Notorious Sorcerer

Orbit. (The Burnished City, Bk. 1). Sept. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780316398039. pap. $17.99. FANTASY
DEBUT Siyon Velo lives in Bezim, where alchemy is illegal to everyone except those with enough money and power to talk their way out of trouble. Siyon runs errands to the different planes of existence to get the practitioners’ alchemical supplies. One day he performs an unexplainable public act of sorcery in the town square and sets in motion a series of events that only he can fix. The story offers a rich lore of alchemy that fantasy fans will enjoy learning alongside Siyon, and the city of Bezim feels incredibly fleshed out in its politics, social systems, and history. This book also has some wonderfully strong female characters in sisters Zagiri and Anahid, and a wonderful M/M romance that will leave readers longing for the next book in the series.
VERDICT Evans’s debut is a high fantasy full of excellent worldbuilding, with an enjoyable magic system and strong characters.
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