Book & Author Details:
The Birth of Death (Evorath #1) by Joseph Macolino
Publication date: June 20th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Artimus, the head investigator for the elvish kingdom of Erathal, is disturbed when he discovers that the culprit behind a recent string of kidnappings presents the greatest threat the world of Evorath has ever seen. As he develops feelings for Savannah, a beautiful elvish druid hiding a great secret, he struggles to separate his personal feelings from his responsibilities to the crown. Meanwhile, Irontail, a young centaur warrior, endeavors to find his way in a tribe where independent thought is discouraged.
When their paths cross, the entire forest must unite, performing an ancient ritual to combat this new evil. While the world of Evorath deals with this great threat, Artimus and his companions must put their internal conflicts to rest as they work together to combat this harbinger of death. As they work towards this common goal, they find that they each have their own, unique gifts to offer. But, will they be strong enough to survive?
The first of many stories taking place in the world of Evorath, this series gives readers the thrill of an epic fantasy while introducing characters who are struggling to balance the demands of society with their own personal desires. One thing is for sure: at the end of it all, nothing will be the same.
If you have read any of my reviews for this book genre, you will know that I am very picky about my High Fantasy. But, it was billed as recommended for fans of LOTR and GOT so I thought that I would give it a go. Sadly, it did not live up to the billing.
I can overlook borrowing of ideas from other authors (mythril; adamantium) as I expect that the intended effect was to try and solidify the authenticity of the world which the author was trying to create. However, for me, it was a step too far when one of the characters spoke with Yoda-style speech syntax.
Even leaving that aside, I’m afraid that the story didn’t draw me in at all. The flow of the story was a little jerky and I didn’t particularly like the characters. Unfortunately, taking all that into account, this was a book which was shelved without being finished.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Contemporary Scribe of Epic High Fantasy
In the tradition of JRR Tolkien and GRR Martin, Joseph Macolino is a builder of worlds. While other works may be derivative of their worlds few can create at the level of these revered masters. Following the path of his mentors, Macolino constructs epic high fantasy tales of extreme depth and extraordinary richness. As a famous hobbit once said, “If you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
When he is not pouring his heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into writing good fantasy books, Joseph spends time studying the politics and economics of Earth, and also enjoys studying philosophy from nearly every school of thought; if it has anything to do with social philosophy, he wants to know about it. Through this learning, he admits that most philosophy books are relatively dry in their presentation, but hopes to convey these concepts in a way that people can enjoy and relate to. He looks to accomplish this by providing good epic fantasy books for years to come.
Ultimately, Joseph Macolino built Evorath to be his ultimate fantasy book getaway and wants his readers to enjoy the same luxury.