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Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft is probably the best book published within the last five years.

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by Trig, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Trig

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    Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

    This book is really unique, wildly imaginative, features incredible worldbuilding and characters with depth, and is a novel you should really give a chance. The third novel in the series got released a few days ago, and the last one is slated for release in 2020.

    It's unbelievably difficult to put into words why this series is so special, but among the litany of fantasy featuring grumpy veteran soldiers in a medieval setting being released on a regular basis, this book is in a completely different league.

    It's whimsical, charming, lovingly filled with an incredible amount of detail, meticulously crafted, gripping, thrilling and immersive.

    Give it a shot, at the very least because you won't find anything even remotely similar anywhere else.
     
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    I'll buy it if it's on kindle. Sold well.

    I'll throw something in once I've read it in a few weeks.
     
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    I have it, I was in the 3rd floor chapters and stopped. I'll probably finish it at some point, but - and I know I'm being reductionist here - the book has a great hook, but so far it's been directionless. I do think the author has good - even great - prose, but the content didn't engage me enough for me to finish right away. I certainly don't think it's gripping or thrilling, but I fully allow for the possibility that I'm shallow and have no appreciation for fine things, so maybe it's just a book for smarter people than me.

    Does anything happen later? Like, at all?
     
  4. Trig

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    Oh yeah, the latter half, maybe the last third of the book, is where the worldbuilding takes a bit of a backseat to the plot—or rather the plot starts taking over. It definitely gets more action-y and thrilling.