Author: Peter Koevari
Release Date: May 23rd, 2012 (originally November 24th, 2009)
Pages: 210 (Paperback) | 172 (ebook)
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Dragons
Series: Legends of Marithia #1
Read: from August 22 to 23, 2012
Source & Shelf: Sent by Author | Kobo
ISBN: 9781477508725 (Paperback)
When her sorceress mother and vampire king father are brutally murdered, Kassina makes a pact with Shindar, the Demon of Darkness. In exchange for her soul, Kassina obtains power to become the most feared sorceress in all the lands, and vows to exact her revenge on the people for the deaths of her parents. Granted eternal life, Kassina and her evil are never far away.
For many years, the humans and elves of the mystical world of Marithia have lived in an age of peace. But that peace is shattered when King Arman is slain by his own son, a pawn of the vampire sorceress Kassina. Arman’s murder sparks the most brutal and bloody war ever seen between the Forces of Darkness and the peaceful Marithians. In the midst of the conflict, Vartan, a young knight wrongfully outcast from King Arman’s court, reluctantly discovers he is the subject of a prophecy involving the fabled weapon, Talonsphere. In alliance with the legendary dragons, he finds himself with the opportunity to rid the world of Kassina and her dark armies forever, and finally return Marithia to an era of peace.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book by the author, Peter Koevari, himself in exchange for an honest review.
*This review might contain spoilers*
I have to say that this was the very first time an author sent me a copy of his book to review. I was so overwhelmed when I saw Peter Koevari’s message I almost wrote the reply in Portuguese.
So Prophecies Awakening is the first part of Legends of Marithia and this book has everything I love: raw fantasy. There’s dragons, elves, demons, vampires, warriors, unicorns, fairies and even aliens (not as ET but as people from other galaxies).
The story starts bad… not bad in hateful writing but with bad wining over good. And since this book is all about the fight between good and evil, the beginning immediately caught my attention and had me hooked. You can feel Kassina’s hatred toward humans and her hunger for revenge. At first, I thought she was just a victim of Shindar and that her character was going to turn out to be a source of good but all those feelings I had, soon vanished with the development of the story.
Vartan, the main character in the whole plot, and the only one whose fate might save Marithia, is then introduced to us. First, we meet him while he’s being banished from Greenhaven by the king and then we get to know his past life. I admit that I wanted to read more from his childhood before coming back to the “present” but I appreciated what Koevari did with the writing.
Despite sometimes loosing myself in the changes of perspective – remembering myself I received and uncut and expanded edition – I found myself linked to almost every single character in the story. I had a strong connection with Andrielle and Helenia (who I wished had more chapters from her perspective) and even Tusdar’s death had me weep.
I hated Kassina, she scared the hell our of me. She was pure evilness, with not a single drop of goodness within her. When Trissa killed her, or so I think she did, I sighed in relief. Of course there’s still Shindar and from Finn’s vision, he’s even worst than Kassina.
There were certain chapters and characters I wished were a little bit more developed. But too much information would, perhaps, spoil the story.
Overall, I really liked the story and the writing and I thank Peter a lot for the chance to read the book and to review it.