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  • Deep backstory, character, and world-building..

    (I received this as an ARC. All opinions are mine and freely given.) It has been a long time since I have been moved by a somewhat dense fantasy novel.. but Justin Call managed exactly that. In fact, its density slowed my reading pace, but I was never bored. I was engrossed in every word.. every description.. every tale shared.. new and old. I find, it's very easy in novels similar to this one, for the author's to lose my interest. They allow themselves to get so caught up in focusing on the world they're creating.. how and why it's different.. that they bog down the pages with excessive details. Don't get me wrong.. I love details. But there's such a thing as packing too much into a page too. Call doesn't do that. Oh.. he gives you plenty of information. He offers enough to dig down inside and eat at you with worry over the characters' paths.. collisions you can see (or think you can see) coming.. and crises of conscience.. but he knows where and when to deliver it. He trickles those bits of information throughout his story with a skill I rarely see in modern writers. He finesses them. The story is filled with foreboding and tragedy.. love and loss.. and not always in the ways you would expect. His characters grow and change, sometimes for the better.. others.. not so much. Some of them seem to waver on the verge of something great or horrible.. and surprise.. surprise.. not all of them take the same turns. I loved this book. I'm not an emotional person really.. but it brought tears to my eyes at least once. It's not fast paced, it moves with the trepidation of it's main character.. young Annev, like it too.. is unsure what it will become. But every step is worth following.. and I cannot wait for the next book..

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  • An Epic, Action Filled Fantasy

    An exciting, intense, epic fantasy with great characters, rich lore, and thrilling action. I couldn’t get enough of this book and am eagerly awaiting the chance to read more! The story follows Annev, an easy-to-relate-to young man who becomes torn between his dream and what he was raised to believe. I found Annev to be interesting because his thoughts and concerns were rational. He is simply trying to find a way to balance his heart and his head, and I enjoyed watching him work through his choices. The other side characters are equally as engaging, though I have a special spot in my heart for Crag and hope we see more of him. I love the magic and lore that the author has built. It makes the story easy to fall into, and compliments the dangers Annev will have to face. The plot was a mix of many things: It was a school/tournament arc, monster hunting, and epic adventure. All the pieces seemed to fit together and I think made it feel like I was constantly reading something new. All of the magic and lore was written by someone who has a clear love for fantasy and magic. The end in particular was thrilling, emotional, and exciting. It also ends on an epic cliffhanger that I can’t wait to see answers for. This is a story that all lovers of epic fantasy and magical adventures will fall in love with.

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  • Everything

    Yes! This reads like a true fantasy epic. Magic, mayhem and misunderstanding. Coming of age in an age of blood and fear. I can't wait to see where the story goes next!

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  • 2.5 STARS

    “Master of Sorrows” is a Asian inspired epic dark fantasy featuring a reluctant hero who readers can easily gravitate towards and his journey. Unfortunately for me, this was a bit too slow paced for me and there just weren’t any characters that wowed me. In addition, more often times than I would like to admit had put this down to pick something else to read. I don’t think it was about the novel itself but more about me not being in the right mindset to take on this story. More likely than not, I will definitely consider giving this another try in the near future.

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