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  1. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher, Little, Brown Book Group, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 5 starsThe Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is quite a commendable adult fantasy debut, flintlock style, by Tyler Whitesides that is fun, entertaining and has a unique magic system.Firstly, this book caught my attention because it was tagged as Perfect for fans of The Lies of Locke Lamora, Eli Monpress and Theft of Swords As these are some of my favourite titles, I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher, Little, Brown Book Group, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 5 starsThe Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is quite a commendable adult fantasy debut, flintlock style, by Tyler Whitesides that is fun, entertaining and has a unique magic system.Firstly, this book caught my attention because it was tagged as Perfect for fans of The Lies of Locke Lamora, Eli Monpress and Theft of Swords As these are some of my favourite titles, I simply cannot pass this up Ardor Benn is a ruse artist extraordinaire who enjoys trickery and mischief, and due to his legend was approached by the most unlikely employer who required his services to undertake the biggest and most audacious heist he had ever performed And it was an extensive one, such that the story sometimes felt a bit too long.The narrative follows the 3rd person limited point of view of three main characters Ardor himself, a female thief named Quarrah Khai whom he had to employ to assist with this heist of his lifetime, and a significant man of religion, Isle Halavend in this world, an Isle is akin to a priest The character development was good enough that I was interested in each POV, even though my favourite is Ardor That is not surprising as I ve always had a soft spot for roguish characters with good hearts a cliche that is well used in stories like this, but one that I will not grow tired of anytime soon.Aside from Quarrah, our ruse artist extraordinaire has a partner in crime who is also his best friend for many years, Raekon Dorrel Ard is the master plotter while Raek is the master mixer who prepares all the necessary ingredients to pull off the former s ruses What do I mean by mixer Allow me to elucidate a bit about the magic system, which is hard rule based magic like Allomancy from Mistborn, except it is detonated ignited instead of consumed The source of these magical ingredients called Grits is wait for it the excrement of dragons Depending on the material fed to the dragons, the resultant Grit can have different usages, such as Barrier, Blast, Drift, Light, Cold and Heat Grit And there are Prolonging and Compounding Grits which can be combined with the others to extend its duration or enhance its effects A detonation will result in a cloud which is spherical, and anything within it will be affected by the Grit s purpose A master mixer such as Raek will be able to ascertain the weight of different Grits required to achieve the desired outcome There is a glossary on the Grit system at the back of the book which is quite detailed Admittedly, some of the action scenes are pretty darn cool with the inventive use of the different types of Grits.On top of this rather complex magic system, another aspect of the worldbuilding also took me a while to get settled in We have a religion called Wayfarist, and the faithful are those who have the Urges to keep progressing and advancing, while the faithless are called Settled or Landers It is all rather quite strange, and I am still tottering as to how I feel about it There are times when I find the writing a bit clunky and perhaps a little less refined Nonetheless, the book is easy to read, and I noticed the narrative improving as it progressed Plotwise, it is to be expected that nothing will exactly go smoothly for Ard and his team Regardless, there were a few cool revelations and plot directions which I did not anticipate And for those who like having some element of romance in their stories, rest assured you will find it in Ardor Benn s debut story.In short, this novel is an entertaining read for those who enjoy a fantasy heist that occasionally heads in unexpected directions I definitely liked it enough to read its sequel This review can also be found at Booknest


