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Visions of Zarua

Lu par : Guy Barnes
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Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they 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?

©2015 Suzanne Rogerson (P)2019 Suzanne Rogerson

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  • xenduro
  • 10/06/2020

very suprized by this book

some wizard books i skip. this one got me going right away(that's important 2 me, if they do not grab me that's it)
this one was very good. loved the girl and her story. very good book

i got a free copy of this book

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  • Laura
  • 02/06/2020

Mystery in a Fantasy World

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is a mystery book set in a fantasy world. The author also alternates the narrative between present day and 350 years ago - to provide backstory and context for some of the events. I enjoyed the complexity of the world with the political intrigue and the secret sects of wizards. Varnia, a female, was initially my favorite character. She was a strong, assertive woman who was an accomplished tracker and hunter and ultimately elevated to the King's Huntsmaster. But then, she discovered that she had magical powers and her character changed - becoming selfish, annoying, and, at times, overwhelmingly dark. While I understood the reasons for some of the changes with the character, I, at times, would roll my eyes at her behavior. My other quibble - to me, it seemed that the characters didn't have the urgency they needed with danger lurking around every corner. They seemed to just kind of drift along in a reactionary state, which, to me, dampened some of the potential excitement.

The narrator, Guy Barnes, was excellent. He created distinct voices for every character, which brought the book to life.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 20/04/2020

Great world building but few women

The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense. There was quite a bit I enjoyed about this book. Paddren is our main character and he’s the glue that holds everyone together. As a wizard, he feels a strong sense of responsibility to protect the kingdom and the innocent. Both Leyoch and Varnia are his friends but also kind of his mentorees. While he isn’t much older then them, he often provides them with guidance and protection.

Varnia is an accomplished hunter. In fact, she so talented that she’s elevated to the Kingdom’s Huntsmaster when the old huntsmaster is indisposed. She’s got her own life and a set of valuable skills that she worked hard to earn. I really liked her character…. until she turned into a bit of a witch. At that point, she was selfish and single-minded and, quite frankly, became the most annoying character. I tried to cut her some slack because I know she’s dealing with some serious personal revelations, but she just couldn’t get back to awesome. Meanwhile, Leyoch, who starts off pretty interesting, ends up being the main comforter to Varnia instead of continuing his own awesome character arc.

The world building is solid. There’s magic with a set of rules and the world keeps adding dimension. There’s more talents and more monsters! Yay! Now there is several flashbacks. Sometimes these are recent flashbacks and sometimes we’re jumping further back in time. I liked this for the most part but I have to admit there were a few times where I lost track of who was doing what and why. Most of the flashbacks are told in the first person and since much of these are shown through some magical memory of events at a certain place, you can go from Paddren or Varnia dealing with their day to begin swept back in time with new characters doing things unrelated to what our main characters are currently doing. Still, this aspect of the story kept me entertained for the most part.

There are very few female characters in this tale and Varnia is the only one that has real page time. While Varnia starts off worthy, she spirals into grumpy, witchy annoyance and pretty much stays there. The lack of a variety of page-worthy female characters is the biggest drawback to this story.

All said, it’s an engaging story with Paddren holding it all together. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Guy Barnes has a great gravelly voice for Paddren. It really drew me in, making me listen all the harder. I also really liked his voice and accent for Leyoch. His female characters voices were feminine, and his voice for Varnia was well done indeed. The pacing was perfect and there were no tech issues with the recording. Even though I grew to find Varnia annoying, I truly appreciated how Barnes captured the myriad of emotions this character was going through. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Suzanne Rogerson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 07/04/2020

