The First Book of Ascension
by Dirk Strasser
Can you see the story breathing?ImagineA mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summitA sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at itAn ascent so vital it determines the fate of the worldA summit so precious it holds the key to the divineThe world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.
The characters are more difficult to connect with. Atreu is a complex character with complex issues. He's not like many that I've read before, and I appreciated the change of pace. I think the confusion, and distrust really, with the characters are what make this novel engaging.
The need to follow on this trek is a big draw in wanting to finish this series. This book is a great beginning to this series, and it holds the promise of an epic read to follow. Fantasy fans will find themselves getting lost in this epic fantasy.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Enchanted Book Promotions and Dirk Strasser.
Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books and has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.