Bronny's Augum and his friends are portrayed as realistically traumatized by the violence they witness, without the gruesome detail, but they arre resilient and strong - like children and heroes. Its a pitch-perfect and will be a holiday reading pleasure for adults and teens alike. Do yourself or your kid a favour and buy this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Can't wait for the next one. 26 January 2015
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Didn't know what to think when I first started reading it. Calling magic "arcane" kinda got on my nerves but as I continued reading I see how it fits with the story. Mrs. Stone is a total bad *ss, hopefully Augum, and his two girlfriends continue to listen to this women and pick up some bad *ssness too. Since she is augums great grandmother im sure he will. I wish someone could put Fentwick back together and he could join the their little clan. " wouldst thou fancy a duel"? It really is a good read and im looking forward to the next one.