I am not a prolific reviewer for many reasons one of which is that I really don t like spoilers How to take a well worn tried and trusted premise and somehow hide the fact it is just of the same has been rehashed a thousand times before verbiage none of us should ever be forced to read I m pleased to say none of those things is a problem with Oblivion s Forge by Simon Williams and thus this reviewOblivion s Forge is interesting well written and magnificently Original It Is Also It is also sufficient complexity to keep any reader uessing Simon Williams lays down the threads of his epic Fantasy series masterfully This is something readers should bear in mind before beginning the journey Oblivion s Forge is only the first book in an epic series Right from the outset you ll find yourself visualizing the completed picture You ll also find yourself constantly revising the image as each new thread adds in another layer Something nasty awaits you know it you imagine it you anticipate it and Simon Williams Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders gradually reveals it Each new character is uniue and each new character is conflicted Who isood and who is bad remains unclear throughout Expect redeemable villains and flawed heroes further expect to be confused as to which category each new character belongsSimon Williams writing is detailed and thought provoking so expect to be provokedOthers who have reviewed Oblivion s Forge have described it as Dark Fantasy I don t see it that way at all To me the work is full of hope Yes the characters inhabit a rim corrupted world but all of them even the most delusional are striving to make the best of their situation Each of them believes they are on the correct side Note I did not say the right side Since each strives for success why does the writing deserve to be labeled dark If you enjoy complex deep and substantive writing then Oblivion s Forge deserves a place on your reading list Oblivion s Forge deserves to be read with a conscious eye TO THE FINER DETAILSARE THERE THINGS ABOUT OBLIVION S the finer detailsAre there things about Oblivion s I didn t like Of course however they are mitigated by the scope of Simon Williams vision for his series of which this is just the first book I found myself irritated to discover several brand new characters introduced in the closing stages of the work I feared Simon had run out of original ideas and that these new characters would be used as a deus ex machina device to wrap up the story Thankfully my fears proved unfoundedNo I m not oing to tell why it is justifiable for new characters to be introduced in the closing pages of a book to find that out you ll have to read Oblivion s Forge yourself So put on your thinking cap along with your clairvoyants cape and prepare for a particularly interesting journeyAlso remember to pack your hindsight Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age goggles you reoing to be using them a lotBottom line There are books in the Aona series and I will be returning to visit Aona as I traverse their pages And if they re as Les Innocents good as Oblivion s Forge I might even review them Absolutely excellent My review will follow shortly Oblivion s Forge By Simon WilliamsThis is a dark mysterious andripping first instalment of the Aona Trilogy The story begins when Vornen Starbrook the main protagonist who is wounded and found by a mysterious lady named Ona and is slowly nursed back to health by the Chulan people Vornen tries his best to remember what he saw when Ona uestions him as he recalls a number of ambiguous flashbacks however all he can recollect is the opening and closing of I Was A Stranger gates and stars that were not of their world he also heard voices that didn t belong to any creature or any life form that he could understand and then suddenly he remembers a name Marandaal to which the voices belong They are coming here they want the world for their own Meanwhile there is madness terrifying visions and unexplainable disease spreading throughout the villages and an overall sense of hopelessness and doom threatening to destroy the villager s existence SWilliams introduces the reader to a number of memorable characters all of which are conflicted with their own issues to a certain degree The narrative is well written and captures the characters hope fear and anticipation all at the same time while provoking the reader to finish the first instalment and start the next one immediatelySWilliams is aenius story teller and a master of depicting things of an un natural nature Oblivion s Forge is unforgettable speculativefantasy fiction at its very best and deserves to be ranked at the top My Rank5 Stars This was an author forward I ran into either in one of my sci fi fantasy lover roups or on fb can t remember which Regardless this novel had me enthralled from as early as the sample pages Usually when a peice is inexpensive one can expect flawed editing or a lack of real author enthusiasm. For thousands of years they have sought the world from which they were cast out Now at last Aona has been found The younge.
