The Ventifact Colossus
Author: Dorian Hart Genre: Adult Fantasy Publisher: Self-Published
Banished to an otherworldly prison for centuries, the monstrous Emperor Naradawk is about to break free and wreak havoc upon the world of Spira. The archmage Abernathy can no longer keep the monster at bay, and has summoned a collection of would-be heroes to help set things right.
Surely he made a mistake. These *can’t* be the right people.
Dranko is priest-turned-pickpocket, expelled from his church for his antics. Kibilhathur is a painfully shy craftsman who speaks to stones. Aravia is a wizard’s apprentice whose intellect is eclipsed only by her arrogance. Ernest is a terrified baker’s son. Morningstar is a priestess forbidden from daylight. Tor is a young nobleman with attention issues. Ysabel is an elderly farm woman. Grey Wolf is a hard-bitten mercenary.
None of them are qualified to save the world, but they’ll have to do. Even Abernathy himself seems uncertain as to why he chose them.
What starts with a simple scouting mission soon spirals into something more far-reaching and sinister. The heroes will contest with dream warriors, evil cultists, sentient gemstones, and a devious yet infuriatingly polite gentleman with a perfect mustache, on their way to a desperate encounter with the unstoppable: The Ventifact Colossus.
The Ventifact Colossus is Book One of the Heroes of Spira.
**Special thanks to the author for a copy as a gift.**
So, this book was on my radar before, thanks to my friend Caitlin’s positive review, so I knew it was a book I wanted to read at some point. I’m a sucker for adventure stories and I love a band of misfits having to come together to complete a quest, so I was definitely intrigued by this. When the author reached out to me for editorial services for the fourth book–which would, in turn, of course require the reading of the first three books–it seemed a little bit like destiny!
- The premise. Like I mentioned above, I was already sold by the premise of the novel and the plot and characters supported it well!
- The characters. I love how each character is distinct and unique and we continue to get to know all of them. I definitely have my favorites and those I am super curious about and I’m excited to see how the group grows in the continuing novels!
- How POV influenced and showed off strong writing. The writing itself is very good and of high quality, which I always enjoy in a novel. But I also loved how we got to see everyone’s POV–and, not only that, but it was awesome how you really did get a feel of each characters’ chapter and how one chapter could even influence me enough to change opinions on things and characters, based on how a character viewed another, which I thought was cool!
- A certain death. I am all about killing your darlings, but I just can’t get over a certain death. I LOVED this character and I was really excited to see what tropes were going to be broken with their involvement, since you usually don’t see this kind of character in this quest setting, so when they were killed, I was a bit disappointed. Especially since, like some of the characters themselves, I don’t see the point of their death (purposefully vague due to spoilers, obvi).
- POV balancing. With a quest of 7 (8? I can’t count honestly) companions who all are POV characters, it’s hard to balance POV, because that’s a lot! Especially for a first book. And while I can definitely see some of our major players over minor players, I do wish we saw some perspectives more than others, so this is just a minor preference things, honestly.
This was just a really enjoyable book. I just had a lot of fun reading it and I would definitely recommend it to any fantasy fans who want to see some traditional tropes played out and twisted on their heads!