The Indivisible and the Void

Age of Axion Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
579 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2019
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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

“A lie is just another form of ownership.” The science fiction worlds of D.M. Wozniak are littered with intelligence, creativity, and emotionally relevant, present moment details, making them wonderfully satisfying to any reader. It is impossible to discuss/review The Indivisible and The Void without first making these important observations, for the mechanics of serious writing must be mastered in order to create this kind of highly plausible, fascinating, fantastic fiction in a genre prone to hyperbolic shallowness when explored by lesser mortals. D.M. Wozniak gets it right. He knows that character drives a great story, and that internal consistency drives the world of science fiction. All authors risk their reader’s abrupt loss of attention and loyalty should they lazily or inadvertently ignore either character or place. Wozniak does neither.

In The Indivisible and The Void, D.M. Wozniak gets it more than right. Immediately immersed into a future/ancient world meticulously but quickly brought into the reader’s view, one feels present in a most appealing way, as if he or she belongs. Even the advanced science (magical in its maturity) feels natural to this society that appears medieval (or even older). The plot ignites right from the start: intimate betrayal, with a related compulsive mystery to unravel, and sudden if unintended treachery towards a ruthless king. All this for a main character who is able to bend at will the basic elements of reality, if not without enduring personal limitations or inciting escalating, untold consequences. Add to this the uninvited help of a young woman skilled solely in the oldest of professions… Are you hooked? Of course, you are! You should be. This is inspired writing, and a truly excellent, sometimes heart-stopping, sometimes explosive, science fiction/fantasy read.

Christian Sia

The Indivisible and the Void is a mesmerizing opening into the Age of Axion series by D.M. Wozniak. The protagonist is an enigmatic character, Democryos, the affluent university head who sends the best of his students into the war-torn countryside to work magic. But everything changes for him when his wife leaves him for a stranger. Emotionally shattered, he leaves the security and the comfort of his home and sets out on an adventure to find his wife. Now thrust into the desolate world where he has sent his students, he meets and befriends individuals, each with something broken within them — a holy man with a dark secret, a wounded soldier, and a mysterious member of the king’s party. The group will make an invaluable find: they discover the key. But what is it worth?

I just became a fan of D.M. Wozniak because this first entry in the series is such a wonderful achievement that it left me wanting more. The writing, the plot, and the characters are so masterfully done that readers experience the realism and the disturbing sense of urgency in the writing. The use of the epistolary style augments the plot and character development while enhancing the psychological conflict. In fact, the few lines from a letter addressed to the protagonist got me intrigued. The narrative opens with words that suggest the author’s gift for insightful writing and witticism: “I let go of the parchment as I would a voidstone—with deliberate finality. Because it’s either a little piece of me that dies right now, or all of me.” The story is filled with action and it will be a real delight for readers who enjoy creativity in storytelling. The Indivisible and the Void features a unique world to navigate and writing in which each world is a world to explore. My attention never wavered as I turned from one gripping page to the next.

K.C. Finn

The Indivisible and the Void is an epic work of science fiction and fantasy by author D.M. Wozniak, and forms the first book in the Age of Axion saga. Straddling that line between sci-fi and fantasy genres, the novel follows Democryos as he sends his students out into a destroyed world to work their magic. Whilst he has been keeping himself safe in the citadel, away from war and danger, his own life has slowly been coming apart without him noticing. When he loses his wife, the sudden grief of her leaving stirs him up, prompting an epic journey into a wider world where magic and war might actually be resolved, once and for all.

A parable of almost biblical proportions, this epic tale is not for the faint of heart. I enjoyed the episodic style of D.M. Wozniak’s narrative, as central character Democryos meets various characters with their life lessons to teach him. Along the journey some of them join him, their experiences overtaking the main narrative to add to the flavour of the war torn lands and to build to the overall plot in a long-wait style worthy of the likes of Stephen King. Reaching the end of this expansive, descriptive and well written work is worth it for the conclusions to the magical lore and how it works, as well as the consequences of the war and how it might come to its end. The Indivisible and the Void comes highly recommended for fans who want an epic world to envelop them.