So a while back I got The Lethian on Kindle Unlimited; started reading in the mid-late afternoon, and finished at like midnight. It was a wild ride that I DID NOT WANT TO END, and was entirely one of the better standalone fantasy novels I've read in a long time. The characters were likable and entertaining, the setting was well-crafted, and felt like a modern version of a fantasy world; IMHO, that last aspect is *hard* to pull off the way Rufi did. Usually you end up with one of a few variations, either a fantasy world where the understanding of magic is such that it's better referred to as magitech, a Sci-fi reality with magic elements ala Star Wars, or a Real-life adjacent world; with magic just below the surface, and the norms are just willfully ignorant ala Dresden Files. What's even more worthy of respect is that while you can see the real-life religious influences in the story if you look, it *still*
felt like a fantasy story, and that's a writing skill that is sadly ignored by many writers these days; while you may on occasion see a fantasy soapbox story, it's far
more common for writers to ignore that kind of story altogether in recent years. Frankly I'd rank The Lethian up there with The Hunger Games and the Divergent series in terms of peers and quality. Great job to our resident writer!
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