Synopsis:Ardor Benn is no ordinary thief. Rakish, ambitious, and master of wildly complex heists, he styles himself a Ruse Artist Extraordinaire.
When a priest hires him for the most daring ruse yet, Ardor knows he’ll need more than quick wit and sleight of hand. Assembling a dream team of forgers, disguisers, schemers, and thieves, he sets out to steal from the most powerful king the realm has ever known.
But it soon becomes clear there’s more at stake than fame and glory -Ard and his team might just be the last hope for human civilization.
Review:Do you ever finish a book and love it so much that you have no idea how to put your feelings into words? That is most certainly the case for me with The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn. There are not enough words in the English language to describe how this book crawled into my heart and left its permanent imprint. To be completely honest, I cannot put my finger on why I love this book so much. It is just this feeling I had throughout the entire story.
This book is full of lovable characters who you are rooting for, even if they are doing morally questionable things. A heist that seems to be going perfectly horrendous the entire time. A magic system centered around dragon shit, LITERALLY! It is full of intricate politics that made you want to rip your hair out because it all is slowly unfolding. The world is atmospheric and full of danger.
One of the first things that stand out to me after finishing this book is how readable it is. The writing style is simple without being too simple, which makes the pages absolutely fly by. Whitesides takes you on a true journey throughout this book with so many twists and turns, it left me saying “one more chapter” repeatedly until late into the night.
The most impressive thing for me is how nostalgic this book felt. It really reminded me of everything that I love about the fantasy genre, while still being a fresh and unique entry into the genre. It gave me that feeling of being a pre-teen and staying up late into the night under my covers escaping into this epic quest that you can only find between the pages of a book.
I have seen this book compared to Mistborn many times, and I think that if you are a fan of that series then this is one that you ABSOLUTELY must pick up. In fact, depending on how the final two books go, this could take the spot of my favorite fantasy series of all time.
This book just really dug itself into my heart and soul and I cannot wait to continue with the remaining two books and get lost in this world again. If you are looking to put this world on hold and escape into an incredible journey, then you must meet Ardor Benn and his friends.