The Unremembered: Book One of The Vault of Heaven

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In The Unremembered, from Peter Orullian, rumors of threatened strife from ancient enemies reach the eastlands of Aeshau Vaalthe.  They auger an onslaught of raids and destruction more severe than any since the legendary Convocation of Seats, a gathering unknown  in the land for generations without number.

For an author's son, a true threat would mean taking up a legendary weapon with hands that have never touched steel;

For an ...

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Overview

In The Unremembered, from Peter Orullian, rumors of threatened strife from ancient enemies reach the eastlands of Aeshau Vaalthe.  They auger an onslaught of raids and destruction more severe than any since the legendary Convocation of Seats, a gathering unknown  in the land for generations without number.

For an author's son, a true threat would mean taking up a legendary weapon with hands that have never touched steel;

For an expectant mother, it would mean learning the harsh toll the world exacts from its children, and the latent power of her song to ease their suffering;

For a simple huntsman, it would mean discovering his lost childhood, and facing the truth behind the words he is impelled to speak each time he draws his bow.

These three, aided by an exile who fosters orphans in a desolate waste, a rogue member of a powerful ancient brotherhood, and a woman warrior of a legendary race, will fight the past even as they face a dark future.

Because the threats are more than rumor . . .
One of Library Journal's Best SF/Fantasy Books of 2011

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Editorial Reviews

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The first volume of Peter Orullian's Vault of Heaven fantasy pits a motley crew of unlikely allies against hoards of ancient enemies. A praiseworthy new series from a promising young author; now in mass market paperback and NOOK Book.

James Killen

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“A sprawling complex tale of magic and destiny that won’t disappoint its readers. This auspicious beginning for author Peter Orullian will have you looking forward to more.”

—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author.

"This is one huge, compelling, hard-hitting story. A major fantasy adventure."

—Piers Anthony

“The Unremembered is great fantasy. It grips you and shows you true friendship, strange places, and heroes growing to confront world-shaking evil. Magnificent! I want more!”

—Ed Greenwood , bestselling author of The Band of Four

“A vast canvas filled with thought-provoking ideas on the questions of good and evil that engage us all.”

—Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author

“In the Hollows, an Order of Sheason wizard and a beautiful elven Far order two orphans (Tahn, and his sister Wendra) and their friend (Sutter) to undergo a dangerous quest. Tahn is the key, but his sibling and his buddy are needed to protect his back if he is to succeed on the dangerous impossible mission. None of the trio understands why they were chosen as they have no skills or experience and have never been outside the Hollows. Although each doubts their worthiness they set forth on their mission.

They have hardly begun when a malevolent god sends his evil horde to kill them. Surprising themselves, Tahn, Wendra and Sutter survive assault after assault from the odious minion. At the same time an invasion adds to the chaos.

A fresh, exciting epic fantasy debut, the first in the Vault of Heaven six-book series set on a fascinating world where evil creatures long kept at bay have suddenly begun to wreak havoc; a young man must contend with the godling that commands the monsters.”

––Publishers Weekly

“The riveting and captivating story of The Unremembered takes readers on a journey that will become part of their souls. But they should hold on to their seats for a ride featuring thrills, fear and exhilaration.”

Deseret News (Utah)

"This is an entertaining coming of age quest fantasy starring a strong young trio. Although the story line is exciting, it comes across somewhat as standard sub-genre fare. However, what makes the plot brisk and fun is the changing relationships between the heroic threesome. Fans who relish an enjoyable epic adventure will want to join Tahn and his cohorts as they fight overwhelming evil in the first Vault of Heaven thriller.”

––The Midwest Book Review

Publishers Weekly
Summoned from the bucolic Hollows by a wizardly stranger and an elven Far, untested orphans Tahn, Wendra, and Sutter set out on a perilous and mysterious quest, soon grievously menaced by evil minions of a god who seeks world domination. Meanwhile, a capital city braces for invasion. This well-worn epic fantasy formula suffers from an inflated, pretentious creation-myth prologue, unprepared shifts in point of view, and jerkily inserted gobbets of history. Nevertheless, Orullian often achieves convincing poignancy in the relationships he develops among his young protagonists. Young devotees of long, long fantasy journeys and adolescent comings-of-age may enjoy the near-endless succession of deadly adventures in Orullian's elaborate world, but those yearning for linguistic and philosophical depth will have to look elsewhere. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Bound behind a magical barrier, along with the horrific monsters of his making, for threatening to destroy the balance of creation, the god Quietus seeks to escape his prison and rule the world of Aeshau Vaal. Brought together by Vendanj, a member of the Order of Sheason, wielders of magic in a land that has forbidden its use, Than Junell, his sister Wendra, and his two best friends embark on a dangerous journey that will push the young folk from the Hollows to the limits of their endurance. VERDICT Orullian's debut promises a series of epic proportions set in a world undergoing a cultural revolution that could prove its undoing. Engaging characters and powerful storytelling in the tradition of Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, and Dennis L. McKiernan make this a top-notch fantasy by a new author to watch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765364692
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 944
  • Sales rank: 447,061
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER ORULLIAN has worked in marketing at Xbox for nearly a decade, most recently leading the Music and Entertainment marketing strategy for Xbox LIVE, and has toured as a featured vocalist internationally at major music festivals. He has published several short stories. The Unremembered is his first novel. He lives in Seattle.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    An Auspicious Start........

