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Voice of War

(Threadlight #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  93 reviews
"Voice of War is a perfect blend of magic, family, and chaos that will leave you begging for the next installment. Fans of Brandon Sanderson will love this."

Chrys Valerian is a threadweaver, a high general, and soon-to-be father. But to the people of Alchea, he is the Apogee—the man who won the war.

When a stranger's prophecy foretells danger to Chrys' child, he must do eve
370 pages
Published March 19th 2020 by Zack Argyle (first published March 2020)
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“Love is not a calculated result of features and faults. Love is the unseen thread binding two souls together no matter the externalities.”

I am always saying that adult fantasy authors are falling into the trap of complex and huge books. Zack’s debut is a living proof that there is beauty in simple books too.

Let’s discuss a couple of numbers just because I am a big nerd when it comes to numbers. The book is a finalist in Mark L
Mark Lawrence
I haven't read this book, yet, but it's a finalist in this year's Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, so it must be good!

See the finalist board here:

Voice of War does most of the things right and keeps the stakes high throughout the narrative. Magic users, known as Threadweavers, disappear. Chrys Valerian tries to uncover the truth behind it, and he doesn’t like the answers he gets. Not only does he have to fight for the safety of his family, but he also has to deal with his inner demons. Add a disturbing prophecy about his child to the mix, and you'll understand his tense mental state.

The story follows three POV characters. The author
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The magic system in this story pulled (heh) elements from Brandon Sanderson's 'Mistborn' and Melissa McPhail's 'A Pattern of Shadow and Light' while still creating something new and interesting: an energy core exists in all humans, but only a select few can tap into it and manipulate the 'threads' of its existence. These threadweavers are a powerful bunch, and the greatest weavers are employed in the highest military roles of the kingdom. Well, the known kingdom, as there's another hidden kingdo ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spfbo-2020
Full review:

3.5*s so 7/10 for #SPFBO
Ok so phew we have a lot going on in this one. Voice of War is an epic fantasy with a wide cast and interesting magic system. I use the term magic lightly as in it's not wizards and spells. Threadweaving is an ability where if a person is born with Emerald or Sapphire eyes they can control the threadlight to move around ie jump great hights, pull things to them. In that sense it was reminding me of Mistborne by Brandon Sanderson. (Which I love so that's a ++)

The world building is top notch, Zack
S A M | The Book in Hand
Good Afternoon Bookish Folk! I hope you are all having a good weekend.

This week I am in a bid to get up to date with some of my reviews so here is another, and today I am super happy to talk to you about Zack Argyle’s book Voice of War.

I would firstly like to thank Zack for sending me a copy of this book. We partnered up for a giveaway and not only did Zack gift more than one copy in celebration of me reaching 1,000 followers on Twitter he sent me a copy too! So a HUGE thank you!

Here are a few t
Holly (The GrimDragon)
“The blue in her eyes, like a sleeping dragon, awoke in brilliant fury. Threadlight washed over her vision, overwhelming her like it had so many years ago. It took her breath away. Her feet swayed with the wind, and she grabbed the windowsill for support. Hundreds of threads of vivid, prismatic light pulsed around her, each competing for the attention of her aging mind. It felt so natural. So familiar, like friends reunited.”

Voice of War is the debut self-published novel by Zack Argyle in his Th
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Voice of War is the self-published, debut fantasy novel from Zack Argyle. I was initially turned on to it a while ago when its cover art was updated to the current masterpiece that you see above. When an opportunity to review its forthcoming sequel, Stones of Light, presented itself then I knew that it was time to jump into this series headlong. And, boy am I glad that I did. With a new cover and a comfortable standing in second place (so far) in this years SPFBO contest, I am hoping that this b ...more
P.L. Stuart
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By now, "Voice of War", Book #1 in "Threadlight" by Zack Argyle, is just about the worst-kept secret in fantasy circles. This novel, an Indie publication, is a currently a finalist for the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO), perhaps the most prestigious Indie fantasy award going. While fans of "Voice of War" anxiously await to see if their favorite book earns top honours in this notable contest - overseen and sponsored by fantasy royalty, none other than the esteemed Mark Lawrence of "Broke ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good solid read, interesting magic system believable characters, decent storyline.

Highly recommended to all my good read friends who read fantasy. Has a touch of grimdark about it.

Can see why this book is a finalist in the spfbo 6 competition, well worth reading.
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Review to come with The Fantasy Hive for SPFBO 6
Rowena Andrews
Voice of War was a book that I had been meaning to read for ages, and I am so glad that I bumped it up the TBR because it was a such a fantastic read, that I ended up staying up all night to finish it. This was a book that I’d seen talked about a fair bit but had managed to avoid any spoilers for, which meant that I got to discover everything about this book for myself and what I found was a fantastic character-driven story, with a unique world, a fascinating magic system, with an accessible and ...more
kartik narayanan
review coming soon.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mandatory stuff first:
I saw a chart on Reddit to guide you to a good book to read, came out on this book, but couldn't find an epub version, placed a comment about this and Zack contacted me and then supplied me with an epub version. Only asking me to write a review.

So here it is, my spoiler free review.

