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This book is for grades 5 8 It reminded me of Harry Potter though I felt complex The story takes place 3000 years in the future in a world of magic and dragons So ind of a mix of high fantasy and alternate history I found this really cool I also liked the two main characters Hazel and Hob Wonderful world building with imps but also completely original creatures like the First to Fight kitchen hags They were my favorite Plus the dialogue was witty and clever It was just a fun book The Faeregine dynasty has been ruling Impyrium for over 3000 years with the help of magic but what the public doesn tnow is that their magic is slowly becoming weaker every generation until Hazel is bornHazel the youngest in the royal family gladly spends all her free time perfecting her magic in private and staying as far away from the public as possible considering that everime she shows her face they call her a discrace to her family nameHob lives with his mother and younger sister in Dusk working in the empire s mines One day a stranger invites Hob to work in a secret organization that is trying to put an end to the Faeregine dynasty Hob accepts Backfire (Mountain Cove knowing he will be getting paid then he could ever imagine escaping his miserable life in Dusk and fighting for what he thinks is right But does henow exactly what he just signed up for Soon Hob meets Hazel and realizes what this organization is trying to do Is he fighting on the right sideWhat is Hazel s magic really capable of doing I think this book was very well written Jeff has created this whole new world filled with magical creatures in such detail By the looks of it I think that it was one of the biggest books on the list but once you start reading it it goes by very uickly and it leaves you wanting to read The plot that Neff creates can be a little confusing at times but if you Catacomb kept reading the book the storyeeps adding up and linked together to create the big picture I do hope this book will be continued into a series Welcome to Impyrium the world that remains after a great cataclysm happened on Earth For over three thousand years the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium Now twelve year old Hazel the youngest of royal triplets is set to inherit the power of her ancient family Enter servant boy Hobs A young man who has been recruited by The Fellowship a rebel group opposed to the Faeregine s and all magical families of the upper classHob s works his way into Hazel s life becoming her friend and tutor only to realize that she is not the evil that he has been told about Hazel believes in her friend Hob s and trusts him with her life Together they confront the lies and conspiracies that confront the world of Impyrium However Hob s is bond to The Fellowship by dark magic and in the final confrontation he might have no control Who will win the dayMy Thoughts Loved it Beware though this is a hefty read of almost 600 pages I gobbled it down From the get go I was drawn into this magical world that remained from what was left of our own world The book starts out with the discovery of the ancient city of Vancouver and then expands into a royal dynasty that has existed for thousands of years The old world is unknown thought to be a myth by mostHazel is an albino and carries Old Magic within her She is thought to be the rebirth of an ancient ueen The Reaper a power hungry sorceress who razed the world but also Queen Esther the Second Graders of Doom kept it safe from demons The Fellowship believe that they mustill Hazel to prevent another tyrant Here in lies our twisty plot and amped up tension The reader falls in love with Hazel the protected princess whose eyes are slowly opened to the injustice around her We now what is coming betrayal but we just have to wait to see how it plays outThe author weaves a magical world full of history into Hazel s background and Hob s as her tutor teaches her all about the outside world There are plots to unfoil people to reveal and royalty to betray It is just a great big bunch of fun to read I loved the characters each one with their own deep stories and desires But most of all I loved Hazel the girl who holds her own and creates her own destiny I m giving this one 5 stars IMPYRIUM by Henry H Neff is the first book in a brand new fantasy series sure to nock your socks off This YA novel boasts a hefty 585 pages of pure excitement and adventure Neff creates a very complex world and as a result the story starts out slow At first all the characters the land s history and the new vocabulary can be confusing However eventually it starts to click and as a result pacing begins to pick up It is then that the book starts to become a lot of fun I genuinely love Hob one of the lead characters I deeply care for him and really hope that he will somehow end up in a good situation He is crafty intelligent loving and not to mention has great self preservation skills His relationship with Hazel is really special and genuinely believable as it unfolds in an innocent and natural way In fact the last few lines of the novel shared between these characters is perhaps the best way to button up the first book in the series I honestly cannot wait for the second installment to see how this partnership develops and where their stories go next In fact all the characters in this novel have distinctive traits and virtues The three Faeregine triplets themselves could not be different from one another Conseuently this creates conflict as each have their own opinions and views about th. In the first book of Henry Neff’s new high stakes middle grade fantasy series two unlikely allies the Faeregine princess Hazel and the servant boy Hob confront a conspiracy that will shake the world of Impyrium to its coreFor over three thousand years the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium But the family’s magic has been fading and with it

