"The first book in The Ascension Cycle is an impressive fantasy debut with three main compelling characters and a unique magic system sure to capture a fantasy reader's attention . . . . Mealing does a fabulous job with the intricate world-building and leaves the reader wanting to get their hands on the sequel."—RT Book Reviews
"Imaginative and elaborate epic fantasy debut . . . Strong characters and rich worldbuilding."
"A story of magic, ambition, greed, betrayal, and war."—Booklist
"I was blown away by how much I enjoyed it . . . . Soul of the World is a magical book, almost overflowing with originality."—The Quill to Live
"A riveting debut. It's got everything I could possibly want in a fantasy book."—Powder & Page Book Reviews
"The magic systems in this book are epic and the comparison to Sanderson and Rothfuss is quite deserved."—On Starships and Dragonwings Book Reviews