A Crucible of Souls

A Crucible of Souls

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When young Caldan's parents are brutally slain, the boy is raised by monks who initiate him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Growing up plagued by questions about his past, Caldan vows to discover who his parents were, and why they were violently killed. The search will take him beyond the walls of the monastery, into the unfamiliar and dangerous chaos of city life. With nothing to his name but a pair of mysterious heirlooms and a handful of coins, he must prove his talent to become apprenticed to a guild of sorcerers. But the world outside the monastery is a darker place than he ever imagined, and his treasured sorcery has disturbing depths he does not fully understand. As a shadowed evil manipulates the unwary and forbidden powers are unleashed, Caldan is plunged into an age-old conflict that will bring the world to the edge of destruction. Soon, he must choose a side, and face the true cost of uncovering his past.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
ISBN: 9780062407245
0062407244
Branch Call Number: SF HOGAN, MITCHELL
Characteristics: 500 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

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sat7
Jan 28, 2016

Sorcery & mysticism, set in a past of dubious validity. Enjoyable and certainly written for sequels -

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shayshortt
Oct 02, 2015

Interspersed with Caldan’s narration are other chapters from a variety of perspectives, the connection to which is not immediately clear. There is a magistrate who can always tell when he is being lied to, a crusader who believes that the leader of his band is losing her mind, and a shopkeeper with a dark secret. Since Caldan’s tale is slow to start, these chapters provide an opportunity for some action, and also allow Hogan to set out information and perspectives beyond Caldan’s limited experience and knowledge.

Read my full review here: http://shayshortt.com/2015/10/01/a-crucible-of-souls/

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Sarah1984
Feb 07, 2015

4/2 - When I saw this on the 'new books and recent returns' shelf my first thought was that it would be good, really good. But at the same time I knew from experience that books that look good can often turn out to be pretty average, or worse, and so was a little nervous of coming to the GR page because a number of times I've typed in the ISBN for my new book only to find it has an average rating of below 3.5. When I see such a low average rating it sometimes colours my opinion and I go into the book expecting it to be average or worse. I try not to let the opinion of others colour my judgement, but sometimes it's not that easy. So I was pretty ecstatic to see that this has an above four star average rating - no bad vibes are going to change my opinion on this one. So far I've only read the prologue, so no comment on the book yet. To be continued...

5/2 - Fantastic storytelling! All I've done today is read this book and do housework while dreaming about the moment when I'll be able to get back to reading this book. I think that's the mark of a five star book, when all you can think about is getting back to it. Right now, I'm holding onto that final star (or really, half star) until I see what the finale is like and how annoying the 'end of the first book in a series' cliff hanger is. There have been a couple of annoying editing/grammar problems, but I was way too busy reading to take not of where they were. Clearly, they weren't enough to dampen my enjoyment for longer than it took to finish the page. I have to get back to the book now, I just wanted to write a quick update before I finish it tonight/tomorrow morning. To be continued...

6/2 - I really loved this, it was even better than I was hoping it would be when I picked it up. There were lots of different characters who each had their with their own PoV, switching between Caldan (the main character) and one of the other PoV every few chapters. Sometimes the other PoVs were a little annoying because I wanted to keep with what was happening with Caldan, but what we learned from the more minor characters' PoVs did become useful and eventually most of the characters joined together into the same PoV, leaving the story less disjointed. You know, the worst thing about this book would have to be that my library doesn't already have a copy of the second book, Blood of Innocents. I've had to make a special order for it which means that I won't get it for some weeks. Boo!!!

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shayshortt
Oct 02, 2015

Sexual Content: Implied sexual violence

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shayshortt
Oct 02, 2015

Violence: Murder and fighting Implied sexual violence

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