Firstly I’d like to say happy book birthday to Suzanne! Today I have a review of the epic standalone fantasy Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson.
There is also a giveaway, so make sure you keep reading!
Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they 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 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?
Visions of Zarua is only 99p for a limited time to celebrate the book birthday.
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England 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 all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Wow! Wow! Wow! What can I say?! This is an epic standalone fantasy. The world building Suzanne did for this book is incredible! Makes me want to visit! Go and get my wellies on and who is coming with me?
I was drawn to this book by the cover, it gives nothing away apart from there’s a bit of a spooky, edgy, death like person/creature/thing/being. Once I read the blurb that was it, I was hooked and had to read the whole book. Boy did it not disappoint. The writing style was flawless and just goes to show that a woman can make it in a male dominated fantasy world! Well done Suzanne!
Paddren is a wizard in the care and learning from Kalesh, but soon has to take over the role that Kalesh had of Barony Wizard. Sometimes, Paddren does come across as a spoilt child. But you can’t help feel sorry for him. He’s in love with a woman that doesn’t reciprocate his feelings.
In comes Varnia, an orphan that was rescued by Kalesh and brought to Reaun to grow up and become Hunt Mistress. She truly does strike me as just a normal woman with feelings that breaks down every now and then. She has a lot on her plate and to me she is relatable and I quite liked her. She portrays as just a normal woman trying to make her way in the world and falling in love with Leyoch.
Leyoch really does sound like the ruggedly handsome lads lad. He did kind of steal my heart a bit. But he constantly kept trying to please everyone and as we all know it just doesn’t happen.
So a quick round up, if you like fantasy, mystery, wizards, a bit of romance, the bad dude and monsters! I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It’s fantastic and has a bit of everything. I’m giving this book a rating of 4/5. The only part I didn’t like was it kept mentioning maps and I would of given anything to see these maps.
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