  2. Jessica Jessica says:

    I have known Tyler since we did a joint school visit after the first Janitors book came out I bought a copy and had it signed to my oldest son, not as a pity buy, but as a, Hey, I like you, you re fun buy My son liked the book, liked the whole series, in fact, and I liked Tyler and his wonderful wife Connie, so we were all good When I found out that Tyler s next book would be for grownups, I congratulated him, and he said, I want you to read it, and I don t want to know what you think abo I have known Tyler since we did a joint school visit after the first Janitors book came out I bought a copy and had it signed to my oldest son, not as a pity buy, but as a, Hey, I like you, you re fun buy My son liked the book, liked the whole series, in fact, and I liked Tyler and his wonderful wife Connie, so we were all good When I found out that Tyler s next book would be for grownups, I congratulated him, and he said, I want you to read it, and I don t want to know what you think about it at the same time And I told him, Listen Maybe I ll read it, maybe I won t But if I do read it, and I like it, you ll know If I don t like it, no one will ever know And reader, I did buy it I did read it And reader, I did love it.One of my BIGGEST PET PEEVES IN ALL OF FANTASY is a character who is a rogue and supposed to be full of witty banter, but they are really just a huge hole I ve read so much stilted dialogue and flat jokes masquerading as witty banter that I feel traumatized BUT YOU WILL NOT FIND THAT HERE Ardor Benn is ACTUALLY FUNNY He actually is a good natured, lovable rogue I laughed aloud many times His joking back and forth with his partner, Raek was truly amusing and never cruel It was so refreshing I could cry And speaking of crying There s like, actual drama here Characters you care about getting hurt I cried at somebody s death And dragons Did I mention there are dragons And a whole magic system like nothing I ve ever seen before And a fascinating religion, and world And a major twist at the end that made me do a Keanu Reeves WHOA In short This is an excellent book One of the best epic fantasies I ve read in a long time I m very excited to see what Tyler does next The book is the first in a series, but it s not a cliffhanger ending so you don t need to wait And you shouldn t wait If you like fantasy, you should pick this up right now Because did I mention the disguise artists Oh my gosh They were killing me Loved them And there s a race of blue people with crazy eyes So unique And dragons, guys DRAGONS


  3. Audrey Audrey says:

    4.5 starsThere are flaws in the book, but the overall enjoyment factor was very high, and they didn t bother me that much.This is Flintlock Fantasy, similar to steampunk Magic is created by detonating Grit, a special powder made of various substances that have passed through the digestive track of a dragon Interesting stuff.Ardor Benn is a con man ruse artist who enjoys the game of running a con but still has strong morals The book opens with him pulling off a con It s a great scene that 4.5 starsThere are flaws in the book, but the overall enjoyment factor was very high, and they didn t bother me that much.This is Flintlock Fantasy, similar to steampunk Magic is created by detonating Grit, a special powder made of various substances that have passed through the digestive track of a dragon Interesting stuff.Ardor Benn is a con man ruse artist who enjoys the game of running a con but still has strong morals The book opens with him pulling off a con It s a great scene that shows how the magic works, introduces characters, and is just fun to watch Then he gets hired by a priest to pull a heist on the king The world is a collection of islands, and the religion is based around the theme of islands It was interesting as well as nice to see religious people portrayed as something other than crazy.The first half of the book focuses on the heist This includes infiltrating an orchestra, which I loved, having played with symphony orchestras before The author was a percussion major, if I am remembering right The second half is the aftermath of the heist, which is where we get to see airships and dragons and other islands and stuff like that It s quite a bit bloodier.Overall, this was fun, swashbuckling adventure There was a lot of suspense and surprises The stakes got high and personal I felt the romance was sort of rushed, though it was essential to the plot And I didn t get a clear picture of what the city s streets and buildings looked like.The editors at Orbit were also very sloppy The missed some blatant usage errors and let Tyler get away with too many sentence fragments He would put in a period When a comma would work best This is the kind of thing An editor is supposed to fix.It was smart and fun and easy to read For me, it was thoroughly enjoyable experience, and though I could nit pick some things, they didn t detract from the story.I can see why it s compared to Locke Lamora, but I think theses two books appeal to different audiences I felt it was closer to Theft of Swords and Mistborn, if anything.No strong language no sexual content some bloody monster violenceHow I Got the BookTwo years ago now, I went to a book signing at a local indie bookshop Tyler Whitesides and Brian McClellan were both there with brand new releases Since it was a small crowd, there was plenty of time to chat with the authors I bought this book of Tyler s and a Powder Mage book of Brian s which I am finally starting to read Tyler performed a percussion duet at the beginning of the event with a college buddy, I think Anyway, Tyler said my book was the very first copy he signed Book Blog


