Whilst the title of this debut novel from James Val'Rose conjures up images of a fantasy world, the cover artwork is eye-catching but ambiguous and gives nothing away.The sheer depth of the epic tale revealed within the 379 pages is hard to put into words, but I'll try!
This first volume of the Theurgy Revolution introduces us to a wealth of wonderful characters. We start by joining friends Jerome and Peter as they set out on an arduous coming of age journey of discovery. The engaging young men meet many other characters as they continue on their way and their numbers grow as several opt to accompany the friends on their trek.
Full of mystery, this novel encompasses so many elements that make up the ideal fantasy tale. There is magic galore, a little romance, revenge and betrayal. Battles with the malevolent Reformation, who appear very interested in certain members of the band of travellers.
There is an awful lot going on here. Numerous characters with different backgrounds and stories; dark forces at play; each character's internal battles; along with brilliantly effective use of the widest range of vocabulary I think I've ever seen. There is a lot to get your head around, especially if you're not a regular reader of epic fantasy. These aren't criticisms, but to let prospective readers know that it is worth persevering with this novel - it'll be so worth it in the end!
Summary: An epic fantasy awash with memorable characters, set in the Realm of Aramyth. The fantastical setting, engaging characters and the wonderfully descriptive use of vocabulary will have a wide appeal, particularly to fans of epic fantasy sagas such as those by J. R. R. Tolkein and George R. R. Martin. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Sincere thanks to author James Val'Rose and publisher Austin Macauley for providing a hard copy in return for an honest review.