Soul of the World is the first book in The Ascension Cycle trilogy. It takes place in a time equivalent to 1700s and its setting is a fantasy version of North America – with a whole lot of magic and vicious critters. Mealing does a fantastic job creating this world in his debut novel.
The characters are complex, real and endearing (or despicable, depending who it is). The dialogue is smooth and really adds to the depth of the characters. This is a novel that really has no obvious flaws.
I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series!