Zenith: The First Book of Ascension

Zenith: The First Book of Ascension

by Dirk Strasser


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Zenith: The First Book of Ascension by Dirk Strasser

Can you see the story breathing?


A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit
A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it
An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world
A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine

The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

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ISBN-13: 9781922031808
Publisher: Chimaera Publications
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 442
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.98(d)

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Zenith: The First Book of Ascension 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Janet16 More than 1 year ago
After I finished reading this book, I was surprised to learn that it had originally been published in 1993 in Australia. Zenith is more of a journey book instead of a typical, action fantasy that most of us are used to. The story begins with Atreu’s father running away from something with two infants (Teyth and Atreu) and instigating something for which he could suffer terrible consequences for. Later, when Atreu and his brother are grown, they are made to go on their Ascent, something that only twins are allowed, or able, to do. The book focuses on Ateu’s ascent. He starts off on his own, but makes afew friends along the way, or rather, he meets some strange characters and learns that the world is a strange place. Along the way, he witnesses attacks by the Faemir, a group of people who live on the outskirts and hate the Maelir, like him, and have always been the Maelir’s enemies. Forced to fight for his life at one point, he meets a girl named Verlinden, whom we later learn is also a twin, part of the Faelir, and on an Ascent of her own. Finally, the story concludes with Atreu reaching the end of his Ascent and having some weird dreams where he learns something about the world, something that no other Ascender was able to put together. This isn’t a bad book, but it is a bit slow in its pace. I normally read books with a much faster pace, which is why it took me a while to get through this. There is not a lot of action in this book. There are some scenes where Atreu is caught in the middle of an attack by the invading Feamir, but much of the story is just his journey as he learns about his world. I found the narrative to be a bit overlong in some areas. The author painstakingly describes the scenery and the areas that Atreu travels through. Now, I realize that this is to explain his world, but it just slowed the story down for me to the point where I had to put it down for a while before picking it back up. However, even though I thought the pace was slow, it might be suitable for others. Atreu meets a lot of strange people on his journey, but they disappear from the story so quick, that you are left wondering what happened to them. I realize that this is Atreu’s story, but I would have liked to have had some inkling of the fate of Cluric and Belzalel. Atreu travels with them for a good portion of the book, but they are suddenly ripped away from him and you’re left wondering what’s happened. But they aren’t the only ones. There are Fyrwick and Darian, whom he travels with for time, and they just disappear from the story. I would have liked a bit more certainty about the fate of those characters. The dream sequences I found a bit confusing, partly because I didn’t realize that they were a dream sequence until I had finished reading them. I’m not sure if there was anything the author could have done to clearly mark them, but just beware that they are there, and pay special attention to them because they have a lot of bearing on the ending. As for the ending, I liked it. I thought it was interesting how Atreu learns how the world is connected and discovers a “truth” that none of the other ascenders, or his teachers, learned. I won’t tell you what it is as it would spoil the ending, but I did finding it to be an intriguing, spiritual awakening type ending, and it fit the story. Not a bad book, and if you love journey stories, you should check this one out. Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
scifiguy7 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, even enjoyed it, but had a number of frustrations with it, too. A good fantasy adventure story with promise in the rest of  the series. I do feel, though, that there is some missing background about the world that should have been explained better through the  first chapter or two. My biggest critiques I have are that the book should introduce a few scenes of Tyeth's journey as well, instead of focusing almost exclusively on Atreu. Also, since the journey is known to take a year, there isn't enough focus on maintaining a sense of the passage of time. Since Atreu has several points in his journey where he is delayed and loses track of time, but doesn't make effort to find out what day it is or how far he still has to travel. It contributes to a lack of urgency which needs to be more present and focused, starting earlier than just the last few chapters. I read the Kindle version, which may have affected my experience, as I only found out after finishing the book that there was a glossary. That might have helped resolve some of my questions and confusion in the beginning, but did not address all of my issues along the way. Overall, I was left wanting more information about the world and perhaps a few too many plot lines resolved even though I knew from the start that this is a trilogy. I am hopeful my remaining questions will be answered later in the series. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review