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Monday, October 17, 2011

Review of Velwythe by Bonn Turkington

Resurrection of the Mind Vol. One
Velwythe: Resurrection of the...
By Bonn Turkington

            His mother vanished. His father killed himself. Vaan, now 21, has no friends, no money, no family, and no hope. All his dreams have vanished. Unable to escape the horror of his own memories, his life has been in stasis.
            But with a bit of luck and a bit of effort Vaan manages to make his first real friend since childhood. Duncan, a man who has watched the growing railline destroy his entire home city, was disowned after denying his birthright.
            Vaan and Duncan become fast friends with troubled pasts. Now, with Duncan’s help and the ‘encouragement’ of a local priest, Vaan decides his life ahs remained in a quagmire too long. Only by selling his house and everything he owns will he have a chance to become a wandering scholar.
            Every year around the FreePort Solstice Festival (and his birthday) Vaan has terrible nightmares of his father’s chronic pain. But the night before the festival Vaan has a dream un like any before. He wakes up thinking he has gone blind – but it isn’t just that, he can feel something, something cold pawing at his head as though it is absorbing his very thoughts.
            After the horrible dream, leaving FreePort isn’t just about getting an education. Ellred, a local priest, tells Vaan there could be more to his non-dream than he could ever imagine. But the only way to figure any of it out is if Duncan agrees to travel with Vaan to the very place Duncan can never return. And on their way to Alpine, Vaan’s encounter with a small militia forces him to question his understanding of humanity and the very reality he thought to be true for so many years.

First of all I want to thank Media Guests for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.  I had originally passed up on doing so but had it in the back of my mind that I thought I needed to give it a try. I was not disappointed either!

This book is not an easy read. There is so much dimension and depth to the writing that you really need to pay attention to understand what is going on during the story. This is based on a fantastical new world that you need to figure out what Vaan is trying to tell you. It is not a skimming kind of story. Don’t be frightened about that because it is well worth your time.  I loved how I could not ever guess what was going to happen next or really figure out all of the characters presented. I really want the next book so I can start to piece more of this together.

The prologue is very interesting and hooks you from the first sentence. However, don’t think that the questions it raises will be answered in this book. By the time you get done and read the epilogue you are just more intrigued with more questions.

I give this book 4 stars and will sit patiently for the next book to come out sometime next summer!!! In the meantime though you can go to www.velwythe.com and check out the interactive site the author has created to immerse you into Vaan’s world.

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