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Exiled by his family. Claimed by thieves. Could his dark ability be the key to his salvation? Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. Forbidden from Sliding, he’s apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he’s banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain. Though Rsiran tries to serve obediently, to learn to control the call of lorcith as his father demands, when his life is threatened in the darkness of the mines, he finds himself Sliding back to Elaeavn where he finds a black market for his blades - and a new family of thieves. There someone far more powerful than him discovers what he can do and intends to use him. He doesn’t want to be a pawn in anyone’s ambitions; all he ever wanted was a family. But the darkness inside him cannot be ignored - and he’s already embroiled in an ancient struggle that only he may be able to end.

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Dillon Mccardell
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Complex and invigorating
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
This book is odd. I would describe its plot line as a stack of horizontal lines. As the plot slowly moves upward, you must also work your way horizontally through each line before you can go up to the next. This means the focus of the story progresses slowly, though the... See more
This book is odd. I would describe its plot line as a stack of horizontal lines. As the plot slowly moves upward, you must also work your way horizontally through each line before you can go up to the next. This means the focus of the story progresses slowly, though the amount of character development is crazy.

This book is so complex and has so much meaning t could be analyzed in an English class. I envy the students a hundred years from now that likely will.

This book is written as if it is a single novel. The fact that there are at least 7 of them is insane. Not only that, there are 3 series set in this universe. Im excited to spend the next year working through these!

One of my new favorite authors
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Cathy A. Thibeault
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Fun read with intriguing plot.
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2019
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not. This book, while it built slowly, intrigued me from the beginning. I knew there was going to be some surprises in store and I was correct. The main character, Rsiren, is... See more
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.

This book, while it built slowly, intrigued me from the beginning. I knew there was going to be some surprises in store and I was correct. The main character, Rsiren, is an apprentice blacksmith with abilities that his father forbids him to use. Rsiren is bullied by father into obeying him, a very difficult thing for Rsiren to accomplish. His father says his abilities are dark and must be avoided.

While Rsiren tries heroically to obey, he is drawn to use them. He has the ability to Slide (travel from place to place by just thinking), and his blacksmithing skills go beyond the normal. He can sense where the metal lorcith lies hidden in deep, dark mines. Not only can he sense the metal, he can forge it into beautiful weapons. The problem is, weapon making is forbidden by law unless you are appointed by the rulers.

The story contains many diverse characters, the plot is complex and not forthright. However, it did entice me into wanting more. And more was there. Rsiren, who is not used to freedom and no longer has friends to hang out with is quite naïve. After being driven from home by his father, spending time deep in the lorcith mines where he is almost killed, Rsiren escapes only to be pulled into a dangerous plot by people whom he believes to be friends.

Most of the characters are very well developed, others are not, but are not that important to the development of the plot. The world is wildly interesting. I love the descriptions of the city and its surroundings. There are more books in this series and I am looking forward to reading more of them. This was a fun read; intriguing and exciting.
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Sheathd427
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Mediocre, but enjoyable
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2019
I have something of a love/hate relationship with this book. The characters were thin, and their motivations were difficult to discern. After only a few hours, Brusus and Jessa felt some kind of deep attachment to Rsiran that was quite frankly impossible to understand. The... See more
I have something of a love/hate relationship with this book. The characters were thin, and their motivations were difficult to discern. After only a few hours, Brusus and Jessa felt some kind of deep attachment to Rsiran that was quite frankly impossible to understand. The world is paper-thin, and what world-building is done, could have been handled much better. The author just throws names and places out, with minimal effort to expand upon them. And the names—this book is a clear example of my frustrations with the fantasy genre. Jessa is the closest thing to a real world name that I can recall and most of the others are needlessly complex. I couldn’t properly pronounce the name of the main city if my life depended on it, and even when writing this review I had to refer back to the text to ensure accuracy because they are just so unnatural to me.

But, don’t take that criticism to say I didn’t like the book. The plot was somewhat thin, but I greatly enjoyed parts of it, particularly Rsiran’s time in prison. The lorcith is an intriguing ore, and certainly has potential, and the potential of Sliding is limitless. I wish it had been handled better, because in the context of the story it seems that Rsiran could have used it far more, and gotten himself out of most of his troubles with some well-timed Sliding. I’m not sure yet if I’ll continue with the story, but as a one off, it was an enjoyable read overall.
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JohnTheMad
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Read it
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
The series is a good read. My irritant with the series is that the characters keep asking others questions that the reply is along the lines of if they answer the question you will only get into trouble or things will get worse or you don''t need to know. Every time the... See more
The series is a good read. My irritant with the series is that the characters keep asking others questions that the reply is along the lines of if they answer the question you will only get into trouble or things will get worse or you don''t need to know. Every time the answer should be told, the person only figures it out anyhow and/or would have saved a lot of trouble in the first place. It gets very old by the second book..
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Jason Baisden
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An interesting world tainted by contrived conflict from the characters
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2019
So I wanted to like this book. I finished both this one and got a good ways into book 2 before throwing in the towel. Unfortunately, this series just does too many things wrong with the characters, their motivations, their interactions or lack thereof, and the... See more
So I wanted to like this book. I finished both this one and got a good ways into book 2 before throwing in the towel.

