Science Fiction & Fantasy

Imperious Realm (Reign of the North Forest Book 1)

Category:Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author:Athene Z. Adam

  • Publisher: Athene Z. Adam Publishing Inc.
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2022
  • Number of Pages: 334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-7782955-2-2 (paperback)
  • ASIN: B0BG155TN3

Imperious Realm is the first book in the Reign of the North Forest series by Athene Z. Adam, a compelling meld of fantasy and science fiction introducing the world of Eiyesa. The population is confronted with a distressing conundrum — adults age faster while the young don't age anymore and can't reproduce. The future of the planet looks bleak and if things were just possible, Sergen, the son of a powerful politician should be gone from home with his mother. But he and his mother are held hostage at home by Erik, his father. The planet is facing threats from humans who are moving in with the intent of colonizing the Eiyesa while the planet has to deal with existential problems. Can the young ones muster enough fight to face the impending dangers posed by humans and death?

This is a deftly plotted, beautifully written tale that moves fast. The writing is gorgeous and the author introduces dialogue right from the first page. The engaging dialogues help in deepening characterization and in moving the plot forward. Adam's world-building is impeccable and I particularly enjoyed the way the author allows relationships to shape throughout the narrative. Characters like Sergen, Kale, Ivar, Drimys, and others, are memorable, vividly drawn, and flawed. Sergen will arrest the attention of readers from the moment they meet him, frail and utterly dependent as a baby to how he evolves throughout. The prose is excellent and the setting is woven with incredible detail. The world's tapestry is intricate and a phenomenal conflict forces readers to stick with the characters. Imperious Realm is atmospheric and richly detailed, a transporting tale for lovers of fantasy and science fiction.

Reviewed By: Matthew Novak

Reviewed Date: February 14, 2023

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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