Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.
An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
How I love the fantasy genre that always makes me think back to childhood and reading fairy tales. It is where anything and everything is possible a place of wizards and witches. This is Suzanne Rogerson’s debut novel and oh my does she deliver the goods. Set back in medieval times the story is shrouded in mystery, spells and deadly mystical creatures. When a powerful wizard Kalesh dies his apprentice Paddren and his two friends Varnia and Leyoch set out on a quest to discover the truth and what an incredible journey it turns out to be. As Paddren begins to have visions of events 350 years ago he has to work out how it affects their present day situation. Both stories work brilliantly together.
The characters in the novel are gradually introduced into the story making it easy to follow. Then Suzanne Rogerson conjures up some wicked imagery. I particularly liked the Nagra, which are very sinister creatures produced through magic, very evil. You don’t want to hang around where they are, oh no sir. There is also a bit of a love story going on too, but will it be strong enough to survive when it is forbidden?
When I first got this novel my thought was this is quite a large book, but I just loved this story and as I read I just didn’t want it to end. A gripping story that has to be solved with brain and brawn. I so hope there is another novel being written. A super book.
I wish to thank Suzanne Rogerson for an Arc of this novel. It has been such a pleasure to write this review.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children. She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day. Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes. She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography. Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.