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Belly of the Beast (Sorce, #1)

By Charles Armstrong
Belly of the Beast (Sorce, #1) by Charles  Armstrong digital book - Fable

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Sera Skohlidon longs for adventure, to be like the brave crusaders of lore. In her guarded imagination, fauns have rejected the Royal Coven, the Coven’s magic, and the questionable trades faunkind makes for it. One day, her quest for answers unearths a family secret that draws her to the heart of the Coven's malfeasance. With the help of a shapeshifting deadringer, Sera embarks on an epic journey that sharpens her self-image, emboldens newfound confidence with a dashing, cavalier classmate, and levels the magical playing field.

This e-book features 34 full-page illustrations and beautifully considered typography throughout.

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6 Reviews

3.5
““We are strong. I am ready.” Belly of the Beast is a meticulously crafted fantasy/sci-fi blended novel that is highly entertaining – I had such a good time reading & listening to this! The immersive storytelling (enhanced by the audiobook featuring multiple narrators & accompanying music), strong characters, and relevant reflections on the integration of AI in our lives makes Belly of the Beast a must-read for fantasy & sci-fi fans. In this book, we follow Sera, a resilient faun on a quest to reveal who is responsible for her world’s magic; a process engrained in her guilds’ lives. It took me a few chapters to get used to the book and its format but very quickly I was immersed in one of the most uniquely blended fantasy and science fiction worlds. Sera is an amazing FMC – having the courage to confront her fears while advocating for those without a voice. Despite being written in third person, the inclusion of Sera’s internal monologue adds a personal touch without introducing a biased perspective of her surroundings. I love that Charles Armstrong did not cut corners when writing the conflict in this book. Sera’s challenges are not easily solved, requiring her to employ her wit and rely on her found family of eccentric companions. There are beautiful illustrations scattered throughout the book which contribute to the immersive nature of the story. I do hope that future books maintain the illustrations (and I wouldn’t say no to even more). Being the first book [in a planned set of 6], Belly of the Beast set high standards and I am eager to read the next book. The book's accessibility and engaging narrative make it a strong contender for required reading in schools, addressing important topics while remaining suitable for young adults aged 13 and above. I received an ARC of Belly of the Beast through NetGalley; all opinions are my own.”
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“This book was definitely a different style of book. I found the world interesting but also a little confusing. The narration of this book was absolutely amazing. I loved all the different aspects of the narration. The characters are people that you root for and can understand their determination. The relationships among the characters are interesting and believable. I loved the strong female lead and that she fought for what was right. She was definitely a hero and put herself in danger many times in order to protect those around her. If you are looking for a strong female lead, adventure, multiple worlds, and interesting story, this book is for you.”
“This book was definitely a different style of book. I found the world interesting but also a little confusing. The narration of this book was absolutely amazing. I loved all the different aspects of the narration. The characters are people that you root for and can understand their determination. The relationships among the characters are interesting and believable. I loved the strong female lead and that she fought for what was right. She was definitely a hero and put herself in danger many times in order to protect those around her. If you are looking for a strong female lead, adventure, multiple worlds, and interesting story, this book is for you.”
“Worth to start mentioning that it takes some time to get used to the way the pages are formatted. It is not something necessarily bad, it’s just different. It’s something the reader notices as soon as it opens the book. The book tells the story of Sera and her path to combat a corrupt magical system. Without giving spoilers is difficult to talk about the story, I specially liked the growth of the characters throughout the story. The book comes with illustrations of some scenes or characters appearing in the story. These beautiful illustrations help bring the story to life. I’m sure adult audiences will enjoy this book as well. You can find this book in ebook stores, and Kindle Unlimited. Hardbacks and paperbacks are available in Amazon. Thank you to @netgalley and Sorce for the eARC of this book. All opinions are mine.”

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