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Beggar's Rebellion

(Resonant Saga #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The Councilate controls everything except the truth. I have nothing save my discovery—but with this shall I destroy an empire.

Tai Kulga lost the rebellion and his best friend on the same day, stripping him of his will to live even as a strange power flooded his bones. When the friend returns as a spirit guide, it feels like a second chance—but his friend is not who he
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 17th 2019 by Americon Industries
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Mark Lawrence
The first book to reach the finals of 2019's Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off!


One of ten finalists chosen from 300 entries.

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Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2019
* This is a finalist in the #SPFBO 2019 so I read it as a judge *

I have to say, I really enjoyed reading this one and it definitely kept me excited throughout. I did have some quibbles with certain things (more like pet peeves) but overall it was a very enjoyable read and it reminded me a lot of the Mistborn series for the set up, magic and style.

This book is the story of two people, we have Tai who is a young street urchin who has lived his life in charge of some other street kids. Tai is a
kartik narayanan
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beggar's Rebellion is a riveting epic fantasy story with excellent main characters - male and female.

In a lot of ways, this is like Mistborn with hidden abilities coming to the fore upon consuming certain substances etc but the story is complex in a different fashion. Where Mistborn explores the hero's journey, Beggar's Rebellion is one of the most nuanced takes on colonialism that I have read in fantasy. What does it mean when a country colonizes another? How does one make a revolution
Nick T. Borrelli
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo5-reads
Full review and rating to follow.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

When we are introduced to the first main character, Ella, she had been living on a boat and working as an off-the-books accountant (known as a Calculor in this world) for some time. Living and working on a boat had been working out great for her since she is trying to conceal her identity, and she has no legal license to be a Calculor. She could face charges if caught. Her clients are short term since they get on and off the boat within a few weeks and generally don’t have contact with her
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though I generally dislike epic fantasy, I enjoyed Beggar’s Rebellion. It blends smaller scale events with epic ones and the result is satisfying. The story revolves around characters reclaiming their freedom in the land conquered by the rich who harvest its treasure - magic-inducing moss known as yura.

Yura enhances preternatural skills that include reading minds (mindseyes), flying (wafters), slowing down reality (timeslips), enhanced physical strength (brawlers), and more. Yuragives
Mark Parker
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
(I feel as though this is somewhere in the 2.5-3.0 range, but if I learned anything from Year 2 numeracy, anything over a 5 gets rounded up)!

This is a book with plenty of good things going for it. There was a brisk pace maintained throughout, and the author struck a good balance between heavy-winded world building and action set pieces. At no point did I find this book difficult to get through.

There were also certain plot choices that I wouldn't usually expect to see in a fantasy book that I
Calvin Park
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, spfbo-2019
Beggar’s Rebellion by Levi Jacobs is an incredible epic fantasy with ideas that are unique. They might even be considered off the wall in ways, but they hang together amazingly well. Whether it’s the magic, the concepts and topics Jacobs is touching on, or the authentic and relatable characters, this novel shines in so many ways.

First off, the magic in this novel stands out above all the rest. It might remind you of Brent Weeks or Brandon Sanderson, in terms of allowing magic users to do some
Lisa Cassidy
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great read!

I love the world in this book, I could smell the woodsmoke and see the buildings of Ayugen in my mind's eye. I also really enjoyed all the different magical abilities (resonances) and the details of how they worked and the different side effects of each. Tai and Ella are two solid MCs with great motivations and interesting backgrounds (though I found Ella a tad more fun to read), and I really enjoyed the themes of politics and governance that are weaved through the book.
Patrick Samphire
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-published
Beggar's Rebellion is so close to be an absolutely brilliant book that it's almost frustrating. It's a modern epic fantasy, along the lines of Brandon Sanderson, Brian Staveley, or Django Wexler. New Yersh is an imperial nation, invading and suppressing neighbouring smaller countries.

As the title suggests, Beggar's Rebellion tells the story of a rebellion brewing in the occupied city of Ayugen. There are two main characters. Ellumia has fled New Yersh and now makes her living posing as a
Stephen Richter
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice flowing plot with likeable characters in a world with a cool magic system. There are two POV protagonists ( Tai and Ella) whose path collide together when both are desperate for help. Levi Jacobs writes a tightly plotted story of two young people caught up in a repressive system if one is not born into money and class.
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Read for SPFBO. Review and rating to come.

