Soul of the World
Book One of the Ascension Cycle
By David Mealing
A brilliant debut epic fantasy with a unique magic system and unforgettable, diverse characters
'A great epic fantasy debut. Memorable characters, intriguing magic systems and a well-realised world' - James Islington, author of the The Shadow of What Was Lost
It is a time of revolution. The city of New Sarresant simmers with discontent against the crown. In the wilds, a new magic threatens the dominance of the tribes. On the battlefields, even the most brilliant commanders struggle in the shadow of total war.
A darkness is rising. Three heroes must stand against it - or the world will fall.
Soul of the World is a stellar debut from a major new talent, an epic fantasy perfect for fans of Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan and Brent Weeks.
'A magical book, almost overflowing with originality . . . Fascinating world, fun characters, and captivating magic' - The Quill to Live
'Tense enough to make your spine crack . . . This is one hell of a debut novel' - Bookworm Blues
David Mealing grew up adoring all things fantasy. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford, where he taught himself to write by building worlds and stories for pen and paper RPGs. He enjoys board games and card games of all sorts, once spent a summer in Paris learning and subsequently forgetting how to speak French and gave serious thought to becoming a professional bass player before deciding epic fantasy novelist was the wiser choice. He lives in Washington State with his wife and three daughters, and aspires to one day own a ranch in the middle of nowhere.
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29 Jun 2017
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A magical book, almost overflowing with originality . . . Fascinating world, fun characters, and captivating magic — THE QUILL TO LIVE
A great epic fantasy debut. Memorable characters, intriguing magic systems and a well-realised world — James Islington, author of THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST
An excellent debut — POWDER AND PAGE
Tense enough to make your spine crack . . . This is one hell of a debut novel — Bookworm Blues
One of the best debuts (fantasy or not!) that I've read this year — FOREVER LOST IN LITERATURE
Compelling characters and a unique magic system . . . Mealing does a fabulous job with the intricate world-building and leaves the reader wanting to get their hands on the sequel — RT BOOK REVIEWS
Imaginative and elaborate epic fantasy [with] strong characters and rich worldbuilding — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
A story of magic, ambition, greed, betrayal and war — BOOKLIST
A compelling read, one that's all the more extraordinary since it's a debut work: rarely have I encountered such a level of narrative control and sophistication in a first novel — SPACE AND SORCERY
Soul of the World is a strong debut that brings interesting magic to a world that is on the brink of major changes and conflict — SPECULATIVE HERALD