I’ve felt quite bad at not yet having read a book by my friend Stephen Zimmer. I’ve read some books published by Seventh Star Press but not his. I even requested that my local library bring some SSP books in so I could read them whenever I wanted but with a stack of books to review I just couldn’t fit it in. Recently I said enough. Put the review books aside and started reading Crown of Vengeance.
It is a big fat chunky door stopper of a book the first in idk how many in the series. The second is even bigger by about 200 pages. Joy for me it qualifies for the TBR challenge and also for the Chuckster challenge.
As for the book I had some fear as when I started I was excited to be reading it finally but the thing with reviewing books you may well not like one, then what do you tell the author? Ugh scary thought in particular if you consider him a friend. Lucky for me I have always been pleased with the books I’ve reviewed. This is no exception.
Crown of Vengeance is a bold, elaborate undertaking. Epic fantasy it sure is with many characters and a grand story to go with. Stephen is clearly a details man. His characters are many but the details on them are all there. This first book is the foundation for the series setting up the story and characters it is in a sense detail upon detail, people, thoughts, views, history on a wide scale.
A group of people less than satisfied with their lot in life wishing to be elsewhere find themselves in a very curious mist that appears quite suddenly, when it recedes the find themselves in a new world. Has their wish come true? Is this world all they’ve been pining for? Not so much when they discover that the new world they find is on the brink of war. The Unifer an individual up to no good who wants to crush those who oppose him. After all it is a story of good vs evil as most are. Who will win, sides to take, being the best you can be these characters will face it all. Can they bring down the Unifer? Well it’s only the first in the series but I do know I want to find out and plan on reading the rest. Dream of Legends is the sequel and another is coming in May.
I will admit that I am an impatient reader often with a book I’ll be all are we there yet, are we there yet? I simply want to know the end and get fidgety. This book with it’s length and detail I did that often. Having said that I enjoyed the book and love the story that Stephen has created. It is a book that I recommend to those who like epic fantasy, those who like clean reads no four letter words to be found. Those who like elaborate stories and really want a book to get lost in. I for one am pleased that I got to my friends book even if I had to put some review book to the side for a little while. And now back to my mountain of review books!
On a night that begins no different from any other, strange mists engulf Janus Roland, Erika Laesig, Mershad Shahab, and several others going about their lives in a quiet midwestern town. When the mist dissipates, they all find themselves looking up into the bright skies of a new, incredible world.
Without explanation of why it has happened, or any notion of where they are, they embark upon a grand adventure within the fantastical world of Ave.
Some find themselves in the lands of the Saxan Kingdom, while others have emerged within the lands of the Onan, one of the tribes in the Five Realms confederation.
Storms of war loom over both Saxany and the Five Realms, as invasion forces mass under the inspiration of The Unifier, a mysterious, captivating figure whose influence has swept across the surface of Ave ever since His rise to power in the Gallean duchy of Avanor. It is a war that will be fought in the skies, upon the seas, on land, and even in places non-physical in nature.