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Book Review: Voice of War

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“While preparing for the birth of his first child, Chrys Valerian is tasked with uncovering the group responsible for a series of missing threadweavers—those able to see and manipulate threadlight. With each failure, the dark voice in his head grows louder, begging to be released.

A young girl from a secret city in the center of the Fairenwild veers off course to explore the streets of Alchea, never expecting that her journey would end in chains.

Far in the deserts to the south, a young man’s life changes after he dies.

When Chrys learns who is responsible for the missing threadweavers, they come for him and his family. He must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means trusting strangers or, worse, the growing voice in his mind.

Together, these three will change the world—whether they intend to or not.”

Title: Voice of War

Series: Threadlight #1

Author: Zack Argyle

Page Count: 380

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: October 25th, 2022

I’d caught word of the hype around this series last year. It sounded really good and the books looked gorgeous as well. So I went ahead and purchased the first two at that time. Unfortunately, as many know there just isn’t enough time for us to get to everything we want to read as quickly as we’d like. But I made some time this month to dive into this series with the first book. I was NOT disappointed in the slightest.

I had some strong vibes similar to the Mistborn series with book one. With that being said it was still unique enough to be different. But I think the way the magic system works and just the easy flow of the story that the author has put together just brought be back to the enjoyment I had with that series. The magic was really cool in Threadlight book one. Granted this was still very much just an introduction to this interesting magic system and I feel we have so much yet to learn. Why do some have these powers, others don’t and what does the future hold with those gifts or limitations!?

The book started out with a bit of a shocker, don’t worry no spoilers here! I will just say it was quite the emotional scene to set the tone of book one. One thing we can say for sure an underlying theme is how important family is. Whether that family is blood or not! Zack kept me on my toes so many times throughout the story. I made several notes of speculation while I was reading and I can report I didn’t get any of them right. He does a great job giving us some subtle hints and nudges just to build our interest before revealing where he is going with things.

We certainly have a good deal of tragedy and loss in book one. So if you’re looking for everything to work out and for us not to lose some characters we might be fond of, this might not be the read for you. However, it really does give us a sense of how fragile we all can be and makes things so much grander when our characters do pull through in situations.

I waited a couple of days to wrap my head around the ending which certainly has me speculating further. Luckily I do already have book two and hope to work it in by end of the year at the latest. I liked the first book enough that I’m already going to work on getting my hands on book three even before I crack open the second book.

Character development was done well. We had quite a few characters to get to know in the first book. And though I still feel we have so much to learn about many of those still with us going into book two, Zack did a good job getting me attached to several of the characters along the way already.

World building was solid as well. Granted we really only get to explore a couple of regions in the first book, I already get the feeling there is SO much more to this world yet to explore! Especially with some of the outcomes from book one.

Pacing was right up my alley. It wasn’t non-stop but there were some great action scenes, as well as the previously mentioned tragedies for some heartbreaking moments too. Zack’s writing style just fit me very well. I cruised through this read in just a couple of days. The pages flowed by and I found myself wanting to pick the book back up to see what was going to happen next.

As previously mentioned I think readers of Mistborn would also like the first book here. I can’t speak for the entire series yet but I hope things doing change too much from this first adventure into the Threadlight series. I also think any reader just a fan of high fantasy with a solid magic system, some great fights and some political intrigue would enjoy this read as well.

The only thing I’ll end with here is… who is the brother!?

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 5/5
Character Development 5/5

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Chad Barnard

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