The Ancestral Odyssey

The Utopian Dream

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
980 Pages
Reviewed on 10/13/2017
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

The Ancestral Odyssey: The Utopian Dream is an epic fantasy by Duncan William Gill. Lethaniel had been thought dead, yet this lone figure was found plodding through a field of death, a field of the countless lives lost to the horror of war and death that he could have prevented, at least that seemed to be the opinion of those scarce few who were left alive. In a moment of reflection he knew what must be done, a way to usher in victory and perhaps even ring in a new age. The odds are stacked against him, against his people, but he will stand his ground, he will prevail. There have been many beginnings since this world began, and a new start is long overdue.

Anyone who knows me knows there's nothing I love more than to lose myself in an epic and this book is certainly that. Gill does not shy away from embracing fantasy, and this is the kind of book you can easily lose a day or two to. You cannot help but become invested in the characters, and what an array of characters it is. There is war, horror, and hope threaded with skill through a plot both epic in size, scope and undertaking, and this only scratches the surface of the magical world built and developed by Gill. This is one heck of a fantasy read, a must for the libraries of fans of this genre. From beginning to end, you'll lose yourself in the well written, wonderfully descriptive style and you'll be amazed at the attention to detail throughout. Make yourself a hot drink, get a plate of sandwiches at the ready, because you will not want to put this down.

Rabia Tanveer

The Ancestral Odyssey: The Utopian Dream by Duncan William Gill is a novel with a dynamic storyline that makes it one of the best epic fantasies that I have read this year. The story is set in Equis where our female protagonist lives. Isabelle is one of the most powerful women in Equis and she has great responsibility on her shoulders. When she is called to a meeting with the influential people of her world, she has no idea that she will be a key factor in determining the fate of many people. There are rumors in the Eastern lands that could change everything.

To see if there is any truth in these rumors, Lethaniel, the General of the Norkon Forces, is instructed to go there and see how true they are. Lethaniel gathers his army and travels all the way to the East to find out that the situation is far more severe than what he or anyone else expected. Isabelle is examining her dreams and nightmares while trying to figure out the ancient prophecy, and Lethaniel is fighting for his life and to bring the opposition down. Both of them have a huge task at hand and the opposition is far stronger than either of them anticipated. What can they do? Will they fail or will they conquer their individual demons and come out victorious?

Intense storyline, intricate battle scenes and realistic magic; these three elements take The Ancestral Odyssey to a whole new level of epic fantasy. Set in dark and trying times, the novel makes the reader want more and more from the characters and the author. The voice of the author is there without being overpowering, giving life to the characters. Duncan William Gill did an amazing job at creating an atmosphere that is real and believable. There are plenty of characters in the story, but none of them confuse the reader and never divert the spotlight from the main theme and the plot. This is a genre defying novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you hope and pray that the author will release the sequel soon. It is truly an epic novel and the author did it justice.

Romuald Dzemo

The Ancestral Odyssey: The Utopian Dream by Duncan William Gill is an epic fantasy, something the author calls Episode One in a long series that has just begun, and this one comprises three volumes. This is a work of powerful dimensions, great characters, a gripping plot and a conflict that is monumental and attention-grabbing.

A great nation is on the brink of war and something must be done immediately to remedy the situation. In a story set in a continent called Equis, the reader is introduced to powerful players. The 23rd Star Caller, Isabelle, is summoned to help in making powerful decisions that could alter the destiny of nations and the fate of many people. The general of the Norkron army leads an expedition to investigate dangerous rumors in the Eastern lands, and what awaits them is more than anything they could have bargained for. Watch as a drama unfolds and tensions mount.

Duncan William Gill has done something that I love in epic fantasies; created a fictional world that excites my imagination. I loved the setting because it isn’t just about names, but a way of life. The author plunges the reader into a world that has its own customs and laws, its culture and unique features. The colorful descriptions make the setting come to life in the minds of readers. The writing in The Ancestral Odyssey: The Utopian Dream is stellar, punctuated by great and entertaining dialogues and powerful descriptions. The author shows great mastery in creating suspense and developing conflict, and this story offers a lot of entertainment for readers. It’s well-paced, highly entertaining, and masterfully plotted.