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    • Publication date:08 Feb 2018
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Soul of the World

Book One of the Ascension Cycle

By David Mealing

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A brilliant debut epic fantasy with a unique magic system and unforgettable, diverse characters
Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9780356508955
  • Publication date: 29 Jun 2017
  • Page count: 640
  • Imprint: Orbit
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
A magical book, almost overflowing with originality . . . Fascinating world, fun characters, and captivating magic
A great epic fantasy debut. Memorable characters, intriguing magic systems and a well-realised world
An excellent debut
Tense enough to make your spine crack . . . This is one hell of a debut novel
One of the best debuts (fantasy or not!) that I've read this year
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
Imaginative and elaborate epic fantasy [with] strong characters and rich worldbuilding
A story of magic, ambition, greed, betrayal and war
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
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
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