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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Jared A. Zakarian's The Ikalreev Prophecies is the first book in the Verdunmull series. Faolan's first memory was of the faces of his parents. Not his real parents since they, like his past, had been long forgotten. His new parents were elves, and he had been trained to be a scout, but the events he saw placed him in the path of a much larger destiny, one so large it had once been told in a prophecy that the fate of the world would hang in the balance. New creatures, a race against time, and a battle for survival are about to begin as key players of the prophecy of old are revealed. But what future will come to pass, and can that which was written be altered?
The Ikalreev Prophecies by Jared A. Zakarian is an epic fantasy adventure. Monsters, dragons, elves, and dwarves; what more could a fantasy fan ask for except perhaps cursed angels and ancient prophecies? Within this intriguing and ambitious plot, you will find action, adventure, and no small amount of lore, myth, and legends. Great world building draws the reader in, and the developed and diverse characters keep them entertained. In parts, this reminded me of Witcher, with fantastic beasts, epic struggles, and rising stakes. I enjoyed watching the plot unfold, questioning motives, alignments, and loyalties. The writing style flows smoothly and keeps you invested. Danger, chaos, escalating odds, and a fight for survival will keep you hooked on this epic tale from beginning to end.