Thursday, January 2, 2014

What It Really Means to Be Epic Fantasy

As to not overwhelm your reading sensibilities (and not produce too long of a wish list hopefully), my final review for the day. More will be released tomorrow!


The First Decree by Alon Shalev

This was an excellent sequel in the Wycaan Master series. In the first book, we were introduced to an adventurous set of teenagers comprised of elves and humans. All were misfits for their own individual secrets in a world divided but wonderfully found each other as the solution to their isolation. Their uniting has built the bridge for others to follow along that unification.

The First Decree takes us to the next section by introducing dwarves to the rag-tag gang. The depth of world building and race creation in this series is what it means to be epic fantasy. There is culture and presence with each individual as well as their associated races. I'm really crossing my fingers to get to see more of the Aqua'lansis. They are a new breed to my fantasy mythos, and I am certainly intrigued with their race. Mr. Shalev has even managed to create a system of evolution from the disruption to his authorverse's dawn of history to the modern telling of the story.

The story line moves along with great energy and action. There is a touch of romance and a dash of heroism. The characters struggle and conquer and fail. I really cannot come up with enough great things to say about these books. All because a father wanted to entertain his son on a picnic. Beautiful.

I look forward to starting my 2014 reading challenge with the finale. For more information, visit the author's page here.

Here is to tomorrow and more reviews!