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Writers: Simon Williams

  • Ross Kitson

    Brilliantly written jet-black fantasy

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    This is the first book of Simon's Aona series and i was so taken by the opening sample available on the on-line reader that i bought the paperback. This is an intricate and thoughtful peice of work, well-crafted and detailed. The atmosphere in the book is very dark and very gritty, with disturbing secenes and characters that aren't always clear cut good or evil but rather shades of grey--indeed shades of grey that change in tone throughout the text. There are several character driven strands working through the book which come nicely together at the end. Seemingly incidental characters grow in importance and they link together in an interesting and compelling manner. The introduction of the main plot of the series--the conflict between ancient races with the younger Races caught up--is gradual and at times confusing, although it does become clearer towards the end. The book ends with several new plot strands and what i assume will be key protagonists in the next books introduced. Th...This is the first book of Simon's Aona series and i was so taken by the opening sample available on the on-line reader that i bought the paperback. This is an intricate and thoughtful peice of work, well-crafted and detailed. The atmosphere in the book is very dark and very gritty, with disturbing secenes and characters that aren't always clear cut good or evil but rather shades of grey--indeed shades of grey that change in tone throughout the text. There are several character driven strands working through the book which come nicely together at the end. Seemingly incidental characters grow in importance and they link together in an interesting and compelling manner. The introduction of the main plot of the series--the conflict between ancient races with the younger Races caught up--is gradual and at times confusing, although it does become clearer towards the end. The book ends with several new plot strands and what i assume will be key protagonists in the next books introduced. This was the only niggle i had--i felt the finale would have been best conducted as chapter XXI with Vornen et al, rather than the two that followed. Certainly the Watchers could have been brought in earlier. These are minor points--it remains a great book, distinctly part of a trilogy and not a stand alone, and is a great example of the quality you can find in self-publishing these days. looking forward to the next. (more)

  • Beth Boucher

    A dark saga, set in a doomed, fragmented world

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    All is not well in the world of Aona. Her peoples are afflicted by bad dreams and visions, the winter is harsh, all portents suggest that what is coming is not to be wished for. In this shadowy epic, which puts me in mind, at times, of Tad Williams and Michael Moorcock, the wizards are old and weakening, healers can no longer heal and mysterious, nightmarish things lurk around every corner, the cursed characters fight to say alive and sane, their lives driven by unfathomable forces. This dark land, written in evocative detail, is seen through the eyes of inhabitants like Vornen, scarred, almost broken man, with a compulsion to follow the Gates. Despite his harsh life, he carries a small flame of hope. Jaana is a disillusioned woman who sees things others cannot and is on a journey of discovery she couldn't have imagined and Amethyst, compelled to travel towards a goal she did not choose or face unbearable pain. There are many threads to the story, a complex cast of varied c...All is not well in the world of Aona. Her peoples are afflicted by bad dreams and visions, the winter is harsh, all portents suggest that what is coming is not to be wished for. In this shadowy epic, which puts me in mind, at times, of Tad Williams and Michael Moorcock, the wizards are old and weakening, healers can no longer heal and mysterious, nightmarish things lurk around every corner, the cursed characters fight to say alive and sane, their lives driven by unfathomable forces. This dark land, written in evocative detail, is seen through the eyes of inhabitants like Vornen, scarred, almost broken man, with a compulsion to follow the Gates. Despite his harsh life, he carries a small flame of hope. Jaana is a disillusioned woman who sees things others cannot and is on a journey of discovery she couldn't have imagined and Amethyst, compelled to travel towards a goal she did not choose or face unbearable pain. There are many threads to the story, a complex cast of varied characters and environments which all bode well for a series of books, I enjoyed stepping into this bleak fantasy world, but I wouldn't want to live there. (more)

  • Kyle Tyler

    A dark and gripping story

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    Oblivion's Forge follows a varied cast of character's each plagued by tormented pasts and drawn by supernatural forces, struggling to survive in a dark world. The story starts off slowly, giving you small fragments that tug on your curiosity, making you want to read more, and it develops into a darker plot. I enjoyed following following the characters in their journey to survive and would recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.

  • Franz McLaren

    Dark Fantasy at its best

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    For those seeking comfort fantasy, Simon Williams' Oblivion's Forge is probably not what you are looking for. For lovers of Dark Fantasy this book is a rare and delightful find. On a grand scale, Aona is a world caught in a war between two evil factions. Regardless of which faction wins, it is unlikely the plight of the races populating this world will improve. Mr. Williams has chosen to present this world and its strife through the eyes of several characters, each caught in the conflict, unable to escape. Through their stories, the tale unfolds with mounting and unrelenting tension. Oblivion's Forge explores new areas of Fantasy in an edgy and engaging manner that makes this a book hard to put down. There are no shining heroes or beautiful trembling maidens. But there are a several very real characters, manipulated by powers beyond their control, striving to find ways to cope. Through his words, Mr. Williams forces the reader to contemplate how they would react in these circums...For those seeking comfort fantasy, Simon Williams' Oblivion's Forge is probably not what you are looking for. For lovers of Dark Fantasy this book is a rare and delightful find. On a grand scale, Aona is a world caught in a war between two evil factions. Regardless of which faction wins, it is unlikely the plight of the races populating this world will improve. Mr. Williams has chosen to present this world and its strife through the eyes of several characters, each caught in the conflict, unable to escape. Through their stories, the tale unfolds with mounting and unrelenting tension. Oblivion's Forge explores new areas of Fantasy in an edgy and engaging manner that makes this a book hard to put down. There are no shining heroes or beautiful trembling maidens. But there are a several very real characters, manipulated by powers beyond their control, striving to find ways to cope. Through his words, Mr. Williams forces the reader to contemplate how they would react in these circumstances and to wonder if they could survive. I can't wait to dive into Secret Roads, the sequel to this great book. (more)

  • Jayne Galan

    Even better than the first one!

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    Secret Roads, the second of the Aona books, adds a lot more depth to the story that began with Oblivion's Forge. The various people come to life even more and you find out much more about them. Simon has created complex, deep characters who you can really care about. The story continues at a pace, with surprising plot twists and storylines that go in new and fascinating directions. All of this is underpinned once again by a dark, brooding feel that makes the book really atmospheric. In short, the author has come up with a sequel which is even better than the first book. I love it and await the third book impatiently!

  • Kyle Tyler

    A Superb Sequel

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    Secret Roads continues the battle of evil against evil, following the struggles of the people caught in the middle. It creates new plot turns and twists that keep you wanting to read on. When I finally got the time to sit down and read, my eyes didn't leave the pages for hours. Simon gives the readers just enough to keep them hook but not reveal too much until the time is right. If you liked Oblivion's Forge then you'll love Secret Road's.

  • Kyle Tyler

    Most gripping book I've read in a long time.

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    In The Endless Shore, new and old characters come together in the continuing conflict between two malevolent forces. The way the story is unravelled gives the perfect amount of suspense and excitement, as well as gripping you with some darker scenes. Again Simon adds pieces that entice to read on, to find out what becomes of the mysterious entities showing up in Aona. I found The Endless Shore to be outstanding and cannot wait for the next instalment of the Aona series.

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