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Series: Oracus #1
Title: Oracus: The Lavorian Rider
Author: Paul Gaskill
Published: August 4th, 2014
I really wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I chose to read this book but I have to say it exceeded even my highest expectations. The author is a skilled wordsmith, using descriptive vocabulary to its most potent effect, bringing this fantasy world, it’s people, beings, landscape and events to vivid and pulsating life in the imagination of the reader.
Life in an isolated village, with little connection to the outside world, definitely didn’t prepare the hero of he story for the events which are about to unfurl. His discovery of and bonding to the strange creature heralds the total destruction of his previously harmonious community and all who lived and there, heralding the start of a new life, new discoveries and a quest to be undertaken. With new allies, unexpected family connections, an evil despot and deadly enemies, this is a well written, fast paced, action packed, fantasy adventure.
If you enjoy stories where a somewhat naive young man links with a mythical creature and together they’re tasked with learning quickly and challenged to save their world, you’ll love this. The characters – human and others – are well developed, warts and all. They are fallible, under pressure and need to be resilient to face all the dangers ahead for them to succeed. I have definitely found a new favourite fantasy series with superb world building and characters that I thoroughly enjoyed journeying to and look forward to discovering more about in future
I was gifted a copy of this book and chose to read and review it. This is my honest opinion after reading it.