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I felt like I was in a whole new world reading this book... The storyline was also amazing. I would recommend anyone who loves fantasy books to read this as you will def be swept into this world! - Avid Reader Reviews (*Review of Through the Wildwood, Book One)
"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.
"When reading this book, I was reminded of several other fantasy novels that I have read previously. The author's style is individual, but it has the flavor of a Tolkien novel, or possibly Robert Jordan. I detected a great amount of affection in his deliverance of the characters, and their progress throughout the story was handled well. I must say that Vanx is quite a likeable rogue, and the way that the story begins certainly grabs the reader, pulling them into the story whether they like it, or not." -- Kindle Review (*Review of Through the Wildwood, Book One)
Entertaining, action packed, and witty. Overall a good second book that starts where the first left off and I look forward to the next. - Jacob (Review of Dragon Isle, Book Two)
Winterlands can make for brutal and grueling fantasy settings, and Mathias slaps us around with that cold brutality as well as keeping Vanx as lively as ever. His details put us right in the action along with his motely crew of hunters, with beasts and beings of all kinds sharing the land with varying degrees of success. We've got epic serpent danger, Gargans, fae, minotaurs, mammoth shrews, warlocks, a witch to hunt and a pixie queen to save. Vanx is on his game, and so is Poops, who I must admit is my favorite character. Though I do love Chelda, too, and the vision of her with an elf nested in her chest will be with me always. That's what I love most about these books. The plotting and action is stellar, but it's the fun, the vibrant play with language and the sheer unconventional delight that makes them memorable and addicting. I seriously want to sit around the fire and have elk stew with these folks, while also loving the magic and action pulling the narrative along. The book contains a peek into the next book and it looks like more great witch hunting is ahead.
As a fellow fantasy writer, I greatly appreciate the work that M. R. Mathias has put into this series. To craft a world that is so rich in unique and engaging characters--along with a vast mythos and thrilling magic--is no easy task. But all of this, and more, is accomplished with a masterful flourish that will keep you reading into the late hours. In fact, once you start, you won't be able to put the book down. The characters are so well-written that they will begin to feel like your friends, and each page shared with them creates more of a comfortable intimacy. I am a huge fan of cold and wintery settings for fantasy, so this definitely hit the spot for me. In addition, the narrative is masculine and clever-- often a bit bawdy-- which kept me smiling. I even had a few laugh out loud moments. Overall, these books definitely do suck me in into the story and keep me sucked in even long after I should have gone to bed. If you have some spare time to really dive in and read them marathon-style, I'd highly recommend giving this author a try! It will be well worth your time.
Great fantasy fiction series. Having read the two previous books of this series, I would have to say this one has been the most emotional one thus far. I like that we get to see a softer side of Vanx. I mean who doesn't like a man/or half man that loves dogs. (I still can't get over the whole Poops name,so cute.) Straight to the point if your a hard fantasy buff, and want to be introduced to Vanx's world then this series is the book for you. I wouldn't recommend reading this book on its own, to get the full effect, start with book one. I do think this book stretched a little but the detail to action was impressive. Overall, it was filled with unexpected journey, twists and turns, and sadly enough, death ( I'd don't want to spoil it for you guys, but one of the characters from the first and second book dies in this one). So yes, I recommend this book to anyone, and double yes to moving on to the next book in this series.
I found "Saint Elm's Deep," by author M. R. Mathias to be a smooth continuation of the storyline in his The Legend of Vanx Malic series.
M. R. Mathias has a nice approach to his writing that easily draws the reader into the fantastical world he has created. The characters, their dialog and the scenes are very creative and extremely entertaining.
With plenty of fantasy and adventure - and non-stop action - Saint Elm's Deep is easily a page-turner for fans of science fiction or fantasy reads.
Keep up the good work! I'm off to check out the author's other titles!
Author M.R. Mathias is an award-winning self-published Fantasy Writer. He is noted for his epic fantasy novels and his prolific social network marketing activity. `Reading fantasy takes us away from reality to a place where impossible things are possible and the righteous somehow find a way to win the day.' And nothing could be more true than stepping into the world of The Legend of Vanx Malic. Mathias freely states his past: `I was in and out of jail since I was a teenager. I used to have a serious drug habit. I stole stuff, I lied, and I abused every known drug on the streets. My charges were for drug possession, that is what I did time for. I also did time when I was younger for burglary. Writing was my salvation. I was in maximum security for a while, over a few fights. I was in a dungeon cell 23 hours a day, everyday.' All the novels were written in longhand, without the luxury of spell check, or word processors, or even a dictionary. Now he is noted for his epic fantasy novels and his prolific social network marketing activity. His 2011 book `The First Ten Steps' shares shared his considerable knowledge of self-promotion. Searching for further information about this author reveals a man less concerned about resume status than about storytelling and his book are directed at the Young Adult sector. And as one interviewer remarked, `Kudos to Mathias for having the audacity to be openly reveal his darkest secrets. It made him the person he is today, an extremely talented fantasy author. He dared to step outside the line and risk just how far he could go.' Mathias has been clean and free since his release, and he has every intention of staying that way.
THE LEGEND OF VANX MALIC is a four part series and while it is important to read the entire series for the maximum effect of Mathias' fantasy epic, this Book 3 - SAINT ELM'S DEEP - is strong enough to stand alone. Background of some characters may be missing but Mathias is a sure writer and fills in the blanks where necessary. BOOK 3 - After finding a map on a grueling hunt, Vanx and his new companions decide to travel deep into the Bitterpeaks, where a fabled hoar witch's crystal palace supposedly sits hidden in a valley called Saint Elm's Deep. The story deepens, as we delve into Vanx's past and the future of as unlikely a group of heroes as you will ever find. Action and adventure, drama and thrills, and a barrel keg full of fantasy adventure await readers in Saint Elm's Deep, the third installment of The Legend of Vanx Malic. The final volume THAT FRIGID FARGIN WITCH ties it all together.
You must read MR Mathias to appreciate the manner in which he holds together characters through long novels and brings solutions to all the adventures he creates. Some have difficult with the names at first, but remember this is fantasy and no easy common name would be suitable. Mathias knows exactly how to weave a spell that entraps us from book to book. Grady Harp, March 15