- File Size: 940 KB
- Print Length: 346 pages
- Publication Date: May 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082XW04G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Oblivion's Forge (Aona series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Review by Leigh Holland.
Oblivion’s Forge is the first in a four book epic fantasy series by Simon Williams. In this installment, we follow four viewpoint characters whose destinies are irrevocably intertwined with the fate of Aona, their world. Each chapter follows a different character along their path. While some readers may find this style difficult to follow, I adjusted to it rather quickly and enjoyed the focus on the characters.
The plot is straightforward and, for Aona, inescapable. What happened long ago is happening again. People are falling prey to a strange malady that imparts dreams and visions of beings of light, the Marandaal, emerging from a gate. The malady drives its victims into despair, madness, and eventual death. Ancient lore says that these beings of light will wash over the world of Aona and seek the destruction of all life. They’ve been here once before and were defeated. However, lore did not record how they were defeated. What will the characters do when the Marandaal come?
My favorite characters were Jaana, the human healer, and her traveling companion and friend Lyya. Jaana was relatable, kind-hearted, friendly, and compassionate. Lyya is a loyal friend and knows her own flaws and strengths. I also liked Vornen, an exile from his home city who is attracted to The Gates, the gateway through which the Marandaal will arrive. Although I didn’t much care for Iyoth, I’m curious to know if he changes over the course of the rest of the books.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to fans of epic fantasy novels. It’s a promising beginning to the series.
There are a lot of characters involved—a roguish warrior with a self-destructive sensitivity to the Gates, a healer who has seemingly lost her ability to heal, travelers, sorcerers, a thief, an assassin and a royal, among others—so the story unfolds from the point of view of different races, locations and situations. It’s hard to keep track of all the characters at times, but this approach does give an unsettling sense of how deeply and inexorably the invading beings are gaining a foothold in the world. This has an epic quality, the end of an age and the dawn of another. To add to this, everyone feels compelled in one way or another to take sides, so suspicion and persecution become rampant. The way each character deals with this is telling.
The ending confused me a little. Things culminate to an excellent place; but then it continues on a short way with some new characters. Their plights are engaging, and tie in with things that happened, but I wondered if it needed to be there, or might have been better put in an epilogue or something.
Overall, I really liked the style and feel of this book. The author’s descriptions are beautiful and well written, giving it a kind of presence. There were some minor technical issues such as point-of-view shifts, odd uses of italics, and patches here and there needing polish; but none of that took away my enjoyment of the story. This was a fantastic read and I’m looking forward to more books in the series.
About three weeks ago I was deleting old emails and I realized that Mr. Williams and I never finished our interview. As I dug a bit deeper, I realized that not only had we not begun the interview but I had failed to write a review altogether!
I immediately reached out to Mr. Williams and apologized. Told him I would write that review I had promised a year ago, a word is your bond after all. But before I did, I wanted to re-read the book. I have read many books since then and a large percentage where of the same genre. I wanted to be sure to give an accurate review.
Almost instantly, before the third chapter I remembered the book and the characters and the plots and twists and tangles, almost everything. I could have easily stopped and written the review right there and then. But I kept reading instead!
That tells you two things:
1- Oblivion's Forge is forged* brilliantly, constructed in such a fascinating manner that the tale actually bonds with your imagination. So, that even after a year of reading books of the same genre, it sticks out like a shiny pebble.
2- It is so masterfully written, that reading it twice wasn't a chore but a pleasure.
Williams is everything an author, an artist, should be. Bold, clean, intelligent. The character's emotions aren't just emotions on paper, they are real and sharp and painful.
I am not sure where he will go in the next few books, but I promise, I will find out!
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