on March 23, 2018 :
A whole new world of dragons, magic and dreams!
“The rules are simple,” according to one inhabitant of Xristhana, the magical realm which is the setting for Wright's imaginative tale; battling and wars ensue between impossibly beautiful creatures. The weapon of choice is usually a glaive. “What exactly is a 'glaive'?” you may ask. According to Wright they are “terrifying weapons, with razor-sharp hooks and edges on their shield guards and keen curved blades at both ends of their leather-gripped shafts.” One would not want to find out the hard way, obviously!
Wright is at his most poetic when speaking of female characters such as Ilona, a high mistress of Xristhana's most noble House of Fire, as with his depiction of the moment when a woman's “delicate voice rang like the call of the multi-colored songbird from distant southern shores.” Characters such as Du'ina feature predominantly in crude, brutal scenes.
Ethereal and fantastical aspects mingle with the mortal: there are recognisable Earthly emotions such as pride, love, loyalty and desire, yet they often take on unrecognisable forms. For example when “the wizard had discovered that there was no greater pleasure, in the realm of gods or mortals, than
power. And for that pleasure he would sacrifice anything.”
“He has the Ik'ai,” comes a compliment, and we see how visionary powers are renamed to suit this new realm. Cries for mercy and “red oceans of death” intermingle.
As the “elves of Xristhana and Gyzerland alike settled down to a welcome, albeit tenuous, peace” some more romantic scenes display the breadth of Wright's literary skills. In terms of romance, it is the “ethereal spark” which attracts beings to one another in a world of 'green eyes' and dreams.
It is hard to find a likeable character at times: most have negative qualities such as being “vain, cruel and false”. Indeed, the entire narrative is complimentary mostly to the women, men are blasted as being all “fools”. One lonely female is told “We cannot wait for the gods to suddenly make one of them wise just for you when they have failed to do so since the first creation.”
With time and hearts simply play things in this battle for survival, there is much for the imagination to feast on.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 18, 2018 :
I want to start off by saying I support all my fellow authors and writers out there especially of the fantasy fiction genre! This book readers is very interesting in terms of story and terminology, all of which you will become familiar with as you read on so don’t worry if you hear new names and don’t understand them right away. I will say I got two of the characters names mixed together but in my head and based on their personalities it became very easily and quickly for me to distinguish the two. I love Mithrians teacher, I felt like he was a wise Yoda in a sense and anytime I was reading about him I was always excited about what he would do next. The ending took me by complete surprise but don’t worry I won’t post any spoilers here but it definetly wraps up very nicely. Recommended to anyone who loves fantasy, dragons, lord of the rings or the hobbit series
(review of free book)