The fantasy genre has had many authors come and go, some good and some not so good. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to read some of the good ones. I have also had the misfortune to read some of the bad ones, and believe me, there have been some bad ones. But I digress. I am not here to pitch out venom or bile toward the ones that I didn’t like, the ones that pushed my eyes and brain to the brink of painful bleeding with their badly written stories and badly thought out plot lines.
What I’m here to do is give you a small account of what I believe is a very well written and plotted out fantasy story. And, for some, that is a marvel among itself.
I started reading fantasy many years ago after my mother purchased for me a copy of–yes, before you think the idea is a cliche, let me tell you, back then it was NOT a cliche, and in this case, it was the love of a parent instilling the love of reading to her child…now where was I?
Oh yes, she bought me a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. When I started to read the story of Bilbo on his adventure, I was completely hooked. I’ve read many books since, and not many have gripped me as that one did.
Until this series fell into my lap. The Vanx Malic series by M.R. Mathias.
The Vanx Malic series, though not already well known, has done the things that other good fantasy series have done. And that is, it has given us a complex character with an intriguing story line that keeps you asking for more. Mathias’s rich depictions of landscapes and battles will keep you turning the page until the end, until there are no more pages to turn. For some writers, the art of story telling is a chore, and for some it’s something that flows with ease. Mathias is one of the few that, when you read his work, you’ll see that it just flows for him.
This is the sixth book in The Vance Malic. The journey that you embark upon when you open the latest chapter of the series is one filled with a grand adventure, a journey that will make you want to go back to the beginning where it all started. It is for this reason that I chose to review this story. To invite you to begin a quest: a grand quest of adventure, loyalty, friendship, and above all, the art of battle. It is difficult to explain the story to you without giving anything away. I highly recommend this novel, as well as the previous installments of The Vance Malic. They will take you down the path of imagination and adventure.
So go and pick up a copy, I’m sure you’ll not be disappointed, I know I wasn’t.