Beggar’s Rebellion by Levi Jacobs – Review

Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: February 17th 2019
Pages: 368
My Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis (1)

The Councilate controls everything except the truth. I have nothing save my discovery—but with this shall I destroy an empire.

Tai Kulga lost the rebellion and his best friend on the same day, stripping him of his will to live even as a strange power flooded his bones. When the friend returns as a spirit guide, it feels like a second chance—but his friend is not who he was, and the Councilate is not done oppressing his people. When trouble with lawkeepers lands Tai’s surviving friends in a prison camp, he must go underground to find the last of the rebels and convince them to break his friends free.

Along the way he meets Ellumia Aygla, runaway Councilate daughter posing as an accountant to escape her family and the avarice of the capital. Curious about the link between spirit guides and magic, her insights earn her a place among the rebels, and along with Tai’s power help turn the tide against the colonialists.

But as the rebels begin to repeat the Councilate’s mistakes, Tai and Ellumia must confront their own pasts and prejudices, before the brewing war turns them into the monsters they fight.

Goodreads link: here


Beggar’s Rebellion by Levi Jacobs was one of the My 2019 SPFBO Reading Challenge. Unfortunately the idea was nice but I think it needed a little bit more work.

Things I liked:

  • The concept of the story was nice. I like the idea of people having a voice to guide them but that also hold some secrets and powers.
  • The writing was easy and simple despite the made-up slang. The slang was mostly use instead of cursing.
  • Some of the themes of the story were very nice. Like the fact that our MC Tai wants to free his people of the Councilate operation but how to do this without becoming an oppressor themselves.
  • Ella was a strong and intelligent character and I do want to see where her character will go.

Things I didn’t like:

  • Although overall the writing was good the story was a little slow more than 100 pages in and I still wasn’t sure where the story was going and what the main plot will be.
  • The story I felt was dialogue-heavy. I think the author tried to create natural feeling dialogues but that resulted in characters talking about stuff that we don’t care and then repeating themselves over and over again. Speaking of which there is a lot of repetitions. Chapters many times started the same way with “He/She woke”, Tau when 3 times to the healer to heal someone that was hurt and just drop them there and they were fine after that.
  • Tai is an army on his own and borderline a Gary Sue. We constantly see him going against an army and he is always the was saving either innocent or his mate single-handed.
  • The book makes a big deal about overcoming your voice and at this point, no one really knows how to do that and yet it turned out to be as simple as overdosing on some drug. Ok yes, some people die by doing this but still. You have characters that take the drug go off-screen and 2 minutes later they come back all-powerful and having overcome their voice. I wish the process was more complicated.
  • Most of the characters are flat and not well developed.
  • [Spoiler] The end battle was 3 barely two pages which Tai just overcoming his second voice and destroying everything. It felt a little over climactic.

Overall it was a nice read but I think it was missing a little bit of an omf (if that makes sense) and also maybe some more editing to avoid repetitions and cut down on the dialogues.

What about you guys? Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!

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