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Banished (Street Rats of Aramoor) Paperback – September 22, 2017
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Banished From His Home...
Ayrion Heads To The Capital City To Make A Name For Himself...
But Those Streets Are Deadlier Than He Knew...
Fate Doesn't Always Give You What You Want. Sometimes You Have To Take It...
STREET RATS OF ARAMOOR
- and Magic ... with an healthy dose of Humor
- Publisher : Michael Wisehart (September 22, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998150533
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998150536
- Item Weight : 1.26 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.95 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #273,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2021
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Ayrion is banished from a tribe that lives underground. They're assassins (the book describes them as mercenaries, but from the work they do they're assassins) hired to do various jobs. Anyway, there's a reason I won't go into why Ayrion is banished from the tribe, which is usually a death sentence.
Ayrion does okay for himself. He meets a friend they met earlier, and after that he hires onto a river crew.
This is a light coming of age fantasy story. There's plenty of action, and Ayrion's unique skill set helps the captain and crew in getting things done.
I enjoyed this. It's an easy read, the editing is sharp, and the story flows in a nice way. The fantasy world is well developed, and the story doesn't overstay its welcome.
As a long-time fan of Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms fantasy books I am always reluctant to pick up a new series thinking they won't live up to the quality I'm used to reading. I am happy to say this book is well worth it. It sucked me in right away and if it hadn't been for work and sleep I would have happily finished it from beginning to end in one marathon session. Michael Wisehart has joined the ranks of my favorite authors right alongside R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Piers Anthony, Robert Asprin (those MYTH books are still a hoot after 37+ years), and a host of others. Thank you Michael and keep up the great writing!
The map included is incredibly detailed. I poured over it before I began, hoping I’d get to see as many places as possible mentioned. I followed our MC on it as best I could on the map during the story, though at the end there was a city mentioned that wasn’t labeled on it. As it was the last stop in the book, I was bummed I didn’t know where they ended up visually. But that’s ok. I’ll live lol.
I’ll definitely continue on!
WARNING: For parents of readers, you should know there is an almost rape scene. There was no doubt what was going to happen to the girl before it’s stopped. It is stopped, however, and the perpetrator is dealt with, but it affected me enough I thought it worth a mention.
I highly recommend this book and the series. It’s great for kids through adulthood and is a stand alone series, but I do encourage reading the Aldoran Chronicles at some point since some of the characters are in both.
The main character is Aryion, the same Aryion in the Aldoran Chronicles. He obviously gets banished but the Aldoran Chronicles never went into detail and you only got a few glimpses of his childhood. This book gives it all up and it’s no disappointment.
Written from Aryion’s POV this shows the conflict he has that makes his character so alluring in the Aldoran Chronicles.
Great characters, fun dialogue, plenty of action, and drama galore, all while being believable in a fantasy kind of way.
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It felt a little light as a read with maybe a few more pages to flesh out the smaller details would have been welcome. Seeing more of how ayrions people lived would have been awesome