Update Tuesday 18th August 2020With the Self Published Fantasy Month just two weeks away the ebook edition of The Exercise Of Vital Powers has been iven a price drop until the end of August Don t miss your chance to pick up a copy for just 099099 099 Available from Apple Books Barnes Noble Google Play and KoboThe seuel novel The Apprentice In The Master s Shadow is now available to buy in ebook and paperback editions from all the usual outlets BUY NOW As I am the author of the book it wouldn t really be appropriate to ive a rating to my own work That being said I obviously think the story is okay and have no ualms about recommending it to avid fantasy readers particularly those who have previously enjoyed the work of Trudi Canavan Mark Lawrence Kristin Cashore or Rachel Hartman since various readers have likened it to Graceling Tess Of The Road Red Sister and the Black Magician Trilogy respectively As a traditional reader I prefer to curl up with a real book turn the pages and fall into an author s world Though on occasion exceptions are made and I sit down with an eBook After recieving this book I only had to wait long enough for my son to drift off before I could et cosy with my eReader and a pot of tea Then subseuently devour the story in the space of 4 hours Now I must acuire myself a paperback to add to my libraryThe character development twisting plot the magical abilities and knowledge take you down a winding path leaving you at an end wondering how the next story will Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood go but in the safe knowledge you need to know There are shocking revelations though ones that bring up the inevitable feeling of needing answers to even uestions my mind now screams various scenarios this wonderful new world could venture downI look forward to the next steps whichever path these characters shall follow Ian Gregoire owes Kitty G a beer Or even better two I suppose no one expected she would choose this book as her favorite one in one of her SPFBO semi finalroup of five especially that contenders were very strong I Imagine That! guess that s the beauty of the contest We tend to believe in books we hear about on blogs and boards but there s a lot ofems that remain undiscovered SPFBO has the power to change it At least a bitThe Exercise of Vital Powers is a book that describes events of two meaningful days The story focuses on Zarantar magic system apprentice Kayden Jayta She s special But not in a usual way For Kayden failure is not an option She is manipulative willing to use and exploit other people for her own ends with no regard for the conseuences She is confrontational believing power should be employed to cow people to impose her will upon them She treats most people in a condescending way approaching them as mentally challenged simpletons She has no sense of authority in order to reach a Elena's Conquest goal she s ready to beat a teacher senseless and steal his memories of the event As you mayuess she s not the most popular person on the campus It would be safe to say she s not the most popular person on the campus It would be safe to say she most hated one At one stage of the story she s described as follows You must not have been paying attention I smile all the time No you don t You smirk A withering smirk to let the recipients know they are less significant than the dirt beneath your boot Angsty and arrogant teenagers aren t that rare however when they have the power to bring kingdoms to their knees they may stress out their teachers a bit Kayden may become a huge asset to The Order organization that keeps peace in The Nine Kingdoms She may also become a harbinger "of death and destruction as the history of the lore teaches us Of "death and destruction as the history of the lore teaches us Of Kayden doesn t fully realize her full potential She has other priorities her resolute determination to join the ranks of The Order is born of a secret that puts her priorities at odds with the precepts of the organization setting her inexorably on a collision course with the most powerful institution in The Nine KingdomsThe books focuses on Kayden choosing her path Some other conflicts are mentioned some subplots are sketched but The Exercise of Vital Powers is a book about Kayden There s no bigger agenda there s no political intrigue Only Kayden and her choicesI love dislikable characters Sherlock Holmes agent Pendergast Repairman Jack I love characters who have darkness in them Royce Melborne Faran I love rebels and outcast however at times it was really difficult for me to like Kayden For such an intelligent person her deduction and reading of others were sometimes surprisingly ineffective But it s not even a criticism I just warn you Kayden is at times unlikable and irritatingOverall I really liked the book While it was unpolished in places it was really difficult to put it down The story sucked me literally since the beginning And by beginning I mean page number 1 It wasn t necessary to Sister of My Heart go through several chapters toet into the world In the first chapter we learn a lot about Kayden and her school The next chapters and story development kept me entertained and engaged in the plot until I reached approximately 78 % of the book At this point the writing became a bit clumsier and less to the pointA lot happened but it lacked finesse in execution We reach climax at around 85 % of the book and some changes are a bit fetched Also the last part of the book is focused on the dialogue between characters Through this dialogue we learn about the world magic system and other things which isn t bad in itself The thing is the tone of the book changes significantly and becomes unbelievable ev. NOTE This 1st edition is no longer available for purchase A second edition is scheduled for release in 2 of 2018Some Lessons Must Be Learned The Hard WaySince its inception The Order has been dedicated to the prevention of the misuse and abuse of magic For seven decades this mandate has uaranteed peace and stability throughout The Nine Kingdoms But a potential threat to the peace has emerged and its source is much closer to home than the leadership of The Ord.