Simon Williams ç 7 REVIEWHe reader ets enough of a peek at to DRAW IN IT S A COMPLEX WORLD WITH one in It s a complex world with races and factions magic peasants tyrants and heroes Most of whom don t like one another much Aona is a world of half forgotten myth and ill remembered The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States gods And it seems such mystical beings are set to returnOblivion s Forge is dark with a world on the edge of apocalypse many people in thrall and prepared to do whatever it takes to please whichever religionfaction they serve I d sayood and evil aren t clear cut Certainly a surprise twist where a villain becomes an unwitting *Hero Shakes The Reader S *shakes the reader s of ood and evil and who serves whomThe author ives many hints of what is to come who REALLY runs the show and a dark history It helps to know this is the first book of the series and so I hope unanswered uestions will be addressed in later booksCharacters There are a LOT of characters in this book and some play a far Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth greater role than others as one would expect However the point of view jumps around and in places I found it hard to keep up with who was doing what Vornen the main male character is most interesting He has a dark and mysterious past which we learn a little about Haunted by the Gates which have appeared he is not his own man and he is uite fatalist withood reason I had a lot of time for this character he is brave in his own way and decent at least in a world which is being torn apart His befriending of a lost pilgrim leads to monumental events He also has his flaws which makes him both worthy of pity and respect in eual measureThe shifting point of view was distracting and unless I missed something which is certainly possible at least one of the characters seemed to disappear Writing There is some wonderful imagery The world is painted well enough to 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts give the reader a taste but not too much that it detracts from the story telling There were a few technical issues but they were a few and overall didn t diminish the reading experience for me In places the prose is almost poeticOn the downside I d say the last couple of chapters where unnecessary unless as a lead in for the later books The problem was fixed sort of and suddenly a character we meet mid way and doesn t seem that important suddenly comes to the fore with her master It reads as the start of a new book to me at leastOVERALLAood read with a rich complex world intriguing plot and fine characters A bit hard to keep up with the rapidly shifting point of view to be fair to the author I was reading this over a relatively long period but certainly engaging enough to keep me reading The plot itself pulled the reader in as one found oneself cheering the heroes along as they struggled in a world of chaos and strife and curious about what it was making the midden hit the windmill JI d recommend this author for fans of dark fantasy dystopia and dark fiction I ll be picking up Mr William s other books for sure and continuing to learn the fate of Aona I will start by saying that the author s style in some respects reminded me of Terry Goodkind and he was an author whose work I really enjoyed so needless to say for me this was a Moonrise (Snowfall, good readThe author creates a multitude of diverse characters and the story follows three main ones whose journey takes them on very different paths this of course means we are presented with a rare opportunity to witness different events and piece together the information each of them know to come to areater understanding about what exactly is happening on Aona I particularly enjoyed how real the characters were each of them as any one does has their own vices and flaws which play a role in shaping themThroughout the story we learn much of the world and the conflicts of old there has clearly been a reat deal of thought put into the races their backgrounds alliances and history not to mention the plot which ties everything together so wellI can t really put too much about the story and events as they will spoil the reading experience for anyone who buys it but it is certainly well presented and drives the reader forward Last night I was so close to the end I couldn t bring myself to put it down as I just had to know what happened this of course meant a very late night for me but it was worth every minuteI would recommend this book to adults who enjoy reading fantasy especially fantasy with a darker twist This is a wonderfully written first book in a series of five The detail contained is huge and is a book you will want to savour and not race through There is a vast array of well described and developed characters with the setting as engrossing as the characters themselves and their stories As I was reading this I felt myself thinking that there was a strain of Tolkien in the backgroundIt has an amazingly intricate and complex Good v Evil storyline to it. Aona's secrets rise to do battle with their foes remorseless destroyers of world after world throughout the known Existen. But this story was not
