Thursday, August 23, 2012

Legends of Marithia: Prophecies Awakening (Peter Koevari)

Overall: 3.2
  • Plot: 3.5/5
  • Originality: 3.5/5
  • Language: 3/5
  • Believability: 2.8/5
Genre: Fantasy
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Nine hundred years ago, a cursory act of questionable justice turned a young half vampire into a dark sorceress and renewed an ancient war. She is the fulfillment of one dire prophecy, and yet there is another, a prognostication that centers around the savior of Marithia. Vampires, faeries, elves, dragons, and humans find themselves caught in this epic battle that will decide the fate of their world.

Book One of Legends of Marithia is your standard tale of good versus evil, though it is a little more graphic and dark than many other epic fantasy novels (read: sex and violence). The story moves at a quick pace, and readers are quickly sucked into the fight. Admittedly, there aren't too many surprises when it comes to the plot. Even so, it manages to feel fresh and interesting, and I was eager to see how everything would turn out. What I discovered was that the author tends to kill off characters just as they start to pique my interest.

In general, I had some trouble connecting with individual characters. Part of the issue is that there were many opportunities to show character development, but they were skipped over in favor of moving the plot along. For instance, Vartan's training with the dragons could have been fascinating. Equally interesting would have been Kassina's descent into darkness, or an expansion upon Tusdor's turn from thievery. I liked these characters well enough, but it was hard to invest in them on a deeper emotional level. Perhaps it would have been easier had the line between good and evil not been so cleanly drawn.

The writing itself was, for the most part, good. It successfully faded into the background, giving center stage to the story that it was meant to convey. There were several short, descriptive passages that were lovely. With that said, some of the sentences were stilted, awkward, or grammatically flawed. I had to read through them several times to discern the author's intent.

Overall, Legends of Marithia: Prophecies Awakening is an entertaining read for more mature audiences. I look forward to seeing what happens in Book Two.

(Review copy provided by the author)

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