I have read all three parts that have been published so far and was very pleased to find there that much of historical and even mythological reference ranging to Proto-Uralic cosmogonic myths. It’s obviously not easy to seamlessly combine historical references and a fantasy narrative, but the author managed the task. The story was also very plausible in terms of psychology and logic of action:
- psychology/inner story logic itself are as they should be: the actions are motivated and understandable;
- historical psychology is great. It’s obvious that characters in fantasy worlds, which are somewhat ancient/medieval, cannot act following the logic that we people of the industrial age follow. But nevertheless many authors let their characters act like modern human beings which are just set in a historical scenery. This makes stories always implausible, even fantasy ones. Here, this was not the case except of a few minor slips.
- every character has his own temper and behavior. I would say, the protagonists’ tempers even develop as story goes on, which is a characteristic of good fiction literature.
I personally liked most the scene where Aure and Vierra are fighting with Vierra saving her cousin sister in the end. I dare say that from this scene it could be seen that they two are on different stages of psychological development, with Aure being more primitive and Vierra more advanced. This scene makes the story even more plausible by giving it even more depth. Nobody knows for sure, but I truly believe that archaic societies developed not only slowly and evolutionally, but also by sudden breakthroughs which were possible when people were born who were psychologically and intellectually way ahead of their tribe. Further parts of the story are not published yet so I don’t know how it will go further, and maybe the author didn’t ever meant all the things that I see there. Then it’s cool anyway because it’s always cool when characters start living their own life besides the author’s will.
And, last but not least: great cover artwork.