Scanning the people below the balcony where she sits for scandal and she mentions a lord touching a woman inappropriately and she and her sister laugh about it A girl is described as having a tendency to appear in a boy s better dreams The master of unpredictable plot twists and perfect world building strikes again If I had to make a comparison Impyrium is a combination of Downton Abbey Frozen and the Targaryen bits of Game of Thrones with steampunk flair but it is uniuely its own I ve put off reading this for a bit because I thought nothing could touch the near perfection of its predecessor The Tapestry Series Like Tapestry this is an example of fantasy at its best I didn t get into this book right away I often get thrown off by fantasy worlds that take place in our future and drop in hints of our world I m getting invested in this fantasy infused society and then suddenly the characters are watching an old Disney movie But these details ultimately are woven into the fabric of a whole lot of intricate worldbuilding Impyrium feels like a fully fleshed out world full of sniffing hags don t ask secret revolutions catty noble families ancient dragons underwater demon cities sassy homonculiand so much The plot moves a long at a brisk pace and contains lots of action and surprises along the way I guessed some character s motivations right away but later on I would start to doubt myself the narrative plays with the complicated issues of right and wrong and who to trust and the characters and readers are often in the same place Hob has pretty strong convictions about what he d like the world to be but the answer of how it should be done and who should do it remains a twisty mystery I thought this level of nuance added complexity to the world and plot and there s some interesting discussion of economics and social dynamics and ineuality There s much to explore in seuelsThe main characters were compelling and their growing friendship builds in a sweet and realistic way Hazel took a little longer to grow on me at the beginning she s fairly lazy and hard to connect with But she uickly shifted into an engaging bright character and as she comes across truths about herself and her world her growth is great to watch Hob is a smart and vibrant character and his uips and antics even in situations like dramatic duels made me chuckle Even the side characters who seem like they re going to be one note the stoic assassin the grumpy governess end up being multifacetedA fast paced but nuanced adventure through a detailed magical world 45 because the romance illed meeeeeThis book was really good There was tons of action at the end but the beginning was slow It started to pick up when view spoiler Hazel and Hob crossed paths hide spoiler Appropriate for age 13I loved this book so much I stayed up late 5 nights in a row just so I could finish it I liked both main characters a lot The magic had some new interesting elements to it The mystery was very compelling No swear words yay but it has pseudo swear words such as the B word for illegitimate child I recommend it for older teens because of the violence and the concepts are a bit hard to grasp 35Overall I enjoyed this story It reads like a sort of MG High Fantasy and I liked the world building and how it didn t seem to be to be overly info dumpy Things were gradually laid out as they became relevant and I liked the different perspectives we got to see through the two main characters eyesReally I think the characters were a highlight for me They were written so well so believable and relatable and they came from very different backgrounds with very different perspectives so it was nice to see the world through their eyes and also to watch their growing friendshipIt was also nice to see characters slightly out of the norm Hazel is a young albino girl and Hob is part First Nations not demographics we often see portrayed in positive lights I recall reading something once about how almost all albino characters in books and movies are evil and here we have no just a non evil albino character but a main character as wellOne of the best things about the story for me was that it wasn t entirely straight forward People s loyalties were uestioned and tested and while I didn t fall for the obvious red herring I did find myself turning pages eagerly to find out exactly what was going on and who was betraying whoThe said while I enjoyed the story as I was reading it I can t say it left all that strong of an impression on me I do want to continue the series assuming the series does get continued but I could also see myself sort of forgetting about it after a few months let alone yearsETA One thing I had wanted to mention that I forgot to was the seeming ages of the girlsThe three sisters are triplets all around 12 however Hazel was the only one who actually seemed to be roughly 12 perhaps slightly younger Isabel read closer to 15 and Violet around 18 which made Hazel seem very immature by comparison It was a bit jarring and I had to eep reminding myself that the girls are actually all meant to be the same ageI think it actually would ve worked better if all the girls were a bit older like if they were all meant to be 15 Especially because of the things that are expected of them in this storyHob also seemed a bit older than his given age but he had a rough life and was forced to take care of his family early on so it made a little sense in his case. To exploit Hazel’s talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystiue Hob a commoner from the outer realms has been sent to the city to serve the Faeregines and to spy on themOne wants to protect the dynasty The other wants to destroy it But when Hazel and Hob form an improbable friendship their bond may save the realm as they now itor end it for good.

