Bookish Wednesday: Assassins of Altis by Jack Campbell


This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the third entry in the Pillars of Reality Series! It’s the Assassins of Altis by Jack Campbell!

Plot Synopsis: Trapped within the dead city of Marandur, Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain must escape both merciless barbarians and the pitiless Imperial Legion. Beyond those dangers lie the mightiest and most unforgiving powers in the world of Dematr: the Great Guilds that rule the world with iron fists…

Plot: This entry of the series picks up almost immediately after the end of the last entry, and is the halfway point of the series. This is probably my favorite entry thus far for what occurs to various plot and sub-plot threads, but I won’t spoil it by telling you the details. Needless to say that by now this series had me hooked thoroughly although at the time this was the latest book released. Thankfully for both me and you the series has now been finished, and I’ll be covering the last three entries in formal audiobook reviews for GiN.

Characters: We get to meet lots of new people this entry, although my favorites are still Mari and Alain, I have to admit I enjoyed Mage Asha the most of the rest of the cast. Of the newcomers Mage Dav and Mechanic Dav, yeah it gets confusing, are probably the standouts.

Overall: An excellent third entry, I was firmly hooked to the series by the time I finished this book. Please look forward to my formal reviews of the last three entries coming up next week and every other week after.

Bookish Wednesday: The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell


This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m continuing with the second entry in The Pillars of Reality! It’s The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell!

Plot Synopsis: Someone wants to kill Mari, a young steam mechanic in the guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization and that mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young mage who has learned that mechanics are not frauds, as his guild teaches, and that mechanic Mari is the only person who can prevent the oncoming disaster.

Plot: The plot gets a lot better in this entry, because Mari and Alain decide to give the metaphorical finger to their respective guilds and find out what the hell is going on in the world. It also continues to explore their ever burgeoning relationship in a way that was pretty believable, and not at all forced to me. This entry was quite a bit of fun and I really enjoyed it.

Characters: We get introduced to a few characters who only got brief mentions in the previous entry, as well as a few new faces. I particularly like General Flynn and he’s the standout of the newcomers. But Alain and Mari are still my favorite. I just enjoy their interactions quite a bit.

Overall: An excellent sequel and well worth the read!


Bookish Wednesday: Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell


This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I just found recently. It’s Dragons of Dorcastle, Pillars of Reality Book 01, by Jack Campbell

Plot Synopsis: For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a storm approaches that could sweep everything away.

Plot: The plot starts off pretty quickly and it stays sudden for the rest of the book, which is great.  It looks to be an interesting and engaging start to a series that looks to be very promising. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Characters: Mari and Alain are our two leads and PoV characters. Alain is quite interesting for his character flaws, but Mari is just a kick ass female lead and frequent readers of this column will know I love that.  The rest of the rather small cast is interesting, but I enjoy the leads the most.

Overall: This may seem cliched, and does fall into some pretty standard tropes. Despite all this it still is engaging and fun to read.

For those who like: Steampunk, Magic, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate that?