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Cleansing by Fire Review

Goodreads Description

Marc Lacroix—Angibil, the name given to him by Elu—was twenty-five years old and was about to graduate from a prestigious university of Paris and become the youngest Adept Minor of the Order! He had become an expert in many disciplines, mastering not only traditional areas of study but also the most complex of arcane arts.

Angibil hastily went to the consecration chamber in the campus undergrounds. There, in an incredible show of character, he summoned forth a legendary mystical blade to the surprise of the council. He was quickly greeted to the rank of Adept Minor and rewarded by being cast away from all the institutions controlled by Elu! Rumors about Angibil being the long awaited heir to Immaru—the founder—spread among the elders.

Angibil courageously readied himself and left to accomplish his new trials, dreaming of the day he would return to Elu to claim the title of Adept Major.

Guided by an enigmatic symbiotic blade, Angibil traveled the world and the social structures, determined to unearth his enemy. The most elusive and lethal lower demon of ancient Sumer, hiding amongst the unaware and secretly enslaving their souls.

My Review

When I first read the description of this book I thought it sounded very good, which is why I entered the First Reads giveaway and was happy when I was selected to get a copy. I was a little disappointed.

The plot was very good. The fighting scenes were great, and the plot itself was very involving. The writing style was what really bothered me. It didn’t seem to flow well, and there were numerous places where the wording was awkward. And I really didn’t like the twenty-some footnotes…moreWhen I first read the description of this book I thought it sounded very good, which is why I entered the First Reads giveaway and was happy when I was selected to get a copy. I was a little disappointed.

The plot was very good. The fighting scenes were great, and the plot itself was very involving. The writing style was what really bothered me. It didn’t seem to flow well, and there were numerous places where the wording was awkward. And I really didn’t like the twenty-some footnotes. In my opinion, footnotes don’t belong in fiction, and the author should incorporate the details in those footnotes within the actual text. Footnotes break up the flow of the plot too much.

Like I said, the plot itself was very good. The ending fit very well, too.

Rating: 3/5 stars

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May 10, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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