When I started reading I instantly was reminded of mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, but that quickly went away when I started to understand the magic system more and more and I really liked what I
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Voice of War jumped to the top of my TBR when the author, Zack Argyle started following my blog and I was made aware that his debut novel was a finalist for the SPFBO awards hosted by Mark Lawrence. My expectations for this novel were very high and I must say that the accolades for Voice of War are well warranted and Zack Argyle knows how to right a damn good story. Voice of War is a novel about the haves and the have nots as they struggle to gain the upp
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers ahead

Voice of War
You can find this review here

Characters :

Chrys Valerian : I think it’s the character I’ve loved the most throughout the book. He’s a high general, just under the Great Lord of Alchea. He’s despised by his colleagues because he got this position too rapidly and his actions (not intentional) during the war play against him. He’s nicknamed the Apogee because of the little voice in his head who took over during the war and ended up killing hundreds of people.

“Self-betterment is the ra
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indiecember2020
The things that stood out most to me about the book were the worldbuilding and the magic system, both of which are very strong. The magic is especially interesting and was somewhat reminiscent to me of the magic in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn novels, but still unique enough to stand on its own. Magic users, called threadweavers, have the ability to push or pull on threads of light attached to people and objects in the world. This ability is dependent on their eye color, with sapphire and emeral ...more
Connor O'leary
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Voice of War by Zack Argyle is a self-published epic fantasy that I picked up when the author posted on Reddit that the book was available for free. This is new territory for me as the overwhelming majority of what I read is from the Big Five and comes highly recommended on Reddit. While hunting for something to satisfy the self-publishing square for Bingo (hard mode), I looked back on the random free or discounted books I picked up and found this one which as of 9/30 is sitting at 42 ratings on ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A compelling fantasy tale from a fellow indie author. Voice of War has a lot of strengths and a few weaknesses. On the strengths side, the setting is compelling and the world-building solid. I'm not much of a swords-n-sorcery reader (Tolkien excepted, I generally prefer other fantasy settings), so I don't know how original the book's magic system is, but it felt reasonably unique to me. Main characters are given distinct personalities and motivations, the dialog is generally solid, and the plot' ...more
Jonathan Pembroke
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spfbo-finals, indie
I read Voice of War as part of reading all the 2020 SPFBO finalists and I can see why it percolated to the top of its group.

The story primarily revolves around two main protagonists, with a third one introduced later. I found Chrys--a young general with a lethal, amoral magical presence in his brain, who becomes embroiled in a plot that threatens his family--to be easy to empathize with and follow. He's varied and has some depth. Laurel, the second protag, a little less so; she comes off as a bi
Jesse Bailey
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun summer read. It hit the fantasy vibe I was yearning for, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

The magic system was well-done. It was simple enough to grasp and didn't require the reader (in my opinion) to memorize a dozen rules of how it works in order to enjoy the story. I think the magic system compliments the plot and setting quite well for this series, and as a reader, I appreciated that I could understand how the magic worked almost as well as the character
Jeff Fowler
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-pub
Voice of War features unique world building, a Sandersonesque magic systems, and interesting characters.

One of the main POV characters, Chrys, is a soon to be father doing all he can to make sure his new family is kept safe, while struggling with is own inner demons. Chrys is a fascinating character to live the story through, and not quite like any other I've read.

As the story progresses, we are given two more POVs, both unique in their own right, although perhaps not as attachable as Chrys. (T
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this audio so much! Chrys is such a realistic hero. He is strong and kind, faithful and trustworthy, yet he is aware of his weaknesses and failures. He puts is wife and son above all which may turn out to be a good or bad thing for himself. There is deceit, mystery, intrigue all woven together into a wonderful adventure. I wasn't sure when I chose this audiobook but I am so glad I did. I was devastated when I got to the end of the book only to find that it was not the end of the story. ...more
Uri Gutman
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A safe bet if you wanna support self published books!

Recommended if you love magic with rules! And extra rec for the colors. It was SO much fun to imagine!
The characters are likable and bring new things to the table
The plot is weird, but unique, and most of it works really well.
I had some issues with the prose. Mainly about the way the dialogue was composed. The lines themselves work fine, but I like the "he said/ she said" tags, and without them I was a little lost.
Robin Anthony
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad I finally able to read Voice of War. I really love the pacing of the story and you will find each characters interesting in their own way. Also, that magic system was very incredible! I will definitely read the next book! ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not my first indie book I've read, but definitely one of my all-time favorites. Absolutely enjoyable and well-crafted. A solid book from a first-time author and I couldn't recommend it higher. It balances plot and fantasy elements well along with character development and internal motivation. Thrilled to have read this twice already because it's that good. Can't wait for the next book to come out. ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was a great read. Interesting concepts and awesome world building. Bit of a sudden end with lots of cliffhangers, so I'm anxious for the story to continue!
The writing style reminds me of Mike Shel, who I also greatly enjoyed!
I definitely recommend giving this a read :)
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
T.O. Munro
This is one of ten finalists in Mark Lawrence's Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog Off for 2020-21.
So, as one of the judges for the fantasy-hive, I have just finished reading it.

The team will be collating our thoughts and giving the book an overall rating and score in time for the April final of this year's contest. I will post a fuller review and a link to those deliberations at that time.
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