The Life Siphon by Kathryn Sommerlot - Book Review

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

cover of The Life Siphon by Kathryn Sommerlot

The kingdom of Runon has created the impossible: a magical energy source that siphons life from the nearby lands and feeds it back into Runon itself. On the edge of the forest lives a quiet ranger named Tatsu, who is watching the drain grow closer to his home country of Chayd.

Arrested for crimes against the crown, Tatsu is taken to the capital’s prison, where the queen offers him a deal. If he travels into Runon and steals the magical source that powers the drain, she will return his freedom. Caught in the unimaginable aftermath, Tatsu knows that the only hope is to stop the siphon before it swallows the world.

More and more, he finds himself at the mercy of the destruction the siphon leaves behind – and everything he has ever known will fall apart in the revelation of its horrifying truth. (Goodreads)

*I received an eARC of this book to review from Hidden Gems.*

I had a hard time putting this book down. The story just flows perfectly and slowly draws you into the world until you are completely immersed. If you are not new to the fantasy genre, then you will find several moments to be a little predictable. I also found it a little annoying how little information was given about pretty much all of the female characters. I understand that the two main characters are male...but we don't even get much information on them either. 

Many characters came off as useless or unneeded to the story, and I believe that if there had been more of a background given, that may have helped with this problem. Regardless of these issues, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

I am a little frustrated at how it ended though. See, I have a habit of going into books blind, completely unaware if it is part of a series, and once again that habit has destroyed my life. You can not just end the book with "continues in book two". I don't want to wait for book two...I NEED it now. Why must authors make me suffer?

Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5

Book & Author Information: Goodreads

Published: March 10th, 2017

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