Sufficiently Advanced Magic, by Andrew Rowe.
The sample sucked us right in. “It was the day of my Judgment, and I was prepared in a thousand ways that didn’t matter.” We barely put it down long enough to buy it.
Think Tomb Raider meets Myst. As a fantasy book. With magic.
We’ve seen this title before, but somehow we glossed by it. Entranced, perhaps, by the siren song of some other, newer book. A book more people were talking about. A book that looked more familiar.
That’s why we burrow our way through countless book sales every day. Hundreds upon hundreds of sales. It’s not just about saving money. It’s about finding those hidden gems, digging them out and holding them up to the light, where every facet gleams with promise.
This one has great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but we always check out the sample, just to be sure. We’ve passed up more than one title because the writing didn’t stand up to the premise, but Sufficiently Advanced Magic has one of the strongest opening segments we’ve ever read.
It isn’t so much the language as the structure of the storytelling. In a few short pages we get the depth of the main character, the mysterious nature of the tower, the central problem of the story arc, and a swift transport straight into the first puzzle, without for one moment feeling either overwhelmed with information or rushed into the action.
The opening is masterful, and we can’t wait to read the rest. It’s on sale for $1.49 this month (usually $3.99, which is a steal to begin with), so check it out soon. While you can still buy it with the change between your couch cushions.
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From the Publisher:
Five years ago, Corin Cadence’s brother entered the Serpent Spire — a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire’s trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire’s goddess.
He never returned.
Now, it’s Corin’s turn. He’s headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.
If he can survive the trials, Corin will earn an attunement, but that won’t be sufficient to survive the dangers on the upper levels. For that, he’s going to need training, allies, and a lot of ingenuity.
The journey won’t be easy, but Corin won’t stop until he gets his brother back.