Legends of Marithia: Book 1 - Prophecies Awakening: Uncut and Extended Second Edition

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Rated 4.53/5 based on 16 reviews
When her sorceress mother and vampire king father are brutally murdered, Kassina makes a pact with Shindar, the Demon of Darkness. In exchange for her soul, Kassina obtains power to become the most feared sorceress in all the lands, and vows to exact her revenge on the people for the deaths of her parents. Granted eternal life, Kassina and her evil are never far away. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 81,670
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476074092
About Peter Koevari

Peter Koevari is a writer that holds fantasy dearly close to his heart. From an early age, he was immersed in all media of fantasy that he could get his hands on. Memories of movies such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Star Wars, Conan, The Last Starfighter, The Princess Bride, and many more are cherished memories of fantasy nostalgia.
 
Peter’s hunger for storytelling was growing from a young age. Feeding off movies, video games, and books, the hunger had never been quenched. There was a yearning for something, as if he was enchanted by a spell and did not know how to release it.
 
The worlds held inside his imagination had to be shared with readers of the world.
 
It took over 10 long years to unlock the doors to worlds such as Marithia, and to pen them into books to share with anyone willing to travel to his worlds, but once he found the key and began to write… everything made sense.
 
Peter’s writing will surprise you, may shock you and take your emotions by its talons, but will transport your mind into a world of fantasy like you have never read before.

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Review by: David Greenlees on Aug. 26, 2012 :
As with Book 2 in the awesome LOM series I was lucky enough to be a part of the review team for this extended and uncut edition of the story that began it all. If you liked the original, you'll love this one. Also, you'll need to read it. Just because you've read the original, doesn't mean you won't find gems in this latest edition.

The original was Peter's first novel, and as with any first novel there were some feelings of missing elements and possible depth (from some critics). The uncut and extended edition addresses those feelings. Great detail has been provided for many important scenes and I found myself visualising the story in a different (and better) way. I was able to apply more detail to those visions and relive the adventure in a new way.

Having read the LOM series in the following order - Book 1, Book 2, Book 1.0 (this book) - I was able to enjoy this so much more. Not suggesting other readers follow that order, but it worked for me.

Another noteworthy mention is the new cover art. It's awesome! Almost identical matches for how I had pictured these characters.

Now to start hounding Peter for Book 3!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michele Hayes on Aug. 25, 2012 :
First, thank you to the author for the free ebook to read and review. Fantasy is my first literary love, and there is certainly a lot to love about this adult fantasy. The author creates a world rich with details and wonderful characters ranging from elves, shadow demons, fairies, and vampires, to dragons and humans. His description of Marithia and its inhabitants is so complete that you feel like you are there, watching the battles and witnessing the magic spells firsthand.

To me, this is a story in the same vein as Tolkein, Goldman or L'Engle. It is all encompassing and brings wonder and excitement to life. You can't wait to see who will ultimately win...the forces of Good or Evil.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lexie on Aug. 25, 2012 :
3.5 stars but rounded up to 4stars. :)

First of all, this book was given to me by the author, himself, in exchange for an honest review. So, Peter, thank you for letting me read this book. :)

This is not the typical type of book I read. I mean, I don't usually read books that has a setting of ages ago. I don't really read dragons book since the last time I read one, I didn't even finish it cause of the English that was used. Thank God that the English used here is not the Old English. >_< I decided to read it cause it's new to my eyes. Meaning, this book have Dragons, Sorceress, Elvens, Faeries and, vampires.

I was hooked from the first page cause I was intrigued by the story. In the first few pages, Koevari gave a brief background how did Kassina, the sorceress, became twisted like that. And yes, I understand her. She wanted revenge for the murder of her parents. That's why she made a pact with Shindar, the Demon of Darkness.

And I like how Vartan is. Though I wished that the world building and the character building would be more elaborate cause it doesn't say much about Marithia and the characters. It's mostly action packed. Yes, I like it when it is action-packed but still, it should be balanced. :) And I want to see more how Vartan spend his time in the island of the Dragons. And I was kinda astonished that he accepted it (his true lineage and the prophecy) just like that.

