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Witch King by Martha Wells
Narrator: Eric Mok
Published by MacMillan Audio, Tor on May 30, 2023
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 13 hours, 9 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai’s magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well.
But why was Kai imprisoned in the first place? What has changed in the world since his assassination? And why does the Rising World Coalition appear to be growing in influence?
Kai will need to pull his allies close and draw on all his pain magic if he is to answer even the least of these questions.
He’s not going to like the answers.
I didn’t know what to expect here but I love scifi and Murderbot is one of my very favorite series. However, Witch King feels more like epic fantasy. There are lots of characters and types of characters with complex abilities and magic. I think I will definitely want to read again, possibly listening while reading along in the ebook. I don’t feel like I grasped everything in the plot.
I never felt bored or like I wanted to stop reading. There was a good sense of the battles and particularly Kai’s magic. HIs found family of sorts was trying to figure out who betrayed them. So while they search for people and end up in battles in the present, there are also some sections from the past.
It’s lucky Kai has some healing abilities because he is injured repeatedly. He also makes the choice not to drain strength from others but to gather it from his own pain, so he is hurting himself sometimes.
I enjoyed this and like the characters but the world is so diverse and rich with extraordinary magic, I know I will pick up more each time I read Witch King. Somewhere I got the impression this is the start of a new series and I hope that is true.
I was very comfortable with the narration. The primary point of view was Kai so he was most of the thoughts and a lot of the dialogue. Until I settled into the voice and to help with the complexity of the story, I started at 1.25x but was able to change to my usual 1.5x speed about half way through.
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