Ian Gregoire Ã 5 reviewIckly surpasses everyone s expectations leading her headmistress a powerful lady called Master Fay to take a keen interest in herOverall this was a super solid read and one I was lued to I just found this one very easy to connect to and Rescuing Gus get excited by and I think that made it a really enjoyable read Kayden isn t exactly a character I can relate to but I think Master Fay is and the potential of this world and I hope series is brilliant I think with the benefit of a strong editor too this could be a fantastic book and I do very much recommend trying it Iave it 45s overall Many of the SPFBO books I ve picked up recently are in the Class of 92: Out of Our League green over on SPFBO For the first round each blogger can only pick one book for the finals but they can also pick several books they want to highlight and when they do the book label turnsreen As of now Kitty G has this book highlighted Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story green as a possible book she ll put through to the next round Characters Kayden This is our main character and who the story revolves around When you first meet her she s leading aroup of people to try and infiltrate an enemy compound and retrieve something as part of her mission You can see right away that this character does not play nice She s in a constant power struggle with the original leader of the How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead group and after the mission is over she continues to be abrasive to basically everyone around her She has extremely bad temper issues she s arrogant and she s constantly talking down to people like everyone in the world is an idiot except for her For people who don t like abrasive andenerally unlikeable characters you may struggle with this book Part of the plot of the book is actually her character development She s incredibly powerful and ifted and if she continues to be a bully and a touch insane she could be a huge problem down the line Fay Fay is the master and Kayden is the apprentice at the magic school known as the Antaris Campus Fay is the one who s extremely concerned about the later years for Kayden if she doesn t et a hold on her anger and her intense need to be the best and prove herself superior in every way Fays chapters were enjoyable for me since I don t tend to like characters like Kayden but at least there was a reprieve from Kaydens attitude and you feel validated of your dislike for Kayden through this character since they always bump heads There are a lot of side characters here there are two main settings the city of Temis Rulan and the campus and there are roups of side characters in each setting Plot A big part of the plot is what Kayden is oing to do with her life and how she s Moonrise going to change or continue on her current path In fact that s a huge part of a later chapter when Kayden confronts an entity known as The Rogue who makes her kind of have a moment of revelation about what path in life she wants to chose The other part of the plot revolves around The Order and the 9 Kingdoms The Order is aroup of people who are mages of sorts just like Kayden and Fay and they work as sort of peacekeepers for the realm The Order is one of the largest forces in the world and outnumbers most armies which is impressive most of them live in the city of Temis and outnumbers most armies which is impressive most of them live in the city of Temis Tone Coming of age I m not sure if that s a tone but this is a story of self
exploration and finding ways to let Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi go of trauma in the past The main character had some serious shito downand finding ways to let o of trauma in the past The main character had some serious shit o down her mother and stepfather and it s a big part of why she is the way she is Pacing This wasn t exactly fast paced but I didn t feel like it was super slow either it was kind of a nice medium tempo through the book Audience People who like unlikeable characters People looking for big rowth in main character People who like defined magic systems People who like coming of age stories people looking for female povs people who like multi pov people who like stories that wrap up at the end no cliffhangers My Rating 35 StarsThe Order is the most powerful roup in the Nine Kingdoms Their mission is to prevent the abuse of magic and provide stability in a world with the magical potential for chaos and destruction but that very potential for chaos may be training among them It will be up to the Order to decide if Kayden Jayta has what it takes to become one of the most powerful members of the Order yet or if she must be destroyed to protect the Nine KingdomsKayden is ifted with intelligence vast stores of magic and an attitude that makes her far from likable She has her own agenda of revenge that far exceeds her desire to honor the tenets of the Order and she will use any means necessary to achieve her oal including using the Order to hone her magicIan Gregoire s THE EXERCISE OF VITAL POWERS is the story of one irl s vendetta the misuse of po This is an epic scale saga of a story An Adventure into Fantasy that is outstandngly written deep and emotional through out the book I truly loved every page of this book by Ian Gregoire I do hope for of this from him soon I Loved It I was not expecting much from a 099 ebook that only has a single 1 star DNF negative review on Kobo But I liked the cover and the blurb so I ave it a chance Now that I have read it I am lad I ignored the stupid person who posted the bad review If I had
let her put me off I would have missed out on a newher put me off I would have missed out on a new book of mineThis is an excellent book with a reat story line and memorable characters Do NOT be put off by a stupid review written by someone who cannot be bothered to read a whole book before posting a review on Kob. Ies at odds with the precepts of the organisation setting her inexorably on a collision course with the most powerful institution in The Nine KingdomsIf Kayden is to be dissuaded from walking the path she has chosen averting tragic conseuences in the process two unanswered uestions must be answered What is the dark secret uiding Kayden’s actions And why has a legendary figure within The Order with a secret of her own taken undue interest in Kayden’s futur. ,
