A half-zythian bard named Vanx is in chains for bedding the Duchess of Highlake. The Duke wants him dead, but his wife secretly sent their daughter to buy his freedom from the slave markets. This is bad news, for bad things can happen to an ill-guarded caravan in the mountains. When the duke’s mercenaries attack to kill the adulterous prisoner all hell breaks loose. Now, the only way Vanx and the Princess of Highlake can escape the duke and his men is if they can somehow make it through the Wildwood, a place that no one has ever returned from before…..
M.R. Mathias rose from unknown to award-winning, to best-selling author at a pace most authors can only dream about. The magic that this prolific writer, of epic fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories, weaves is evident.
The first in The Legend of Vanx Malic Series this book, Through the Wildwood, is full of well-developed characters, creatures, and scenes as the main character, a half-zythian bard named Vanx is held captive for bedding the Duke’s wife. When he is sent away to be sold, the group is attacked by bandits, trolls, and other mountain creatures. The Duke wanted him dead, but his wife had other wishes and had secretly sent their daughter, Gallarael, to buy his freedom from the slave markets. Thanks to excellent descriptors, perfect editing, and the author’s mastery of language Wildwood comes to life as you turn each page. You can see in your mind’s eye the fauna of the forest, the haulkattens’ smooth stride as they carry the group to safety, and the mist as it covers the ground. I know I heard the sound of the arrows flying through the air and the smell of burnt corpses as I read a few times. The cover is as mystical and mesmerizing as the pages within. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series as well as other books from this talented writer.