Oblivion’s Forge *****
By Simon Williams

Mirandal is closing in on the world, bringing about the end of an age. Humanity and the other young races must face the old races in a return that some look forward to and others dread. Jana is a healer, troubled by the fact that she can’t cure a new mental illness plaguing the land. Amethyst is compelled east, despite the unsavory sort she must mix with to get there. Bordan is a traveling swordsman who battles demons from his past. Will they and the rest of humanity be prepared to face the end of their age?

There were three primary POV characters, each was well developed. They had their own tone, back story, and stakes in the changing world. Other POV characters pop in to help We the Reader get the big picture. This is an epic after all! It would be tough to get the whole story that affects a world, far removed from modern day Earth, from a single source.

 The end delivered! Some of my favorite epics are guilty of simply slapping covers between chapters in order to make the story manageable for the reader. I tolerate it if the story is good enough, but I prefer that each book in a series like this has its own distinct beginning, middle, and end. Like the little story inside the big story, or like those little Russian dolls that fit inside one another.

I received a free copy in exchange for a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself @S_Shane_Thomas on Twitter.

What a great beginning to an epic fantasy series! Oblivion’s Forge delivers a great, and sometimes gritty, story with the promise of a greater epic plot arc.

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