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Recent Reviews for M. R. Mathias

Kings, Queens, Heroes, & Fools - The Wardstone Trilogy Book II (Book) - 7/22/2012 5:44:46 PM
The 2nd Book of the Wardstone Trilogy, Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools, did not disappoint. If you have already read Book 1, Book 2 starts with a wonderful surprise. I am not going to spoil it for you, but I was smiling and happy. The familiar characters Mik, Hyden Hawk, and Gerard mature and develop. In addition, a whole host of new and diverse characters are introduced. The characters regroup after a tremendous shift in power and then reach out to create alliances and recover from the devastation created by Pael and Shaella. I liked experiencing Mik and Hyden as celebrated heroes in the beginning of the book- their simple boyhood lives of the past gone forever as they become powerful men. Shaella continues to be a formidable adversary. I felt that one could read this book without reading the first book because the author offers some back-story for events and characters. I do, however, highly recommend reading the books in order. Mathias does a terrific job of enriching and expanding on his Wardstone Trilogy fantasy adventure with fresh and unpredictable schemes. There are many stories within the story. The battle scenes, brawls, mysteries, and adventures kept me turning page after page. Yet it was the close relationships between the main characters that makes this book transcend beyond adventure. The characters face constant danger, yet they play practical jokes on each other during rest and down times. The lightness gives wonderful contrast to the fact that at any moment, they could and do find themselves embroiled in life or death battles. I highly recommend reading Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools. I cannot wait to read Book 3.

The Sword and the Dragon (Revised) (Book) - 7/15/2012 8:45:48 PM
I found this book to be highly entertaining and engaging. MR Mathias’s The Sword and the Dragon, the first in the Wardstone trilogy delivers action, adventure, and an exciting world of dragons, elves, wizards, mystical creatures, kings, battles, ancient pacts, and quests… the story unfolds in a familiar plot of villains and heroes, yet is so full of twists and turns that it kept my attention and pulled me into the characters and the story. The action starts immediately and doesn’t let up. I really liked that Mathias didn’t try to describe the fantasy world first and then build the story. He just drew me in with the action and I was able to see the world through the characters’ eyes. Mathias makes this world believable. Mathias creates exciting battles and yet the characters are able to find moments of shared humor and compassion for each other throughout the book. There is no shortage of new experiences for the multiple characters. The story includes characters that you love and characters that you love to hate. Qualities of bravery, loyalty, friendship, and love abound. Yet the main characters also experience the real emotions of fear and self-doubt as they are challenged beyond anything they ever imagined. One of my favorite aspects about this book is how the two brothers grow and change throughout the story. The evil wizard is a formidable opponent for the heroes of the story. The conflict kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. When I read fiction, I want to relate to the characters and I felt an immediate connection to Hyden, Gerard, and Mik as well as other characters. Overall, this book is a terrific read.

The Sword and the Dragon (Revised) (Book) - 6/11/2012 10:38:02 AM
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The Blood of Coldfrost (Short Story) - 5/26/2015 6:15:45 AM
Your listed in the horror section but this is something my then girlfriend from middle school might enjoy -- I have a hard time reviewing high fantasy or sword and sorcery; this story reminds me of something that might been out of the pages of Conan the Barbarian. I do urban fantasy occasionally as a writer; but main territory is dark horror fiction and overlap with alternate history.

A Hunger in the Night (Short Story) - 7/1/2013 10:09:00 AM
I enjoyed reading this short excerpt from "A Hunger in the Night". I was amazed how it turned out though. It surprised me that she was some sort of vampire, I know readers will enjoy this book. good write. I am going to check it out myself.

A Hunger in the Night (Short Story) - 6/28/2013 9:31:32 AM
RIVETING, and my short attention span loves flash fiction. I will be reading more. L

FREE AudioBook Fantasy Short Story (Short Story) - 8/30/2012 5:22:00 AM
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