    This book is pretty long, but not as long as some of the other epic fantasies like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, or something by Goodkind, or Eddings. It took some time to read it, but it was well worth it.
    I really enjoyed this book, it took me on a journey with some unlikely heros that I enjoyed getting to know. The story was told with flavorful, descriptive words that put you right in the scene. My favorite characters were Wendra and Tahn. I was left wanting to see more of Wendra's musical ability and hope there will be more of it in the next book. Braethen was someone I could relate to, along with many other characters who populate this world. I enjoyed watching him find the courage that he needed through the course of the book.
    I thought all of the characters were well developed. The world was also well developed, you could immerse yourself in the book and "see" what the characters were "seeing". I think that Peter Orullian is in the same league as Terry Brooks, and Patrick Rothfuss. If you enjoy reading them you will thuroughly enjoy reading this book.
    The interactions between best friends Tahn and Sutter kept it light hearted as well. I thought the situations the characters found themselves in were very creative and well written, and that the way they handled the situations were surprising and satisfying.
    I am looking foward with anticipation for the next book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    This is an entertaining coming of age quest fantasy starring a strong young trio

    In the Hollows, an Order of Sheason wizard and a beautiful elven Far order two orphans (Tahn, and his sister Wendra) and their friend (Sutter) to undergo a dangerous quest. Than is the key, but his sibling and his buddy are needed to protect his back if he to succeed on the dangerous impossible mission. None of the trio understands why they were chosen as they have no skills or experience and never been outside the Hallows. Although each doubts their worthiness they set forth on their mission.

    They have hardly begun when a malevolent god sends his evil horde to kill them. Surprising themselves, Tahn, Wendra and Sutter survive assault after assault from the odious minion. At the same time an invasion adds to the chaos.

    This is an entertaining coming of age quest fantasy starring a strong young trio. Although the story line is exciting, it comes across somewhat as standard sub-genre fare. However, what makes the plot brisk and fun is the changing relationships between the heroic threesome. Fans who relish an enjoyable epic adventure will want to join Tahn and his cohorts as they fight overwhelming evil in the first Vault of Heaven thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    The Real Deal!

    If you are looking for something epic, yet different, look no further than Peter Orullian's, "The Unremembered". I actually discovered Peter's writing and his world by purchasing his short stories for my Nook. His writing has a visceral. lyrical quality to it and transports you out of this life as the best books do.
    It is sprawling with great characters that you care about. From the young, impetuous Tahn to the terrible majesty of Rolen. The hurt beauty of Wendra to the steadfast friendship of Sutter.
    You can tell that Orullian cares deeply about this story, bringing about an almost musical quality to the tale.
    I read the Nook version that could have been formatted a little better, and even purchased the hardcover because I feel that this will be an important work of fantasy. Just as I did for Jordan, Sanderson, Goodkind and Martin. Orullian keeps pace with them all. As the old commercial suggested.. "Try it, You'll Like it".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Great Epic Fantasy!

    I picked up this book based on the quote from Terry Brooks on the cover and I was not disappointed. I'm a big fan of Brooks' work and must say I'm now a fan of Peter Orullian as well. I love epic fantasy and The Unremembered is one of the best I've read in years.

    I found the basic premise of the story quite intriguing. The Gods strive to create balance in the worlds they construct, however one of thier own has "fashioned a world with hellish creatures too powerful to allow balance". So the Gods banish this miscreant to a desolate region of the world he created, to live forever with his horrific creations imprisoned behind a veil maintained by the magical power of song. The Gods then abandon this world and leave it's fate to Will of mankind.

