My Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Peter Koevari
Title: Legends of Marithia: Book 1 – Prophecies Awakening (Uncut and Extended Second Edition)
“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.”
Prophecies Awakening is the first book in the series by Peter Koevari. It is a fantasy novel that includes humans, vampires, elves, dragons, fairies, and demons. Kassina (whose sorceress mother and vampire father dies at the hands of the king) finds refuge with Shindar – the demon of darkness. She becomes very powerful and seeks her revenge on Marithia. A prophecy tells of a young man born of dragons that can use – what is called – a Talonsphere to destroy the forces of darkness for good. To defeat the darkness sacrifices must be made.
The book was written in third person and followed a number of characters throughout Kassina’s rise to power. The characters were interesting and I was rather fond of the dragons. There was not too much background on the characters. For instance, it was mentioned that the princess and Vartan loved each other and a few moments in which we see that but not much else.
The plot moved along well. There was a lot of action that kept me engaged while reading. In fact, I read the book within two days. The ending definitely leaves off for the next book, but does not stop in the middle of a climax. I’ve read the uncut, extended version, so I’m sure if all editions have this: At the beginning of the chapters is a quote from the characters – which I liked. However, almost every time I started a chapter, I assumed that the character who said the quote would be the character that I was following. This was not the case, and it would continue with someone else. The quote, instead, lead the reader to the content of the chapter rather than the person himself. [I enjoyed the few drawings included in this book, as well.]
Overall I enjoyed the story. If you like fantasy and adventure, you might like this book.