Unfortunately, this series just does too many things wrong with the characters, their motivations, their interactions or lack thereof, and the ultimate conflict, which is anti-climatic.

First of all, I find that the way the main character''s family treats him is just unrealistic. Maybe some families really do hate other members that much...I just have a hard time believing that. In this family, the main character has some so called dark ability and because of it, his father, his mother, AND his sister all shun him and treat him like dirt. This is all revealed about 10 minutes into the book. Almost the entirely book 1 is the MC (Main Character) accepting that his family won''t ever accept him, but it''s more important for him to accept himself the way he is.

Secondly, when the main character meets a new group of people, absolutely every interaction is just too implausible. The typical "girl of the hero" trope is overplayed with a character that could have depth, but seems to fall for the MC way too quickly with almost no interactions that make that notion anything close to sensible. Furthermore, it''s obvious the MC was recruited into this group for only what he can bring to the table and not for any sincere companionship given. Even with the obvious naivety quirk of the MC, this should have been obvious. Furthermore within this new "family" everyone has the issue that nobody seems to share important information. This leads to my 3rd issue.

The conflict is completely contrived by the characters themselves. When you have a book whose main conflict arises because characters just don''t tell each other important information, that''s beyond annoying. It''s lunacy. Nobody would act like that. Sure, I can understand having one or, at most, 2 characters with real secrets they don''t want to disclose. But in the MC''s new "family" ALL of the characters don''t tell each other really important information. This trend continues and gets even worse in the second book. That''s what caused me to give up. The Maze Runner series had this same issue. Book 1 could have been half its size if it weren''t for this.

Fourth, my issue is the narrator in the audible version. I really like Vikas Adams, but the way he narrates EVERY part of the book is just WAY too serious. It''s like every sentence is someone''s last wish or biggest regret. Furthermore, he recycles voices he used in the "Nice Dragons Finish Last" series. I completely get that a narrator can''t possibly go every book and not reuse voices they''ve used from past books. This is a completely unfair judgement on my part. That said, it forced me to draw a comparisons between the 2 series'' and this one definitely came up lacking.

Lastly, we get to the issue of the black smithing itself. The main character is an apprentice blacksmith. He''s not a journey man. Furthermore, we''re told he''s not allowed to do much of anything that actually relates to smithing except preparing the furnace, sweeping the floors, and putting things back where they go in the shop. We get the impression that he was taught next to nothing about the art. Despite this, the MC miraculously becomes amazing and widely sought after (despite working in secret).

I''m not a smith myself. But I''ve watched about 4 seasons of Forged in Fire and that might be the reason this whole bit rubs me the wrong way. The way the MC does smithing is just too unrealistic. He makes numerous knives in single sessions. He water quenches blades (this is a solid recipe for breaking blades, generally). His early items aren''t even sharpened and everyone is going all gaga over them despite that. That said, the author does try to explain this away by making the metal the MC uses almost sentient such that it can tell the MC what to do and how to do it. Even so, the whole of it tests my ability to suspend of disbelief too much. I don''t think I would have minded if this was the only issue. Sadly, that isn''t the case.

I really wanted to like this book. The world is interesting. Unfortunately, everything is just too implausible.
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Ember's Reviews
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
This book was pretty good. World building and characters were both solid
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2017
This book was pretty good. World building and characters were both solid, though the author really needs to be careful about getting too repetitive. He occasionally gets a little bit stuck on a subject or some minor detail and practically beats us over the head with it. I... See more
This book was pretty good. World building and characters were both solid, though the author really needs to be careful about getting too repetitive. He occasionally gets a little bit stuck on a subject or some minor detail and practically beats us over the head with it. I will still be interested in book two though. The mystery and political intrigue were nicely done.

