Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Visions of Zarua is a fantasy tale in a medieval style setting with wizards and a quest to end a war which began 350 years ago. In the land of Paltria a wizard called Paddren has been having visions. His master, Kalesh has been encouraging him to fully describe all that he can remember, but before he can reveal his secrets Kalesh is murdered by a dark presence.
Paddren is left to solve the mystery. Together with friends Varnia, a witch with latent magical skills and Leyoch, they must seek out the killer and stop the darkness rising to power. Their journey is peppered with visions which help to bring the 350 year gap closer and Paddren must seek out those who can help him and discover who cannot be trusted.
This is a slow paced book allowing a build up of the fantasy world and an understanding of the current situation. Paddren’s visions and meditation take the reader into the spirit realms and beyond which I found interesting.
A good book for those new to fantasy to begin their reading adventure with.
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Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Hi, Rosie – Sounds like you really enjoyed this. Good to know this would be a good book to start with if you’re not familiar with reading Fantasy, as I have read very little in this genre.
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Sounds wonderful, Rosie! I enjoy reading stories that take the time to build characters and worlds. Pinned & shared. 🙂
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