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Magica: Lifestone. Deathstone. Godstone. (Mystica - Fantasy Intrigue #1) Free read ¼ 109 Ã Magic is almost gone from the world of Mystica Few in fact even know the paranormal existsRufus Lanus counts among those who do He discovered he could manipulate metal with his mind when he accidentally Where nothing is what it seems Along the way he faces the past that haunts him and prepares to rob the most powerful men in the city So be it too if he must confront the very demigods who failed to protect his race He ll shake the gods themselves from their thrones if need beHe will do whatever it takes to save the woman he loves regardless the cost to himself or others no matter the impact his actions have on the world as a whole Magica a Fantasy novella is the first entry in the Mystica series Each story in the series is a stand alone very personal in nature and full of mystery and intrigue Collectively the books reveal what happens to a world when magic becomes a fifth elemen. One thing I don t like about fantasy novels is the creation of language in them It s confusing what is this word suppose to mean sort of thing The author here uses a sort of Spartacus Ancient Rome language of speech and description of the people and places most of which can be figured out with a bit of thoughtThe story itself is obviously the start of something bigger a book within a larger series A man a reformed thief desperate to save his wife agrees to steal the medicine that is One thing I don t like about fantasy novels is the creation of language in them It s confusing what is this word suppose to mean sort of thing The author here uses a sort of Spartacus Ancient Rome language of speech and description of the people and places most of which can be figured out with a bit of thoughtThe story itself is obviously the start of something bigger a book within a larger series A man a reformed thief desperate to save his wife agrees to steal the medicine that is needed to save her Of course things don t go as planned The doctor who promises Rufus that he can save his wife s life has an agenda of his own and the man he is working for also has an agenda in which Rufus plays a partWith the language created or in this case actually it s Latin and thus the sentence structuring around the language this book can be difficult to lose yourself in That s not to say it s not a good book with an interesting plot and intriguing world building As with a lot of fantasy novels there are gods involved and as the title of the book suggests Magic It will be interesting to see this series develop

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Magic is almost gone from the world of Mystica Few in fact even know the paranormal existsRufus Lanus counts among those who do He discovered he could manipulate metal with his mind when he accidentally caused a spike to penetrate his mother s skull Seen as a freak and abandoned by his father due to his gift he joined a band of thieves and gained the wrong kind of attention by robbing a merchant whose locks were famously secure He almost lost his freedom Anonymity has its disadvantages Now married in his early twenties Rufus lives in the slums and works as a dung hauler Dreary as honest life proves things get worse when his wife Patricia shows signs that point to pregnancy The o. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way Obligatory Summary Rufus is an ex thief whose beloved wife is dying of a mysterious and seemingly incurable disease Nothing he does stays the symptoms as she deteriorates away before his eyes And when a high class doctor arrives with news that a cure exists Rufus is willing to do anything to save his love But the doctor reuires him to do oneheist against h I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way Obligatory Summary Rufus is an ex thief whose beloved wife is dying of a mysterious and seemingly incurable disease Nothing he does stays the symptoms as she deteriorates away before his eyes And when a high class doctor arrives with news that a cure exists Rufus is willing to do anything to save his love But the doctor reuires him to do oneheist against his dying wife s wedding reuest that he give up thievery foreverNothing is what it seems though Greater elements are at play and a war between the races of the world hinges on the mysterious stones he is reuired to take The Writing I have to be honest here I hated the writing Its diction and syntax are needlessly pretentious and often downright incorrect The author was clearly going for a Shakespearean Middle English merged with Latin style but what resulted was extreme use of passive speech unnatural sounding phrases a lack of articles a an the and pronouns and I could go on It was maddening to read because if I skimmed for one sentence I d be completely lost When the time came for massive plot twists I was and still am very confused as to what really happened It wasn t a problem with my comprehension level because I can read the King James Bible and actual Shakespeare and understand it very wellThe dialogue for a certain character who is supposed to be a foreigner did not feel true to what someone coming from another language would struggle with He dropped entire words irregularly and rarely rearranged grammar rules or mispronounced based on unshared vowel or consonant sounds which is the most common mistakes non native speakers make It felt like he was speaking through radio static rather than a living breathing foreignerAnother issue I had was the stereotypical roles men and women held during the course of the story There are very few characters in this approx 6 men and 4 women and every single woman without exception exhibited some form of tired female stereotype I am not someone who is offended by damsels in distress but when no female characters have an ounce of backbone and the men are constantly rescuing protecting and presiding over them it really starts to get on my nervesThe first two women to be introduced are both sleeping and being gazed at lovingly by their male companions In separate scenes The first doesn t come back until the very end of the book and the second is either sleeping or giving sage advice for the entirety of the story She never once contributes other than to reassure our protagonist constantly The third female character is a weird witch lady who has one scene view spoiler and promptly dies hide spoiler The fourth is introduced as she cleans the protagonist s vomit from the floor exposing her brutalized back and many bruises from her evil husband and doesn t come back until the very end view spoiler when she saves them all by attempting murder suicide with magic and then declares her undying love for the protagonist hide spoilerIt appears that the author attempted to fix this by including exposition in the glossary appendix about how women and men hold the same status in society and can wear clothing traditionally for the opposite sex and how