Blackthorn Book Tours Book Review Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox

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Book Blurb

Aegaan is a vast and righteous kingdom, yet darkness gathers in the distant corners of the realm. Elven raids on small towns have inflamed racial tensions with humans, pushing distrust to hatred and the brink of war.

Anrael wanders the woods alone until a chance meeting tempts him to set aside his contempt for those who scorn his half-elven blood.

When Kylie, a naive elf terrified of humans, is thrust among them against her will, she begins to question her mother’s tales of dread.

Having lost everything dear to him, the bandit king Jhelan lives only to seek challenge in battle… until he finds himself willing to die protecting that which he hates the most.

The diabolical mystique of the dark elves cloaks L’an Thal’Sara in protection, but the cruelest lie she tells is to herself.

Thaelwyn, a virtuous knight, sets out to discover the source of the Elves’ aggression, but faces a much greater test within his mind.

Beneath the chaos, minions of the Destroyer search for their promised leader, a child possessing power beyond their years. If the innocent falls to darkness, a kingdom rife with hatred will surely crumble.

My Review

When I was younger I used to read a lot of fantasy and this massive epic quest really piqued my interest because I’ve read a few of Matthew Cox’s post apocalyptic books and really liked them.

This is a book for adults and a really complex story which uses many different points of view as it gradually introduces a massive dramatis personae of apparently unrelated characters who all in their different ways have a part to play in the weaving of this story of light against darkness and who come together in its final conclusion. The characters were so well developed that they kept the story together however complicated it got and individually I found them really interesting. I particularly liked Serelin a feisty little girl and dark elf L’an Thal’Sara an assassin.

I don’t know why but fantasy books always seem to be set in some version of mediaeval Europe with Knights and Barons and creatures out of European mythology like wizards and dragons and elves. In this book as typically the names of characters make you think that it’s probably set in one of the celtic countries of Europe like Wales or Cornwall or Brittany. I find this a bit annoying because it’s supposed to be fantasy and not based on any particular country or historical period and I don’t see why authors couldn’t have the originality to create a completely new sort of fantasy world that could happen in America. This author did this with Prophet of the Badlands and I would have liked this book even more if he’d done it again with Aegaan.

All the same this was a good book and I enjoyed it.

4 Stars

Author Bio

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.

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