    Building upon this premise, the author develops an incredibly vivid and indepth world that plays host to a both a captivating plot and some of most endearing characters in recent memory. What sets Orullian apart from most of his counterparts is the extensive character development and the descriptive focus on the inter-relationships of his cast. I found his characters to be incredibly well developed, unique and easy to identify with. The authors ability to convey the subtleties of the relationship between his central protagonist Tahn and his best friend Suttter demonstrates he is master at his craft.

    In addition to the engaging characters and masterful storytelling, I found the combinitation of the two distinct yet intertwined magic systems to be both innovative and fascinating. There is one system based on the utilization of "Will" or life energy to effectively cast magical spells and another based on the power song. I beleive we have only observed the tip of the iceberg with the latter of these two systems and I eagerly await the next book to further explore it's potential.

    I'm definatley looking forward to the ensuing volumes of The Vault of Heaven series and would recommend The Unremembered to anyone who enjoys great epic fantasy. Truly one of the best fantasy series openings in past few years. Don't miss this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2011

    The Unremembered

    This book is pretty long and it took me a while to read it. But it was worth it. I really liked this book. It took me on a journey with some unlikely heros that I enjoyed getting to know. The story was told with flavorful, descriptive words that put you right in the scene. It is pretty complex, and some hard things happen. So I think it would be good for older readers, but not really for kids. My favorite characters were Wendra and Braethen. I was left wanting to see more of Wendra's musical ability and hope there will be more of it in the next book. And Braethen was just someone I could relate to. I enjoyed watching his progress through the book, and the courage he eventually found. I thought all of the characters were well developed. The fun interactions between the best friends Tahn and Sutter kept it humorous as well. I thought the situations the characters found themselves in were very creative, and the ways that they handled them were surprising and satisfying. Looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    First book in an exciting new series.

    I was lucky enough to score an Advanced Reader's Copy and I very much enjoyed this first book in a new epic fantasy series. The author does a wonderful job of bringing his characters to life, and creating a world that feels unique and familiar at the same time. Fans of this genre may notice some similarities with other works of fantasy, but I think that is almost always the case with these types of stories; and not an area upon which to place too much emphasis. If you've read Tolkien, then Brooks' Shannara books seem familiar; if you've read Brooks, Jordan's WOT series seems familiar; etc. It's really what the author manages to do with these shared themes that makes those other books worth reading, and the same is true here. If you spend some time enjoying the author's fresh take and strong characterizations, I think you're in for an enjoyable read. Overall, a great first step by a new author in the Fantasy genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Great Book!

    Great Book!

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    good fantasy epic, a little dry and not to original.

    the problem is like most epic fantasy's how many years before the next book comes out and how many and when will the series be done! yes i will read the next book in the series! nothing really new to epic fantasy readers. ie. the evil lord and hes kingdom, the unwilling young boy who dosn,t know of his true destiny and powers leaving home with friends on a grand adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Such a great book! HURRY with the next, Por favor!

    Such a great book! HURRY with the next, Por favor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Peter Orullian: The Unremembered

    Enjoyable read. Good maps. Kept me interested first half of book (300 pages). Started to slow down after. Didnt fully understand the ending battle, how did he win? What did he do?

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    The best epic fantasy I've read all year, although I admit to no

    The best epic fantasy I've read all year, although I admit to not reading a lot yet this year. Reminded me how much I love a good epic fantasy. Great magic system. Lots of creativity. Great characterization and pacing. An interesting and complex story and world. Can't wait for more! Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2011

    A solid debut novel

    I'm the first to confess I don't read a lot of epic fantasy. I don't have a lot of books in the genre to compare this one to, having never read Jordan, Rothfuss or Martin. What I liked about THE UNREMEMBERED are the characters and their interactions with one another. You care about these characters, and the interactions between the three main characters--Tahn, Sutter and Wendra--are the most likable. While the big sprawl of this world and the story background often had to be kept to the back of my head until things fell into place, I really liked the unique use of music as a big part of the story. Supposedly that will be a huge factor in book two. It's quite the journey these characters have to take, with lots of danger and evil lurking at every turn. The last quarter of the book practically sings with power and angst as the characters become more and more conflicted...some of my favorite parts are here. A good first novel for Orullian, who has lots of room to let this series grow.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Great+book

    Just+waiting+for+the+next+one+of+many+more+great+books+by+a+great+author.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2011

    Simply Brilliant

    I'll add a more in-depth review at a later date. But having just finished the book, I wanted to add my vote of confidence and thanks! Nicely done, Mr. Orullian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    poorly written

    jumps from scene to scene leaving reader bewildered how the characters get there. lacks depth. editors must have been on break when this book was supposed to be edited. wish i could get my money back.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    kmoo

    this book really did suck. totally not expecting this from peter.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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