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Posted February 28, 2014
The opening chapter really grabbed my attention, opening with a bit of adult fantasy, very well wrought into the fantasy novel, Through the Wildwood, The Legend of Vanx Malic. The author has successfully created a new world inhabited by evil dukes, promiscuous duchesses, beautiful princesses and all sorts of other fascinating creatures. Through the Wildwood is well, written and the places and creatures are lovingly drawn and detailed. The book does follow a somewhat predictable formula, but there is nothing wrong with knowing what works and using it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and immediately jumped into Volume Two. There is a weakness in the novel that prevents it from being a brilliant read. The character development is rather slow and not complete. The primary character, Vanx Malic is fun, lively, and a bit of an anit-hero but his personality is inadequately explored, making it appear that he is just coasting along and dealing with the fascinating events in his life because they happen, not because of any intrinsic motivation. The other minor flaw with the book is that the cover of Volume 1 and the cover of Volume 2 are too similar - both dominated with "The Legend of Vanx Malic" with the actual title in a much smaller font. I'd prefer them reversed. All in all, I am definitely looking forward to the next installation in the Legend of Vanx Malic, hoping for new worlds to explore with the half-zythian bard and his merry band.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2014
“Through the Wildwood” is the first novel in the fantasy adventure series “The Legend of Vanx Malic.” It begins with the book’s hero, Vanx Malic, enslaved and headed to be sold—he has had an affair with the Duchess of Highlake, and her angry husband has decided to punish him. In fact, the Duke is so angry that he has set up a hit on the caravan, determined to end Vanx’s life—but he doesn’t realize that his beloved daughter Princess Gallareal is also part of the group, sent by her mother to save Vanx.
Vanx, who is half human and half of a long-lived and physically strong race called the Zyth, uses his wits and prowess to escape when the attack begins, taking along with him a few members of the caravan, including Princess Gallareal and her lover. They then begin their trek through the Wilds, dodging Kobalt and ogres; the stakes are heightened with the arrival of the kingdom’s Prince Russet and a tragedy that befalls Gallareal.
“Through the Wildwood” is traditional in its adventure plot—a quest, a strong hero, a beautiful princess—but is still well-written and does a good job of creating a fully-realized new fantasy world, populated with a myriad of creatures such as the haulkatten (horse-sized catbeasts). The sense of tension is sustained well throughout, and the book balances its action scenes with character development, so that over time you learn more about and become more invested in not only the main characters, but also the secondary characters like Trevin and Matty. Recommended to readers who are looking for a new fantasy series with action, romance, and an epic feel (though not necessarily recommended to younger readers, as there is some sexual content).
Posted February 5, 2014
Through the Wildwood (The Legend of Vanx Malic) Book 1 by M.R. Mathias is a two hundred and fifty-six page fantasy book written in third person, past tense. There is a world map at the beginning, twenty-four chapters, no titles just numbers, a book 2 preview (5 chapters) and a short story to advertise another of Mathias’ series (The Wardstone Trilogy). The eBook format was good. I only noticed a few minor spelling errors, but they did not hinder my reading. The creature on the cover was intriguing, I really liked it.
Mathias described an entire new world that was easy to visualize, the details were terrific. The dialogue moved the story along, and fit the world Mathias made well. All the mythical creatures were easy to imagine and interesting. I liked the action scenes, they were fast-paced and heightened the tension of the situation perfectly. I enjoyed the interaction between the rag-tag group of misfits as they battled their way out of some sticky situations. While the story line is not the best I have ever read, it was still good. It was an inexpensive read that entertained me for the afternoon. What more can you ask for?
Posted February 2, 2014
The Legend of Vanx Malic
This book is definitely categorized as a action packed fantasy book, which I enjoyed greatly. It drew me into a whole new world, right away. It has a great opening that really sets the mood to the book. There are so many creative aspects to this book, the authors talent really shines through.
You'll be taken on a wild ride through the forest with poisonous flowers that behave like snakes, wizards, half-troll creatures who ride wolves, and mysteries that only Mathias can describe. I truly felt like I was companion to Vanx, riding along side with him through his adventures.
The book is full of a wide variety of strong characters with a plot that is unrelenting. I was very impressed by the amazingly descriptive and creative writing that instantly enthralled me into this universe that Mathias created. There won't be a moment where you aren't entertained as you go on this exciting adventure.
There's even an adult theme to a good portion of the book, keeping this book from feeling anything but juvenile. It has a great length to the book, containing enough pages to keep you entertained for hours, but not overwhelming you with vast amount of pages.
The cover grabbed me from the beginning. The lack of spelling and grammar issues made this a refreshing read. I'd rate this book as a 5/5.
Posted March 24, 2013
A fun fantasy read. Mathias has a way of making you want to tear through the pages. my only complaint is that this si a series and though the end of this book is there, the second book will have to be read to learn the fates of some of the characters. I can only hope it will be available here soon.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.