“In Review of…” will be a regular series of posts on my blogs where I will pass on my thoughts about the books I have read, the films, tv shows and theatre I have watched.
To start things off, I thought I would share my views on the first book of Aona Series, Oblivions Forge, by Simon Williams, who subsequently features on my lastest “10 Minutes with…” interview feature today, as well.
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In Review of… Oblivion’s Forge
The wonderfully titled Oblivion’s Forge is the first novel of the Aona series by dark fantasy writer, Simon Williams, and if this first offering is anything to go by, readers are in for a real treat.
I have struggled over the last few years to get back into reading fantasy, and it only took me a couple of pages to realise I had found my way back home. What stands out about this novel to me is the writing – it’s narrative is beautiful, poetic and dream-like, in a way I had not read before, and that style carried me through the thrilling and intriguing tale twice, before I decided to give the book the review it deserved.
I won’t spoil any of the story, as I want you to find out for yourself, but the myriad of real, believable characters are all finely woven threads of a striking tapestry, all unique, all important, though perhaps not obviously so when you first meet them.
There is an impressive array of characters on offer. A great many female characters, too, which is also very refreshing – my particular favourite being Amethyst, and the story plays out at a pace that allows you to immerse yourself in the sense of wonderment, but always wary of the storm, creeping closer with each page on the horizon, that slowly tightens its grip on the tale and everyone in it.
There are some real stand-out moments, some twists that you really don’t see coming, and I cannot wait to delve into the rest of this series to discover how this beautifully written tale plays out. Highly recommended
My Rating: 5/5 Stars Format Read: Paperback Edition
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