The Exercise Of Vital Powers (Legends of the Order #1) by Ian Gregoire

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Some Lessons Must Be Learned The Hard Way.

Since its inception, The Order has been dedicated to the prevention of the misuse and abuse of magic. For seven decades this mandate has guaranteed peace and stability throughout The Nine Kingdoms. But a potential threat to the peace has emerged, and its source is much closer to home than the leadership of The Order may realise.

Arrogant, manipulative, confrontational and angry. Undesirable qualities in a person at the best of times, but more so in a young woman born with the power to bring kingdoms to their knees. Kayden Jayta, precocious apprentice of The Order, is all these things and more, yet wholly unwilling to acknowledge and rectify her many troubling traits.

Unbeknown to anyone, Kayden’s resolute determination to join the ranks of The Order is born of a secret that puts her priorities at odds with the precepts of the organisation, setting her inexorably on a collision course with the most powerful institution in The Nine Kingdoms.

If Kayden is to be dissuaded from walking the path she has chosen, averting tragic consequences in the process, two unanswered questions must be answered: What is the dark secret guiding Kayden’s actions? And, why has a legendary figure within The Order, with a secret of her own, taken undue interest in Kayden’s future?

4 out of 5 (very good)

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A fight to maintain peace and order.... deception.... unanswered questions....and that's not including the main character, Kayden's, issues and background!

I initially found Kayden difficult to warm to as she comes across as smug and a little condescending. She's also very driven with a determination to win.

However this begins to change as you start to find out more about Kayden. About her experiences and what pushes her to be the way she is, why she strives to be the best she can be.

I'm surprised how much I've enjoyed sharing this journey and I'm looking forward to the next book.

You don't get overwhelmed with details all on one go. It's done in a way that lets you digest each bit of information.

For me this is an adult/young adult fantasy, with a strong, sassy lead character. Kayden is complimented by the other characters as they help you understand her and flesh out the story nicely.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

The reclusive Ian Gregoire is a taciturn introvert residing somewhere in London, where he was born and raised. Of all life’s diversions, reading and writing are the only ones he ever deemed worthwhile enough to be passionate about. This eventually led to his belated decision to pursue his true calling in life as a fantasy and science fiction author. His debut novel, The Exercise Of Vital Powers, is just the first of many books he intends to inflict upon an unsuspecting world. On the occasions he steps out of his reading and writing comfort zone, Ian has a fondness for computing, melancholy music, retro gaming, and Asian Cinema. Ian also loves peace and quiet, something that is in frustratingly short supply in his life.

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