  4. The Captain The Captain says:

    Ahoy there me mateys As ye all know I absolutely adore dragons and thievery This book combines both I saw it on Nikki thebibliophibian s post and had to check it out.So the story follows Ardor Benn, ruse artist extraordinaire, as he goes on his biggest heist yet to steal the king s crown To accomplish this he must assemble a top notch team The team includes Raekon Dorrel he happens to be Ardor s best friend and deals with logistics, mathematics, and brawn Quarrah Khai a thief who Ahoy there me mateys As ye all know I absolutely adore dragons and thievery This book combines both I saw it on Nikki thebibliophibian s post and had to check it out.So the story follows Ardor Benn, ruse artist extraordinaire, as he goes on his biggest heist yet to steal the king s crown To accomplish this he must assemble a top notch team The team includes Raekon Dorrel he happens to be Ardor s best friend and deals with logistics, mathematics, and brawn Quarrah Khai a thief who works alone and doesn t like interacting with others especially if she has to talk to them Elbrig Taut and Cinza Ortemion the crazies who specialize in alternative identities, disguises, and costumes seriously I love them There are other side characters that help including forgers, harvesters, etc But these folks are hired for specific side jobs In addition there is a priest of Wayfarism, Isle Halavend, who be the man who hired Ardor for the heist He believes there is a major threat to their island kingdom and only by going against his Order can he help save the world.Okay sounds good so far right Well where do the dragons come in Aye, the dragons play a major role in terms of the magic system So there be this stuff called Grit Grit comes in several forms like Light, Heat, Barrier, Drift, Void, Visitation, etc What be Grit Grit is a powder made from materials like bone, wood, stone, dragon egg shell, etc To get it, ye have to feed the materials to a dragon who then ermpoops it out and sets it on fire Then a team of harvesters has to track down the hardened poo pile while trying not to die which is taken to a factory to be processed Sounds fun right So dragon shells be needed for the rarest type of Grit of all Visitation This special Grit is used to summon Visitants who help save the world Problem is the only dragon shell left is on the crown of the king Hence Ardor Benn s task.This book really was amusing I loved that the magic was based on powdered dragon poop I also liked that physics and math had to be taken into account when using the Grit I liked how versatile Grit could be and thought the author did an excellent job showcasing its uses I thought the main trio of Ardor, Quarrah, and Raekon were just lovely and enjoyed their banter Their relationships do drive the novel and I loved watching them change and grow together over the course of the novel.There were some downsides of the book in terms of plot and structure I think most of this problems stemmed from how long the book was at over 700 pages Even with that length, some of thetactical parts of the heist were glossed over There are some parts of the plot involving Grit that seemed to be unbelievable and ridiculous They made me smile but really were silly And the plot really lost focus after the crown had been stolen The 80 87% of the book was the most difficult but the pace did pick back up again.I thought that overall the debut was a good one and I am glad I read it This book could be read as a standalone but I do see that the author plans on writing another book in the series I am interested to see where he will take the story next Arrrr Check out me other reviews at


  5. Liviu Liviu says:

    starts quite strong and overall the novel has a lot of energy until the end keeping me turning the pages which pretty much deserves 5 stars on its own as I would estimate less than 5% of the books I open today keep me engaged for long but the mashing of fantasy and sf elements in an otherwise fairly common buddy buddy con men adventure starts creaking towards the end with the novel getting close to jumping the shark and losing any shred of suspension of disbelief a strong last few pages sa starts quite strong and overall the novel has a lot of energy until the end keeping me turning the pages which pretty much deserves 5 stars on its own as I would estimate less than 5% of the books I open today keep me engaged for long but the mashing of fantasy and sf elements in an otherwise fairly common buddy buddy con men adventure starts creaking towards the end with the novel getting close to jumping the shark and losing any shred of suspension of disbelief a strong last few pages salvages it though and overall an entertaining read that misses being great when the author tries to raise the stakes and make his main character a true hero TMwill definitely take a look at book 2 and hope it getsadventure, less save the world, universe etc


  6. The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew). The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew). says:

