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"The Master of Epic Fantasy" - Kindle Nation Daily, Nov. 2017
M. R. Mathias lives on 5 wooded acres. Like the wizards of old, he tends to the animals who share that space and inspire the creatures in his works. He likes to deep sea fish, to attend sporting events, and genre/cosplay conventions. He has sold well over a million eBooks. His work is critically acclaimed, and he has won multiple literary awards including a coveted Locus Poll nomination.
Here is what others are saying about M. R. Mathias:
"There are few writers in the genre of fantasy that can equal the creative mind of M.R. Mathias - now acknowledged as a master in this genre of dragons and dwarves, and magic, and spells, and all aspects of fantasy."-- Top 100, Hall of Fame, Vine Voice, Book Reviewer, Grady Harp
"M.R. Mathias imagines a setting that will entice readers and lead them, along with his characters, on a breathtaking adventure." -- Readers Favorite Book Awards review of M. R. Mathias's 2017 Award Winning novel "A Gossamer Lens" from The Legend of Vanx Malic series
"M.R. Mathias is a master at world building and is so good with creative descriptions that you can almost feel the wind whipping through your hair as you soar along on the back of a dragon." -- Readers Favorite Awards review of M. R. Mathias's 2015 "Gold Medal" Award Winning novel "Blood and Royalty" from The Dragoneer Saga"
"You've (Mathias) already achieved much, much more than so many people who like to think of themselves as writers." -- @Gollancz The Deputy Publishing Director of SF, Fantasy & Horror list of the Orion Publishing Group, 2013
Al W Moe
on Dec. 23, 2011 :
M. R. Mathias has certainly got a way with a story twist as he picks up the action in “The Dragoneers Part II:” Cold Hearted Son of a Witch. The second in a trilogy, this work allows Mathias to slow from the first installment’s break-neck speed and allows the reader to really come to grips with the world surrounding them: Dragons, witches, sorcerers, kings, battles, and magic.
Dragonners II also takes the reader to a new level of understanding of the characters, especially young Jenka who grows to manhood while learning Zah’s power as a sorcerer and as a woman. Motivations are somewhat limited to survival and conquest, but character development continues to grow.
In this land of trolls and danger, Jenka’s dragon, Jade, plays a larger part in the evolution of the characters and the direction of the story. Eventually, the impending Saraxian Confliction brings the reader to a new light: these travelers are true Dragoneers, and Mathias molds as real a fantasy land as possible into his exciting, fast-paced saga, the saga of the Dragoneers.
“Cold Hearted Son of a Witch” also brings Mathias’ humor into this high-fantasy mix. While a bit heavy-handed, it brings fun to the surface and allows the characters to grow into well-rounded features of the story. The pacing is good, slightly slowed from “The Royal Dragoneers,” and the author’s own enjoyable, distinctive style still shines.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Dec. 19, 2011 :
Three and a half stars. Smashwords, like Amazon, needs to make available a half star option.
Cold Hearted Son of a Witch is book II in Mathias' trilogy, and I'm assuming a bridge to book III. Considering the number of characters (okay, who is that guy and what's his background again?) it's helpful to have read book I, The Royal Dragoneers, first. This is a fun read in terms of movement, animation and creativity. In the first book I found the overstimulated, non-stop action sequences a bit of a challenge, and I was hard pressed to find a place where I could catch my breath. That frantic momentum is, thankfully, missing from this book, which means a smoother ride for the reader. The easier pace gave me the opportunity to finally get to know the characters. Knowing their personalities shines a new light on the overall story, which - logically - makes the mental experience more enjoyable. Mathias' sense of humor is more prevalant in this book, and I found it spot on throughout the story.
The other reviews give more of the story away than I'd like to see, so on that note I won't give anything else up. I'm not a big fan of fantasy books. Having said that - I'm having fun reading Mathias' work.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Nov. 06, 2011 :
Continuing the adventures of The Dragoneers M. R. Mathias adds wisdom, jealousy, longing, and survial to the already emotional tie that the reader has with each character. Each character has their own internal trials that each of them learn to overcome in order to work as the whole they are meant to be. The reader has no choice but to succumb to M. R. Mathias' enchanting tale of heroism. Learning to have faith in one's inner strength will allow you to conquer any situation. I throughly enjoyed learning more about each Dragoneer's inner self. The imagery M. R. Mathias paints with his words leaves magical imprints on the reader and has them yearning for more.
(reviewed 63 days after purchase)
on Sep. 23, 2011 :
Second in M.R. Matthias’ teen fantasy epic, The Dragoneers Saga, Cold-Hearted son of a witch picks up the story at the close of The Royal Dragoneers . With so many characters and a well-drawn world so thoroughly imagined and described, it’s probably best to start the story with book one. But eager readers, willing to wait to learn who’s who, will jump into book two without difficulty. Pleasingly, all the characters are there, teenagers growing older at a convincing rate, and even young March from the author’s short novella The First Dragoneer plays a part, his arrival adding even greater breadth to the world that carries the tale.
There’s a king inhabiting a sorcerer’s body, a sleeping prince, young would-be lovers wondering how to combine commitment to cause with commitment to each other, friendship, dragons, betrayal, and delightfully real relationships in this novel. The combination of immediate and long-term threat is nicely portrayed with all its conflicting interests, as are the problems of everyday needs during earth-shattering danger, making the characters very real and relatable. The author’s descriptions bring the world to life, and his skill with battle scenes and their gruesome aftermath is masterful. Wars fought in this world hurt; friends die, and those left behind deal with grief while riding on to save the survivors.
Genuine, gritty, well-imagined, with pleasing reality and humor seasoning fantasy and fear, this second book fulfills all the promise of the first, and more, leaving me eager to move on to book three and glad I’ve had the chance to revisit the series.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Sep. 02, 2011 :
Whenever a new M.R. Mathias book releases, I can't wait to read it. And lucky for me, I am usually one of the first. He is easily one of the most consistent writers I have ever encountered during my many years of reading. Consistency is a great thing to have when you are a writer. He has the ability to turn out book after book that is of the utmost quality and that never wavers. And he has done it again with Cold-Hearted Son of a Witch.
The author has said to me that this is a transitional book and that's why it's shorter than the rest. That may be true, but it sure didn't make it any less important. The story continues here from the first book, and it's just as exciting and animated as The Royal Dragoneers was. Listen. I am not a fantasy fan. At least not a high-fantasy fan. It's true that I don't have a lot of experience with high-fantasy, but I can't help but love this series. I love these dragons. And I love their riders.
The plot is paced well and the action jumps off the page. It was completely exciting and very difficult to put down. It usually takes me a little bit of time to read through a M.R. Mathias novel, but I finished this one in a few hours. I just had to know what happened next. And the book is also full of dry humor and wit, which is something that I really enjoy. I love laughing out loud when I read and I really adore the author's sense of humor. I think it's great.
I've reviewed more than enough of his books now, and I fear that at this point anything I say will sound like a broken record. I think all of my reviews for M.R. Mathias books sound the same! But I can't help it, because they are all really good and I can't help but repeat myself. There are only so many good things you can say about an author before you start running out of words.
A few quick things you need to know: Cold-Hearted Son of a Witch is a shorter book than The Royal Dragoneers, and will not take you as long to get through. And as always, they can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. This story was a lot of fun and I really cannot wait to continue the story with the next book. There were a lot of fun twists and turns with this one and I am dying to know how the story ends. This is a trilogy right?
(reviewed the day of purchase)