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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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