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Beggar's Rebellion

(Resonant Saga #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  47 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 w
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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Kitty G Books
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 ca
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 success
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo5
Full review is here on my blog!~

This is the story of Tai and Ella. Tai is more or less a street urchin, selling a magical moss called yura in order to help himself and a few kids under his protection survive in a land oppressed by a people known as the Councilate. Tai tries his best to profit from the Councilate’s need for yura by selling it illegally. This ends up with him in trouble with the authorities, and after a short stint in a mine, ends up joining the a group of rebels set on bringing d
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 again
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-5, 2020

Two people from different sides of the track meet and find love, er…nope, just kidding. Actually, they get involved with a rebellion and turn a city on its heels; there’s death, mayhem, super-power type magics, and a lot of stuff getting burned.

We follow two characters-

Ella. She is currently like the H&R block of the Sea, doing taxes and bookkeeping for seafarers, so they can be about their business as soon they come ashore.Saving her money to go to an elite school, she’s been hiding her identit
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. Yura gives temp
David Firmage
Solid debut.
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 fo
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo2019
Excellent read, fast paced well worth reading.
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 v
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 calcul
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. ...more
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 charact
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! ...more
Drew Montgomery
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
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Benny Hinrichs
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
There were some good ideas here, but they weren't executed well. Let's talk about the two main issues.

First, the limits of the magic are often directly contradictory. A couple examples: When Tai does his first yura robbery, he flies right over some guards (and listens in on their conversation). A few paragraphs later as a sentry is passing by, he stills his resonance so he won't be sensed. In one chapter, Tai is pushing a boat with his resonance. In the next, he's struggling to lift a cup. Somet
Phil Parker
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh how I loved this book!
It is so skillfully written as to be a lesson in 'How to Write Book 1 of a Series'. I say that primarily because of the clever way that world building, the central premise and the key characters are introduced without there being any sense (at all) of exposition. Recently I've got tired of "info dumps" in the opening chapters. Levi Jacobs leaves you asking questions all the time, answers dribble through and that serves to add to the excitement. For instance, the brillian
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Difficult to rate

The good first. This had interesting characters, magic and premise. Could be really entertaining at times.

The negatives include inconsistencies within the story, missing words and/or lousy formatting, and less character development than I prefer.

I wasn't so enamored that I would buy the next in the series, but had this been professionally edited and proofread, I might have continued.
T.O. Munro
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I read Beggar's Rebellion as it was a finalist in the Fifth Self Publishing Fantasy Blog Off - organised by Mark Lawrence, and I was a contributing judge for the Fantasy-Hive Blog team.

There were lots of imaginative touches and intriguing world building in Jacob's work, though I found some flaws in the plotting that broke my immersion in the book and kept me from giving it a higher score.

You can see more about what I and the rest of the team thought of it here.
Epper Marshall
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, favorites
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.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally posted at Thoughts Stained With Ink:

Thanks for stopping by to check out another review of one of the finalists for SPFBO 5! This is my fourth book read out of ten, so I still got a ways to go yet, but I think I’m finally finding my momentum! And I really liked the list style I tried last time, so I think we’re going to stick with that!

Overall, I enjoyed Beggar’s Rebellion. I thought the beginning was much stronger than the ending and one story arc was much more interesting to me than
Ozan Karaduman
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I heard about Beggar's Rebellion as it became a finalist in this year's SPFBO (5th SPFBO) and I am glad I did. I read the 2nd and 3rd books after Beggar's Rebellion as this book gave the hints of even better tales to come. Those hints were well proved as I just finished the 3rd book and want to get my hands on the 4th.
Beggar's Rebellion tells us the tale of a street urchin, Tai and a well educated lady, Ella in a world where there is a dominant nation which subjugates other nations and slowly a
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo
Unfortunately, the idea was nice but I think it needed a little bit more work.

Things I liked:

●The concept of the story was nice. I like the idea of people having a voice to guide them but that also hold some secrets and powers.

●The writing was easy and simple despite the made-up slang. The slang was mostly use instead of cursing.

●Some of the themes of the story were very nice. Like the fact that our MC Tai wants to free his people of the Councilate operation but how to do this without becom
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 charact
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). He
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
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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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