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Kingdoms at War: An Epic Fantasy Adventure (Dragon Gate Book 1) Kindle Edition
Developing magical powers and becoming a powerful wizard? Not a chance.
Wizards are cruel and inhumane, warring with each other from their great sky cities and keeping most of humanity enslaved. Jak wants nothing to do with them.
But when he and his archaeologist mother unearth the gate, they attract the attention of the very wizards they sought to avoid. Even more troubling, Jak starts developing magical powers of his own, powers that could rival those of the great rulers.
Fate may have given him the opportunity to change the world.
But the wizard rulers don’t like change, and when they detect threats, they send their elite assassins to eliminate them.
If Jak can’t unlock the power of the gate, and the powers within himself, the world will remain enslaved forever.
- ASIN : B091WQDLGF
- Publication date : April 22, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3303 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 530 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1951367138
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,937 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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P.S. I have no idea what the one reviewer was talking about when she complained about pedophilia??? As far as I can recall, and I just finished it, there are no children in the book at all. "Young girls" were mentioned in one passage that was highlighting the awfulness of one villian, but I didn't take that to mean children. That passage was also the one that mentioned sex - and it was brief, IMO. So...?
To address another review and vague spoilers ahead:
They implied that the depictions of rape and pedophilia are problematic.
First, I don't actually remember any explicit depictions of pedophilia, although it's definitely implied in at least one backstory. I could understand their frustration if the book were glorifying the rape issues, maybe, but the world-building is very clearly framed as:
1.) A society in which normal folks are viewed as animals, where even your thoughts can get you killed.
2.) Disturbing, but realistic. This is a world where killing (or thinking of killing) a member of the ruling class even in self-defense or to protect one's family is a death sentence. This would absolutely corrupt those in power and shape ways of thinking.
Frankly, it would be naive to think rape, abductions, trafficking, etc wouldn't happen in such a world. She could've painted rainbows over it, but that would undermine the goal. It serves a narrative purpose, to evoke feelings of revulsion toward those who are complicit in such a system and sympathy for the the "lower caste", so to speak, as well as to understand the other characters' desires for a better world.
The only thing I'd maybe suggest is a clearer trigger warning somewhere for folks who are looking for a lighter read, since it is a bit of a deviation from her other works, but plenty of them also feature situations where female characters must confront potential sexual assault.
Just as one example, when the crew of a ship threatens to kill the hero, he says (my own words) "If you kill your passengers it will be bad for return business." Then the crew (who want to take a gold medallion from him), say that it is a tax on their passenger and he replies that passengers pay fares and taxes are to be paid to the government. All this bantering while they are trying kill him!
And this kind of dialog goes on and on and on throughout the book and with every single character. So, for the first time, I am not planning on reading any more books in a Buroker series and I feel very bad about it.
There are hints of previous character types in this story. The woman archaeologist, the taciturn dedicated warrior.
The wizards in this story remind me of the dragons in her other stories. Arrogance and tons of irresistible power. But so much less amusing. Corrupted by power and taking full advantage of it. You really want to see them all destroyed. There are hints that they aren't all like that, but still.
This story may take several books to finish. I'm looking forward to it.
I can't wait for the next installment - I've already pre-ordered it.
LB is very good at creating characters that you care about. There are at least 6 POV characters in this. For me, she is an author that can create a movie in my mind and I don't even realize I'm reading.
Top reviews from other countries
A host of engaging characters, fantastic world-building, excellent storytelling and the usual humorous interludes and touches of down-to-earth observations that make her books so gritty and compelling.
Highly recommended. Can’t wait for more :D