REVIEW: Agoness by Cage Dunn and Cisi De // a fantasy with wonderful elements… but lacked something

agonessTitle: Agoness

Author: Cage Dunn and Cisi De

Genre: Fantasy

Format: eBook

Page Count: 183

Release Date: September 21, 2017

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The rules of kingship have been lost with lack of care and the passing of time, but when the Prince retaliates against the Daughter of the Holy when she refuses to marry him and ensures she is sentenced to death by pyre for refusing him so publicly, the old ways reawaken, and the people remember and enforce the word of rule.

Landis, an ordinary soldier, must ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy lives. Not an easy task when she speaks up in the wrong places at the wrong times and says the wrong things to annoy the wrong people.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.

It hurts me to write this review. It really does. I’m still new to reading books sent to me directly by authors and one of my biggest fears is reading their book… and not liking it.

That’s the case with Agoness. I was really excited to read this book because it’s fantasy and although it’s my favorite genre, I’ve mostly stuck to contemporary this year. So jumping back on the fantasy bandwagon had me excited.

Unfortunately this wasn’t the book for me. I’m very picky with my fantasy books. They can’t be too info-dumpy but also they can’t not give me any information about the world at all. The characters need to be unique and intriguing, the magic system needs to make sense, the world/setting needs to be easy for me to picture in my mind, etc.

Fantasy books are understandably a hit or miss for me most of the time. Agoness was a miss. The information included in the text was spoken of by the characters only briefly, but the reader doesn’t know what this information means. This left me in a spiral of confusion most of the time. It wasn’t until the very end when I realized that there was a glossary with definitions explaining the words that were used. I wish I had known this before reading the book because maybe then I wouldn’t have been so confused.

That wasn’t the only thing that bothered me, though. I found the main character – Landis – to be very boring. His narration wasn’t very interesting to read and the only thing that made him stand out from those around him was his need to keep Agoness safe.

Also, the magic was never explained at all. I think Landis had magic and it was mentioned but I’m still confused as to what his abilities were, as well as the other characters in the book. The entire premise with the Queen and Prince confused me. They didn’t seem like antagonists with a viable reason for being – well – antagonists.

Agoness – our title character – is the only character I enjoyed reading about. She was strong and powerful. I love strong and powerful female characters and reading about them being more powerful than the male characters.

Negative comments aside, I think that the concept behind this book was really good but the structure and way it was written was ultimately it’s downfall.

The book was only 183 pages, very short for a fantasy novel and I felt like the bones were there but there wasn’t enough meat. If the authors had written more of a build-up and added more scenes in order to spend the time I think the book lacked to develop the world, magic system, and characters, I would have enjoyed it much more.

The climax held my attention and made me worried about what would happen but since the magic wasn’t well-explained I was also left confused. Since magic is used by the characters a lot during the big battle, but having it not explained well beforehand, the epic battle scenes fell flat and left me confused.

Before this review comes to a close I’d like to thank the authors again for sending me their book to review. I really appreciate it.

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My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Overall, I felt like this book had a lot of potential to be something great but there wasn’t enough world building, character development, or explanation of the magic system to make it memorable and left me ultimately confused.

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2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Agoness by Cage Dunn and Cisi De // a fantasy with wonderful elements… but lacked something

  1. Thank you – we value the feedback and will take it on board. We only learn and grow from the willingness you’ve shown to share your feelings about the story. Once again, thank you (and all reviewers) for the work they do for us (storytellers).

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