well written and pretty flawless it was talented and interesting It s rare to find such treasures and Simon Williams series works will be among those I follow from today forward It was well paced action with lyrical de For those seeking comfort fantasy Simon Williams Oblivion s Forge is probably not what you are looking for For lovers of Dark Fantasy this book is a rare and delightful find On a rand scale Aona is a world caught in a war between two evil factions Regardless of which faction wins it is unlikely the plight ofOnly Well Written And Pretty
"The Races Populating This World "races populating this world improve Mr Williams has chosen to present this world and its strife through the eyes of several characters each caught in the conflict unable to escape Through their stories the tale unfolds with mounting and unrelenting tension Obli Oblivion s Forge the first instalment of the Aona Trilogy is a highly original work free of the clich d characters one expects of a fantasy work Instead the author populates this cold bitter hostile and dilapidated world with deeply flawed all too human individualsThe main protagonist Vornen is an individual banished and disowned by his own people someone cursed with Gate sight the ability to see portals between dimensions and a violent madman a lunatic and a wastrel as his old enemy Rocan sees him He s also someone who feels an intense emptiness within something he has tried to fill with drink violence and the drug kyush Amethyst meanwhile is a woman fated to forever wander and like Vornen is drawn to the Hello, Snow! gates whilst Jaana is a healer one who has lost a An epic tale of dark fantasyAuthor Simon Williams has skilfully created the dark world of Aona in the first of the epic series It is a bleak medieval other world of dark shadows and mysterious forces where witches sorcerers and warlocks abound Among the many characters Voren travels in search of The Gates which he is drawn towards Amethyst is cursed by a witch to seek out a mysteriousirl who resides within herself Jaana laments the loss of her healing skills Each have their own demons which they struggle to overcome The story line is intricate and some of the threads are woven together in a complex pattern I had to step out of my A Little Dinner Before the Play genre to enter this mysterious world of dark fantasy but I mlad I did and found myself radually but surely drawn into this epic tale It has an apocalyptic theme with dark forces that emerge in shadowy forms as the people of this world await madness and death Oblivion s emerge in shadowy forms as the people of this world await madness and death Oblivion s is only the first book of the Aona Series and I look forward to reading the seuels and the final conclusion A very absorbing read from a skilful author When I review a book I seldom paraphrase the plot as others do I don t wish to ive anything away or to sway the reader to experience the context of the story in any particular direction That is an intimate experience reserved for reader and author alone What my reviews will impress upon you is what makes or breaks the book underneath the plotAside from the amazing and complex plot Simon writes with a passion for the craft and his world creation is rich and uniue Though I believe that Simon s writing rivals that of Goodkind and Jordan Oblivions Forge Is not the same old story redone in slight ways like Terry Goodkind s Sword of Truth series vs Robert Jordan s Wheel of Time series The similarities in those two plots are eerily similar Oblivion s Forge however is a compelling original read Uniue plot lines characters and races drive the novel From the first chapter the author s writing made me envious and the story as the images that Simon s words paint took life inside my mind Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch grasped me with both hands and pulled me into his world The author has an uncanny way of making the reader become part of his imagination a character struggling for survival in the chaos that consumes AonaSimon s writing is highlighted by vivid description brilliant word choices and amazing moments of awe inspiring prose The characters are three dimensional and come to life on the page Their plights are powerful page turning entities Some books and characters the very well written ones have the power to resonate with me long after the reading is done That s how you know the work is of uality Several nights between chapters of Oblivion s Forge as I was drifting to sleep my dreams would take me to Aona and I would become a character in this world seeking understanding and salvationConsider lettingo of old notions and experience a new way of perceiving the fantasy Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood genre with Oblivion s Forge This is an epic adventure I have said it before and I ll say it again this is one of those works that I wish I d written 4 starsLet me start out by saying I enjoyed this bookWorld The world of Aona is very intriguing with a rich and long history of which R races of this world will all be swept up in a struggle for survival as their ancient malevolent mastersuardians of all. .