Xalo believes that he and his best friend, Jirnik, are destined to spend the rest of their days barely eking out a living as poor scavengers—until a lost princess reveals his destiny as a Wielder.
Wielding his newly bonded magical gauntlet, Xalo and Jirnik are soon pulled into a perilous quest to reunite the lost princess with her family, all while being chased by the corrupted emperor and his minions...
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DNF 29% - I really wanted to like this book. I've tried twice to read it now. It has all the things that make a great fantasy novel, but it couldn't hold my attention. When it finally did, the chapter would suddenly end and I'd get a different POV. It felt like I kept getting interrupted and it was irritating. Worse yet, it was filled with telling you things that were important vs showing them. A lot of the info dumping paragraphs could have been enjoyable had they been made into scenes. When I glanced at the other books in my library, I wished to read those instead. So I'm giving up on this one for the final time.
While not promoted as such, this is clearly the first in a series. The ending was not exactly a cliffhanger, but the fate of one of the main characters is unknown. That's too close to a cliffhanger for me.
None of the characters appealed to me enough to care much what happened to them. A lot of work went into the world building, but I still didn't like the world. The writing was technically not bad.
I'll probably read a sequel if it's published, but I won't be waiting with bated breath.