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Augur of Shadows - Jacob Rundle (book review)


Book: Augur of Shadows
Author: Jacob Rundle
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Published By: N/A
Published Year: 2019

My Review:
Having received a free copy of this book as an ARC for Silver Dagger Tours I was glad to be able to be a part of the tour as the novel seemed very interesting to me and had a great premise about it. With the book being a young adult, apocalyptic novel.

Augur of Shadows is about a boy named Henri and his friends Simeon and Etlina who need to stop the Old Ones from coming to Earth and destroying the world and putting it into complete darkness. In order to do this Henri must use his magic in order to bring the apocalypse and help reset the world.

I found that this book had a good story and that it was a very easy book to read, which did make me want to continuously find out more about how the children's adventures would progress. By also seeing how Henri comes to terms with his powers was something in which I thought was great for the reader as it helped to show how Henri was feeling and being able to sympathise with his character and the struggles he was going through. Having Henri also be gay and coming to terms with it and struggling to tell his mother was something else I thought was a nice way of bringing in some problems in which people do struggle with and making him more relateable for those within the LGBT community. Augur of Shadows brings the characters together really well and builds a friendship in which makes the reader want the children to succeed, showing the different ways of ancestors and how they are able to help them along the way was something in which brought in different cultures and guidance within it. The epilogue of this book also left the book on a good cliffhanger and makes me want to read more of the series when they will be released.

Unfortunately, there was some things about this book in which I also wasn't a fan of such as when the book had different languages and didn't translate at all making me at times confused about what was being said as well as wondering if it was information in which I would need later in the novel. As well as this I found that not all of the sentences were fully formed and some of the words didn't make sense with the book leaving me wondering at times what the end of sentences were and what the atmosphere truly was, however as this is an ARC I feel that with the correct editing that this would be improved and sorted out. The only other thing about this novel in which I didn't like was that at times there was places for chapter headings however seemed to not be needed within the book and just left me wondering why they were there when they didn't go with the story that well.

Overall, I did enjoy Augur of Shadows and thought that Jacob Rundle did a good job and I am excited to see how this series of books progresses. I also think that this book would be good for those who are fans of apocalyptic novels with sci-fi and fantasy features throughout it.

My Rating: 3/5 

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