Genesis is the first book in the upcoming Mythica series. The book is a
long, epic fantasy tale (550 pages). The author proves a comprehensive
image of a battle between the humans and their allies as they engage in a
monstrously huge army of Orks, backed by demons, and even Daemon lords.
Many points of view are used, including two different Orks.
Colley begins is tale with the Orks preparing a battle for the
domination of their known world. Their high mage Grimvisage seeks to
insure their victory by summoning the aid of the four Deamon lords. Yet
in order to control them, he needs the might of the ancient artifact
known as the Krull Stone. He sends his slave master Kairayn to retrieve
it, even as the humans receive a magical vision of their upcoming doom.
The humans must now send their own heroes to try to beat the Orks to the
Krull Stone. The team of thirteen is led by Lazarus, his brother's
Vinson and Aldric, their loyal friend Layak, and their mage ally Azrael.
The book quickly becomes a race to first find the Krull Stone and then
prepare for the upcoming apocalyptic battle.
This book is wide in vision and long enough allow to author to weave a
complex tale. As a fantasy quest it meets its mark and leaves the reader
wanting to finish the journey. Lazarus and his allies are likeable
characters and their friend Layak also provides the reader with a strong
Some drawbacks might include the book being a little 'green.' The ideas
are there and flow well, but Colley could have used some more coaching
to avoid such things as the use of clichés. Hearing things like, 'the
sword cut through him like a hot knife through butter,' tend to draw me
out of the story. There were also a few POV shifts that left my feeling a
little dizzy and one scene where Layak should have been fighting, but
is strangely absent. These drawbacks keeps it from getting a higher star
rating from me, which in most ways it deserved.
Colley takes on a huge epic here and the reader can tell he puts his
heart and soul into bringing you a classic fantasy quest. All lovers of
old school fantasy will find another enjoyable tale for them to devour
here. Colley makes up for any shortcomings, by developing a powerful
tale that allowed the reader to follow the brothers as they battle to
save their world against a seemingly unstoppable foe. I will certainly
read the second book when it arrives.