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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Deceived is a lengthy work of epic fantasy fiction penned by author M. C. Colon, and forms the first book of The Athanasian Realm series. In this traditional fantasy epic for mature readers, we find ourselves in another realm entirely where the old ways of training powerful protectors have long since faded out. Magic users have little power in the new ways of this world, and the secrets of the past have fallen into decline along with the old Towers on the Isle of Wisdom. But into this world comes Adicia, thrust into the position of Luminary after the poisoning of her predecessor. She determines that she will not meet the same fate and rediscover old truths about the Towers along the way.
Adicia makes a powerful heroine at the center of this epic tale, slowly growing with her powers and discoveries along with the help of her friends. It takes some time to get into the Athanasian Realm, understanding its complex ways, secret past and present politics, but what results is a commitment to worldbuilding that author M. C. Colon has sworn to fiercely uphold. Everything is well placed and well explained, creating its own sense of logic and realism as a genuine realm in which readers can fully immerse themselves. The descriptions of places were particularly dynamic, as was the structure and lore of the different people and races. Overall, Deceived marks an epic start to an immersive new fantasy land with plenty of adventure still waiting to emerge.