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E world which makes the story that much similar to competing personalities in real life situations The author s effort to ground these characters helps readers share an emotional understanding with them despite the fantastical elements of the book However the Faeregine sisters Violet Isabel and Hazel as well as Hob do feel much older than their ages of twelve and thirteen Of course these characters have had experience in their short lives than many have had in longer ones but they still read as mature teenagers on the cusp of adulthood This problem could have been solved by making them seventeen With this the novel still would be appropriate for young audiences and still would convey the same ideas and themes Despite the age issue IMPYRIUM on a whole is a wonderful book It is the first high fantasy series I have begun that has not been so clinical in the descriptions that it lost the thrill and adventure It is a story that creates a roller coaster of a ride with unexpected twists and turns that will leave the audience wanting Originally posted here No one else s opinion matteredIt was so simple one of those things a consoling parent might say and yet it contained a fundamental truth The entire world could believe in Hazel s greatness but their faith was meaningless if she didn t believe it herself Conversely the world could dismiss her ambitions but it didn t matter as long as Hazel believed in their possibility Greatness not only started with her it could not begin anywhere elseImpyrium starts out 3000 years after a catastrophic event nown as the Cataclysm changed the whole face of the earth Though it takes place on a future Earth the world is very different from our own rife with magic and fantastical creatures such as dragons imps hags fauns centaurs and other original creations of the authorIt took me a couple chapters to truly get into the story my abominable lack of focus than anything I think but once I did I was captivated I m a slow reader but almost every time I picked it up I read roughly 100 pages When I got near the end I stayed up past midnight to finish I couldn t put it down and I must say it was completely worth it The climax had my heart pounding and I maybe almost cried when I read the final sentence is an emotional potatoWHAT I LOVED The story is gripping well paced and has some fine twists The characters are complex and multifaceted and not all of them are as they seem The worldbuilding is wonderfully rich and detailed and the magic system is thoroughly developed I found the part where Hazel is explaining magic and how it works to Hob to be uite fascinating The descriptions are good and the prose is clear though not overly simple in a juvenile way Indeed in my opinion this read similar to a YA book It s mature than most middlegrade despite the mc s ages being 13 and I enjoyed that The dialogue is often witty and clever There were several words that I didn t now and had to look up which usually only happens with adult books or classics As for the main characters Hob is probably my favorite though I liked Hazel a lot too It took a bit for her to grow on me but she turned out to be a brilliant character And I adore their friendship The part where Hob is explaining to Hazel how she can do the transformation spell she just hasn t given herself permission yetI loved that part Failure scares some people so badly they forget what they re even trying to do They re not trying to succeed at something they re just trying not to fail Sigga Fen Assassinsspecial agents are awesome At least ones with a personality beyond their weapons and remarkable combat skills Sigga does not disappoint in this regard I really liked her character every time she showed up I think she might be my favorite besides Hob She s just so coolA gust of wind screamed into the tent so swift and strong it nearly blew out the fire The wind became a shadow And the shadow became Sigga Fenn Not today Not tomorrow Not for all the gold in Impyrium Aghhh my heart You will understand when you read the book WHAT I DID NOT LOVE I think some of the characters ages should have been pushed up For instance I repeatedly forgot that Isabel Violet and Hazel are triplets because their maturity levels were so varying They are supposed to be 13 but Isabel seems like she s at least 1817 and Violet 1716 Hazel is the only one of them who struck me as acting like a 13 year old As for Hob I think he seemed about 15 rather than 13 Neff couldn t have gone wrong with a bit editing There s repeated words sometimes or sentences like His friend s smiled wavered These flaws aren t everywhere but they do show up here and there and it s a let down because the storycharacters are excellent and it was jarring for me to come upon these sort of mistakes while immersed in reading Despite them I liked the book very much I probably would have been bothered if it had been otherwise But still This is sloppy and unprofessional and cannot be excused I would expect better from an author who wrote and published five other books before ImpyriumHowever I can honestly say that Impyrium is a great in spite of it s slight lack of editing and I loved it and absolutely recommend It s not a story you want to miss out on believe me Particularly if you are a fan of fantasy magic political intrigue compelling characters and amazing worldbuilding Content warning for those it may concern At a concert one of the princess s favorite activities is. Heir power over the empire Whether it’s treachery from a rival house the demon Lirlanders or rebel forces many believe the Faereginese are ripe to fallHazel the youngest member of the royal family is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic But the Empress has other plans for her granddaughter dark and dangerous plans.

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