Visions of Zarua

Visions of Zarua

by Suzanne Rogerson

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Overview

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 and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua's past is unleashed?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781518802393
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2015
Pages: 420
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex 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 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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Visions of Zarua 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Paddron is the apprentice to the wizard Kalesh. When Kalesh dies Paddron wants the Royal Order of Wizards in investigate but they ignore him. Paddron and his friends then take it upon themselves to find out what happened. During this time Paddron is suffering from visons that are disturbing until he realizes they are events from the wizard Jago. Jago lived 350 year in the past and it looks like he has the key to the city of Zarua and can help stop the coming evil. I loved this story. It has the feel of high fantasy with the king, royals, and wizards. Yet you have a great mystery as to what Jago went through. I loved how the narration bounces back and forth between the present time and Jago’s time. This really helped the story to glide along and keep me interested. All of the characters had their own perks and quirks but they all worked together to figure out what was going on and to stop the evil. I really liked Varnia. She’s an orphan but trained to become this skilled hunter. I love when women are giving tough, strong roles. But at the same time you have Paddron and with his behavior you can see how young and inexperienced he is at times. This is an amazing read and one that I strongly recommend checking out. Fantasy might not be your thing but definitely try this book. I think it will become a fast favorite. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
What a great mix of fantasy, magic and mystery this proved to be! The talented author has built a unique version of a medieval style world where there are barons, Kings, wizards, magic and monsters. You can never be certain just who you can trust, especially if you are Paddren, Varnia or Leyoch. Together these three will need to work together to save their land being taken over by evil wizards and will have unexpected assistance from Paddren's visions if only he can learn to interpret them accurately! This is told from two time lines, 350 years apart. The historic events are impacting on the present and give an insight into what happened then that is impacting on current events. I'm trying not to give away any spoilers, I'd hate to ruin the story for any other readers! Enough to say it is an enthralling read, with vivid descriptions bringing the scenarios and events to life in the imagination of the reader. There's plenty of intrigue and mystery to keep you guessing, a forbidden romance and a spectacular finale to resolve it all.  The characters are well developed, their angst and turmoil emotively portrayed. The choices, secrets, magic, plots and schemes keep the reader guessing and turning the pages. If you enjoy fantasy or mysteries this is a story that may well appeal to you, too! I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.