Lovely

Paddren finds himself cursed with random visions of a city long forgotten. If the visions aren't enough, his master died. It would seem that he was murdered. Somehow, everybody is content to think that he killed himself. Padden requests the help of a good friend, Varnia, and her lover Leyoch. They work together to uncover what has happened to cause the visions and why many wizards are dying so mysteriously. This book was a little weird to me at first. I didn't think I would really adapt to it. I thought it would be a book that I would set aside after awhile. Once I got used to the characters and the world the book was set in, I was fine. I actually started to enjoy the series very much. I was rooting for everybody and cringing when something bad happened. It's a very fast-paced book once the story has been laid out fully. There were a few things I didn't really care for in the book were the character inconsistencies. One of the characters has a drastic mood change. It's blamed on their magic being released. I just find this a very flimsy reason. Also, I don't care for the lack of progression in that change. It just happened all at once with no warning. Add that to the fact that a few of the characters in this book were very robotic and not really there. This book is narrated by Guy Barnes. This narrator knows how to tell a story full of adventure and intrigue. I'm highly impressed. He knows how to pact a lot of intensity in his voice. He speeds up during intense moments as well. It's quite impressive. I will definitely look to listening to other books narrated by him. I really did enjoy this book. I thought some things weren't as consistent as they should be. I also felt some of the characters could have been humanized a bit more. Other than that, it was a great read. I loved the action and adventure. I also loved the underlying mystery and lure. I would have read this book in a day if I could have.

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  • Rebecca
  • 17/10/2019

Sword and Sorcery with a suspenseful mystery!

I grew up reading fantasy novels so I've always had a huge soft spot for works of epic fantasy. It's been ages since I had the chance to read a good old fashioned "sword and sorcery novel," and Visions of Zarua was so much fun to read. The author's writing reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin. In many ways, this book reminded me particularly of The Wizard of Earthsea. It follows the adventures of a wizard as he fights to save his home from an ever growing threat of darkness. 

I found this book to be fresh and unique because the author combines my favorite elements of fantasy with an engaging and suspenseful mystery. I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn't stop listening as I waited for Padren and his friends to unravel the suspenseful plot that involved murder most foul in the wizarding world. 

The narrator was excellent. I have low vision, so I do a lot of my reading in audio format. Guy Barnes had distinct voices for every character and his reading helped to bring the book to life. I particularly enjoyed hearing him narrate the three main characters. His voice acting made their friendship feel vivid and real.

My only gentle criticism is that I found the book to be a little bit slow in the beginning; however, i understand that is par for the course in epic fantasy. Once the world building and characters were established, the narrative took off at a ferocious pace. and involved a mystery that I couldn't wait to see solved. If you are in the mood for an epic fantasy with a a great underlying mystery, I strongly recommend Visions of Zarua! 

*Note: I received this book from Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources. in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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  • Tiffany T.
  • 08/10/2019

LOVED this book!

I absolutely loved Visions of Zarua. It was very interesting to go back and forth in time to the two different stories and then see how they intertwined at the end. I almost felt like I got two stories for the price of one! Not gonna lie, I was kinda rooting for a poly relationship between Varnia and the two guys, Paddren and Leyoch, but of course that didn't happen, and I wasn't actually expecting it to. I do think the triangle between the three of them was well handled though. But this isn't a love story. Paddren has terrible visions of a time passed, and doesn't understand them or know what to do with them, if he can trust them, or if they will help or hinder him dealing with the current conflict/threat in Paltria. When the book was over, I was well satisfied and was hoping for a sequel, but it's a wonderful standalone book, which is a rare treat for me as I tend to mostly read series. I highly recommend this book to any fan of fantasy stories.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Hunter
  • 25/09/2019

generally good

I wasn't pleased by the sound effects used every time a character had a vision, this is definitely one of those places where less would have been more.

Otherwise this story was quite good, and had some very interesting world building. The arcane lore was built very nicely.

It was mostly an interesting if somewhat predictable heroes journey. Some of the characters were a tad plain in the beginning, but start to round out a bit.

I recieved a free copy of this book for review purposes, my review is voluntary and unbiased.

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  • James
  • 25/09/2019

Very Good

Really enjoyed this book. At first the going back and forth in time was a little confusing, but after a chapter or two really began to tie the story together. Great characters and fantastic narration.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”