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paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9798787457445 B09NRJZ4CV
  • 377 pages
  • $17.99
Erik Day
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Conjure Seven
Erik Day, Author
Three years ago, the world discovered magic. Treated more as a science, little changes have trickled into everyday life, but the real promise seems to be a few years away. Engineer Samuel “Rick” Rickard has discovered a new way to make arcane crystals: the power supply for most of those magical things. In the right hands they would be a source of unlimited, clean energy. In the wrong hands, they would be unstoppable weapons of mass destruction… Rick’s crystals spark a tragic accident and the ensuing chaos covers the tracks of Aka’weyo, an arcane assassin. With both the FBI and this sociopathic wizard hunting him, Rick must protect Ben, his nephew and the only family he has left.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: The plot, while it has many sparkling moments, can also come across as a confusing scrum of factions, characters, and arcane terminology. These elements can somewhat undermine the storyline, especially as events reach their climax.

Prose: The writing is lively and capably maintains several separate, but connected, plot arcs featuring distinct voices. 

Originality: This novel expertly formulates a magic system based on scientific principles. It holds together rather well, with more fantastical elements like psychic mind control feeling right at home next to arcane radiation.

Character/Execution: The highlight here is Aka'weyo, who makes for a credible, threatening villain, though his status as a hired gun without much obvious personal stake in the plot hinders him a bit. Other characters are sometimes charming, like Gabriel the medic, but there are so many named characters that they start to blend together.

Date Submitted: August 15, 2022

Formats
paperback Details
  • 12/2021
  • 9798787457445 B09NRJZ4CV
  • 377 pages
  • $17.99

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