I'm not usually a fantasy reader but I gave this one a go as I fancied something different. I enjoyed reading about wizards and magical kingdoms much more than I thought I would and it's made me want to read more. I thought it would be rather hard going but it was actually very easy to read with some lighthearted moments. The writing was very strong, the characters likeable and the intertwined stories kept me gripped until the end. I recommend, even if you're not a fantasy fan!
I found this book very interesting and it kept me wanting to read more to know what happened next. The two interlinking stories were unusual but easy to follow. The characters are believable . The magic runs throughout the story but really comes into it towards the end. With the detail in the writing you can picture it happening in your mind. I did not know what to expect from fantasy but thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes murder, mystery and of course fantasy.
I really enjoyed this book. It is really good escapism. The characterisation is very good, and you feel that you are transported into a really exciting fantasy realm with a really good plot line. It also has bits of humour which makes it more realistic; because when people have adversity they would need to get away from the bleak reality of their situation. If you want a great book that takes you away from the monotony of daily life, then this is the read for you.
This book was fun and easy to read. The story kept moving at the perfect pace all the way to the end. It's so lovely to read a book that is a stand alone completed tapestry when most fantasy books are a series. I definitely recommend you give this book a try as it's a real all in-one fantastical adventure story.
I completely recommend this, both for fans of the fantasy genre and for those of who haven't read fantasy before. The story was great, the characters genuine and likable, and the worldbuilding fantastic.
Visions of Zarua is an epic fantasy that can be enjoyed by everyone. It has themes of wizadry, dark magic, mystery, romance and adventure. Following two stories 300 years apart, VIsions draws readers in keeps them hooked till the very end. Despite the intertwining stories, Visions is still very easy to follow unlike many complicated fantasys. The characters are hugely likable and the story is exciting. Highly recommend!
I am an avid reader of fantasy books and found this book a very enjoyable read. The plot is interesting and twisty with a hint of the classic "Who Dunnit" and the characters are likeable even though they seem to fall out with each other quite a lot. Well done for a first novel.
Paddren's visions might be the key to stopping a dark wizard taking over Paltria. No matter what course he chooses, it will be a dark and dangerous path.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
This story follows two wizards that are separated by 350 years, but are trying to uncover the source of the same dark magic. Jago is a young man who was close with his brother, before he set out to travel the world and see all it had to offer. He returns to Paltria to find his brother has been murdered - although it has been ruled suicide, and the murderer has gotten away. He now has to work to uncover what secrets got his brother killed.
Paddren has been having increasing visions of Jago, as he hunts down those using dark magic to kill the good wizards of Paltria; and to discover what their final plan is. With the help of his childhood friend, Varnia, and her lover Leyoch; they have to uncover the truth and avoid detection by the dark wizards.
Despite this starting off with the murder of Paddren's teacher, and the bombardment of dark magic, this story was slow-paced from the very beginning. There is magic, and danger, and assassins, and intrigue on every level; but I found the narration slowed down with lots of contemplation. None of the characters had any real agency, they just drift along with the current of what is going on, which sapped any potential excitement.
The plot itself was great, with secret sects of wizards, political intrigue and danger at every turn. It's just a shame I never really warmed to the characters. The male characters aren't particularly distinct, with Paddren and Jago being almost interchangeable. To be fair, that might have been what the author was going for - after all, how can you have visions of a man, without taking after him a little.
Varnia started off great, a girl with a mysterious past and humble beginnings, that has made a life for herself. She is now the heir to a minor noble, a highly-skilled huntsmaster, and she has found love with Leyoch: a commoner, who is intelligent and loyal. Unfortunately she ~minor spoiler~ discovers that she also has magic, and everything went downhill from there. She turns into a mardy little thing, who lashes out at everyone who cares for her, and I couldn't feel a scrap of pity for her situation.
Overall, there were some really good ideas, but not the book for me.