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The Age of Reckoning: Volume 1

The World of Naeisus
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"Slay these kings and incite the wars. Only then will the shard be yours."

With all of Naeisus locked in a furious battle over the crystals, King Areth wonders if his shard could be the one foretold to end the wars. Meanwhile, a threat stirs beneath the ground; something from myth, bigger, and altogether more terrifying than any of the denizens of Naeisus would believe.

©2019 Thomas Anthony Lay (P)2019 Thomas Anthony Lay

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  • 18-11-19

Exceeds the expectations

It is safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. From the start I knew it was gonna be a well structured fantasy world, but I didn't quite expect this elaborate of a success. The characters are so complex, vivid and well written, just the characters can get you hooked up pretty quickly.

The world formation was well detailed and so coherent, for awhile I felt like I was reading a classic fantasy author rather than an upcoming young writer. It is obvious that so much work, thought and time went into the structuring of the book I have to stand up and applaud Thomas Anthony Lay. I didn't only listen or read a book, I've witnessed an amazing performance on both the writer's and the voice actor's part.

King Arrath was so compassionate, loving and clever that it was impossible not to fall in love with him, his aspirations and his love for his children. And Captain Lavana... let's just say it's been a minute since I hated a fictional character this passionately. And her character was so complex, it's like he took every legendary chaotic crazy female villain or anti hero and meshed it into one character. I hated her with all my heart, but I also loved the character formation. A true love and hate relationship if you ask me.

As much as I loved the story, characters and the world the author formed, I also hated the ending. Don't get me wrong, it was honestly masterfully written and was a great twist of plot, but I'm a huge cry baby and the assasination scene made me cry like a 2 year who lost his parents at a mall. That being said, I cannot wait for Volume 2 to be released because I deny to accept this ending.

Lastly, the voice actor did a really great job at telling the story and acting out every character exceptionally. Of course, the British accent adds an extra 1 point in my opinion. My only criticism would be that while he was reading the narrative parts, his voice was so deep and love that it was hard to make up what he was saying sometimes. Other than, great work on his part too.

Overall; if you love reading fantastic stories and new worlds, you surely are gonna love this book! I'm being completely honest and there was nothing I didn't like, which is actually pretty surprising for a person who reads books for a living. To anyone who wants a summary: BUY THIS BOOK. The end.

P.S. Audible does not have a spoiler warning, I hope I don't ruin anyone's pleasure.