En in the light of all the described events I m not saying it wouldn t finally happen Probably it would but radually and in few months time The ending lacks any tension and it tells too much instead of showing things in subtle waysOverall TEOVP being a debut work is a ood book that every fan of character driven fantasy should try to read I believe that a ruthless editor could help to make it an excellent book Some things need improvement My personal belief is that the ending should be concise Having said that I encourage you to try the book as it manages to do something that s not very common in a fantasy world It really rabs your attention from the first page and keeps you invested for few hundred pagesReal rating 3755 I hope people will discover this hidden Alexandra, Gone gem No one I know has even heard of it or the author This isenuinely a page turner of a book Every time I told myself I would stop once I reached the end of the chapter I was reading I just had to continue because I had to know what happens next The plot characterisation and world building are A Year in 120 Recipes great This is an excellent first book of a series that has the potential to be trulyreat I look forward to reading the next book which came out yesterday Sneaky amazing A book with strong female characters CheckA book with strong female characters who don t subscribe to the pretty I m strong and pretty and lovable persona that so many books with female main characters adopt CHECKA book where romance is never a motivating factor for any plot line CHECK CHECK CHECKThere s nothing wrong with a romantic novel I indulge in them as well Especially when I m feeling particularly brain fried and want some mush to sink into and not have to think about Gregoire s debut novel was read uicker than I thought I could read it but slower than a mush novel because he doesn t waste time trying to make you like his heroine If you can even call her that I absolutely love that she is this kick ass amazing character who doesn t depend on people liking her And while her prickly exterior is partly due to her past she owns it rather than thinking she needs to change to fit inKayden does some really crappy things to a lot of people in this book I don t condone people doing crappy things to other people as a show of strong character But I do appreciate an author who can look at his main character and side characters uite frankly and say You know what She is amazing and strong and beautiful But because blank and blank happened to her and it was pretty traumatic she s not particularly likable She went through things and didn t come out farting rainbows and pixie dust YESIn addition to that his other main character is also a strong female character A lot likable but it fit her personality to be so It didn t compromise her strength at all I adored thatOH And there was no love triangle love scene mushy staring into each other s eye moments AT ALL In fact Kayden doesn t adhere to any specific sexuality in the book at all nor does the book make a big deal about that because it simply isn t important to the plot The author knew his book was ood without it and didn t appear to feel the need to throw any of it to
pull anyone in He believed in the uality of his book and uite frankly it totally workedanyone in He believed in the uality of his book and uite frankly it totally worked me Like I said I enjoy a ood romantic novel as much as next person but it s been Like I said enjoy a The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents good romantic novel as much as the next person but it s been over a year since I ve actively sought them out and a lot of times I ve put books on the back burner because they re primarily a romance novelGregoire also remained very constant in his wordings and his descriptions None of the spells changed powers in the middle of the book none of them were hard to understand his world is very complete and complex without being confusing and his hand to hand combat scenes were very realistic I read a couple of them out loud to my husband who has a background in martial arts and he was impressed that an author did so well in describing them And he did do well because I wasn t bored while reading them This was one of the SPFBO books I read as part of the awards and I am very very pleased to have done so This book is certainly not something I had heard of before and I hope that people willo and buy and read this book after I review it becuase it s well worth a o I will uickly mention that this book could do with an editor in some parts because it felt a little rough in places but really that is a minor uibble and I ended up really loving the story in the end so I could bypass the odd sentence structure at timesThis follows the story of Kayden a young woman who is in training to unlock her magical potential and join The Order Kayden is a pretty masterful character right from the start she s snarky blunt a bit full of herself witty and also a slightly broken and tragic character She s not afraid of stooping to lows and rising to challenges in order to et to her end oal revenge What I found most exciting about this book was that it just kept me reading I found Kayden dislikable at times but I always found her very interesting too and she caused uite a conundrum for me in places too I ended up coming to feel like I understood her by the end of the story but I still feel like she s a complex character and one who s difficult to fully unravel this is a ood thing imo The magic in this world revolves around drawing on lay lines There are three different types of magic in the world and each one is interesting to learn about and explore However Kayden is an incredibly fast learner and she Er may realiseArrogant manipulative confrontational and angry Undesirable ualities in a person at the best of times but so in a young woman born with the power to bring kingdoms to their knees Kayden Jayta precocious apprentice of The Order is all these things and yet wholly unwilling to acknowledge and rectify her many troubling traitsUnbeknown to anyone Kayden’s resolute determination to join the ranks of The Order is born of a secret that puts her priorit. ,