Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction
Published by Suzanne Rogerson on November 16th, 2015
Two wizards, 350 years apart. Together they must 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 Kalesh 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 in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?
|First, let me begin by saying – CONGRATULATIONS female writers, for showing the boys that Fantasy writers aren’t just males and women can write well-formed fantasy novels, too. So thank you, Suzanne Rogerson, for being part of this.
Paddren is an apprentice wizard to Kalesh and when tragedy befalls him the Royal Order of Wizards turn a blind eye to the dead wizard. It’s up to Paddren and his friends to figure out what is going on. Varnia is an orphan who became a skilled huntress and tracker, she begins to experience things that leave questions in her mind. Leyoch is her lover, fellow orphan, and friend as well as the servant to Paddren, tension begins to grow between him and his friend as their stations in life are vastly different.
Paddren suffers from horrible visions, but he soon begins to use them as a tool to figure things out. A lot occurs and swiftly! The chapters alternate from present to the past and it is done masterfully, it doesn’t leave the reader confused, it adds more depth to the story,the much-needed background to help fill in some potential plot holes that might be there had that information not been provided. This just adds a richer quality, I find, to the overall development of Paltria.
This novel is quite interesting and as I was reading it I was trying to put my finger on what it felt like to me, then as I continued to read on it struck me. Visions of Zarua reminds me of a mystery novel set in a fantasy world, with wizards, lords, and kings. It reads like a mystery novel. Suzanne Rogerson keeps the characters as well as you in the dark so that you’re experiencing things first hand just like the characters. It is just enough to keep you interested but not enough to keep you frustrated.
The world she built was fantastic, even the creatures inside it breathed additional life into this fantasy world of Wizards and the like.
Definitely recommended to those who both enjoy fantasy as well as mystery.