Title: The Invisible And The Void
Release Date: 15 February, 2019
Each year, Democryos sends his brightest student into the war-torn countryside to work magic. But when his wife leaves him for a mysterious stranger, he finds his own life ravaged.
Forsaking the comfort of the citadel, he searches for her, traveling through the same forgotten lands where he sent his students. Along the way, he befriends an elusive member of the king’s harem, a holy man harboring guilt, and a maimed soldier. Together, they stumble upon a key—not only to the war, but to understanding the magic of voidance itself.
This is one of those books that you pick up because of the gorgeous cover. I am not gonna lie – this gorgeous beauty pulled me right in, and I just had to read it because of its uniqueness. Usually, we read books with “magic school” tropes from the student’s pov but in this one, it’s from the teacher’s (Democryos) pov.
I loved the writing style which was very visual and metaphoric. The book has a good start and Wozniak does a good job of taking common tropes and making them his by adding original stuff to them. The story has a very slow start but if you can stick around until the last few chapters, it will be worth it. However, I must say that the ending was a bit predictable.
I think that the author could have done a better job of explaining the magic system. There weren’t enough details and the story was not exactly plot-driven but it felt like it was aiming for “plot-driven”. Plus, it was agonizingly boring for me at times because I enjoy action scenes and there weren’t any, despite the mention of war and magic fights. Most of the book was a LOT of taking 😦
What saved the story, was the epic journey, the originality, and the wonderful side characters. It wasn’t a “hard-to-read” book for me, but it wasn’t good enough to make me want to read the next book in the series.
Thank you to NetGalley and the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
UNTIL NEXT TIME!