A Saga Worth Remembering

By Hejin57, author of Music Masters

May 29, 2018: Fantasy stories remain to be among one of the most popular genres in written fiction, from Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones to works taking place in the universes of Warhammer Fantasy and even Warcraft.

Of all the genres, there is often an argument that these stories have become over saturated and stale.

So let me begin with a noted fact, that for the most part, fantasy is boring to me. I find the swords and sorcery to be a generic template for stories that have often been told a thousand times.

But the Vorrigstadt Saga is something entirely different, and it is comparable to a Tolkien-esque work in its size, scope, characters and prose.

The story is separated so far into three distinct episodes, with the third still in progress. Each one focuses on a different group of characters, but they are connected in their setting and in the events that occur among them. Upon reading the first episode, you will quickly find yourself getting drawn into the setting and the effortless description in the author’s prose. The first characters we meet, magic-using warrior Tyverus, oracle Isilda, mentor Bhergom, and slimy Vhoggli, each make an impact in your mind from the first time they appear.

They are fully realized despite the first episode (approximately 15 chapters) of time that is all that is spent on them, and you genuinely feel their plight as the plot of the story progresses. Their world is a shell of its former glory, plagued by an overarching darkness that threatens to destroy what’s left of humanity.

One of the things I like most about the story is the concept of a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, which I find is not something you see often enough. It’s very intriguing to see the survivors of a torn world continuing on, and beyond this, the uniqueness of the magic system and the minute details of peoples, places, creatures and events truly immerses you in the narrative.

If I had to criticize something, I can only find myself wishing that the story was more forward in the fates of some of its characters. That is more a personal gripe than anything else, since you’ll find yourself getting quite attached to the cast with the sheer amount of time and energy that’s been put into them. Writing-wise, the author is skilled with pacing and prose, and I never found myself bogged down or bored by the wording and way of action.

I don’t like fantasy stories, for the most part, and it takes something special to think otherwise.

It appears though that this is a saga worthy of changing my mind, and I hope it remains that way for the foreseeable future.

Final score: 4.5/5

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