    3.5 stars.As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek Benn Ard who in his own words is a ruse artist extraordinaire because why use a mundane and common term like a con artist or swindler Is tasked by the elderly Wayfarist Wayfarism is one of the religions in the book priest Isle Halavend to steal the royal regalia from the ruler of the Greater Chain made up of the islands, Talumon, Dronodan, Strind and Espar wit 3.5 stars.As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek Benn Ard who in his own words is a ruse artist extraordinaire because why use a mundane and common term like a con artist or swindler Is tasked by the elderly Wayfarist Wayfarism is one of the religions in the book priest Isle Halavend to steal the royal regalia from the ruler of the Greater Chain made up of the islands, Talumon, Dronodan, Strind and Espar with the mountain and home of the dragons, Pekal located in the middle of the inter island waters King Pethredote.The King s regalia is made from the only remaining example of fertilised dragon eggshell still in existence, a component needed to make a very rare type of Griton Grit later.Ard accepts the job and along with Raekon Dorrel Raek the Short Fuse a detonation mixer he mixes Grit compounds and Ard s partner they enlist the help of Quarrah Khai, a renowned thief to aid them and along with an assembled team so ensues a series of elaborate and intricate ruses full of outlandish exploits to steal the regalia and bring Isle Halavend s plan to fruition.I won t go into the why s about why Isle Halavend employs Ard to steal the regalia but suffice to say that the reasons have huge ramifications for all of the Greater Chain and the safety of its inhabitants.The main resource in the Greater Chain is Grit Grit can be primary or secondary and has a variety of different uses and types ranging from the mundane Light and Heat Grit, which as the names suggest provide light and heat to theaction oriented types Barrier, Drift and Void Grit which again, do what the name suggests through to the rarest type of Grit, Visitant Grit which when used by someone worthy can call forth a Paladin Visitant though the summons isn t always successful who can cause mass destruction.Side note there aretypes of Grit than those few that I have mentioned and some can also be compounded or prolonged by being mixed together with either compounding or prolonging Grit.Grit is made by using a specific base material ranging from wood, metal and stone to human bones through to the fertilised dragon eggshell of the regalia that is indigestible and so, goes through the digestive system of a dragon and remains whole which is fed to a dragon by a team of Harvesters in baited food to create a certain type of Grit The dragon is traced followed and when the dung is passed when the dragon goes potty and makes a boom boom the dragon will then breathe fire on the excrement to harden it, creating Slagstone The Slagstone is then transported to a factory where the base material is extracted from the Slagstone and processed into powder and so, yes, the Grit is subsequently derived from the powdered dragon poop I liked the idea behind Grit and how it is an integral resource for the society in the Greater Chain finding the concept of the Grit, its importance and its uses to be well incorporated by Whitesides helping to add some originality to the story.The chapters of the story that take place in the Mooring, a religious building and that revolve around Isle Halavend and Lyndel, a Trothian Agrodite priestess are interesting They often involve the pair researching and partaking in conversations as they are sequestered away in the Mooring cove that Halavend uses These conversations allow us, the reader, to learnabout the two religions, Paladin Visitants, the history of the Greater Chain and also serve to help unveil the truth and motivation behind Halavend employing Ardor.As a duo, Ard and Raek are fantastic with Ard being the loquacious and charming leader and Raek, the mathematical genius and muscle The duo are completely different and act as the perfect foil for each other, they are like brothers and the strong bond between them and the banter and camaraderie that they share is a highlight of the book Add in Quarrah as she attempts to integrate with the duo, learn and fulfil her role in the ruse and build a friendship that is complicated by her feelings for Ard with the pair and she is a welcome addition to the story All in all the trio are well depicted by Whitesides.For the secondary characters that compromised the initial team on Beripent when the team are trying to steal the regalia I really liked the duo of Elbrig Taut and Cinza Ortemion dubbed the crazies by Raek they are disguise managers they create costumes, characters and identities as disguises and the pair were really fun and well, crazy When the story moves to Pekal and the process of baiting the dragon, for the team members in this part of the story I liked the addition of Nemery Baggish She s knowledgeable on dragons and compared to the other criminal members of the Harvesting team she s innocent and naive and there was just something endearing about her.The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is a promising start to a new fantasy series and in Ard, Raek and Quarrah you have a trio of characters who you can become invested in However, it would be remiss of me if I didn t mention that whilst admittedly, the book is enjoyable even straying into very enjoyable territory in places that at the same time, unfortunately, the book does on occasion drag also suffering from a lack of emotion and impact during both plot twists and what should be important storyline events as rather sadly, instead of having the impact and weight that they deserve and warrant the twists and events themselves are often underwhelming and fall flat.In my opinion, a couple of small tweaks would greatly benefit the book namely a shorter page length and tighter plotting on the part of Whitesides as ultimately, The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn felt overly long for the story that Whitesides was telling and suffers under the weight of its 700 page count.Ard is a charismatic lead, Grit an intriguing and well implemented idea and so, even with my issues, I d certainly consider reading future books in the series as there is promise and potential to be found within the pages of Whitesides debut adult fantasy work


