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Review: Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

July 3, 2019

About the book:

Her magic was stolen. She was left for dead.
Betrayed by those she trusts most and her magic ripped from her, all Sal the Cacophony has left is her name, her story, and the weapon she used to carve both. But she has a will stronger than magic, and knows exactly where to go.
The Scar, a land torn between powerful empires, where rogue mages go to disappear, disgraced soldiers go to die and Sal went with a blade, a gun, and a list of seven names.
Revenge will be its own reward.

My thoughts:

It’s a simple premise that sucks you entirely into epic world building and a main character who won’t let go of you when it’s over.

Revenge and a list of names.

Sal is hunting the people who hurt her. There is magic, battles, death – so much death. Betrayal, love, loss, despair… did I mention magic?

This is a terrific read. It sucks you in and swirls like a sand tornado, sandnado, that you cannot escape from, and leaves you staggering in different directions spitting up dry dust and blinded to the path ahead.

Sal is tough as nails, mean as heck and has an attitude that will strip paint off a building, yet everything in you wants her to succeed in her mission.

The world building is everything you want from a fantasy like this. A western feel, a military war story feel, a fantasy magic filled epic feel… It’s gritty, realistic, dirty, epic. I loved every fight to the death, swords and magic guns included. Its a world at war with itself. Unique and enjoyable. Read it if you like fabulous fantasy to get lost in.

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