The Legend of the Avatars

The Created World

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
369 Pages
Reviewed on 12/01/2019
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Author Biography

Tutmozis (Márk Jusztin) was born to this world on March 17, 1986 in Hungary, in the town of Kecskemét. But when did his life actually begin? Probably shortly after he was captivated by the world of fantasy and science fiction and became a graphic designer. He first got the idea for the Created World – the first part of The Legend of the Avatars series – on August 16, 2005. From that day his goal has been to show everyone the past, present and future of this world, which is so similar to our own.
By the end of the trilogy these stories become so real that in time the reader might realize that they could also be about the creation of our world.
Perhaps this is also how our world came to be. Perhaps this is also how we were born. Who knows?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World by Tutmozis (Márk Jusztin) is an epic fantasy with hints of science fiction, a novel that transports readers into another world. The setting is in a world created by the God-endowed beings called the Avatars, bringing to life the Magi and the Demons, likened to the forces of good and evil. As the story begins, the reader is introduced to cities of the Magus Empire, Syrun and Azzriut. A powerful threat looms on the horizon and, through the magic sphere known as Atronorr, the Avatars watched events unfolding on Syrun. The rules have faded into obscurity and the inhabitants of Syrun had opened new paths, breaking through imaginary boundaries. But when the darkness threatens their lives, can they survive?

This fantasy tale beautifully and deftly explores the duality in nature and pits good against evil. The reader is plunged into a world of powerful forces. I enjoyed the way the imaginary setting is handled, with strong imagery that allows readers clear visuals of where the story takes place. For instance, the images of Azzriut are strong. Azzriut had once been a peaceful place with inhabitants living under well-established laws, one of the most important cities of the Magus Empire. But Dark Powers now loom over the city, threatening its peace. The people of Azzriut and Syrun have witnessed the spectacle of the vision in the sky. While they don’t understand what it really means, they marvel at the harmony of the colors in the sky. The dichotomy between what has been in the past and what is about to happen is clearly captured, and readers can sense danger where characters see a natural phenomenon.

This is a story of creation, filled with action and strong imagery. The characters are phenomenal, the conflict so strong that it represents the evil in this created world rising against the good. The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World is highly imaginative, a spellbinding novel filled with magic, demons, warriors, and powerful spells. There is a strange realism woven into the story.

Liz Konkel

The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World by Mark Jusztin breathes new life into mythology through this stunning tale of creation. The Avatars have created two ancient races: the magi and the demons. Now, a war is brewing between the two races as an imminent threat against the magi continues to grow. Ranoss is a magus who embarked on a journey that leads him to a shocking discovery when he finds a demon woman. Rana has lost everything and betrayed her own people so once Ranoss finds her, she’s drawn into the world of the magi. The two begin a passionate relationship that they must keep hidden from each side but as they grow closer, the threat of the demons forces them to reveal their relationship and to take drastic measures to stop a war.

The story is a creation tale so it has a great mythology flair as the beginning before the beginning of mankind is explored in a new and exciting way. At the center of the plot is a brewing war between the magi and the demons which leads to the Avatars being sparked with the idea to create a third race: humans. The entire story revolves around the idea of creation which Mark Jusztin weaves into a unique legend that is brought to life with rich mythology through a history that starts with demons and magi. The war between the demons and the magi is dangerous with the threat becoming darker as the demons’ plans come to light. The descriptions are ominous and give a visual to the level of destruction the demons cause with images of burned trees, death, and desolation. These moments are poignant and often seen through Ranoss and other characters who are watching their world fall around them. The story has everything fantasy lovers will love with action, war, shapeshifting demons, ancient relics, and plenty of danger. The Legend of the Avatars is a creation tale with a unique voice that will appeal to those who love mythology, adventure, romance, and action.

Asher Syed

Author Tutmozis (Márk Jusztin) unleashes his fantasy fiction, The Created World, as the first release in the new trilogy, The Legend of the Avatars. The story dives in headfirst with something of a God-like council of Avatars who are establishing Earth and life upon it. Two races emerge with distinct purpose and power: Magi with the Awakening Forces and Demons with the Dark Forces (Hint: despite distinct and intentional separation with natural boundaries, they don't get along very well). There are legions and leaders on both sides, and war is inevitable. The Magi wield power whereas the Demons suck it from all who dare try to stop them, which ultimately come down to Ranoss and Rana, two Magi aided by the forces of wizardry that have been bestowed by and harnessed through the Avatars.

My favorite scene(s) in The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World is the battle in the valley fought between the Demons and the Magi. There's something genuinely foreboding about a Red Moon, and Tutmozis (Márk Jusztin) is able to illustrate this entire sequence against a backdrop of snow and blood. The imagery is insanely theatrical and it's the type of scene in which readers can fully immerse themselves and if I'm being totally honest, that screenwriters dream of achieving. Rana was definitely my favorite character and it's always refreshing when a story has an unapologetically strong female protagonist. There's also a bit of romance, but it's more of a subplot and as titillating (and necessary) as romance is, I appreciate that it takes a back-burner to the more fantastical elements. Overall, this is an impressive read that will likely find a solid following among teen and young adult fantasy fiction readers.

Jamie Michele

The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World by Tutmozis (Márk Jusztin) is the first installment of the author's debut young adult epic fantasy, science fiction, and mythology trilogy series, The Legend of the Avatars. This book chronicles the origin of everything, beginning with the Avatars, the producers of life. With the exception of the prologue, which is told in the first person, the narrative is delivered in an omniscient voice befitting of a tale that precedes the genesis of Earth. While the story includes the introduction of the Magi (magicians) and Demons, which readers will recognize as the elaborate balance of good and evil, the weight of the world lands on the shoulders of Ranoss and Rana.

The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World by Tutmozis (Márk Jusztin) quickly and effectively establishes an intricate hierarchy within the realm, allowing readers a chance to absorb who's who without overwhelming them, making the unfamiliar accessible without any real difficulty. Tutmozis is able to carry this over into the world-building as well, layered in fluid, overlapping gradients that roll the landscape out as opposed to dumping it into a dense narrative--something Tutmozis never does--and injecting his vivid scenery with the dialogue of thoroughly developed characters and action sequences that rise from the pages. This is an excellent first book in a supremely ambitious trilogy and I look forward to seeing where the story leads.

K.C. Finn

The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World is a work of epic fantasy fiction penned for young adult readers by author Márk Jusztin. Based on the idea of a mythology of a creation story for the planet, this world-building fantasy tale features the titular Avatars as God-endowed creatures who are working on a world somewhere in the universe. There are demons who bring darkness to this world, but also Magi who bring light and awakening to the planet, and as always there is an epic struggle for supremacy of good or evil. The fantasy elements expand as warriors take up the fight, leading us closer to the people on the planet whom the Avatars have raised.

Author Márk Jusztin has created some really beautiful imagery in this expansive and highly atmospheric work about the origins of worlds. There are many classic fantasy elements present that fans of the genre are sure to appreciate, such as the classic tropes of good versus evil and the presence of magic and sorcerers battling dangerous creatures. Whilst these elements are not wholly original or doing anything new, they are beautifully presented and well accomplished. The overall plot is slow-paced but considerate of the whole process and mythology, which is building up in this first installment to the tale, and the establishment of Tutmozis’s prophecy leaves much to be explained and anticipated for future works. Overall, The Legend of the Avatars: The Created World is a solid start to an interesting series by a talented writer.