Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: 'The Legend of Vanx Malic Books I-IV Bundle: To Kill a Witch' by M.R. Mathias

Author M.R. Mathias is an award-winning self-published Fantasy Writer. He is noted for his epic fantasy novels and his prolific social network marketing activity. `Reading fantasy takes us away from reality to a place where impossible things are possible and the righteous somehow find a way to win the day.' And nothing could be more true than stepping into the world of The Legend of Vanx Malic. Mathias freely states his past: `I was in and out of jail since I was a teenager. I used to have a serious drug habit. I stole stuff, I lied, and I abused every known drug on the streets. My charges were for drug possession, that is what I did time for. I also did time when I was younger for burglary. Writing was my salvation. I was in maximum security for a while, over a few fights. I was in a dungeon cell 23 hours a day, everyday.' All the novels were written in longhand, without the luxury of spell check, or word processors, or even a dictionary. Now he is noted for his epic fantasy novels and his prolific social network marketing activity. His 2011 book `The First Ten Steps' shares shared his considerable knowledge of self-promotion. Searching for further information about this author reveals a man less concerned about resume status than about storytelling and his book are directed at the Young Adult sector. And as one interviewer remarked, `Kudos to Mathias for having the audacity to be openly reveal his darkest secrets. It made him the person he is today, an extremely talented fantasy author. He dared to step outside the line and risk just how far he could go.' Mathias has been clean and free since his release, and he has every intention of staying that way.

THE LEGEND OF VANX MALIC is a four part series and while it is important to read the entire series for the maximum effect of Mathias' fantasy epic, each book is strong enough to stand-alone. Background of some characters may be missing but Mathias is a sure writer and fills in the blanks where necessary. Book I is THROUGH THE WILD WOOD and strongly sets into motion the characters we will grow to know. DRAGON ISLE is Book II, SAINT ELM’S DEEP is Book III and THAT FRIGID FARGIN WITCH is Book IV. But the series continues beyond this first bundle and each just gets better.

The magic Mathias weaves is evident here and re-reading book one, after completing the series only demonstrates how meticulously he sets his stage, outlines in his characters, the manner in which the entire series will play out... keeps us eager to continue. He is a very skilled fantasy writer - be sure to follow the entire series. Some readers may have difficulty with the names at first, but remember this is fantasy and no easy common name would be suitable. Mathias knows exactly how to weave a spell that entraps us from book to book. Grady Harp, November 15

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