  7. Nicole Nicole says:

    Review originally posted at Erlebnisse erlebnisseweb.wordpress.com 2018 05 2Um, is it possible to give a book six stars Because holy shit, friends.I have a feeling this review is going to be everywhere, so I do sincerely apologize for that But I justsortafell completely in love with this book And after walking for two miles during my lunch break, my mind going over and over the events that transpired between these pages especially the last, eh, 300 or so , I m still not sure exactly Review originally posted at Erlebnisse erlebnisseweb.wordpress.com 2018 05 2Um, is it possible to give a book six stars Because holy shit, friends.I have a feeling this review is going to be everywhere, so I do sincerely apologize for that But I justsortafell completely in love with this book And after walking for two miles during my lunch break, my mind going over and over the events that transpired between these pages especially the last, eh, 300 or so , I m still not sure exactly how to articulate how fantastic this book is I mean, sure, I could just say, Hey, holy shit, this book is pretty dang fantastic and you definitely want to read it if you like fantasy and heists and characters who feel like people instead of characters and such a complex, vibrant world with a new magic system and why haven t you read it already, I need someone to talk to about this book, but especially page 627 I mean, sure, I could write that and leave it at that.But that doesn t seem to truly do the book justice, you know So, I received an ARC from Orbit, which, first of all The fact that I m working with Orbit now to write reviews over some of their books is something that will never, ever, ever cease to blow my mind I know this is a common thing for book bloggers, but this is new to me, so stay with me Because Orbit is one of my favorite publishers of all time They publish good shit, friends You already know this So when this title was included in the options, I selected it I d never heard about it before, but you had me at heists and dragons How could it not be good I was so not prepared for this story That s a good thing In a lot of ways, it reminded me of Scott Lynch s The Lies of Lock Lamora If you ve read my review of that novel, you know how hard I fell for that book and how much it shook me to my core Lynch has a level of mastery that few other authors I ve ever read can match And I read a lot of books I thought Whitesides was akin to Lynch s level of skill with this story in many ways The way how both authors have come up with this complex narrative of heists that, if I m able to pull myself out of the story which is really freakin hard to do , I am just blown away the the intricacy and the layers of complexity Both authors have created worlds so in depth, it wouldn t take much convincing at all for me to believe that these worlds are actually, in fact, real, and they are nothingbut humble scribes retelling events that actually happened It s that immersive.Both authors have an uncanny knack for creating a feeling of comfort that you completely believe everything is going to be okay, only to destroy it all in the matter of one sentence For Lynch, it was on page 466 For Whitesides, my sense of security and trust shattered on page 627.Masterful Positively masterful.With The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn, there was so much I was impressed by and loved, that I don t truly think I can sum it up in the span of one already overly long review and capture everything So I ll try to give you a quick run down of some of my highlights, with the knowledge that, once I publish this post, tenthings I should have written but forgot will pop up and I ll be super peeved by it Again, the worldbuilding Reading this book in large chunks because it s impossible to read it any other way , every time I was forced to close it, whether it be I needed to move on to the next thing, appointments, my boss walking around the corner and about to catch me sneaking inchapters hunched in my desk like a gremlin regardless of why I had to close the book, it always took me a moment to orient myself and truly remember that I wasn t actually within this world, trying to stay alive during the latest heist From the little details to the high stakes politics to the intensely fascinating religions, I was hooked and didn t want to let go.Grit I won t lie I m still not entirely sure how the stuff works, but whoa is that just completely and totally and utterly fantastic Do you love fantasy but you ve been tired of the same old magic system book after book Grit and it s various uses, how it s created and how integral it is to the plot is as unique as it gets.The relationship between Ardor Benn and Raekon Dorrel To be honest, their relationship reminded me a lot of Megan O Keefe s duo in her The Scorched Continent trilogy, Detan and Tibbs A fantastic duo in their own right, their relationship is one of the most organic I ve read Ard and Raek have the same kind of relationship that makes me want to root for them no matter what I think their relationship being so real is why page 627 hurt so much Quarrah Khai I want novels written about this woman Seriously.Oh and how every single thing really had a purpose There was never a throw away character I m still impressed by that twist, because I did not see that coming , from side characters you wouldn t expect, down to the freakin lizard.Speaking of additional characters, I honestly think my two favorite characters were Cinzia and Elbrig I don t want to describe them too much, because I want you to get an untainted introduction to them like I did, but hot damn Those characters were so unique, so intricate and the things they can pull off I can only applaud.I probably should stop, because this is getting to be one of the longest book reviews I ve written But in all honesty, this book deserves that I m not sure what else I could say to express my enthusiasm, respect, love and awe that I have for this story, aside from maybe one additional thing Any word on the publication date for book two Read on I know I keep bringing up that line, but seriously Have you ever been super content, having those feel good feels because things went how you imagined they would and then suddenly, one line just stops you in your tracks, makes you tense up and freeze, and suddenly you have to read it over again to make sure you ve read it correctly, because there is no way that just happened Tolkien did it to me in The Hobbit Lynch in Lamora Brent Weeks in The Broken Eye And now Whitesides has done it to me here


