2021 · fantasy · ya

Book Review: Breaking Damian by Eren Morgul

Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Title: Breaking Damian

Author: Eren Morgul


He wanted to be more than a street kid.
He got more than he asked for.

Damian lives on the streets of the Gauntlet—a megapolis where magic wielding weavers from four different Houses and ordinary people coexist peacefully. His life is a struggle and he’s doing anything to get by, including stealing from wealthy merchants and working in the mines, all the while dreaming of becoming a weaver.

Then, one day, he shows signs of magic and his life changes forever.

But when the Emperor who has been ruling over the Gauntlet for two hundred years disappears, the Houses turn on each other and he finds himself at the center of a power struggle.

Now, with civil war threatening to engulf his world, he realizes that it is up to him, and him alone, to end the conflict between the Houses and save everyone he loves.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh boy, was this book an experience. This had more plot-twists than From Blood and Ash, and to be honest, I’m living for it.

This book is a young-adult fantasy about a boy named Damian, who for his whole life thought he didn’t have magic. He lives in a world where some people are able to use and control magic in different ways, but Damian couldn’t really do these things himself. Until one day when he does a weaves a spell and is noticed by a very wealthy and powerful ‘weaver’. He takes Damian as his own family and from there, Damian starts learning more and more about magic.

This world however, is ruled by Emperor, a very old and powerful man who suddenly disappears and the revolutions and fights between different Houses begin.

This started out as a typical young adult fantasy, and to be honest it reminded me of Aladdin a bit at first, however, as the story progressed, it became much more fast paced and dramatic. I personally enjoyed all the unexpected things that happened and the ending was the best part to me! The plot-twists truly surpised me.

The book was very interesting and I think it’s a good book for young adults, especially ones that like fantasy. Also, it reminds me slightly of Harry Potter so if you like that, you’ll like this.

I personally enjoyed the magical system (although it was a bit difficult to understand at first) and I love seeing how differently magic is portrayed in different books. I liked the idea of this mysterious, ruthless leader that is so secretive and people don’t know anything of him, although he holds so much power.

My favorite character was probably Luther because he’s this kind, grandpa-figure of the book and I really wished there was a bit more of him in the story.

All in all, this was a fun and interesting experience, with lots of twists and turns. I’m excited to see how the story will progress throughout the series.

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