Reviewed by Melissa Suggitt
An epic adventure borne of myth and magic
Fantasy lovers come one, come all. You will not want to miss book one of the Shogun of the Heavens series by author I.D.G. Curry.
The Fall of Immortals starts off with a literal bang. It sets off a chain of events that will have readers exclaiming, “Amazons, Camelot, and Zeus, oh my!” We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.
Xamir of Eythrope—committing a treasonous act when he steals and uses the Omni-Sphere, a powerful artifact rumored to be in existence since the universe erupted—catapults himself into a new being in a new realm.
As this new being Xauldin (Chaos itself) is struck by Zeus’s lightning upon entry to Gaia and crash lands onto this new planet, so begins a powerful tale of chaos, order, justice, truth, and prophecy. Being hunted by the elite warriors of his home, Xauldin and his incarnations embark on a journey across the continent, encountering a variety of peoples, most borne of old myth. As his power grows and his alliances deepen (or enemies are conquered), there is no shortage of bloody action, conniving politics, the emergence of prophecies, and seamlessly interwoven legends.
Oh, and yes, it is the Zeus you’re thinking of, but this is not the Disney version of Greek mythology. The Fall of Immortals dives into Zeus’s monstrous side, leaving readers to wonder who the real villain of this story may actually end up being?
A love of mythology undoubtedly runs deep in Curry. He has done his research. Each character, setting, or piece of information pulled from the fabric of myths and legends is given the proper treatment it deserves and one never overshadows another.
What that means for us as readers is we get to enjoy a full spectrum of familiar fables but in an entirely new and inventive way. It works, too. Fantasy novels require suspension of belief, but this one makes you wish it were, in fact, reality. At times, it’s hard to pull away from the pages and come back to the real world.
As is the case for many fantasy novels, there is heavy worldbuilding which can sometimes seem insurmountable, but I encourage you to push through those first few pages. Once the scene is set, there is no shortage of excitement, enchantment, and drama. The addition of the glossary at the end is invaluable as the story goes on. I admit I referenced it more than a few times throughout and it helped to clarify all of my confusion. Look—some of us have a hard time remembering names. So hats off to the author for including such a comprehensive guide for such a complex story; I for one, appreciated it!
The best word to describe this reading journey is fun. The author takes us on a saga that spans the cosmos and legend itself. Where will he take us next? Book two has a lot to live up to, and I for one, cannot wait for the follow-up.
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