Soul of the World: Book One of the Ascension Cycle - Ascension Cycle (Paperback)David Mealing (author)
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Sarine, a young street artist, only cares about surviving - and staying one step ahead of the law. Yet her hidden powers will draw the attention of both royalists and rebels, and soon she will have to decide whose side she is really on.
On the battlefields, Colonel Erris d'Arrent must lead the armies of New Sarresant against its rivals in the south. Yet the enemy seems to know her plans before she even makes them.
Erris needs to find out how, but the truth will be far darker than she could have imagined.
In the forests, Arak'Jur wields an ancient magic that keeps his people safe. Yet the prophecies that have always guided his people have become corrupted, and war between the tribes seems inevitable - unless he can find a way to prevent bloodshed.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 826 g
Dimensions: 233 x 154 x 47 mm
A great epic fantasy debut. Memorable characters, intriguing magic systems and a well-realised world -- James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST
An excellent debut -- POWDER AND PAGE
Tense enough to make your spine crack . . . This is one hell of a debut novel * Bookworm Blues *
One of the best debuts (fantasy or not!) that I've read this year -- FOREVER LOST IN LITERATURE
Compelling characters and a unique magic system . . . Mealing does a fabulous job with the intricate world-building and leaves the reader wanting to get their hands on the sequel -- RT BOOK REVIEWS
Imaginative and elaborate epic fantasy [with] strong characters and rich worldbuilding -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A story of magic, ambition, greed, betrayal and war -- BOOKLIST
A compelling read, one that's all the more extraordinary since it's a debut work: rarely have I encountered such a level of narrative control and sophistication in a first novel -- SPACE AND SORCERY
Soul of the World is a strong debut that brings interesting magic to a world that is on the brink of major changes and conflict -- SPECULATIVE HERALD