Today’s my stop on the Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for Advocatus by A.R. Turner! Thank you for providing me with a copy of this book for the blog tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author: A.R. Turner
Publisher: Cloaked Press LLC
Publication Date: January 17, 2022
Length: 469 Pages
From Goodreads: Advocatus tells the tale of Felix, a junior lawyer with one last case before he can strike out on his own.
His client? A terrifying magical warlord accused of, amongst other horrifying crimes, two counts of Attempted Genocide (and six counts of Theft). His plea? Innocent, of course! All in a day’s work for Felix.
Psychic frogs, downtrodden goblins, time-travelling wizards, and a whole host of other magical defendants become his caseload as Felix begins trying to make a name for himself as a successful lawyer in a world rife with sorcery.
The biggest case of his life: defending humanity in front of Habeus, the God of Justice himself. Lose, and it’s all over. Not just for him, but for the whole of mankind.
As someone who works in a law office, I tend to avoid reading books that have anything to do with lawyers or the legal field because I would prefer to escape from my day job when I’m reading. I’m very glad that I broke my rule and decided to read and review this book because it was fantastic and I really enjoyed it.
Advocatus follows Felix, a lawyer who has defended all sorts of defendants during his career. He’s honest, and clever, and he really tries his hardest to find a defense for all of his clients.
This book is a little bit confusing at times because there is a lot going on, but everything ties together by the end. The largest section of this book tells the story of wanderers Farbo and Helda, and how they ended up rescuing the witch Racelsus and the trial that Felix represents them at. The final section of this book is about Felix being chosen to defend whether humanity should continue to exist, before Habeus, the God of Justice. Throughout the entire book, there are journal entries about previous cases that Felix handled.
My favourite thing about this book was Felix. I thought he was a very memorable character and I loved him. I liked that he knew that he was in over his head, but he tried as hard as he could to defend his clients. I also liked that he was looking for his place in the world and that he was able to find it. I also liked the supporting characters in this book, and I especially liked Farbo and his fascination with doors.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the journal entries at the end of the chapters. I liked reading about previous cases that Felix argued and seeing how they concluded. I would definitely read an entire book about Felix discussing his previous cases.
I liked the fantasy element in this book. This book takes place in a world with humanity, but it also features all sorts of other beings like witches, goblins, demons, time travelers, etc. I liked that the fantasy element wasn’t too heavy because I tend to struggle when the world building becomes too much.
Of the story lines in this book, I preferred the one about Farbo and Helda and the witch Racelsus. I liked Farbo and Helda’s story and I liked their adventures, I would be interested in reading an entire book about their adventures. I also enjoyed the case about defending humanity, even though there were a lot of cringy moments when arguments didn’t necessarily go as planned.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was unique and I liked how everything came together. I liked the characters and I will definitely keep an eye out for the next book in this series.
Born on the Isle of Wight in the south of England, Alex now lives in South Wales with his wife and cat, where he divides his time between reading, writing and board games. Having always wanted to read a book about a lawyer in a fantasy world (but never successfully finding one), Alex finally realised that there was nothing else for it: he was going to have to write it himself. His other passion in life is a board game called Blood Bowl. He talks about it often in his podcast and one day hopes to compete in the Chaos Cup or other big global tournaments. Check his podcast here: https://anythingbuta1podcast.wordpress.com