Go here to find out more about SPFBO contest and to find links to all the participating bloggers/authors and reviews!
A.M. Justice
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo5
2.5 of 5 stars (SPFBO rating: 5.5/10)

Although I enjoyed the main plot of Beggar’s Rebellion, liked Tai very much as a protagonist, and admired the unique magic system, several problems significantly undermined my overall experience with this book. First and foremost, I couldn’t help thinking I was reading a first draft of what could have, if properly developed, been a truly great book. Unfortunately, there were numerous continuity errors, including inconsistencies, redundancies, changing
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I discovered this series- Levi Jacobs is a fantastic author. Brilliant characters and a fantastic magic system, this book kept me up reading far later than I should have. Reminded me a lot of Sanderson at his best. I'll be picking up book 2 straight away!
David Stewart
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was pleased to see Beggar's Rebellion pop up in my batch of books for this year's SPFBO. The premise seemed intriguing, and the cover showed a clear dedication to finding quality art. It did not take long for Jacobs' easy prose and intriguing plotlines to scoop me up, and by the end of the book it was shockingly clear which book in my batch would be advancing to the next round of the contest.

Setting: Beggar's Rebellion shows us a setting that is becoming more common as the fantasy genre
Epper Marshall
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, magic
One of the characters has a job that I don't think I've ever read a character having, that in of its self was interesting though the job wasn't the most fascinating. Then the magic system was fairly unique, though there are parts of it that I'm still confused about, but not enough to detract from the story or the magic. There seems to be some nice complexity to the governments and people. As this is about a rebellion it mentions some interesting thoughts about what they're trying to accomplish, ...more
Levi Jacobs
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, I WROTE this, so... I'm probably not qualified to be leaving this review. Or over-qualified? I will just say this: Beggar's Rebellion is the book that taught me how to write (even though it was the third I'd written)--the book where it finally started to click. After some serious revisions and serious headaches. I think it's great now. It definitely didn't start that way.

But what do I know? More interested to read what you think.
Andy Mac
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. A pretty unique world and a rapid storytelling style made for an engrossing read. Looking forward to the next one.
NoNo JoJo
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Preface: I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
Explicit content: Torture, slavery, violence
Recommended for: Fans of the Mistborn series or other similar fantasy worlds

This was an enjoyable read! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this book, to the point where reading it almost felt like I had to stake out time specifically to engage with it, vs reading while doing other things like I normally do. The world felt rich and engaging. The
L.K. Evans
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo5
This is the second book I’ve picked up from my group in the SPFBO5 competition, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The judges definitely have their work cut out for them.

Because I’m a character reader, I’m always more interested in them than the world building. This book was no exception. First we have Tai, a former fighter for the rebellion turned street thug, kinda. He’s a good guy trying to do best for those he loves. He’s focused on his responsibilities to the kids under his care and it drives his
Barry Edstene
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it, reminiscent of the Jordan Wheel of Time series. I am looking forward to seeing how this story goes.
Janelle Garrett
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

This caught my eye when I saw it running the SPFBO circuit (well, it still is. Best of luck to the author!) All in all, I enjoyed it.

The main characters, Tai and Ellumia, were well done. Ella was my favorite, if I had to choose. Her character arc was interesting... she presented herself as someone she wasn't, gets caught, gallivants about trying to figure out what to do, and lands in the good graces of one of the most powerful people on the Council (the ruling body of this world).
Leggs LaRoux
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beggar's Rebellion takes place in a world ravaged by war and greed. Tai is a street tough trying to survive and take care of his kids (fellow beggars orphaned by the war). He's a natural leader, destined for greatness despite his humble surroundings.

Ellumia is a strong and defiant young woman who's trying to escape the oppressive grip of the Councilate. Her skills as a calculor pay the bills, but her true passion is studying the people and the magic which inhabit the world of Beggar's
LJ Waguespack
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful, thought provoking entry into the fantasy genre by Levi Jacobs, who I became aware of through Mark Lawrence's 2019 fantasy blog off, intial winner, I am a fan, Levi Jacobs! Forceful world building, creative magic system, with driven, forceful and ingratiating characters, all written by an author who seamlessly blends in a vigourous world that strongly resonates with problems we as a society have dealt with, and will continue to struggle with through eternity. I particularly enjoy the ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, particularly it’s deep and interesting magic system. I feel like fans of Brandon Sanderson would enjoy this in particular as it is reminiscent of his writing and the themes of rebellion remind me of Mistborn It is a finalist in the 2019 Self Published Fantasy Blog Off.
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Levi Jacobs was born in North Dakota and grew up in Japan and Uganda, so he was bound to have a speculative take on modern life. Currently marketing his epic fantasy series The Resonant Saga and at work on three more, he runs a small fruit company to pay the bills.

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Resonant Saga (3 books)
  • Pauper's Empire (Resonant Saga Book 2)
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