In Kyrkarta, magic, known as maz, was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled and of course outrageously expensive.
Which is why Did and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.
But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very centre of the spellplague and possible save the world.
Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to Harper360ya for sending me an ARC of Spell Hacker in exchange for an honest review.
When I first saw this book being advertise it immediately made me think of Six of Crows, maybe the word heist did that? However I was worried that it would be a knock off version of it and I just wouldn’t enjoy it. I do love a good heist though so I wanted to give it a go. I actually quite enjoyed this book and I am glad that I did pick it up and give it a chance.
M.K. England is an excellent world builder. I have never read anything from this author before. I do think this is a really interesting world, one in which I want to go on an adventure in. The writing style really helps the reader to put themselves into the world and immerse themselves into the adventures. I feel that the world is unique, I haven’t read anything like it before, despite my first assumption. I felt that the sci-fi element to this book really did make it stand out, I love the genres fantasy and sci-fi mixed together, I would like to see this more often. This book can easily be devoured in a couple of sittings. I definitely would have read it in the one, however I had to go to my christmas party and be sociable. Yes I know, what an awful thing to put myself through.
There are a diverse range of characters, who I really did like. I enjoyed reading about their adventures and their pasts which bring them to the situation that they find themselves in today. Did I build up a connection with any of them? Not really. But they were enjoyable characters, and I was intrigued to find out what happened with them next.
I LOVE THAT THIS IS A STANDALONE! There is not enough standalone fantasy pols like this. Don’t get me wrong, I love a series to get my teeth stuck into but sometimes it is nice to pick up a book knowing that this is going to be the end and you will find out what will happen without any annoying cliffhangers. I think that Spell Hacker really benefitted from being a standalone and it didn’t feel that it was forced or that pointless bits of information were left out just so another book can be written. I like an author who knows where to end a book.
I did guess most of the twists before they happened, but I did enjoy this book. I would recommend that you pick it up, it was an interesting and unique world. Spell Hacker will be released in January 2020, go and check it out!