Review: We Break Immortals by Thomas Howard Riley


We Break Immortals

Thomas Howard Riley

1054 pages


I find a lot of Kindle Unlimited fantasy novels to be very hit or miss. This is one of the better ones I’ve read.

Summary: A drug addict who hunts sorcerers down by tracking their magick, the most renowned swordsman no one has ever heard of, and a thieving magick-wielding woman hellbent on revenge collide during a last ditch effort to stop an insane superhuman serial killer from making himself a god.

The Render Tracers always say magick users deserve to burn. Aren couldn’t agree more, Keluwen would beg to differ, and Corrin couldn’t care less either way.

In a world where most people use swords for protection, Aren uses tools that let him see what no one else can see, and he takes advantage of loopholes that can undo magick in order to stop the deadliest people in the world. He is a Render Tracer, relentlessly pursuing rogue sorcerers who bend the laws of physics to steal, assault, and kill. But his next hunt will lead him to question his entire life, plunging him into a world where he can’t trust anyone, not even his own eyes.

When Keluwen finally escaped her fourthparents’ home and set out on her own to become a thief, she never thought she would one day be killing her own kind. She honed her magick on the streets, haunted by her past, hunted by Render Tracers, and feared by a society that hates what she is. Now she joins a crew of outcast magicians on a path of vengeance as they race to stop an insane sorcerer who has unlocked the source of all magick and is trying to use it to make himself a god.

Corrin is a sword fighter first, a drinker second, and a…well, there must be something else he is good at. He’ll think of it if you give him enough time. He is a rogue for hire, and he has no special powers of any kind. The most magick he has ever done is piss into the wind without getting any on himself. He is terrible at staying out of trouble, and someone always seems to be chasing him. When he gets caught up in a multi-kingdom manhunt, he finds himself having to care about other people for a change, and he’s not happy about it.

They are about to collide on the trail of a man who is impossible to catch, who is on the verge of plunging the world into ruin, and who can turn loyal people into traitors in a single conversation. They must struggle against their own obsessions, their fears, ancient prophecies, and each other. They will each have to balance the people they love against their missions, and struggle to avoid becoming the very thing they are trying to stop.

We Break Immortals is rather a long book but it doesn’t feel that long. It’s well paced and the characters are all strong enough to carry this epic story from beginning to end.

The three main characters are Aren, Corrin and Keluwen. I liked all three characters. They’re all interesting sympathetic and undergo good character arcs throughout the novel. I found them all to be wonderfully flawed characters but they were all very loveable and I was rooting for them the whole time.

There’s a lot of time to get to know the characters and Riley does make the time for us to really get to know them. There’s a lot of action in the novel but there’s also a great number of quiet moments where we do get to know them which I really like. The story was also very interesting, I always love a good battle between good and evil and this one was rather epic.

I found We Break Immortals to be a very interesting novel. It’s a good standalone so the length is warranted and there’s enough plot to keep things going. There were also several humorous moments to break the tension at times which I also enjoyed.

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