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Young Adult Fiction 109
Karma Inspired Magic System
Overall rating
 
4.7
Plot
 
5.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
N/A
Something unusual for a YA fantasy novel- Spin of Fate has a complicated magic system with complex world-building and focuses heavily on philosophical ideas about morality. Based loosely on the law of karma, the world is separated into four segments based on the "spin" of a person's soul and morals. We spend most of the book in the two middle spaces with a cast of morally gray, well-developed characters. There are rebels, corruption, mythical beasts, and a girl trying to reverse the spin of her soul to get back to her mother. I love the whole concept of the karma-based magic system, where your actions can spin your soul into another realm. It is pretty harsh. For a debut novel, I was pleasantly surprised by how in-depth the characters are, and each has their unique voice and the ability to have you flip your loyalty like a switch on who you should be cheering on. I highly recommend this book to fans of Brandon Sanderson and Christopher Paolini.
Audiobook Review: the narrator did a fantastic job distinguishing between characters, which can be hard to do with one narrator. I was never distracted by the story's pacing and thoroughly enjoyed it on audiobook.
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