The Brides of Woodmyst

The Woodmyst Chronicles: Book VII

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/15/2018
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

The ascension of the Magi, as prophesied, came to pass, and word is spreading quickly, too quickly. War grips the land, innocents are being slaughtered. Against her every wish Alice must remain, and work on the bonds with her new sisters in magic, letting countless suffer. But this is just one of the many sacrifices needed if any hope of victory is possible in this time of darkness. The enemies are many, and their own numbers are few. But just as life, death, earth, and sky must live alongside each other, the four with their newly awakened powers must find balance within themselves, but one is not amongst them. It is known, on occasion, for one of the four to seek dominion over the others. When that occurs it falls to those who remain to rein it back and restore order, but with other forces at play this may not prove easy. There are prices to be paid, war is waged, and despite everything they think they know, they may still be blind to the real threat.

Having read books five and six of the of The Woodmyst Chronicles, I was really excited to get my hands on number seven, The Brides of Woodmyst. I have come to expect a certain flair from author Robert E Kreig, and he continues to deliver in his latest addition to the series. Robert E Kreig provides an elegant balance of history, description, dialogue, world building, and character development that works flawlessly with the intricately designed and ever-advancing plot. Once again we are delivered a vivid and interesting cast of characters. Trials and hardship stand before them, and they must rise against these, lest they be crushed. I never fail to be captivated by his writing style, imaginative descriptions, brilliant scene settings and forever rising stakes. Things began so simply for Alice, but things were never easy. To see her claw her way to where she now stands is amazing, and she is not alone in such growth. This is one story where the characters, events, and plot all drive the reader forward, making it impossible to put this book down.

Jamie Michele

The Brides of Woodmyst by Robert E Kreig is book seven in the author's Woodmyst Chronicles series, preceded by The Walls of Woodmyst, The Sons of Woodmyst, The Heir of Woodmyst, The Warlords of Woodmyst, The Huntress of Woodmyst, and The Shadow of Woodmyst. The whole series' compilation follows the people and village of Woodmyst, which endures despite raging conflict beyond its walls, growing in strength and numbers into a respected city of relative peace and prosperity. Where book six introduced fierce little Alice as a protector of Woodmyst against northern threats, book seven expands on her story and levels out the true fortitude of her power. "Alice can never be subjugated to the power of the Maji. That’s why he doesn’t have her. That’s why he can never have her. She is too strong for him."

The Brides of Woodmyst by Robert E Kreig is an exceptional addition to the Woodmyst saga. Kreig has a definitive talent for storytelling, each bite offered layer by layer with a measured hand and skilled narrative. The world building is extraordinary and, in my opinion, where Kreig really shines as a writer, delivering a landscape and a taste of Woodmyst (and what surrounds it) without excessive information dumps. Reader fatigue that is sometimes a side effect of saga style series isn't an issue here since the dialogue is just as punchy as the action scenes. I would absolutely recommend the Woodmyst series to lovers of authentic epic fantasy and a story line that just keeps on giving.

Sarah Westmoreland

At only thirteen years of age, Alice has seen and done a great many more things than most people twice or even three times her age could claim. She is the Kayl’sro of a small, hidden village; a respected, feared, and loved leader in these terrifying times. She is the Prime Sorceress of the Four: a small group of white-haired, blue-eyed, extremely powerful sorceresses. She is a trusted friend to the beasts of the woods, and a well loved master of a beautiful dragon. But hers aren’t the only sorceresses... Though only 16, Takmel rules Woodmyst with an iron fist, and powerful magic. Assisted by his nine wives, including the Seven (a group of powerful sorceresses) and Catherine (Alice’s sister and one of the Four), Takmel is uncovering even stronger power within himself, and quickly heading towards the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy.

The seventh book in The Woodmyst Chronicles by Robert E. Kreig, The Brides of Woodmyst is a powerful and gripping story set in a beautifully developed fantasy world. The characters are strong and well developed, with a cast that is a beautiful mix of male and female characters, with realistically varying levels of strength and skill. Regrets, tears, mistakes, victories, joy, and smiles fill this story, giving us a glimpse into the lives of all of those portrayed. The style of Kreig’s writing makes it easy to effortlessly lose oneself in the story, and the descriptions are detailed and varied enough to allow your imagination to run wild through the scenery. Altogether, it’s a very pleasing and accomplished novel!