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Saint Elm's Deep

Saint Elm's Deep

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by M. R. Mathias

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Saint Elm's Deep

After finding a map on a grueling hunt, Vanx and his new companions decide to travel deep into the Bitterpeaks, where a fabled hoar witch's crystal palace supposedly sits hidden in a valley called Saint Elm's Deep.

The story deepens, as we delve into Vanx's past and the future of as unlikely a group of


Saint Elm's Deep

After finding a map on a grueling hunt, Vanx and his new companions decide to travel deep into the Bitterpeaks, where a fabled hoar witch's crystal palace supposedly sits hidden in a valley called Saint Elm's Deep.

The story deepens, as we delve into Vanx's past and the future of as unlikely a group of heroes as you will ever find. Action and adventure, drama and thrills, and a barrel keg full of fantasy adventure await readers in Saint Elm's Deep, the third installment of The Legend of Vanx Malic.

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5 stars Artistic display of writing skills
In Saint Elms Deep you are taken on the trip to Great Vale where Chelda was brought up. The journey as you would expect was one of surprises and the territory before arriving in the town was legendary in its treacherous valleys, forests and hills.
While reading this book you will be taken on a ride so rough and yet so moving as the characters interact with each other and grow bonds that will protect them against the enemy.
A great read for a holiday period where you want to curl up and live in a fantasy world for a while. --BookLover

5 stars You must read MR Mathias to appreciate the manner in which he holds together characters through long novels and brings solutions to all the adventures he creates. - Grady Harp, Top 100, Vine Voice "Hall of Fame"

Winterlands can make for brutal and grueling fantasy settings, and Mathias slaps us around with that cold brutality as well as keeping Vanx as lively as ever. His details put us right in the action along with his motely crew of hunters, with beasts and beings of all kinds sharing the land with varying degrees of success. We've got epic serpent danger, Gargans, fae, minotaurs, mammoth shrews, warlocks, a witch to hunt and a pixie queen to save. Vanx is on his game, and so is Poops, who I must admit is my favorite character. Though I do love Chelda, too, and the vision of her with an elf nested in her chest will be with me always. That's what I love most about these books. The plotting and action is stellar, but it's the fun, the vibrant play with language and the sheer unconventional delight that makes them memorable and addicting. --Alex Prosper

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M. R. Mathias
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Legend of Vanx Malic , #3
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4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Saint Elm's Deep (The Legend of Vanx Malic) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RedPolishedFrog More than 1 year ago
The third book from the great Legend of Vanx Malic brings us far north in the cold lands of Hoar Witch where our hero may find his future and his past both. The half-human half-zythian emerald eyed hero is taking a journey with his youngest friend where they both will face up with fantastic new creatures - good and bad. It his third book M.R.Mathias continues with the amazing characters and fantastic story line that don't let the reader rest even for a minute. The action is still magnificent and the imagination of Mathias seems to have no limits. This time the story is faced mostly into Vanx - we will join him fighting with his past in order to learn more about his own future. Would it be just Malic or Saint Elm will take the lead role in his life?
Romuald Dzemo More than 1 year ago
Saint Elms Deep continues the legendary tale of Vanx Malic, another impressive entry in this fantasy series. M. R. Mathias takes readers through a journey through another treacherous and perilous landscape to the land where Chelda was born. Apart from the wonderful cast of characters featuring Vanx Malic, Chelda, Poops and a host of others, readers get to know lovely creatures as well, including the cunning serpent, monitaurs, warlocks, and others. In the tradition of Tolkien, Mathias has the knack for creating breathtaking scenes on and unbeaten tracks that readers feel like they've been there all along. The plot is powerfully woven with a lot of suspense, intense action, and unexpected twists along the way that will wow many readers. I loved the writing, the very beautiful prose, and the author's ability to convey magic through a powerful choice of words. The setting is the work of great imagination and as one reads the book, one gets the feeling that they were part of the paraphernalia of that beautiful setting. The characters, as usual as stellar, and as the story progresses on only gets to love them more. Mathias is a master storyteller and underscores success at different levels of the work, including plot, characterization, and the ingenious use of literary elements that juice up the story.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
With Gallarael saved - mostly, Vanx is free to pursue his personal quest, and heads North with Darbon, who is trying to get over his lost love. Finding a new band of merry men, Vanx strikes out to pursue the Hoar Witch, who is presumably his grandmother, if legends about his father are to believed. Naturally it’s a trip fraught with danger and mystery, and has become habit for Vanx, lots of loss. Can he find out his real claim to the Saint Elm name? In book three of the Vanx Malic series he goes deeper into his roots, which has been a mystery for some time. Drawn by some unknown force he pursues a difficult course and again, risks life and limb for knowledge, his limbs and his companions. I felt like this story was not just an afterthought, or wrapping up a dying plot point, as it seemed with book 2, but I still was frustrated by some of the superficiality of the characters and the past pace of the plot. I’m hoping that we go a little farther in depth in the rest of the series, as there are many fascinating characters to meet along with some interesting lineage. Honestly, I couldn’t get over the “Elm’s Deep” as it seemed a blatant rip off of Tolkein and “Helm’s Deep” but I suppose that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and there is no shame in imitating Tolkein.