Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review: 'Visionaries' by R.A. Denny

Delaware author R.A. Denny worked as a criminal prosecutor until her passion for writing won her time to create epic fantasy novels. She completed writing her six book epic fantasy series: Mud, Rocks and Trees of which REFUGEES was the first volume, SEEKERS is the second, CAPTIVES the third volume, WARRIORS the fourth volume, and now VISIONAIRIES is the fifth volume. A woman of many interests R.A. enjoys ancient history, board games, LEGO, riding horses, raising flying squirrels and living with two cats. She has travelled to the ancient rock city of Petra on horseback, flown through the jungles of Costa Rica on zip lines, and visited the Great Pyramid on a camel.

R.A. has that sensitivity for her readers to supply maps and a glossary of terms at book’s end – something that makes a fine reference guide as we travel through her created space: the names of the Webbies, Gliders, Humans, Animals, Gods and Goddesses are clearly identified for the reader’s enhancement.

The prose is fluid despite the strange names of the locations of the story. The synopsis defines where we are going – "The only thing keeping that seal around his neck is his head. Heads are easily removed." Time is running out. Tzoladia is under siege. Heads will roll. As the prophecy unfolds, young people dream and old men see visions. Emperor Zoltov's forces move to exterminate the "Subhumans." Risky alliances are formed as Metlan's ambition propels him into places of mystery and murder. Brina and Amanki sail through a sea filled with enchantment and betrayal. Moshoi is dazzled by treasure as he faces the horrors of an evil empire. All forces converge on Tzoladia. Time for a showdown. Will mud, rocks, and trees come together at last? Who will lose their heads?’

Clearly this is the continuation of a long science fiction/fantasy that is directed toward young readers more familiar with the video games and new IT trends than most adults. This book resolves some problems that were placed throughout the series. This fifth book is longer and yet still accessible once you master the names of places and characters. R.A. Denny has a successful venture on her hands. and there is at least one more volume on the way. Grady Harp, January 18
I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it.

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