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Summary

Sorch is an orc mage in a world where orcs are cursed with stupidity every time they cast a spell. The only spell he can safely cast is Enhance Intelligence, which boosts his IQ for a fraction of a second before the curse drains it all away again.

Normally casting such a spell would be pointless, but Sorch's tribe has found a way to benefit. Magic that is cast near a mysterious artefact called the ‘Voodoo Engine’ causes invisible hands to appear, and these hands get work done for his tribe. Sorch is a slave to the Voodoo Engine, casting a single spell over and over again to avoid being beaten by the chief’s warrior caste.

While foraging for food on one fateful night, our hero happens upon two human mages who are in big trouble. He saves their lives, and in return they give him an amulet that will make his life easier. Unbeknownst to the humans, their gift grants Sorch the power to break the cycle of intelligence drain and physical abuse. With the help of his friend and mentor, Shaman, Sorch becomes a real mage.

Sorch leaves his swamp and embarks on a series of incredibly exciting and dangerous adventures. During his travels he encounters horrible injury, magical treasures, love, snow, university admissions tests, a plot against the Kingdom, and then of course he saves the world. Or does he?

Be prepared to rethink everything you know about thinking. If your own intelligence was the fuel that your magic ran on, how brightly would you dare to burn?

©2017 Bill Ricardi (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • metal lover
  • 08-07-18

1st Person Fantasy with a fun twist

It took a bit to get used to the first person aspect of unenhanced speech, but then it made the novel great. The speech changes with his intelligence, loved it. Made me really feel like I was in his head.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Erik
  • 01-07-18

Not My Cup Of Tea

Let me start of by saying that Cronin's narration is amazing as always. The book however, was....mehhh. The first few hours were great. I enjoyed our MC transformation in intelligence and the premise of the orc curse was really unique. At first I was excited that the story would evolve along RPG elements and I was a little dissapointed that it didnt. Then about halfway through the book, the story started to lose my interest. first of all, there was way to much diaologue and intraspection for my taste. Second of all, the androgynous furry love interest was just not my cup of tea. I have nothing against transgenders or same sex relationship in the real world but personally I found the MC's relationship akward and cringworthy and all together distracting from the main story. If you dont mind, or enjoy furry transgender relationships than maybe this book is for you.

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  • Cory
  • 27-06-18

the perfect mix of a realistic problem with fantas

this book shows a realism in understanding neurological problems well being true to a fantasy world it's shows a problem similar to an Alzheimer's patient when it comes to the memory loss while staying true to the fantasy genre it is a shame that the offer didn't go into a litrpg for this book which could have been hanst it even more

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  • @tone0189
  • 04-08-18

Interesting & Novel

While the story is novel, I’m not sure I’ll be picking up the second book. This one is enjoyable and the MC is interesting, but beyond the limitations the MC must overcome the story is predictable and the characters not terribly engaging.

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  • Havattack
  • 08-08-18

oh wow, how progressive...

so the protagonist is an Orc, cool. Then he makes his love interest a transgender furry cat person.. gross (mostly the furry part, transgenders are whatever, I don't care one way or another). Come on! a furry humanoid with internal sex organs? that's gross, it's not really "transgender" it's just androgynous, yet it's still referred to as "they" even after the protagonist has sex with it, and would I hope know what sex it is. So god damn stupid.

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  • Michael
  • 27-06-18

I hate too write this!

I love this book.............................. until the trap cat showed up. I don't know why the publisher didn't think to, maybe mention that the love interest was a androgynous, gender non-binary, cat-kin, prostitute, that everybody is attracted to. all I know is I find furry tranny way to degenerate for me. if you feel the same way I do skip this book. If furry stripper scenes, with a possibly male furry, doesn't bother you I hope you enjoy it.

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  • David M Rowsey
  • 07-08-18

Mostly world building

It started out great but then the main character asks the life stories of everyone he meets. it could get better or worse. got boring half way through.

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  • Aaron
  • 25-07-18

Sigh.... Total Freaking Sigh...

I loved this book literally until the exact 1/2 way point when the freaking trans cat shows up and starts strip teasing the main character which makes literally NO FREAKING SENSE! The entire wear cat / wolf race / furry freaks were included solely for the author to explore their furry fantasy's and their transsexual curiosity and political views. Its total bull-crap that RUINED a perfectly fun and interesting book. The entire story gets derailed by the inclusion of the supposed "love interest" which is actually a questionably male/female (it never gets answered at least at the point where i had to through it down in frustration).

Also, why the freak would the publisher be okay with this being supposedly listed as a YA novel?! Literally prostitution, a graphic strip tease, and potentially gay graphic sex scenes...wtf?!

Its like i was reading a perfectly good book, and then someone decided to write a second book that derailed this one. Bullshit and fuck the author for doing this.

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  • Tyler
  • 06-09-18

Orc is a surprisingly woke MC

There are a lot of stuff and things that I liked about this book. The main characters highly variable intelligence is a great mechanic, I love how his reliability as a narrator deteriorates along with his smarts.

His chosen love interest is a great character and they are quite different from the norm in ways that I refuse to spoil. But yeah how he goes about this relationship with blanket support for his partner even if he doesn't like aspects of their life. This makes him a big manly Orc who doesn't bother with the toxic masculine traits that are usually all Orc culture is in books.

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