Blood of Innocents
A novice sorcerer may hold the key to saving his world—or be the instrument of its destruction—in this second book in The Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, a mesmerizing saga of high fantasy that combines magic, malevolence, and mystery.
Anasoma, jewel of the Mahruse Empire, has fallen.
As orphaned, monk-raised Caldan and his companions flee the city, leaving behind their hopes fo...more
The story itself captures a time when the young protagonist has to leave everything behind for a second time in his life, and travel to unknown waters with people he doesn't trust, only to realize that the world isn't the place he thought it to be. Mitchell is using the circumstances he crafted to his advantage, realistically depicting how a young boy ...more
I enjoyed the first book, it wasn’t something groundbreaking but I had a good time, t ...more
Update 2nd May 2014: For those readers eager to know the release date, I am aiming for early June 2014. There's been a slight delay due to some health issues with my 11 month old daughter (who is doing fine by the way!).
Update 2: Apparently Goodreads has emailed everyone stating the book is out. My apologies, I had no idea this would happen! As I said above, it's another 5-6 weeks away.
Fortunately, Hogan is not one of those authors.
Blood of Innocents not only excee ...more
A huge disappointment overall after a good first installment.
Amazing last 20% but very slow first 50%. Most of the book seems to place the people in the right spot. Yet, Caldan's story line was extremely slow. Provided that I believe his decision were driven by a relateable situation (trying to save a loved one), the story line itself was very plain, at least in my opinion.
There is a significant development in the last 10% of the book - which makes me incredibly intrigued for the new installment of the series. Plus, ho ...more
Anyhow, some of the cons:
1) I still wonder if this is a young adult book. The Main Character's conversation, actions, and story feel childish, compared to what else is going on, and all the back story. If it is, then I apologize for my ratings.
2) The magic system is interesting, however his only attack is blowing up his creations, but ...more
The story gets more complex and the cast grows.
It sucked me in again right away, and kept me well entertained all the way through!
There were some parts that felt a bit slow and the monsters that show up in this one didn't feel to real to me - yet. They have potential to grow though.
There were also action packed battle scenes, character development and a deeper insight into the magic system to balance my fe ...more
That's not to say that this book is something special. It's your garden variety epic fantasy about an extra special youth caught in the middle of two warring empires and the possible end of everything. It's up to him to reach his true potential and save all that he loves in the process. Nothing new here. But anyone who had read any of my reviews knows that I don't need a sp ...more
That seems to be true here. We pick up our story and start following events as ...more
It was a flawed book.
I loved the first book in the series and this book picks up pretty much where the last left off. This series is really just one big story split into three books.
The characters were f'ing amazing and that's why I kept turning those pages and couldn't wait to get back to it. Read the book. It's good.
Why not 5 stars?
It was flawed.
We spend a lot of time follo ...more
In the first book the characters developed individually and in their relationships in a moderately satisfying way. The protagonist's naive nature and feckless enthusiasm were excusable because he had grown up in a sheltered environment. In this book ,however, all of the characters just act as foils to progress a very predictable plot. Caldan is shocked, over and over, that he isn't taken seriously by people in power. This is really painful to read. It's like watching a ...more
All those things are terminated in the second book. The main character acts stupidly or naively over and over. All his conversations ...more
In any case, I merely have one requirement for me to continue any series. Specifically, that I, as a reader, am entertained. If I am distracted by convoluted, or disjointed writing it ceases to be entertaining.
These two books, both of which I've read back-to ...more
These series spend the first novel getting you attached to the main character (Pug in the Riftwar Cycle, Ra ...more
The main issue with the.. main character is not solved - Caldan is pretty much the archetype of "the young hero". His only seeming weakness is a slight bit of thick-headedness. And I'm not sure that there's much point to having a character as predictable and universally famili ...more
Mitchell Hogan has outdone himself with Blood of Innocents. The first book was a promising debut from a new author, but Blood of Innocents is a book of which any seasoned author would be extremely proud of.
It is supe ...more
The magic system continues to be interesting, but the sheer number of perspectives presented makes this series a pain to read. There are too many side stories happening, and yes they do all converge onto something, but that doesn't make things any less annoying, because you always want to know what the MC is up to, and ...more
I need it now.
Rating: 9/10 ...more
I do wish we could have had a little more, but I do understand since it was fairly big compared to the first book. I cannot wait until the third book is out!
When he was eleven, Mitchell Hogan was given the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to read, and a love of fantasy novels was born. He spent the next ten years reading, rolling dice, and playing computer games, with some school and univer ...more