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Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"
- ASIN : B009A0Q5D2
- Publication date : September 12, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1487 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 315 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #620,818 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot is interesting and I think the main idea behind of this book is different from the other trilogy, which is surprising since it is in the same genre; fantasy and it came from the same author. The fantasy world in this book is different from the other trilogy, which is another, plus for me.
The pace of the story, however, is slow up until almost half of the book, there are a lot of thing happening in this book but somehow it doesnt feel like it picks up the pace. The scene of when Vanx is trying to escape, it supposed to be suspenseful and fast but it turns out to be a bit draggy.
What I like the most is how unlikely of Vanx Malic to be a hero. He is a weak, poor and very unfortunate guy to be a hero. He reminds me a lot of Merlin but as the story evolves, his character is getting much better and he does grow a lot by the end of the first book. As for other supporting characters, it feels like I dont have enough backstory to understand their actions and their connection (love story and devotion) to each other.
I would certainly read the second book in the series because this one is just lacking some pace and some depth to the characters. I am hoping the next one will fast pace with more stories to the characters so that I could understand them more.
The writing isn't top-notch. Characters can be rather flat. The story moves at a fast pace, which keeps things from getting boring, but at the same time the story wasn't that surprising to me. The world itself is filled with a fair amount of fantasy tropes, but it's well-described and expanded upon that it feels like a functioning world. It's a good bit of mindless fun, but nothing that will really stick with you after you read it. In addition, the proofreading and formatting were nicely done.
Another complaint is that maybe three-fourths of this book is actually the book. The rest is a long preview for the next installment. I would have preferred that this novel get fleshed out a bit more.
Still, despite it's faults, this story makes me a bit nostalgic for the gritty fantasy novels I read when I was younger. While I wouldn't recommend it for any age group lower than like 15 or 16 due to content, I think people who are older and/or more well read will have less of a good time with it.
If I have one complaint, it’s that the end of the book comes far too soon. Unfortunately, the text of “Through the Wildwood” only makes up the first three-quarters of this e-book. The last quarter of the book is made up of a few preview chapters from the sequel, “Dragon Isle” and a short story from the author’s “Wardstone” series. While I appreciate the effort at self-promotion, that’s just a tad bit too much filler for my tastes, adding an unnecessarily sour note to an otherwise excellent read.
Top reviews from other countries
There is plenty of action and excitement, some fantastic fight scenes, a fair amount of magic and sorcery, all mixed up with some really good and likeable characters.
I'll definitely be giving the next one a try. If it's as good as this one I may have found a new series to add to my favourites list.
I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys sci-fi or fantasy books. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series.