But over-all, I like it and I enjoyed reading it. Like the sarcastic comments of some character like Keturah.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kristen Spor on Aug. 24, 2012 :
Prophecies Awakening book 1 of Legends of Marithia written by Peter Koevari is a real attention getter that starts the action from page 1. Let me say over 2 days I devoured Prophecies Awakening not once, but twice and still don't know if I can give justice to the works of Peter Koevari and his writing. Prophecies Awakening is a dramatic tale of the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. The world of Marithia created by Peter Koevari is fabulous and pulls you into the story from the very start. Prophe...moreProphecies Awakening book 1 of Legends of Marithia written by Peter Koevari is a real attention getter that starts the action from page 1. Let me say over 2 days I devoured Prophecies Awakening not once, but twice and still don't know if I can give justice to the works of Peter Koevari and his writing. Prophecies Awakening is a dramatic tale of the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. The world of Marithia created by Peter Koevari is fabulous and pulls you into the story from the very start. Prophecies Awakening is a fantasy reader's dream come true. Peter Koevari has given us a book that has vampires, demons,knights, unicorns, elves, humans, dragons and even aliens. Prophecies Awakening doesn't just focus on one race, but them all as different aspects of the story are told through the eyes/points of view of the different species/creatures. Peter Koevari's Prophecies Awakening is very well written and full of such detail readers will easily get pulled in and never want to leave the world of Marithia. I strongly recommend Prophecies Awakening book 1 of Legends of Marithia written by Peter Koevari for any true fans of fantasy. I cannot wait to read Darkness Rising Legends of Marithia book 2. On a final note Peter Koevari says, 'It is a dream and goal of mine to see my books turned into movies.' I wish him all the luck in following this dream, I know it would take box offices sales to a whole new level. I just hope when turning Prophecies Awakening it doesn't get ruined like so many before have.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Linda Bass on Aug. 24, 2012 : (no rating)
assinia, half soceress and half vampire, vowed to kill everyone in Maritha as she watched her parents die at the command of a selfish king. At twelve years old she was imprisoned in a cage where the guards tormented her before a invusble being wished that he would save her if she pledge her soul to him and he would make her immortal. As the guards reached for her to kil her, she quickly agreed and Shindar, an ancient dark demon who knew she was the chosen female to usher in the blood red moon prophecy..............

Sir Vartan of Greenhaven was banished by king Arman for almost losing getting the princess killed as he escorted her on her travels. He was lucky to escape with just wounds as many of the guards perished, it was not well known of the route they took and he smelled a traitor but he was banished from the kingdom before the king gave acknowelgement to his concerns.......................

Wow!! Mr. Koevaria pens a fast and awesome story that you won't want to put down as Elven, human, and dragons must unite to stop a prophecy from coming true that will mean the end of their world!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ChristinaLynn on Aug. 24, 2012 :
This is a very well written fantasy novel that reminded me of the older fantasy style books that I always enjoyed reading. It contains all the classic elements with humans, elves, and dragons, but it also adds the addition of vampires which gives it a different twist. The characters are very well developed, and I enjoyed how each chapter began with a thought from one of them. I felt this helped you understand each character better.

This book is a great start to a wonderful new fantasy series. If you enjoy good vs. evil fantasy books, you will love this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: sss mkl on Aug. 24, 2012 :
Okay wow on this book very graphic and defiantly not for the faint of heart. I have read a lot of books in my time and I must say this book is very graphic and a well written fantasy world. The author has defiantly decided against being modest and used full visuals to get his point across from one scene to another. I would not call this book a easy read do to the flash backs that happen etc..


Book 2 should be just as thrilling to read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Laura Johnson on Aug. 24, 2012 :
I received a free copy from the author in return for a review, so here it is! :)


What do you get when you add magic, dragons, treason, prophecies, and (surprisingly) vampires? A enjoyable and fresh fantasy world. The dragon lore and world-building was well-done, although sometimes the jumps to different scenes (flashbacks, visions/"spying", etc.) was a bit disorienting, and I found the prophecies a touch on the cheesy/obvious side. I like my prophecies cryptic, with multiple meanings, so that I can look back at them later and go, "Oh! Damn, that was clever" and be hypothesizing throughout the story.

Still, the book earned a solid 4 stars. Kassina (our vampire villainess) is deliciously wicked (and with a healthy sexual appetite, hehe!), and Vartan is an easy-to-like character whose POV I enjoyed following.The idea of dragon reincarnation fascinates me, and I look forward to seeing how Vartan will cope with his relationship with the princess should he become a dragon

The artwork in the book was a nice treat. Kudos to all the artists for the gorgeous images.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Tate on Aug. 24, 2012 :
Wow. I plowed through this book in one day. The story captivated me from the start. Dragons, elves, magic and mayhem with a few demons thrown in for good measure. The guts of an excellent fantasy book. The ending leaves you begging for more of the story. In glad I've already got the sequel. Excellent job Peter! Well worth my money.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Laura / on Aug. 23, 2012 :
** I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. This in no way affects my review. **

But oh, this book reminded me again why I love to read fantasy novels. Most of the time, we get vampires or werewolves or dragons or fairies...But this book has it all! There are even creatures from other worlds. Humans, dragons and elves pair up to fight the darkness that haunts them, and find a way to work together against a common enemy.

