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A Crucible of Souls (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence) by [Hogan, Mitchell]
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A Crucible of Souls (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence) Kindle Edition

3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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The Aurealis Award-winning e-book bestseller now in print.

An imaginative new talent makes his debut with the acclaimed first installment in the epic Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing tale of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.

When young Caldan's parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery.

Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were violently killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers.

But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction.

Soon, he must choose a side, and face the true cost of uncovering his past.

"The story is strong and the writing style simple but assured as a promising new series begins." - Daily Telegraph

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1694 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager (1 September 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U5F7VRK
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Kindle Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 September 2015
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I loved the way the author built his world, I never knew what was going to happen next. So the story wasn't at all predictable. I can't wait for the sequel.
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I loved this book. I read it when it was first released and the I waited with bated breath for the next installment. Blood of innocents was good but didn't quite measure up to this one. When I purchased these two novels I think they were under $4 AUD. Originally I think i gave them both 5 stars reviews.

Now after waiting for years for the third book to come out, it is $15AUD for a frigging KINDLE version. What the hell? This feels like a complete betrayal to the fan base who made the Sorcery Ascendant series a success. Mitchell Hogan shame on you. Honestly, how do inflated prices equate with success in your mind? Let me tell you that loyalty is priceless. Loyalty will get you free reviews. Loyalty will ensure that your books are read by family members and loved ones. Loyalty is a two way street.

I'm very sad to say that I will never buy your third book. You are a promising author but no better than many on Kindle Unlimited. I feel torn as I know that you are a rare representation of a successful Australian author on kindle. I really enjoyed your work and I hope you come back to planet earth again soon.
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Far out this book was stressful! My dreams were haunted by the characters – and I don’t mean either of those as a bad things.

From the synopsis I thought this book was going to be all about Caldan, but it’s much bigger than that. The prologue sucked me in straightaway; I didn’t know who these people were but I wanted them safe. Not too many pages in and we find out the prologue people were in fact Caldan Grandparents and Mother. It was obvious they had to be some sort of ancestors to Caldan as it was the perfect way to kick the story off, giving us a glimpse into the past. I will add that Grandma and Granddad were kickass powerful. In this first book we never find out exactly by who their killers were or why they were killed. But I’m sure that will be brought up in the second or third book as Caldan strives to find out the truth behind his heritage.

Extremely early on Caldan is forced to leave the monastery thanks to a kafuffle with one of the other students. We travel with Caldan from the sheltered monastery to big bad Anasoma. In Anasoma Caldan learns the ways of his new home the hard way when he gets mugged and receives a serious ass whooping when he accidently wanders into the slums. Never the less he makes some friends in Maranda, the love interest, and Master Simmon, who goes on to give him the unprecedented position of Apprentice Protector.

So we’ve gone through 100 pages following Caldan only to move onto another set of characters. At first I couldn’t figure out what was going on, but as Aidan’s chapters continued it became evident the importance of his actions and that we were being shown things that were going on in the background of Caldan’s world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some familiar plot and character elements but an enjoyable read 29 November 2016
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I like the book and I ordered the other two. Here are some thoughts on who might like this and who might not.

If you are a huge GAME OF THRONES fan and want all kinds of sword play and magical systems and countries and families and three hundred characters, this book may not totally satisfy you.

If you want nonstop fights or smart alec talk or people getting skewered or burned up by a magical fireball, this may not do it for you.

If you like the more traditional type of fantasy novel with a young person (though not adolescent in this story) who is somewhat humble and does not fully understand his family background travelling around from place to place and learning about himself and meeting a few girls who blush, then you might well enjoy this one.

There is some sword play, a little big of magic, some bad guys, a few people we can not really figure out as far as their motivation. but mainly we see the character travel around and try to learn about himself and his background. The pace is somewhat slow, no amazing and sudden change to the character, no supernatural evil character overshadowing the whole thing.

One criticism I would make. Occasionally things happen a bit too quickly, like the huge ship that appears suddenly in the harbor and then seems to play a sudden and large role we were not really prepared for.

The author does not build a new world of complex politics and magic, but I felt very comfortable in the world of taverns and swords and old masters at the college who were gruff but actually ok men and women and ships sailing the salty sea with wizened and toothless sailors who are rough but good hearted and the stinky wharf and the city watch....... I enjoyed my time in this world and found the prose well written, unlike some recent books that seem written by twelve year olds.

Not cutting edge, but familiar and well done. A good first book! I doubt anyone will actually dislike it, but some may like it more than others.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reliable formula done well 18 August 2013
By Mitch - Published on
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For those who only read the first line of any review, this is a good book and worth the price so click buy now.

For anyone still skeptical, or those who read an entire review; I'll try to justify the above statement. This story formula has been done in many variations countless times. Orphan boy with strange gifts grows into manhood and realizes he's something special. a.k.a there's a hero coming of age for the first book in an anticipated series.... shocker. But the truth is, we all love that story. It's why we read it in so many variations over and over. A Crucible of Souls tells that story, and parallels it with intriguing behind the scenes events centered on an impending invasion no one is prepared for. The mechanics of magic are slowly elaborated, which allowed the reader to understand the development of its usage. And characters, while maybe a bit simple, converse with each other in believable context.

Is anything radical about this story? Not really. Is there any one aspect that clearly stands above others in the genre? Not really. Then why 4 stars? Because it's all done well. Characters, settings, plot, intrigue, and of course the "world hinging in the balance but nobody knows it yet" thing. Every part of a good fantasy novel is here, and it's all executed above average. A book I would recommend to any fan of fantasy.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, then fell flat... 29 September 2014
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The beginning of this book was interesting, exciting, and mysterious. Initially, the character of Caldan was likeable, a typical hero to a fantasy novel. Then the story took on a very slow pace. Not much happens for most of the book. It felt like many threads were being set up to converge later in the story, but so many threads! Half way through the book, new characters were being introduced. Caldan, although he is suppose to be very smart but naive due to his being brought up by monks, was not curious about his new-found powers until much later. For a smart guy, he seemed to be trusting of the wrong people and suspicious of the good ones. Although the ending was a bit more fast paced and exciting, it left many loose ends, I guess to set up for the next books. So far, I'm not impressed enough to want to find out what happens next. Probably won't be reading the rest of the trilogy.
4.0 out of 5 stars but once I was properly sucked into the pages the story just flew by 19 April 2017
By anthony kizer - Published on
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I have to say it was a little hard for me to get into, but once I was properly sucked into the pages the story just flew by. I really enjoyed how the sorcery was done, I don't want to say to much about it because it would ruin some of the best aspects of this book. The intrigue of this story was also very well 'crafted', and also one of the best part of the book as well. Some of the characters are laid out better then some, but I can't wait to see how they all grow with the next book. I wish there were some more of others we did not get to know very well. But I can't wait to read what comes next.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic debut. 21 September 2016
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Well, this was my second read through (first was the self pubbed version) and it was just as intriguing, exciting and enjoyable as the first time around! The only reason it loses a star, is the lack of female characters that aren't crazy cakes, or needing to be rescued within a book of multiple ma!e POV's. However, it's just a preference of mine to see a more diverse representation, it's not a requirement. Given the quality of the rest of the book, I'm willing to forgive it!
Full of great writing, well drawn characters, and a gorgeous magic system - Blood of Innocents here I come!

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