Kaiisteron awakes to find a minor mage trying to use his mage. It doesn’t end well for the mage. After being murdered and having his consciousness trapped for who knows how long, Kai has a lot of questions, and he’s not liking the answers so far. As he sets out to figure out both what happened to him and what’s currently going on, Kai will have to gather his friends and family close and figure out both who to trust and what his path forward looks like.
So, the only reason that this isn’t a five star book is because I didn’t feel an emotional connection to it, and I’m pretty it’s me, I’m the problem, not the book. Part of it is timing. I picked up this book just as work was slammed with our busy season when I’d already hit burnout and my fantastic manager announced she was leaving. I neither had the mental nor emotional bandwidth to give this book the attention it deserved. There is so much to like about this book. The world building is fascinating and the characters compelling. I loved the way they interacted, and even when I wanted to yell at him, I was still rooting for Kai. I was invested in the story which sucks you in and surprises you at every turn. It’s the kind of book that demands your full attention, and unfortunately, I didn’t have that available when I was reading it. This was also the first thing I’ve read by Martha Wells. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I’ll definitely be checking out more of her work. I will also definitely be reading this book again, hopefully when I can give it the attention it deserves. Four out of five stars.
CBR15 Bingo: Bodies, Bodies – Given Kai’s relationship with bodies, this seemed perfect.
CBR15 Passport: Books Recommended by Friends