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Through the Wildwood
     

Through the Wildwood

4.6 12
by M. R. Mathias
 

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Through the Wildwood

A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke's mercenaries attack to

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Through the Wildwood

A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke's mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the duke and his men is if they can somehow make it through the Wildwood; a place full of ogres, and trolls, and wolf riding little buggers, a place where danger awaits in places you’d never expect, a place that no man has ever returned from before…

Through the Wildwood kicks off this series with a bang. The author pulls you in with Vanx's deviant imagination, and then comes the troll attack. After that, a fast-paced, hard-core fantasy romp through a dangerous forest ensues. The Wildwood is full of deadly creatures, both plant and animal. There are wizards, ogres, wolf riding little buggers, and a plotting demon to boot. As if getting his group through the Wildwood alive wasn't a hard enough task, a humiliated duke and his mercenaries will stop at no lengths to make him dead. This book and series are a must read, for all fans of action and adventure fantasy - Digital Wizard, Mathias Publishing

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The magic Mathias weaves is evident here and re-reading book one, after completing the series only demonstrates how meticulously he sets his stage, outlines in his characters, the manner in which the entire series will play out... keeps us eager to continue. He is a very skilled fantasy writer - be sure to follow the entire series. Some readers may have difficulty with the names at first, but remember this is fantasy and no easy common name would be suitable. Mathias knows exactly how to weave a spell that entraps us from book to book. -- Grady Harp, Hall of Fame, Vine Voice Reviewer

The author keeps on surprising me with creative plot twists, compelling new characters and strong dialogue. It's filled with vivid imagery and action/drama rich writing that really sets a thrilling tone throughout the novel. From beginning to end I had a fun time reading and really couldn't have put this book down even if I wanted to. -- PipLou TOP 1000 AMAZON REVIEWER

"The author's style is individual, but it has the flavor of a Tolkien novel, or possibly Robert Jordan. I detected a great amount of affection in his deliverance of the characters, and their progress throughout the story was handled well. I must say that Vanx is quite a likeable rogue, and the way that the story begins certainly grabs the reader, pulling them into the story whether they like it, or not." -- Kindle Review

"You've (Mathias) already achieved much, much more than so many people who like to think of themselves as writers." -- @Gollancz The Deputy Publishing Director of SF, Fantasy & Horror list of the Orion Publishing Group

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781946187147
Publisher:
M. R. Mathias
Publication date:
10/19/2016
Series:
Legend of Vanx Malic , #1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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Through the Wildwood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
MelissaMcLeod8484 More than 1 year ago
Vanx Malic is a bard who got caught sleeping with the Dukes wife. The duke of course is outraged, especially when his wife speaks up for Vanx and tells him she was trying to seduce him. The duke is humiliated and sends Vanx off as a prisoner to be sold as a slave. On the long journey, Vanx escapes his chains, only to be caught up trying to save his traveling companions and himself from the nasty ogres who keep attacking them in hopes of gaining a precious artifact. There is so much more to the story I don't want to spoil it! By the end Vanx and a few of his new found friends are off on a quest to the dreaded island of dragons to get some wyrm blood to save their friend. Can't wait to read book 2! As with all my other reviews of Mathias' books, I loved it and would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good fantasy book to escape real life for awhile.
Tatiana_Lee More than 1 year ago
“Through the Wildwood” is rich, entertaining high fantasy at its best. Despite employing some well-worn character tropes, M.R. Mathias has managed the commendable feat of taking something old and making feel vibrantly new again. Vanx is perfect as the roguish rascal of a hero and each of his accompanying cadre of brave companions are likable and unique in their own way, making every moment of “Through the Wildwood” an engaging read that’s hard to put down. If I have one complaint, it’s that the end of the book comes far too soon. Unfortunately, the text of “Through the Wildwood” only makes up the first three-quarters of this e-book. The last quarter of the book is made up of a few preview chapters from the sequel, “Dragon Isle” and a short story from the author’s “Wardstone” series. While I appreciate the effort at self-promotion, that’s just a tad bit too much filler for my tastes, adding an unnecessarily sour note to an otherwise excellent read.
RedPolishedFrog More than 1 year ago
For those who are ready to start a great trip into new amazing and fantastic worlds this book is the perfect place. I've never thought that such a story as The Legend of Vanx Malic would be so exiting for me. The variety of different characters gives a complete look at the story and brings you right into its center. Dragons, ogres, knights and slaves along with nobles and wizards will be your main companions in the journey. The story line is consistent and catchy - every other page of the book leads you to a new and exiting place. The main character - Vanx Malic - is half human half-zythian bard and hero with one of the biggest hearts even seen. He fights in the name of justice and don't even think about a reward for that. His exotic look and mystic skills help him as much as his sward does. Through the Wildwood is the first step into Vanx's universe and it's definitely worth to join the journey.
Romuald Dzemo More than 1 year ago
Through the Wildwood is Book One in The Legend of Vanx Malic series, another brilliant and exciting work by M. R. Mathias. Vanx is half-zythian, a ruffian kind of guy who beds the Duchess of Highlake, a mistake that would cost him enormously. Condemned to death by the king, the Duchess designs an ingenious plan to liberate Vanx, but his liberation doesnt come as easy as anyone could have imagined. Rescued by the princess and pursued by the kings men, the only way of escape for Vanx and the beautiful girl is to traverse the Wildwood, a place filled with perils and dangers. Will they be able to make it through a land where none has ever come out alive? M. R. Mathias is a genius when it comes to creating memorable characters and gripping plots. The conflict is introduced from the very beginning of the story and it mounts through each page. The writing will seduce readers with the vivid descriptions, the intelligent and engaging dialogues, the surprises in plot that are well designed to take the breath out of readers. I fell in love with Vanx Malic, a well-sculpted character with an irresistible charm. This first part of the book reads like a breeze, but then, youll want to read the whole series.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Vanx is pretty sure he can escape his shackles, but there is the matter of the pretty girl to save also. He can tell their party is about to be ambushed, and he feels compelled to save her, as he is quite certain she was sent to purchase his freedom by her mother, who was fond of Vanx warming her bed. But can he save her from the poison she encountered on her escape? And what of the strange wizard’s pack and the unnatural attraction to it the ogres seem to display? Will he ever work his way out of the Wildwood? In The Legend of Vanx Malic Mathias follows up his hugely successful Wardstone Trilogy with a new hero, the half Zythian Vanx Malic. This is a shorter tome than the three Wardstone books, but no less entertaining or engaging. The fast paced book doesn’t have a whole lot of time for character development, but the potential is certainly there and the story well done enough to keep the reader guessing and looking for more history. I hope that Mathias is able to keep the series going and continue the tie-ins to his previous trilogy, as I can see this particular fantasy realm being rather engrossing if he can. There was some minor grammar and editing needed but for the most part I thought it was really well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am usually not a fantasy reader, but this is such a vivid book. Full of details in which the main character Vanx lives. I was hooked from the start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK FROM START TO FINISH. THE LAND IN WHICH VANX LIVES IS DESCRIBED IN SUCH DETAIL BY THIS AUTHOR. I COULDN'T WAIT TO CONTINUE IN THIS LAND IN BOOK 2.
MarthaM More than 1 year ago
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.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“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). 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.