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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


'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

AS THE FIRES OF REVOLUTION RAGE . . .

The city of New Sarresant simmers with discontent. Civil war looms as the Crown's authority is challenged by revolutionaries. Sarine, a young street artist, only cares about surviving - and staying one step ahead of the law. Yet her hidden powers will draw the attention of both royalists and rebels, and soon she will have to decide whose side she is really on.

AND CHAOS SPREADS ACROSS A CONTINENT . . .

On the battlefields, Colonel Erris d'Arrent must lead the armies of New Sarresant against its rivals in the south. Yet the enemy seems to know her plans before she even makes them. Erris needs to find out how, but the truth will be far darker than she could have imagined.

THREE HEROES MUST RISE OR THE WORLD WILL FALL

In the forests, Arak'Jur wields an ancient magic that keeps his people safe. Yet the prophecies that have always guided his people have become corrupted, and war between the tribes seems inevitable - unless he can find a way to prevent bloodshed.

With its gripping action scenes, vibrant characters and imaginative magic system, Soul of the World is epic fantasy at its very best - a stellar debut from a major new talent.

'An excellent debut' - Powder and Page

'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 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

Look out for Blood of the Gods, book two in the Ascension Cycle, coming May 2018.

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
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
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