Lord of Secrets
Magic is poison. Secrets are power. Death is . . . complicated.
Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray has enough problems. He's friendless, penniless and on the run from the tyrannical Mages' Guild - and with the search for his imprisoned grandfather looking hopeless, his situation can't get much worse.
So when a fugitive drops into his lap - literally - and gets them both...more
For starters- magic! There is soooo much magic in this book! Lord of Secrets is ALL about magic. The interesting kind of magic that has unfavourable side-effects. The kind of side-effects that make a wizard think- man, do I really HAVE to use magic right now? Can I do away with a smaller scale spell?
The runes I had washed off the parchment were sloshing around in my stomach, mixed with wine and bile. I hiccupped, and grimaced at the acrid taste in my mouth.
Grey is a mage, but one illegally since all must belong to a guild. His grandpa was taken, since he too was not in a guild (see where I am going with this?). So he is trying to find him.
Brix is a runway slave ...more
In this metaphor the tasty food is a single character, Jack. (Jack is not actually the character's name, but it's what I'm going to call him for the sake of spoilers. It's short for Jack Shephard, because he must have ...more
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3 / 5
Lord of Secrets was a deceptively simple story: a young man is searching for his captured grandfather. He is told to find a man and steal a relic from a temple. To be honest, it was very refreshing to read a book that had a clear direction. I've read way too many books that are needlessly complicated for the sake of surprising the reader.
Just like that, he strode out of the ...more
This has got to be one of the best debuts I've read in a long time. I blazed through this book in a matter of days and was thoroughly hooked by the plot and characters.
Corcoran Grey is an easy character to like. He is hilarious, most of the time without trying, passionate and despite what he tells you, an extremely good guy. Hes a character with great disability representation, and ...more
Not sure if the author could decide if they were writing an adult fantasy or YA and the result is a lukewarm blancmange of both.
The main character sees the world in such black and white where even a whiff of death or grey morality brings on (literal) nausea. Then theres a love interest that devolves into a poor mans Twilight at times in terms of dialogue. The sarcasm started off refreshing and punchy but ended up being tedious and oversung. Finally the plot never seems to ...more
Corcoran Gray is an outlaw wizard, pitted against the Mages' Guild who have imprisoned his grandfather. He's got no money, no friends, and he's on the run. Could it get any worse? The answer is, of course, yes. Ms Teintze has used the age ...more
There are interesting aspects to this story, but it reads like the plot was laid out as if at every point where something could happen, something terrible or scary does. There is no time to breathe, no rest, and this reader hit a fatigue wall. There doesn't seem to be much personal progress for our main character, and he doesn't seem to like...very much of anything, really.
So, yeah. Done.
Corcoran Gray is a character I liked straight away, he is sarcastic, smart, and he is trying to his best in a bad situation. His inner monologue is one of my favourite element of the book. Also Gray has a disability, which does affect his abilities. But it doesn't stop him.
Another element I enjoyed about Lord of Secrets was the way in which magic worked. That magic ...more
One of the most captivating books I've read in months, Lord of Secrets drew me in with its system of poisonous magic and held my attention with a cast of strong-minded characters whose clashing personalities led to humor and horror in turns. Breanna Teintze's debut capitalizes on imaginative worldbuilding and classic rescue quest format but doesn't skimp on wit or atmosphere. I was hooked from the first chapter!
Main character ...more
The premise of this book is surprisingly simple but really well-executed. The magic was an awesome construct, I like that there was a give and take and that Grey was pushing the boundaries and showing what kind of toll it ...more
First, I loved the magic-casting system. It's based on reading runes, which have to be written somewhere, often on the caster's body. And casting magic has side effects, which can take the length of the spell to come into affect, leaving the caster ill and damaged by the toxicity. In addition to that is a race of people, the Tyrnaal, who can absorb the toxic effects of magic, and are used for this. Add to that is a political backstory ...more
This is the first in a planned series titled The Empty Gods. Its a fast-paced fantasy romp with a group of memorable characters. There is great dialogue and plenty of razor sharp wit as well as a highly engaging storyline.
Corcoran Gray is a wizard on the run. He is seeking the location of his imprisoned grandfather while avoiding the tyrannical ...more
Synopsis: Corcoran Gray is an outlaw wizard, and the Mages Guild... well the Mages Guild don't like that. For one, they've imprisoned his grandfather and Gray isn't having any luck finding him, that is until an escaped temple slave quite literally falls into his lap and seems like she could be the key to helping him get his grandfather back. It's fairly simple after all, all ...more
A fuller review can be found at my blog, Snowly's Rambles
I have to say, this book was a pretty good read; it did start off a little slow but it definitely got better as time went on. As soon as who I will call Mr J ...more
Well I loved this book, I really enjoyed the whole concept of a wizard on the run who has a purpose; the need to find his grandfather and how strong that need is.
I was really drawn to the main character, Gray. I always gravitate towards characters that are broken and Gray certainly is that. He has grown up in a broken home where his grandfather saved ...more
He gets sat on in a haybarn (long story) by Brix, a young woman with secrets of her own, who is soon drawn into his plans. They pick up an old friend of his grandfather's and travel deep, deep into a temple, unaware of what's lying in wait for them.
This is an interesting start to a fantasy series, being in some ways ...more
I love the magic system in this book. Its so well thought through and believable. I really like how it cant just be used on the spur of the moment or constantly without exacting a toll on the user.
Gray was an interesting and rounded lead, with plenty of flaws but still ...more