Walls of Sakaret

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
272 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2019
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Author Biography

Gerone Blomgren lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his family. He has been building worlds through writing, painting, drawing, and music since childhood. An unapologetic comic book nerd as a child, Gerone’s first foray into the darkly mesmerizing world of fantasy came when he purchased Marvel’s Sword of Solomon Kane limited series in the mid-eighties. A voracious appetite was awoken at that moment, standing in front of the squeaky spinning comic book rack at the 7-Eleven, and he hasn’t stopped devouring since.

From Alex Ross’s amazing hand-painted comic book work to Terry Brooks’s deeply relatable characterizations, Gerone owes much to these masters of their craft and many others besides who have created universes in which one can get lost. Gerone’s own unique and compelling storytelling will lead you into fantastic realms, sometimes terrifying, sometimes humorous, always rewarding.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Walls of Sakaret is a work of fantasy fiction penned by author Gerone Blomgren. This dark and tense fantasy thriller begins in the insular hidden city of Sakaret, whose ancient walls have kept the outside world at bay for a long time. Alsed is a young man who has never seen anything beyond them, but everything changes when the interloper Jeresa arrives. Jeresa is determined to save her people from a dangerous plot by a maniacal demigod, and her mission destroys the isolation of Sakaret forever. Alsed and his companions join with Jeresa, embarking on an epic quest through darkness, magic, and prophecy.

Author Gerone Blomgren weaves a heroic tale with the constant threat of its sinister undertones, which makes for a thrilling reading experience and a genuinely 'un-put-down-able' book. I was amazed by the sweeping depictions of exciting, exotic foreign landscapes as the author gives each moment a visceral, realistic experience that draws you in far more than cinema ever could. I liked Jeresa in particular for her strength and fortitude, but also her vulnerability and relatability as a woman striving for better for her people. The adventures set out along the main plot line are well conceived, each given their moment to shine, and purposeful in discovering more information and developing the main characters’ skills to use later in the tale. Overall, Walls of Sakaret is a powerful debut novel with much to offer its readers, and I would highly recommend it for fans of traditional high fantasy with an exotic twist.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Walls of Sakaret by Gerone Blomgren is an epic fantasy story. Two millennia ago, Sakaret was sealed off and no-one has set foot outside it since. For Alsed, it has been the only place he knows. Then Jeresa appears, an outsider from a world that everyone believed was long gone. She needs help in saving her own people and Alsed steps up to the plate with his friends. But things are not going to go smoothly. A psychotic demigod has spent the last two thousand years planning revenge and now he wants the world to burn. Alsed is forced by an unseen hand into fighting for his very survival and to save the world from total destruction. He isn’t equipped to deal with the outside world and he doesn’t have the skills to win. He must learn, along with the few that opted to join him and Jeresa, how to defeat a centuries-old enemy. They must follow a long and bloody path and Alsed must be reborn to succeed in his fight.

Walls of Sakaret by Gerone Blomgren is an involved and bloody tale, not for the faint-hearted. It is a story steeped in history, quite heavy in places but very entertaining. It isn’t an action all the way story but there was plenty of information to help everything gel and some interesting creatures and lore too. Once the main characters set off on their adventures, it was much like a quest of sorts, with plenty of battles, lots of great character interaction and a little bloodthirsty in places. The characters were written well and, for the most part, they were likable. Although there were several different storylines going on, these characters remained a central part, which helped pull things together. One thing that really made this book stand out was its descriptive nature; it was done so well that you could see it all, almost feel it all as it happened. An entertaining read and I enjoyed it.

Astrid M. Arzu

In Gerone Blomgren’s Walls of Sakaret, Alsed is a young man of deep reflection living a simple life in the quiet city of Sakaret. While he is vacationing in the woods, a mysterious, commanding being resembling a man of huge proportions appears. He warns Alsed of a dangerous mission he must undertake. Sure enough, Alsed hears the distant cry of a woman who is wounded and about to be killed by a half-human beast. He rushes to rescue her, but finds out that first he must go through the ancient magical walls that protect his land. Will he be able to save her? And if he does, what epic repercussions will this bring? Alsed will need everything in him to face the coming dangers involving god-like creatures, ancient spells, foreign cultures and irrational war.

Very well written, Gerone Blomgren’s Walls of Sakaret delivers an exciting tale of heroism in an epic fantasy of clashing god-like beings and the fates of their people. The storyline is well developed, at times very thrilling, with a riveting pace. The characters have depth and credibility. This is especially true for the protagonist, Alsed, who must come to believe in himself so he can conquer his fears and save the people. In this way, this is a great tale of finding enough courage to overcome one's outer as well as inner conflicts to meet one’s destiny. This book does not have a fixed conclusion, revealing that there is more action to come, leaving important questions to be answered later.