Visions of Zarua Blog Tour – A New Fantasy Book among my favourites

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It is my great pleasure to participate in Visions of Zarua blog tour. I was generously given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and I simply adored the book. Below you can will be able to read my review, get to see ad hear about this awesome book from mine and perspective of other participants and get to know more about Suzanne Rogerson, the author of this book which is now taking place among my favourites in fantasy genre.

 

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Book Blurb:

Visions of Zarua

 

Two wizards, 350 years apart.

Together they must save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past.

 

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.

Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.

Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.

The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

 

Sounds great, doesn’t it? And now, for my review:

Reading “Visions of Zarua”, by Suzanne Rogerson, was a refreshing reading experience for me and it is incredibly hard to write a review and not squeak out all the spoilers that made this book a highly recommendable read to all fantasy lovers from me.

The book, with the vibe and style of writing, reminded me of my favorite writers, like Robert Jordan and Zelazny. What I most enjoyed about this book is definitely that atmosphere. The book is a work of classic fantasy, as opposed to the scheme of modern fantasy. The language of the book is simple, yet engaging, and the reading feeling is both descriptive and most of all, highly sensory.

I think the author did parallel storytelling in a masterful way, that did not for a second feel burdening or hard to follow.

The characters are rounded and I got tied to them and what I would specifically point out, I liked the character of Varnia the most. It is difficult for me to connect with female characters in fantasy settings, but “Visions o Zarua” did that for me. All the characters are unique, creative and never for a second feel like tools and disposables.

Another thing that makes this book above the rest I see nowadays in the fantasy sections is the way the author handled romance. I loved the way love and relationships were handled in the book, again, a striking contrast to what you would nowadays read. Original feelings, felt as you read, not just blend shock value, and overcrowding with reality feelings. A fantasy book should read and feel like fantasy, after all, depict something we dream of and strive for, something to work out in our thoughts and transcribe and assign to our realities – and this book does it.

I will definitely re-read the book again in the future and experience “Visions of Zarua” once again, while I wait and heartfelt hope for more books from the author. I recommend this book to every fantasy reader who had their fill of cliché and desires an original, serious, deep and thoughtful story.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Suzanne Rogerson

Author Profile

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.

 

I don’t know about you, but I was so impressed by Visions of Zarua, I will be on a constant lookout for new books by Suzanne!

Interested in the book? Here is where you can check it out, buy it and connect with the author, as well as check out an index of all the posts in the blog tour and read what others thought of the book (if you are silly enough not to to make my word for it that the book is beyond amazing!):

 

To buy links

 

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Smashwords

Kobo

 

 

Social Media links

 

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

 

 

Visions of Zarua Blog Tour 2016 Schedule

 

Mon 27th June betweenthelinesbookblog Promo Post

Tues 28th June rosieamber Review

Wed 29th June bookwraiths Indie Wednesday feature, Guest Post & Giveaway

Thurs 30th June aliasfaithrivens  Review & Interview

Fri 1st July TheTattoedBookGeek Novel extract & Promo Post

Sat 2nd July teripolen Promo Post

Sun 3rd July alinefromabook Review & Promo Post

Mon 4th July barbedwords Review & Post about Varina and her favourite recipe

Tues 5th July baubtaub Review, Interview and Giveaway

Wed 6th July shelleywilson Promo post

Thurs 7th July jenanita01 Review

Fri 8th July spookymrsgreen Promo Post

Sat 9th July thehappymeerkatreviews Review & Promo Post

Sun 10th July color me in Cyanide and Cherry Review

Sun 10th July Lucciagray Q&A

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~ by Oloriel on July 10, 2016.

13 Responses to “Visions of Zarua Blog Tour – A New Fantasy Book among my favourites”

  1. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere.

  2. Thanks so much, I loved reading your post. And thank you for taking part in the tour!

    • Thank you, for letting me be a part of your writer journey, and for letting me cheer and help a book I really, really loved!

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  4. Lovely review and I’m so glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did. I love the fact you pointed out the bit about female characters and the way romance is portrayed well, I agree that so many fantasy books these days are always the same and unrealistic in that sense 🙂 …I mean as realistic as fantasy is, lol…You know what I mean :).

    • I have you to thank, because if there was not for your review, I would have never had to chance to read and enjoy this book, from now to my end days!
      I get what you mean, totally. I read a lot of books and fantasy is my favourite genre, but what I am reading lately is not satisfactory (in that amount that during the past few years I resorted to reading thrillers and historical fiction, which seem more original and meaty than nowadays fantasy novels!)
      Visions of Zarua has the classical vibe that got me into reading fantasy and sticking to it for decades!

      • You are too kind with your compliment of my review <3. I'm sure you would have found out about Visions of Zarua some other way. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I can't wait to see what else Suzanne Roberson will publish, given how good this book is I'm sure more work from her will be great. I'm sure also that if you decide to write and publish a novel too that it would be great, you have an amazing voice through your poetry. 🙂

      • My novel is coming at the end of this year, though I am still unsure which one, since I am drafting through 7 of them! It is much easier with poetry, a lot less tactics required, for me at least. I am really scared my novel will dissapoint!

      • 7! Wow! I’ve not written one :o. Don’t worry yourself too much. I think every writer worries about something new that they put out there. I find myself far more nervous to post any fiction I write than poetry too. Perhaps because people are more critical of prose than poetry? Either way though I’m sure your novel will be good and if you want to get some trusted friends to read through it as beta readers before you release it, that way you will get wonderful and honest feedback without leaving yourself feeling exposed. Good luck..I still can’t believe 7! :):)

  5. Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie.

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