You have heard the story before - of a young boy, orphaned through tragic circumstances, raised by a wise old man, who comes to a fuller knowledge of his magic and uses it to fight the great evil that threatens his world.But what if the boy hero and the malevolent, threatening taint were one and the same?What if the boy slowly came to realize he was the reincarnation of an evil god? Would he save the world . . . or destroy it?Among the Academy's warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier. Unlike his classmates who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed, and then unknowingly raised by his parents' killers.Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity. When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy's masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Ac...
|Title||:||Master of Sorrows|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||448 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Master of Sorrows Reviews
Full review originally posted on http://fantasy-hive.co.uk/
The Good: Destiny and dark magic, a fresh take on time-honoured tropes, a world brimming with history, belief and ideals, action sequences that dare to be different, and a plot filled with secrets and surprises.
The Bad: Bit of a slow burner at the start, and some of the early dialogues felt a bit like exposition (albeit necessary when covering this much world-building), but both are worth the pay off.
The Ugly Truth: A modern take on the ...more
4.5. This was fantastic. Reminded me in parts of The Name of the Wind in terms of tone, and Nevernight in terms of subject matter and setting, but this book is very much it’s own thing. Highly recommend to fans of epic fantasy.
This Fantasy novel is the latest debut here in the UK that is being highly promoted. It has a lot that you may recognise, at least at the start.
Annev de Breth is a child with a destiny, who begins this novel as a crippled baby. This is important to the plot as this is a world where any physical deformation is seen as a result of being a ‘Son of Keos’ and the person is killed. Using magic is seen also as the result of being allied to Keos, and so magicians are hunted down and executed. Any magic ...more
ARC received from the publisher, Gollancz, in exchange for an honest review.
Master of Sorrows was a remarkable debut which I simply cannot put down.
This book recalled so much about what I loved about classic epic fantasy and yet felt modern. The author has quoted David Eddings as his earliest favourite. Having read and loved Eddings' works myself, I can definitely see the influences from The Belgariad in this book; a prophecy, Gods and a coming-of-age tale of a young man destined for ...more
2 / 5
~review to come~
This was ... not good. I picked it up because someone compared it to The Poppy War - which is a dark, gripping, horrifying masterpiece - and maaaaan is it just not. I couldn't feel less sympathy for Annev if I tried
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Some great ideas here and more than a few WTF did i just read moments too. Reminded me a lot of David Eddings, Robert Jordan etc but also, so much more than that. There is a rich history of Gods, Younger Gods, prophecy which makes for a quite delicious read and the idea that our hero is 'destined to be a villain' (from the ARC copy cover) makes for a different spin on things.
I'll post a more detailed review nearer to release date in February but until then i have one question...
Is it too early t ...more
Review to come, I can't wait to talk about this 🤗 stay tuned 😉!
I’ve had my eye on Master of Sorrows for quite a while. The whole concept of a hero destined to become the villain, and the struggle of fighting against that “destiny”… that’s the sort of thing that speaks to me.
But y’know, for a book about a boy destined to become The Great Evil, this is a remarkably relaxing read. There’s a lot of stuff in here that feels familiar, as though it’s pulling from or influenced by classic epic fantasies. And yet it feels fresh. It’s just familiar enough to get you ...more