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Reviewed by Nicholus Schroeder for Readers' Favorite
Golgotha: Remnant Trilogy: Book One by Angela R. Watts is set in the mystical realm of Mazzabah. The kingdom of Buacach has prospered under the rule of King Connall, but the king wishes to have his eldest son, Moray, become king during his lifetime. So Moray is to be named as king by his father after his marriage to Ama, his betrothed from the Wolf clan, meant to create an alliance between Buacach and the clan. His father doesn’t know what Moray plans to do when he becomes king, nor does he know just how deep Moray has sunk into the depths of black magic. Unfortunately for Moray though, the day on which he was to be crowned king, he was instead teleported into Golgotha, the realm of death. Will he survive the foreign landscape and the beasts?
Golgotha was a book that I immensely enjoyed reading because Angela R. Watts has created a unique world, society, biomes, and much more that really piqued my interest. The character development for each character was incredible; they all seem so human and well thought out. The development for Moray, in particular, was splendid. He starts out as a brooding man, but later on, he shows his caring side and his love for his family. The plot is fresh and one that really stimulates the reader’s mind. Throughout the book, I was hooked to the story, and never once did I feel like a particular chapter could’ve been better written as each chapter has a purpose, be it expanding upon the lore of this unique world or the amazing action scenes. The action scenes in Golgotha are really good because they’re not only well-choreographed but they’re also easy to envision, thanks to Angela R. Watts's descriptive style of writing. Every swing of the sword or moment of magic is detailed and the gory details are kept at an acceptable level.
The pacing is also worth mentioning as it was just right. Angela R. Watts knew when to hit the brakes for the intimate storytelling moments and when to hit the gas for those scenes with danger, so as to better immerse the reader in the moment. I just loved the pacing; one minute a wedding is about to commence, then flip the page and we find ourselves trapped in Golgotha, fending off giant wolves. It all just somehow works. That is why Golgotha was definitely worth my time, and I can’t wait to read the next book in a series that is truly memorable.