women can even hold public offices And yet none of that was ever hinted at in the book other than having male prostitutes alongside female prostitutes It was simply awful representation and I hated it The Worldbuilding The worldbuilding was not done well It flip flopped between info dumps via dialogue and showing instead of any explanation particularly regarding the Latin heavy diction I found it difficult to envision the environment or understand the magic systemThe race war element did not read as intended I think What was obviously supposed to translate to a Tolkienian world of many races instead translated to real world racism with the barbarians on the other side of the wall being vile purely evil brutes who seek power and corruption while the other races were peaceful and seemed to be generally accepted by the main race It lacked nuance and left a bad taste in my mouthThis last point is a personal opinion and should be taken with a grain of salt The world itself was fairly uninteresting It felt like a Dungeons and Dragons game or an online fantasy RPG put to words Nothing was particularly uniue and so nothing held my interest I was intrigued by the idea of trapped demi gods in a mountain alongside their enemies view spoiler which is also an aspect of the Throne of Glass canon hide spoiler but it was barely focused on and by the time it gotattention I had lost all interest The Characters Rufus He s your standard male fantasy protagonist His backstory was so poorly told throughout the novel that I really felt very little affection for him I was not particularly eager to see him succeed I did like his phobia of enclosed spaces and appreciated that humanizing element but not enough to change my overall opinion of his characterPatricia She s endlessly boring Granted she spends most of the book dying but I still really didn t feel anything for her because we get like two scenes about her backstory and all of them areabout Rufus than about herBrutus I loved Brutus He s Patricia s father a man of crime himself and a foreigner from a farming country His dialogue was hard to follow but did add a level of personalization to his character He was a real sweetheart though He gave this book one starHenryk He was your standard power hungry villain He s the foreigner with the dismal dialogue I discussed earlier As a villain he was mediocre I didn t feel his convictions whatsoever seemed like he had no convictions to be completely honest and I found him to be less than frighteningAvitus I kept reading this as Avictus the entire book It was a struggle He s such an icon though He s the reason for the other starHere s a list of his iconic one liners I hunger for dusty tomes and thirst for the arcaneSilence amidst shame the dimwit s response Good thing fortune coddles the foolHad I known you were this slow I would not have suggested our current pathMmm the scales of knowledge are unbalanced I satisfied two of your uestions Tits for tats yes yesI feel low class for asking but the ironic crux is I wish you my friendA web has ensnared us and the spider does scurry nearThe arcane you see never extinguishes it self sustains but I digressRoof foolish ill starred lad do you not see PonderNo respite for the subjugated Humph wonder if servi feel as I do Fetch this go here do that and natter nary a complaint lest the thongs of a flagrum mar you Conclusion I did not like it and will not be reading the seuel I appreciate the author for putting so much work into the Latin and it was clear he has a real passion for it but I found the story itself lacking because of it

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Magica Lifestone Deathstone Godstone Mystica Fantasy Intrigue #1Ne friend he and she have is Matilda a midwife rud to be a witch who believes Patricia pregnant as well Unfortunate events lead to a dark mystery and a dangerous uest There is however no baby coming Patricia s condition worsens and puts her at death s door Helpless Rufus prays to the gods Lo and behold a true medic appears at his door late one night rather mysterious and eccentric His examination reveals Patricia has an arcane disease She has mere weeks unless treated with an endangered herb In order to obtain it Rufus must return to crime and go on a uest fraught with danger and too many unknowns What would you do to save the person you love most Rufus plunges into a labyrinth. Got the ARC from the author for a review and took me some time to complete a relatively small book The GoodAt its core the plot is that of a heist or two I love books where the underdog has a few tricks up his sleeve to beat the big bad villain Hence a heist with an underdog as the thief is doubly enjoyable I also enjoyed Rufus s character building and his way of speaking which is so different from those he grew up around Brutus character is also likeable especially after the poignant Got the ARC from the author for a review and took me some time to complete a relatively small book The GoodAt its core the plot is that of a heist or two I love books where the underdog has a few tricks up his sleeve to beat the big bad villain Hence a heist with an underdog as the thief is doubly enjoyable I also enjoyed Rufus s character building and his way of speaking which is so different from those he grew up around Brutus character is also likeable especially after the poignant lines at the end The UnderdevelopedAfter reading the prologue you get the sense of continent level conflict with huge armies and multiple races I was completely wowed by the prologue However from the first chapter the book focuses on the personal tragedy of a single person family and never really moves on to the stage that was set at the start The closing paragraphs of the book allude to grander adventures but it is too little too late The villain s character was dark but again lacking depth It was a very interesting character and the author could have delved into the past to create a grater flavor the events to come In fact most characters suffer the same fate and so does the plot The BadLanguage I loved how the author merges Latin words and phrases with everyday English While it slows down the reading speed it is a good break from the Wham Bam style of writing in most of the action oriented fantasy books that come out these days What I found jarring was the slang or the language of the uneducated people In many places the dialogues shift from overly Latinized sentences to the worst accented and broken language and back again This makes it very difficult to read and I was put off by the lack of balance ConclusionThe title of the book and the description promise a lot Mystica is a world that has huge potential but the book does not do justice to the potential One can only hope that the second book is considerably deeper in terms of plot character development and world building For language enthusiasts the use of Latin will be a big attraction point sans the proofing errors but it alone cannot carry a multi book series