I was drawn into this story from page 1. I felt so bad for Kassina at the beginning, but she is soon clouded by darkness, hatred and cruelty. I struggled to find some kind of sympathy for her, but after what she did, I lost all respect for her. I can’t wait to read more about her though, because I’m sure her story is nowhere near done.

The switching point of views worked really well. It gives you the chance to find out what’s happening with all of them, and not just one character. This also causes the book to go really quick. You’ll be half way through without even noticing it.

Prophecies Awakening is really well-written, and filled with so much detail that I had no trouble seeing the lands and creatures in my mind.

However, I do wish that some of the relationships were a bit more explored, like the princess and Vartan, and I really want to know more about the Queen and the dragons, and even Kassina’s time with Shindar, or Shindar himself… I can’t wait to read more about them. I just can’t wait to get my hands on the second book in general. Curiosity is killing me already.

I really recommend this book for everyone who likes a fantastic fantasy novel that is well-written, creative, filled with amazing characters, an intriguing plot and leaves you at the edge of your seat. You will not regret picking this series up, because it’s well-worth your time.

And then there is one thing left to say: Thank you, Peter, for introducing me to your books and your world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Wenzel on Aug. 23, 2012 :
I was given this book by the author for review.

I am a huge fan of fantasy books and there aren't a lot of newer books like this. Legends of Marithia is so reminiscent of books from my past. The characters, the fighting, magic, enemies, I loved it all. I was very easily drawn into this world of elves, vampires, humans, and dragons. The detail is great for a shorter book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Heather Burke on Aug. 23, 2012 :
This book takes you into the realm of great fantasy story telling that just isn’t found in a lot of recent stories. If you a fan of authors such as Terry Brookes; you will love this book.

Staying in tradition of great fantasy story telling the base of this book is good vs. evil. Which of course by the end of book one you are not sure who the victor will be the battle can still go either way. Each side has their own prophesy that once fulfilled it will give that side the upper hand; but no everyone is who they seem. Like many other books you will find tales of love and deception in the plot as well as ultimate sacrifices!

You will also find some elements in this book that set it apart from other fantasy books. Peter pushes the boundaries of the fantasy realm. By not just having fantasy favorites such as Fairies, Elves, and dragons but you there are also vampires, demons, and other dark creatures.

I defiantly think that this is one indie author that has potential to go far in this gene. I can’t wait to see what Peter has in store for us in book 2.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: M B on Aug. 23, 2012 :
**Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author to read and review.**

Prophecies Awakening is a great start to at least a duet of books. It had its ups and downs, but overall was an entertaining read.

There were some high points, such as the character of Tusdar. He provided the few moments of comic relief, which were welcome among such dark scenes and ideas. I also appreciated Vartan's character development, but wish there had been more to it. There is mention of him training with the dragons, but no expansion of it. In one chapter he is clueless to magic, in the next he knows how to do a ton of stuff. Magic is awesome, but how did he learn it?

Many such instances of skipping-over happened in the book, which I minded but not *too* much. A scene between the Elven Queen and one of her soldiers, in which she kisses him and then apologizes for it, struck me as odd considering she had just lost her husband, whom she had seemed to love so much. More interaction and development between the two characters would have been welcome there. Also, many things seemed to happen very quickly. I'm left wondering just how long it was between the night the prince killed the king, to the night of the climax battle. There was mention at one point that Kassina was days away from the elves' home, and yet it seems like only hours later her army is at their doorstep. Some time context would have been helpful. Dialogue was also a bit stilted and formal for some of the situations the characters were in. Just loosen up the tongues a little bit (use more contractions, add in some dialect) and it would have had a much better flow.

Sorry to start with the negatives - overall, I am left with a pretty positive feeling on the book. I enjoyed some of the character development but feel like I wasn't given enough time to "bond" with Aidan and Tusdar. The world building was pretty interesting and I'd like to see more of it in the next book. I wish I had a better picture of the cities in my head, though, because I'm left with images from Lord of the Rings movies to fill in the blanks, and they don't seem right. I also saw some parallels to Star Wars (at least with the market full of off-worlders - just rang bells in my head), and even to Katharine Kerr's Deverry series (considering how dragons can turn human and vice versa - in her books humans can turn into dragons through a very old and difficult spell). I could definitely tell that Mr. Koevari has thoroughly immersed himself into the fantasy genre in his reading, and that is appreciated.

