Review of “Fantacia: The Beginning”, by Ruth Watson-Morris

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The Powers That Be have decreed it, so it must be true.

Right?

It seems that enough people believe it; the ships leaving for Titan are full of escapees. But here’s the thing:  those people are only on the voyage out because they are the Best and Brightest.

Among them are Fantacia and her family: partner Drakos, son Orion (with his dog, Shadow), daughter Sky, and granddaughter Emmina. They are part of the last group to leave, carried away from the supposedly doomed planet and all they knew and loved.

Having arrived on Titan, a lot happens to them in a very short time. Fantacia and Drakos are assigned to the task of searching for artefacts, especially a book called The Book of Demons. Incantations from its pages can destroy worlds and obliterate entire universes.

Fantacia knows where this book is, and is concerned as to why others would want to find it. Her questions are answered by some bizarre turns of events that change her family’s lives forever.

Angels and alien worlds are pitted against demons and the undead, as the battle rages for the ownership of the book that holds the fates of galaxies between its pages.

 

The first book in The Voxian Series, this has set the groundwork for what will surely be a fantastic tale. From winter-choked Earth, to sterile Titan, to bounteous Vox, the author has created very real and believable worlds that bring us easily into the story.

The reader is introduced to a wide panoply of characters (fortunately, they are all noted in an index in the back) that settles into the reader’s heart right away. Not only does Fantacia’s family set up house on Titan–and, later, on faraway Vox–but they find their way into our lives as well. Happy-go-lucky Orion, perplexed but loving Fantacia, grumbling but kind-hearted Drakos, the mother-child relationship between Sky and Emmina–they all become the characters we all cheer for–memorable, heroic, and loving. This goes beyond their own family, and when their alien relatives are introduced, the circle only becomes wider. It is this love and faith in each other that sets the stage for the good they do beyond what is necessary for their own personal survival.

Of course, there’s the evil side too–but even these characters, with rare exception, seem redeemable throughout the story. Ms. Watson-Morris has done a great job in making these characters, if not lovable, at least understood in light of their circumstances. And that is not easy to do.

There is a great deal of entertainment value in the story, and a series that I will definitely follow.

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