Title: Of Myth and Shadow
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Publisher: Division Zero Press
Number of Pages: 1483
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Aegaan is a vast and righteous kingdom, yet darkness gathers in the distant corners of the realm. Elven raids on small towns have inflamed racial tensions with humans, pushing distrust to hatred and the brink of war.
Anrael wanders the woods alone until a chance meeting tempts him to set aside his contempt for those who scorn his half-elven blood.
When Kylie, a naive elf terrified of humans, is thrust among them against her will, she begins to question her mother’s tales of dread.
Having lost everything dear to him, the bandit king Jhelan lives only to seek challenge in battle… until he finds himself willing to die protecting that which he hates the most.
The diabolical mystique of the dark elves cloaks L’an Thal’Sara in protection, but the cruelest lie she tells is to herself.
Thaelwyn, a virtuous knight, sets out to discover the source of the Elves’ aggression, but faces a much greater test within his mind.
Beneath the chaos, minions of the Destroyer search for their promised leader, a child possessing power beyond their years. If the innocent falls to darkness, a kingdom rife with hatred will surely crumble.
*I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the Blackthorn Book Tour in exchange for an honest review*
The premise of this book really drew me in and I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint. Matthew S. Cox creates such a detailed and intricate world within these pages and you can’t help but be drawn into it.
This story is slow starting and takes a little to get into due to the complex characters and storylines but once you start to get your head around them you won’t want to put it down. Aegaan is a Kingdom home to both humans and various races of elves however there is a history of distrust and hostility between the humans and elves which is only getting worse after a series of attacks on towns by elf’s. The story unfolds through the point of view of an array of characters each on their own unique journey and what I love most about this is that each character is given there own disint voice and personality. I especially loved reading about L’an Thal’Sara.
This story is expertly woven together, full of magic and political intrigue. With such in-depth world building which does a wonderful job of bringing the setting and characters to life.
Trigger Warnings for child abuse, off the page rape and sexual content
Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.
His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.
He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.
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