This book was a quick read (I finished in one day) and, while it wasn't perfect (so little fantasy is these days), it was a good story, had a good amount of action, and kept me interested until the end. It also sets up very nicely for the sequel. Although I'm not usually interested in vampire fiction, this wasn't quite that. There was enough other fantasy that I could believe the vampires fit in it, and it was worked in in an interesting way. I would recommend this to other fantasy readers who aren't looking for high fantasy, but instead a good battle story with interesting characters and a complex world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: David Caldwell on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Growing up I loved fantasy movies like Willow, Kull, Conan the Barbarian, Labyrinth, Dragonslayer, Beastmaster and many others.Some were better than others but I loved them all.One thing they all had in common was that the good guys were good and the bad guys were evil.No gray hats in the bunch.
They all also shared a dose of cheesy when you thought about them.Don't get me wrong, that isn't an insult.It is just when the sides are so clearly divided and bigger than life, it can get a little cheesy when seen out of context.(Try reading the backs of most books aloud and they sound cheesy to be honest.)

Another favorite pasttime from my youth was Dungeons and Dragons.It was like being in those fantasy movies and books that I loved.The best part was getting to use my imagination to come up with new worlds and characters.

Legemds of Maritha reminded me so much of those old movies, books and games.Some people might think it a little old-fashioned but I loved that aspect.I loved that you have clear cut good guys fighting truly evil bad guys.The setting is imaginative and well developed.The trading city is awesome.I really wished I was still role-playing so I could steal it for my campaign.The story is fairly straightforward but has enough originality to stand out from other books like it.

This is Peter Koevari's first novel.For a first novel, it is very good.It isn't as polished as some books by authors who have put out dozens of books.It does show a lot of promise and is an enjoyable read.I do believe Mr. Koevari will continue to grow as he continues writing.One thing that bothered me was the long quotes at the beginning of each chapter.I felt they hurt the flow of the narrative.
This is just the first part of the story.In fact it is a cliff-hanger so go ahead and grab book 2 so you don't have to wait.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: David Caldwell on Aug. 23, 2012 :
Growing up I loved fantasy movies like Willow, Kull, Conan the Barbarian, Labyrinth, Dragonslayer, Beastmaster and many others.Some were better than others but I loved them all.One thing they all had in common was that the good guys were good and the bad guys were evil.No gray hats in the bunch.
They all also shared a dose of cheesy when you thought about them.Don't get me wrong, that isn't an insult.It is just when the sides are so clearly divided and bigger than life, it can get a little cheesy when seen out of context.(Try reading the backs of most books aloud and they sound cheesy to be honest.)

Another favorite pasttime from my youth was Dungeons and Dragons.It was like being in those fantasy movies and books that I loved.The best part was getting to use my imagination to come up with new worlds and characters.

Legemds of Maritha reminded me so much of those old movies, books and games.Some people might think it a little old-fashioned but I loved that aspect.I loved that you have clear cut good guys fighting truly evil bad guys.The setting is imaginative and well developed.The trading city is awesome.I really wished I was still role-playing so I could steal it for my campaign.The story is fairly straightforward but has enough originality to stand out from other books like it.

This is Peter Koevari's first novel.For a first novel, it is very good.It isn't as polished as some books by authors who have put out dozens of books.It does show a lot of promise and is an enjoyable read.I do believe Mr. Koevari will continue to grow as he continues writing.One thing that bothered me was the long quotes at the beginning of each chapter.I felt they hurt the flow of the narrative.
This is just the first part of the story.In fact it is a cliff-hanger so go ahead and grab book 2 so you don't have to wait.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nathalia De Matos on Aug. 23, 2012 :
If you're a fan of traditional fantasy, then you'll definitely enjoy this novel. The author incorporates races and mystical animals that we're used to seeing in traditional fantasy (e.g. unicorns, dragons, demons, elves and humans), but throws them all into a refreshing twist involving vampires.

The author also has a lovely way with words. The visuals are absolutely fantastic, in fact, they're one of the best that I've read in a novel this year. I also loved that the author took the time to explain that Marithia is located in the middle of uncharted seas. One of my biggest pet peevs is when an author uses a map and doesn't involve or explain the surrounding areas. Instead of paying attention to the story, I can't help but wonder what exotic creatures, races and cities are in the areas that the author choose to ignore.

The book is also extremely fast paced. Now for some, this could be a positive element, however I would of personally appreciated it if the author slowed a few areas down. Since the chapters were short and the story locked in an endless action scene, I barely got to know the characters and felt rather alienated most of the time. When something significant happened, or when a character died, I found myself not caring.

Another thing that I would like to point out is that the writing itself is quite modern. By incorporating a few words here and there with something that would better suit the time period would significantly enhance the writing. I would also omit the random character illustrations in between the chapters, mostly because it doesn't allow the reader to imagine a character the way they want to. You're being forced to see a character in that way.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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