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The battle scenes, brawls, mysteries, and adventures kept me turning page after page. Yet it was the close relationships between the main characters that makes this book transcend beyond adventure-- Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff
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"
"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
About the Author
- ASIN : B005465JO2
- Publication date : June 2, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 3242 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 508 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#466,355 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,700 in Mythology (Kindle Store)
- #2,305 in Dragons & Mythical Creatures Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #4,240 in Fantasy Adventure Fiction
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!
All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.
Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?
Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.
If you took every major epic fantasy that has ever been written and twisted them all into one fantastic tale of magic, sword play and just plain old fantasy fun, you might get the first half of this monster of a read. The last half is a climax so thrilling that words can't even describe it. This is what fantasy fans have been waiting for...
Kings, Queens, Heroes and Fools picks up pretty much right where the first book left off. High King Mikhal and his friends are still fighting to free themselves from the tyranny of Shaella the Dragon Queen and from General RaGren, who has taken the citizens of Westland as slaves. Hyden takes the new apprentice, Phen, and a few others on a quest to obtain a skull that will allow him to go to the Nethers and bring back the ring that was rightfully his but is now being worn by his brother turned demon, Gerard.
Shaella works with her minions and a host of priests to steal the skull from Hyden and bring Gerard back from the Nethers to rule both Hell and Earth together. She kidnaps a princess and sets a trap for the High King. As she prepares to bring her demon lover back from the Nethers, she helps RaGren bring about an attack of epic proportions against High King Mikhal and the allied forces.
The stakes are higher, the action greater and more brutal. The battle scenes are terrifying and gut-wrenching. There was little character growth in this book, which was a little disappointing, but there was so much action and suspense and adventure thrown into this book that it left little room for anything else. But I am definitely looking forward to the next book to see how it all ties together and works out in the end. This has been a classic good versus evil story, but can good truly win this time?
Top reviews from other countries
The spelling and grammar seems to have improved (although it may be I just didn't notice them so much as I skim read through most of it)but the characters are still 2 dimensional and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them. The "love interest" has been given a weird accent which was very distracting.....Someone help me out - is she Scottish or South African?? Either way, she was a very weak, clichéd character and her inclusion seemed pointless.
The other characters - equally cliched and boring. Even though I finished the book less than 2 weeks ago, I have forgotten most of them and all but the general gist of the story as it just did not capture my imagination enough for me to properly invest in reading and retaining.
All the other reviews are five star so maybe I just missed something? Were there hidden depths I overlooked? Did the book do anything more than churn out stereotypical plots and characters? Did it deliver something new and fresh to the genre that I missed? Maybe, but more likely not. Either way, this wasn't for me and I will not be completing the trilogy.
One critical review complained that the characters were two dimensional and I would have to agree that they lack the rich depth which Tolkien achieved for his characters through a wonderful synthesis of Earth myths and a creation of a middle Earth realm which is instantly recognisable in our sub-conscious.
Leaving the comparison to LOTR aside, most Amazon reviewers gave this novel a high rating and I can see why. They enjoyed the story and this is why we read, we want to be entertained and this trilogy is entertaining. The revised first book is tighter than the unrevised second and third books.This is, of course, the perennial problem for independent authors but the benefits of editing are unmistakable.
Frustrating! There are times when I wanted to scream, "No! Please don't do that again, move the story on, develop a sub plot, enrich the characters but not that again." However I must forgive the author for my frustration, he attempts to complete a fantasy epic on the scale of Robert Jordan's, "Wheel of Time", in just three books and I bless him for not having to wait twenty years for the finale.
Should you buy this trilogy? Well yes, let us support our independent authors but let us also encourage them to find good editors and to enrich their works by not rushing the conclusion and developing the characters and back story.
An excellent second book in the trilogy; continuing and building up where book one left off.