  8. Paul Paul says:

    I could attempt to explain the plot to The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn, but I fear I would do it some sort of injustice Like all the best scams there is a lot going on here My advice, strap yourself in and just go for it This is a novel that is all about the ride I can promise you one thing, there will be much to enjoy This is a novel that defies anything close to categorisation Ardor Benn is all cocksure swagger As quick of mind as he is of wit, he loves the life of a ruse artist He m I could attempt to explain the plot to The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn, but I fear I would do it some sort of injustice Like all the best scams there is a lot going on here My advice, strap yourself in and just go for it This is a novel that is all about the ride I can promise you one thing, there will be much to enjoy This is a novel that defies anything close to categorisation Ardor Benn is all cocksure swagger As quick of mind as he is of wit, he loves the life of a ruse artist He might tell you it is all about the money but it s not There isto it than that It s the frisson of excitement that occurs whenever part of his latest exquisitely mapped out plan is successful A platinum rogue and no mistake, I defy anyone to not be won over by Ard s charms You would be wrong however to dismiss Ard as just a con man There isto him than first appears There is a level of introspection to his character I really enjoyed Ghosts of past events still haunt his actions For all his outward bravado he is troubled by the bigger questions in life.I ll be honest, I m a sucker for a good heist The best shakedowns bring together a crew of oddball characters that would fail in any other venture but somehow work when it comes to grand larceny That rule holds true here, there are a whole host of eccentric individuals Ard is all wild plans and grandiose spectacle, he is a big picture kind of guy, so needs someone who can help him with the finer detail Raekon Short Fuse Dorrel is that man Friends for years, you quickly pick up on the easy camaraderie that exists between the two I think Raek can best be described as long suffering It strikes me that keeping up with Ardor Benn is a full time job.The newest member of the gang is Quarrah Khai Used to working alone as a sneak thief she finds being part of a group a bit of a novelty, especially when that group islike a surrogate family Quarrah finds herself perplexed, infuriated and often confused by Ardor Benn but she has little choice in her new role She will be part of Ard s latest outlandish escapade whether she wants to be or not.My favourite characters were Elbrig and Cinza, the disguise managers Always a dozen orsteps ahead of everyone else, this eccentric partnership lives for the elaborate Thecomplex a scheme the better Let s just say it s amazing the lengths that some people will go to for their craft.The author has a real ear for dialogue The constant bickering back and forth between all the characters is a joy, it helps to make them all seem that muchreal Ard and Raek have a wonderful shorthand they use whenever they talk to one another Check out George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean s Eleven, and you ll get the idea.The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn is exactly what I had hoped it would be Tyler Whitesides adult fiction debut is the literary equivalent of Find The Lady there is misdirection and shenanigans aplenty This would be entertaining enough but Whitesides elevates the story to another level by incorporating some loftier elements There is a larger conspiracy that develops as the plot unfolds A scheme is afoot that has the potential to claim millions of lives The only thing between the world and utter chaos is Ard and his ragtag group of associates.Oh, before I forget to mention it, there are also a host of dragons In fact, the dragons are an essential element to our tale I ll say nofor fear of spoilers, suffice to say that plans have a way of going south when you need to rely on a gargantuan monster to literally deliver the goods.Whitesides has also created an intriguing semi scientific magic system for his world There are compounds and powders, collectively known as grit , that can be used to achieve all manner of different effects Part alchemy, part maths and part pure dumb luck Ard and Raek use grit in a whole host of inventive ways to help pull off various heists Those of you who are a fan of impressively large detonations are going to have a blast I am so sorry, I couldn t resist


  9. Sammi Sammi says:

    This wasa long book And boy did I feel it about halfway through, wondering where the thread had gone and when we were going to get back to the point I ll also say that early on this book had me comparing it to The Lies of Locke Lamora, which isn t really fair because 1 in the end they weren t really that similar at all, and 2 Ardor Benn can t hold a candle to Locke Lamora I have to imagine that the author knew that readers would make this comparison, especially since this is titled so si This wasa long book And boy did I feel it about halfway through, wondering where the thread had gone and when we were going to get back to the point I ll also say that early on this book had me comparing it to The Lies of Locke Lamora, which isn t really fair because 1 in the end they weren t really that similar at all, and 2 Ardor Benn can t hold a candle to Locke Lamora I have to imagine that the author knew that readers would make this comparison, especially since this is titled so similarly to Lynch s book, but it was probably not to his advantage.The Good When the characters were plotting the ruses, it was pretty interesting I felt like too much of the plot was probably given away during the setup stage, where each character would precisely explain what the plan was We don t see Brad Pitt buying the SWAT gear in the middle of Ocean s 11, and for good reason The audience needs to be in on the ruse but they are also the mark Most of the action came from unexpected sources which was fine, but didn t quite scratch that con artist itch.The Bad Okay, everything about Tanalin Phor was terrible For Locke Lamora fans, she is the Sabetha in this story, but worse I know she s not in it much but the scenes she was in were just cringy She didn t act like a normal person, she didn t have any characteristics or anything, she was just a convenience for the plot and someone for Ard to pine over until he found someone who wasaccessible, at which point he seemed to drop her like a stone That meeting between the two of them was justweird I can t even explain it Blech Quarrah had potential to be awesome, but then she became bogged down in Ard s nonsense and just became this wimpering shell of a person Her relationship with Ard went from This dude can be charming when he wants to I LOVE HIM with absolutely no in between or anything to show us how she came to that decision I loved the setup on this and could see that it had good potential, but it left me wanting and Quarrah changed from this headstrong, take care of yourself woman to, like, an Ard groupie It was weird and I didn t like it.The grit stuff was good enough, if you like that sort of thing It reminded me of Mistborn in that it seemed like a player s guide to a video game rather than any sort of real world building, but whatever It worked well enough.Ehh, I had some other stuff to say about this book but I ve already forgotten, even though I just finished it 20 minutes ago Two stars because I love con artist stories, but I think the biggest con was getting anyone to read this.EDIT Oh shit I forgot how bonkers this book got at the end, with Ard suddenly turning religious and the whole con view spoiler resting on freaking TIME TRAVEL hide spoiler But it was the bad kind of bonkers, the out of left field bonkers, not anything that was carefully set up or foreshadowed I always feel like authors have definitely lost the thread when they introduce that, looking at you JJ Abrams It was strange


  10. Maja Ingrid Maja Ingrid says:

    This was a fun ride I m always down for a good fantasy heist book This even had one or two dragons though dragons got bit too little page time It could however, be shorter Some stuff could probably even be removed from the book and everything becomprised, because at 700 pages, it is a pretty massive book for conning and heisting Also the love subplot could have been ditched as well because it didn t really go anywhere at least not in this book, but it might develop in coming insta This was a fun ride I m always down for a good fantasy heist book This even had one or two dragons though dragons got bit too little page time It could however, be shorter Some stuff could probably even be removed from the book and everything becomprised, because at 700 pages, it is a pretty massive book for conning and heisting Also the love subplot could have been ditched as well because it didn t really go anywhere at least not in this book, but it might develop in coming installments Also in the book, they use a type of magical grit, where different kinds of grit do different stuff But all the different grit is basically made from barbecue dragon poop


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