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The Exercise of Vital Powers

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NOTE: This 1st edition is no longer available for purchase. A second edition is scheduled for release in Q2 of 2018.

Some Lessons Must Be Learned The Hard Way

Since its inception, The Order has been dedicated to the prevention of the misuse and abuse of magic. For seven decades this mandate has guaranteed peace and stability throughout The Nine Kingdoms. But a potential th
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Paperback, 570 pages
Published June 30th 2017 by Lucid Dream
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Kaitlin
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was one of the #SPFBO books I read as part of the awards, and I am very, very pleased to have done so. This book is certainly not something I had heard of before, and I hope that more people will go and buy and read this book after I review it, becuase it's well worth a go. I will quickly mention that this book could do with an editor in some parts because it felt a little rough in places, but really that is a minor quibble and I ended up really loving the story in the end so I could bypass ...more
Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Many of the SPFBO books I've picked up recently are in the 'green' over on SPFBO. (For the first round each blogger can only pick one book for the finals, but they can also pick several books they want to highlight, and when they do the book label turns green).

As of now, Kitty G has this book highlighted green as a possible book she'll put through to the next round.

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**Characters:**

* Kayden - This is our main character and who the story revolves around. When you first meet her she's leading
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Dianne
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
The Order is the most powerful group in the Nine Kingdoms. Their mission is to prevent the abuse of magic and provide stability in a world with the magical potential for chaos and destruction, but that very potential for chaos may be training among them. It will be up to the Order to decide if Kayden Jayta has what it takes to become one of the most powerful members of the Order yet or if she must be destroyed to protect the Nine Kingdoms.

Kayden is gifted with intelligence, v
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Ian
Apr 24, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
UPDATE: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
I’m happy to announce that, as of yesterday, the 2nd edition is available to buy now. Get your copy from Amazon , Barnes & Noble , iBooks or Kobo .


As I am the author of the book it wouldn’t really be appropriate to give a rating to my own work. That being said, I obviously think the story is okay, and have no qualms about recommending it to readers who have previously enjoyed the work of Kristin Cashore, Trudi Canavan or James Clemens.
Lukasz
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ian Gregoire owes Kitty G a beer. Or, even better, two. I suppose no one expected she would choose this book as her favorite one in one of her SPFBO semi-final group of five, especially that contenders were very strong. I guess that’s the beauty of the contest. We tend to believe in books we hear about on blogs and boards but there’s a lot of gems that remain undiscovered. SPFBO has the power to change it. At least a bit.

The Exercise of Vital Powers is a book that describes events of two meaning
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Lukasz
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kayden is a bitch. Don't look at me this way. I'm not mean. I state the obvious. Picture a reckless, ambitious, brilliant and determined young woman who's well aware of her superior intellect. Imagine that she treats everyone as a pitiful retard. She won't hesitate to beat you and abuse you to reach her goals. Do you picture her? Good, but the picture in your head is a nicer version of Kayden.

Ian Gregoire's debut novel participated in last year's SPFBO contest, and it did well. Kitty G, an aweso
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Angelica
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sneaky amazing! A book with strong female characters? Check.

A book with strong female characters who don’t subscribe to the pretty “I’m strong and pretty and lovable” persona that so many books with female main characters adopt? CHECK.

A book where romance is never a motivating factor for any plot line? CHECK CHECK CHECK!

There’s nothing wrong with a romantic novel, I indulge in them as well. Especially when I’m feeling particularly brain fried and want some mush to sink into and not have to think
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Justine (Milkz)
This is the first self published book I've accepted for reviewing purposes, and I'm honestly so excited to get to it!
Kristen
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review is here, on my blog.

Man. This is the textbook definition of a book that you should not judge by its cover. I mean really. Goddamn.

I don’t know what I was expecting, really, but I don’t think I was expecting such an engaging, well thought out story from a self-published debut novel that I had never heard of before being offered a copy of it (and yes… at this point I should definitely have learned my lesson about expecting more from self-published debuts because several of them are amo
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Aviar Savijon
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an epic scale saga of a story. An Adventure into Fantasy, that is outstandngly written deep and emotional through out the book. I truly loved every page of this book by Ian Gregoire. I do hope for more of this from him soon. I Loved It!!!!
Megan Hitch
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I really do love anti-heroines, but Kayden is just plain unlikable. Perhaps I'd come to like her more the further I read, especially with Fay putting her in her place, but I'm not interested enough to continue. The writing is a little too stiff and wordy for my tastes, and the dialogue is clunky. The magic system seems very interesting and complex, though.

Also, I love this new cover.

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Gimba
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes so much from Red sister by Mark Lawrence, I thought it was the same author taking up the story several decades down the line. It’s a good read though, a solid 3.6.
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The reclusive Ian Gregoire is a taciturn introvert residing somewhere in London, where he was born and raised. Of all life’s diversions, reading and writing are the only ones he ever deemed worthwhile enough to be passionate about. This eventually led to his belated decision to pursue his true calling in life as a fantasy and science fiction author. His debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, i ...more
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“It is a sad truth that those who crave and seek power, invariably abuse that power once they obtain it.” 0 likes
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