Safety warning: my biggest issue with this book was some minor language. A certain four-letter-D word was used over a dozen times, and the "w" word was used a couple of times in reference to a woman. Otherwise, the story was pretty clean.
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Lorie
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Very entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
I''m very glad for the book giveaway that introduced me to the writings of D.K. Holmberg. I have spent many hours since then totally immersed in new world,new friends, and new adventures. Rsiren has come to be one of my favorite characters. The story begins with him living... See more
I''m very glad for the book giveaway that introduced me to the writings of D.K. Holmberg. I have spent many hours since then totally immersed in new world,new friends, and new adventures. Rsiren has come to be one of my favorite characters. The story begins with him living in a place where he is looked up on with distrust and viewed as flawed. Those emotions are shared even by Rsiren himself. As the story continues Rsiren struggles with the image if what and who he is. He is s character that evokes sympathy and pity. As the story progresses so does Rsiren. He is a character of deep loyalties. As we watch Rsirens growth, the story also moves excingly. There are suspenseful and daring situations through out. With a cast of characters that are superbly developed to the parts they inhabited it is an engrossing and satisfying read. I went and bought the next book before I even started this review.
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Al the Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Pretty good story
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
I like the story and the world in which it took place. I thought the protagonist was a bit of a whinner and that put me off. Too many unanswered questions at the end of the book so it didn''t leave you satisfied. Guess the author wants to compel you to read the sequel as... See more
I like the story and the world in which it took place. I thought the protagonist was a bit of a whinner and that put me off. Too many unanswered questions at the end of the book so it didn''t leave you satisfied. Guess the author wants to compel you to read the sequel as so many of them do. If the book won''t stand alone I won''t buy the sequel.
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darkestmuse
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Gem of a book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 30, 2017
Fantastic little book. I say "little" because the story flew by without me realising how far I was into it before it ended and leaving me wanting more, so it felt like a short read. However, as the saying goes, quality is definitely over quantity here. The Dark...See more
Fantastic little book. I say "little" because the story flew by without me realising how far I was into it before it ended and leaving me wanting more, so it felt like a short read. However, as the saying goes, quality is definitely over quantity here. The Dark Ability story is simple, as are the characters. I particularly like the "gifts" aspect that people are born with, resulting in certain abilities. Although not completely original it felt fresh and interesting. There''s a clean cut feel to the whole book, right from introduction of the characters to the way the plot weaves throughout, making it feel like a nice easy read, with the pace just right. There was enough information to keep things moving, without having to overload with details that aren''t central or integral to the story. There was just enough intrigue and excitement to keep you wondering what was going on. Only criticism is that it was occasionally repetitive and sometimes the simplicity of the writing style got to me - however, that didn''t detract from my enjoyment of the story overall. Reminded of books by Raymond Feist. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series and would highly recommend giving this a go if you enjoy the more easy-read side of the fantasy genre.
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A Scary Man
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An OK read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2018
Neither the characters nor the setting ever really came to life. A lot of things weren''t fully explained. There was a lot of repetition, particularly of the same fears and ponderings going round the protagonist''s head again and again. None of his motivations seemed...See more
Neither the characters nor the setting ever really came to life. A lot of things weren''t fully explained. There was a lot of repetition, particularly of the same fears and ponderings going round the protagonist''s head again and again. None of his motivations seemed particularly strong. There was a plot and a bad guy of sorts but they only really came into it towards the end. The ending was very abrupt. A lot of questions were left unanswered but presumably the scene was being set for these to be explored in later books. That''s fine, the only problem is that this book didn''t have enough actual story in it to stand on its own two feet. It wasn''t interesting enough to make me want to continue.
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4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Enjoyable read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2016
The writer can write ! I have read many levels of sci fi and fantasy from dire pulp to Rothfuss and GRRM. Holmbergs prose and descriptions are at the better end of the scale ! It is a curious world with many mysteries and a lot of unexplained goings on in this the first...See more
The writer can write ! I have read many levels of sci fi and fantasy from dire pulp to Rothfuss and GRRM. Holmbergs prose and descriptions are at the better end of the scale ! It is a curious world with many mysteries and a lot of unexplained goings on in this the first book, but it has a good feel to it. I have one reservation in that the lead character is very introspective, which in itself is fine but once we know about his self doubt and fears I would rather the author didn''t keep going back to them at the expense of the story. If I hadn''t already started book 2 I wouldn''t have mentioned this; but what was a quirk in this book is being built upon in the second .. Ok I get it .. He has self esteem and Dad issues but please stop telling me every 10 pages. As I progress in the second book I am beginning to skim which worries me because I thought I had found a good yarn. Fingers crossed the balance is restored
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David J. Khan
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Rather enjoyed this story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2017
Rather enjoyed this story. It was well written, and kept me hooked all the way through, so much so I devoured it in two days. The ending was satisfying as well. It sets up the next book well, but not at the expense of leaving book 1 hanging. The whole book is told from the...See more
Rather enjoyed this story. It was well written, and kept me hooked all the way through, so much so I devoured it in two days. The ending was satisfying as well. It sets up the next book well, but not at the expense of leaving book 1 hanging. The whole book is told from the perspective of the main character, but in no way does this deminish the other characters that frequent the story. The different types of abilities people have makes it interesting too and the world in which it is set suits it well. A very good read. Worth your time.
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coomoon
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Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 2, 2018
I really enjoyed this book it kept me entertained from start to finish, I want to read the second book but unfortunately I am in Spain at the moment so will have to wait till I’m home. Worth reading , it’s very good
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