This book portrays fantasy action and adventure type story. In the universe created by Brandon Sanderson some people can use special powers like flying through the air, increasing their senses, becoming physically stronger etc. by ‘burning’ metals. The ‘burning’ of the metals happens when someone ingests it and ‘burns’ it inside their stomach. How this burning happens is not explained. It is just something that the characters know how to do in their bodies. Once the metal starts burning it grants them special powers. These powers depend on the metal burned.
I must say, this is some never before seen type of mechanism for manifesting super powers. Now, of course there are some rare metals, some forbidden metals, metals whose effects are not known etc etc.
The story is really interesting. I won’t give any spoilers but I will tell this much that it revolves around conflict between powerful and weak people. The powerful people are royalties as well as people who are exceptionally well versed in ‘burning’ metals. The weak are the slaves and the workers. You get the idea.
This is a really nice read and it also contains some romance. I hope it will help you in deciding whether you want to buy this book or not. Thank you. ^_^
Hello, I will describe the book to you so that you can get a feel of how it is and it will help you to decide if you want to buy the book or not. I will not give any spoilers, promise. 🙂
I must admit that this is a relaxing read. There are elements of thrill and action here and there but overall it has a peaceful tone. Like, it describes how the character goes through his daily life where he studies or where he works. It describes his daily struggles trying to make ends meet while being very concerned about learning magic powers which have been named as ‘sympathy’ in the series. There is a clear distinction between people who know magic and who don’t. The magic users are generally shunned from society.
The book describes romance between the character and his love interest. Here, I have to say that the writer has become a little too optimistic while portraying the relationship. The writer shifted a little too far from reality while describing the romantic proceedings in the book.
There is a vivid description of slum life in the beginning of the book, so be prepared to digest it.
The writer has portrayed the religious lore of his world very well. The religious lore connects well with the contemporary world and the behavior of the people.
Overall, I would recommend it if you want to read a well written fantasy book. I enjoyed it very much and am reading the second part right now. I will post the review of second part ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ when I have finished reading it.
Hey, I will try not to give you any spoilers. I read this sometime ago so my memory may not be very fresh about specific events and how they unfolded but hey, I am not even going to talk about the events of the book. I am just going to write a review which will help you decide whether you want to buy the book or not.
The book gives some really gory details regarding physical situation of characters. The book portrays slum life very vividly and you will almost clench your face with disgust. But that is necessary to bring out the story the writer wants to portray.
The action part is good. You can expect some role playing game like powers and magic towards the end of the book. 😉
The romance part is heart wrenching, well, almost. Uh, no, it really is. You should read it if you want to witness some romance mixed in with the dark world of assassins, mages and kings.
A substantial amount of politics is there in the story.
Overall, I would recommend it if you like fantasy novels but keep your stomach ready to digest some really gory and gritty details.
Let me know what you think of it. 🙂 Next up is ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss.