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Attrition: the First Act of Penance

(Three Acts of Penance #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  753 ratings  ·  65 reviews
They came by night. We couldn't stop them. Io burned.

It is the 107th year of the Fourth Age. Our conquerors, the Demonic Dominion, have solidified their rule over our homeland. The Humans are in shackles. The Elves are in exile. And we, Io's proud Majiski battle-mages, are standing at extinction's edge. The mighty Grey Wall has sealed us all inside the Demons' cruelty…and
Kindle Edition, Kindle Edition, 1st, 584 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Julie Moran Sadly, there is no Audible for this one. Not sure why not. I was hoping there was one as well. Commutes and workouts are made far more enjoyable with …moreSadly, there is no Audible for this one. Not sure why not. I was hoping there was one as well. Commutes and workouts are made far more enjoyable with a good audible book.(less)
Daniel nope. the author gave up writing books so consider this series dead.

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Shawn Remfrey
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated beginning this book. It's written by an 18-year-old, which makes you wonder about how well it will be written. It's a thick book with small type. No one is reading this in one sitting, unless you don't sleep. Whenever you pick up a new author, there's always the chance that it'll be terrible and you'll have to force yourself through to the end. In this case, 582 pages. To recap, I was nervous. This book is large and written by a 'kid'.

I'm an idiot!

I was spellbound from the first page; absolutely spellbound with the depth of each sentence and the creative genius that brought to life an entire world, from its magic to its demons to the humans caught in the middle of the war between good and evil. Attrition: the First Act of Penance by S. G. Night is probably one of the most fascinating dark fantasies I have ever read! The Demonic Dominion has taken over the world. Under their harsh rule, most humans have become meek slaves to evil, barely e ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hearn the Watcher. Fitz Chivalry. Kylar Stern. Caim the Shadows Son. Fox Crow. Vlad Taltos.

And now - Racath Thanjel.

I love books with assassins and the fight scenes in this book were really well written. Looking forward to book 2...

Only gripe I had with this book was with the way some of the characters acted at some parts...

I mean Racath is one of the top assassins - yet at times he just seems so naive...

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J. Greene
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Attrition is a multi layered colorfully striking kick a** tale featuring supernatural characters with a tale for the ages. Its not a story for the weak hearted. Its layers and characters grab you and keep you from page one. I found myself immersed in a story my mind was unprepared for. When I pick up books like these I'm often apprehensive because I always think I won't like them because I'm typically impartial to the genre but this book is so bad a**. Its detailed in a way that can only be obta ...more
Brian Kirksey
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
G.S. Night, Wow! Such a young writer to achieve and express so much in his first published book. At times reading this work I was blown away at some of the depth, experience, and the wisdom the author possessed. There is so much that appealed to me, assassins, magic, teamwork, strategy, relationships, development, valor, retribution, mammoth tasks, etc. The author created an incredible word where his story takes place. G.S. Night has a wonderful flair with words that became quite obvious as I st ...more
Ashlee Bean
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, one of three in the series, is THE best book I've ever read and I cannot wait for the other two. Night's style allows the reader to see, through Sacarri's eyes, Racath's journey to become the Savior Io needs. Attrition is separated into three parts within the novel. The placing of these and the chapter breaks flow so perfectly, I'd hardly noticed another chapter had started. Every single character is so real, you can literally feel their laughter and warmth through the cold, Ioan rain ...more
Paul Martin
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd been looking forward to reading this for sometime. In fact, ever since I came into contact with S.G. back in June. To say it was worth the wait is a huge understatement.

I recommended this book to a friend and told them it was the best book I'd read in the past 5 years. At that point I'd actually only read the first 10%. But already I knew. Now upon finishing the epic fantasy novel, I'm racking my brains to think of a better book I've read...ever. The world building is so effortless, the char
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Attrition: The First Act of Penance" is a heart-stopping, gut-wrenching story that will leave you on the edge of your seat after every chapter. The story line is beautifully crafted with impeccable characterization and refreshing style. Night has a remarkable talent far beyond his years. You don't want to miss out on this amazing book! ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was horrible.

Its impressive that an 18 year old wrote it, but he should have gotten his high school english teacher to teach him how to revise a paper. This is riddled with errors which takes away from the story.

The story is simple without any depth. Couldnt attach myself to any character.

Maybe next time?
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Brent Weeks and assassins in general could do a lot worse than to pick this work up. I highlight Weeks in particular because he was also very young when he wrote his first book. We'll get to that later though.

Attrition is a recollection of a scholar/chronicler about the legendary Racath Thanjel and begins in vaguely Name of the Wind fashion. A biography of his fame as narrated by another.

Majiski are a near-extinct race, and Majiski assassins are a most dangerous kind of breed. They hide
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably of my favorite books of all time. The detail of the book is so deep, and the imagery created by SG Night makes you feel like you're in Talkrilia. In every single chapter, there is something incredible to look forward to, whether it be a fight or mind-blowing information about the plot. The chemistry of the characters in the book is something else in itself. The way that SG Night makes you connect to his characters just adds so much more to the book. You can really sympathize wit ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young- and New-Adults, Fantasy lovers, etc.
This has become one of my all-time favorite books! SG Night does an excellent job of relating Racath Thanjel's epic tale--the plot is riveting, and there is a perfect blend of action, background, and plot development. Each scene flows perfectly to the next, and the end of each chapter leaves you excited to turn the page. The characters are fabulously developed, and I found myself very attached to all of them by the book's end (I love you Notak!!). This novel definitely paves the way for an excel ...more
Jen Strackbein
This book gave me chills. It all felt so real. On my long metro commutes into work, tired as I was from getting up early, I would still be happy to be awake because I had this book with me. Sometimes I wanted to miss my stop just so I could keep reading. On other days I would walk down the street towards the office still reading, or keep reading it in the elevator up to my floor, or while my computer booted up at my desk. I walked into things more than once because I simply couldn't put it down. ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book was SO SUPER AWESOME. I fell in love with the writing (it was perfect!) and the characters. The plot was typical but interesting. It was long, but it held my attention and was easy to get engrossed in. The descriptions and settings were wonderfully done. It was a bit lacking in romance, but that could change with the rest of the series. Would I read more by this author? Definitely! I will indeed. Would I recommend this book to others? I have already done so, and will continue to recomm ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story! A war between good and evil played out in a dark fantasy universe with great depth and history. With main characters that you can't help but root for.

Couple of slight niggles for me: I thought the last fight sequence was a bit too predictable and there was the use of too many unconventional words. The latter wasn't always required and got me checking my dictionary a bit more then I wanted to - grateful to my kindle's built in dictionary! That being said, these are minor points as i
Emily Bylund
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly well written story that sucks you in quickly. Night's detailed descriptions make you feel as if you are a part of the story. The world he has created is masterfully formed. Each character is so well formed, I grew attached to them very early on. I am hanging on the edge waiting for the next book to come out. ...more
Lee Long
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
An excellent story.
The characters were believable.
I look forward to the other two acts of penance.
The editors need to work better @ finding and fixing grammatical and spelling errors, nitpicking, I know.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written. captivating. What's gonna happen with Brahn and Rachel?? How long do I have to wait for book two???? ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Best. Book. Ever.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Legen-wait for it-dary!
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably good ....... That's all that needs to be said . If you read this you WILL NOT be disappointed . ...more
Amber Stecher
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epics
Starting out this book, I'm not gonna lie, was a bit difficult. The wording was very... flowery. I don't mind flowery writing, but it was more the fact that the author wrote as if I already knew what was going on. But it only took me the first few chapters to get a grip on the story and Racath's character, which is absolutely fantastic by the way. I loved the progression of the story, and the way you incorporated the narrator of the story. (VERY clever on your part Night! ;] ) The chemistry betw ...more
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fresh, finely-crafted fantasy with an excellent balance of character, action, and drama. Night brings a stunning, original world to life, chalk-full of history and fascinating lore. Combine with a cast of memorable characters and a gripping plot, it makes for one hell of a debut, and a promising outlook for this 18-year-old author's career. You'll be hooked before you know it, and desperate for more by the end. ...more
Cynthia HALL
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Attrition by S.G. Night was a meaty (epic) read so I will break my review up into several sections. I don't normally do this because most books can be reviewed easily in one or two short paragraphs--Attrition can't. First of all, my rating is a solid five stars. Second, I'm replacing my old, tattered copy of Lord of The Rings with this book. Sacrilege, I know, but once you read this book, you will probably agree with me.

S.G. Night finished his draft of Attrition when he was 17 years young. No bi
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I think it's one of the best books I've read in my entire life. To think it was written by an 18 year old boy.... Puts me to shame. It's hard to believe this book was written by a teenager. I wouldn't believe if I hadn't known otherwise.

I'd rate this book higher than 5 stars if it was possible. It's THAT good. The book proves it's very possible to write Grimdark fantasy without anti-heroes (take that Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie fans! ). It's a blend of
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to start with this book, written at such a young age i didn't exactly know what i would be getting myself into.

I'll start with the characters, while their personality and characteristics weren't as deep as any other book you would read, i felt that this was almost appropriate; the book being a "diary" or "story" if you will. We did not need to understand the characters past to understand why the character did and felt the way they did. This in my opinion is exceptional, the fa
Nicki Brøchner
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was with low expectations that I started reading Attrition, not because of the authors age or that this where his debut, but because so many reason books in the fantasy genre have use the genre as a setting for telling ordinary contemporary stories and completely missing the opportunity to truly build a world that the reader can immerse themselves in - and I couldn’t be more wrong. It is clear from page one that the author is truly in love with the world he is creating and of course the chara ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I really wanted to love this book. I really did. It had everything that I look for in my fantasy. Strong protagonist. Interesting minor characters. Magic. Action. Melee combat. I'm not a man of many wants.

It did however have one thing that really stopped me from enjoying it. I could not get past the modern lingo used. Very big pet peeve of mine. A lot of authors today use dialogue fit for an urban fantasy novel. It's also a big reason why I could not get into The Lightbringer series, to name an
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
There's no doubt: this young man has a gift in story-telling. I'm not an avid Fantasy reader, but this book drew me in. It does need a good Editor however. There are way too many adverbs throughout this book, ad nauseam, causing the dialog to be disjointed. If this were corrected, this would be a 4 to 5 star rating, hands down. I believe this author has the potential to be a renowned author one day. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Honestly, the first chunk had really cool ideas that had me reading - who wouldn't like reading about an organisation of assassins of a race who are thought to be extinct?
At first, it was very intriguing, then the stars began to drop.

First, the amount of words of this new made up language just had me confused. They weren't always explained straight away and there were so many words, I couldn't remember them all and I couldn't spend time flicking around and fi
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S.G. Night has had stories growing in his head since birth. He began the final version of "Attrition" at the age of 14, and finished shortly before turning 18. He's a storyteller, a cynic, and a libertarian - he does things his own way. A sucker for puppies and English musicals about French people, Night enjoys the winter, writing before the break of day, and the company of fire. ...more

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