Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review - Valcoria by Jason King

Jia is life. It is spirit. It is indestructible. It is that which is permanent. Dyn is fragile, corruptible, and temporary. In the entirety of the universe, man is the only being created of both, his soul from Jia and his flesh from Dyn - an abomination in the eyes of the fallen god Aedar who would use the destruction of man as a means for reclaiming his lost godhood. Valcoria, a planet created by the benevolent god YaJiann, is the world that bridges these two planes, a dual existence that allows some to tap their Jia and subject and control things made of Dyn. Those who can so affect themselves and the world around them are called the Kalyra or the Children of the Crystal Star, and are the only ones who can protect Valcoria from the jealous fury of a fallen god.

Review by: Scott

4 stars

Valcoria by Jason King is an excellent offering from a first time author.  Starting in a futuristic setting with a man that has seemingly lost his mind and become a tyrant.  His wife manages to bring him back to himself, but at great cost to them both.

From there the book seemingly flies in a totally different direction and the tie ins to the opening scene come slowly.  I did actually really enjoy the slow revelation of what had happened in the opening scene as well as learning what it really led to.

I honestly didn't know what to think when I started reading this book.  I had expected a bit more of the traditional epic fantasy and it started out very differently.  It didn't take too long to get more into what I was expecting.  The characters, though fairly numerous, are well written.  The changing perspective can get a little confusing at times until you get a real grasp on them.  The incorporation of the advanced technology into a traditional fantasy setting worked out very well.  The magic system was also pretty unique and I enjoyed learning about it.

I'll be sure to look into more from this author in the future.

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