Justin Call


You have heard the story before – of a young boy, orphaned through tragic circumstances, raised by a wise old man, who comes to a fuller knowledge of his magic and uses it to fight the great evil that threatens his world.

But what if the boy hero and the malevolent, threatening taint were one and the same?

What if the boy slowly came to realize he was the reincarnation of an evil god? Would he save the world . . . or destroy it?

Among the Academy’s warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier. Unlike his classmates who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed, and then unknowingly raised by his parents‘ killers.

Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity. When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy’s masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Academy or betraying his closest friends. Each decision leads to a deeper dilemma, until Annev finds himself pressed into a quest he does not wish to fulfil.

Will he finally embrace the doctrine of his tutors, murder a stranger, and abandon his mentor? Or will he accept the more difficult truth of who he is . . . and the darker truth of what he may become . . .


Oh, I really enjoyed this book. I’ve read some reviews saying that Anev is annoying but I dont agree with them. He is a young protagonist and he needs to learn loads of things and yes he makes mistakes. But everyone is allowed to make mistakes. I really disliked Mygen (spelling most likely wrong) from the very beginning.
I seriously enjoyed the worldbuilding and the world the story is set in. What surprised me a lot is that I liked the „book excerpts“. Normally I dont like such things and often skip them but here they really fascinated me.
I am really curious to find out how it is going on. Especially as I am not 100% convinced that Kaos (as I listened to the book I dont know how to spell him) really is the bad guy everyone wants to see in him and I’m not convinced of the goodness of his siblings either.


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