This is my first official ‘review’ of a written work on my blog. It’s something I’ve considered for a long time. Do I stay within the visual arts medium solely, or push into new areas of art and creativity? It was this idea, creativity (and my new focus in Story and Comic editing), that convinced my to take this step.
The written word is just as powerful, oftentimes life-changing, as any visual artwork. So why wouldn’t I consider it for GuA? I don’t know if I’ll make this a new, full-time article on this blog. But, I’m going to try it out and see how it feels.
First, a blurb about the author, Peter Koevari…
Peter Koevari is an Australian writer that holds fantasy dearly close to his heart. From an early age, he was immersed in all media of fantasy that he could get his hands on. He’s best known for his Legends of Marithia fantasy series, and is also working on a sci-fi novel.
Second, the synopsis of the book. I want you to understand the premise before we get into the review for Legends of Marithia Book 1: Prophecies Awakening
“When her sorceress mother and vampire king father are brutally murdered, Kassina makes a pact with Shindar, the Demon of Darkness. In exchange for her soul, Kassina obtains power to become the most feared sorceress in all the lands, and vows to exact her revenge on the people for the deaths of her parents. Granted eternal life, Kassina and her evil are never far away.
“For many years, the humans and elves of the mystical world of Marithia have lived in an age of peace. But that peace is shattered when King Arman is slain by his own son, a pawn of the vampire sorceress Kassina. Arman’s murder sparks the most brutal and bloody war ever seen between the Forces of Darkness and the peaceful Marithians.
“In the midst of the conflict, Vartan, a young knight wrongfully outcast from King Arman’s court, reluctantly discovers he is the subject of a prophecy involving the fabled weapon, Talonsphere. In alliance with the legendary dragons, he finds himself with the opportunity to rid the world of Kassina and her dark armies forever, and finally return Marithia to an era of peace.”
Following is the review I published on amazon.com.
“First and foremost, it’s obvious Peter Koevari put in the time and effort to develop his world completely before beginning to write. That may sound like something everyone does. But it’s a critical step sometimes overlooked (or more accurately underperformed) by indie writers. Koevari has taken on the world building challenge like the pro he is, or is soon to become. The reward of that effort is a rich, vibrant world full of fantasy treasures old and new.
Koevari has taken the worn, and extremely overused, fantasy trope of ‘prophecy,’ and managed to inject it with enough new energy and life, that even the jaded editor in me had to give him the nod. The story’s scope is huge, but Koevari does a good job of weaving the pieces together without it feeling forced. Oftentimes, it feels like certain storylines just drag a book down. I didn’t feel this way about any of Koevari’s story threads.
Each time a new ‘traditional’ fantasy stereotype was introduced, it was infused (for the most part) with a sense of freshness. Koevari manages to tweak the tried and true with his own twist, keeping it from being mired in fantasy’s doldrums. It worked better in some instances than others, but each time I finished a section where I thought I knew what to expect, he managed to leave me pleasantly surprised in the end.
Koevari’s character’s start off feeling a bit cliché, much of that having to do with how fast the story begins, but they develop decently as the story unfolds. It’s obvious there is much more to many of these characters, but it’s being saved as reveals in later books.
A downside to Koevari’s ‘Prophecies,’ the book’s reading suffers from over description and wordiness at times. This bogged down the pace at which I could read/absorb/enjoy the story. This was compounded, at other times, with poor word choices. It created points when a sentence or paragraph would jar me right out of the reading experience, bringing things to a grinding halt. This only happened a few times, but it’s worth mentioning. It’s also interesting to note I remember it happening more in the first half of the book. Once the story gained steam, Koevari writing seemed to smooth out, with less wording distractions.
Also, it occasionally (twice I believe) felt like the actions taken happened to resolve storyline problems or nail down story points, and less about rational decisions or actions based on the situation. Without creating spoilers, the Vampire’s army’s poor decision-making/actions (or inaction) at the farmhouse comes to mind. But, it’s forgivable considering how many threads he’s weaving and the timing he’s attempting to create throughout.
So, a perfect book it is not. But what book is? ‘Prophecies’ may be a tad rough, but it’s a quality read by a quality writer. In short, I applaud Peter Koevari’s effort and can’t wait to delve back into the world of Marithia. I’m excited to see how this grand adventure ends!”
STARS: 7 out of 10
If interested, you can find this review and the book HERE on Amazon.
So, there you have it. Those are my thoughts on Book 1 of the series. I’ve heard (in reading reviews and even from Koevari himself), Books II and III have marked improvement in many of the critiques I noted above. If that’s true, the rest of this series could really be something to experience.
Interested in reading the series? The links are below…
Now, on to other exciting news…
Not satisfied with merely creating a fantasy trilogy, Koevari is now taking aim at creating a comic series based on his trilogy. Moreover, he tried this once…and failed.
But, Koevari, like so many other obsessed creatives, didn’t give up. Instead, he took a hard look at his project and made some changes. Hard changes. The kind of changes most people are not willing to make. He overhauled his crew, his campaign, and his rewards. Then, he relaunched his project.
It’s bigger. It’s better. And it’s ready for you to back it!
Legends of Marithia takes the fantasy and violence of Game of Thrones, the dragon’s from Eragon, and the vampires from the Underworld film’s and creates its own, unique cocktail of it all. Here is a sneak peek at the art (ok, not so sneak…it’s from the Kickstarter page).
Like the sneak peek? Looks pretty kick ass right? Yeah, Koevari is doing everything he can to make this comic series a reality. Interested in helping, while getting some kick ass rewards? Then click here Legends of Marithia, The Comic Series now!
Art the World!