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Oblivion's Forge

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  17 reviews
For thousands of years they have sought the world from which they were cast out. Now, at last, Aona has been found. The younger races of this world will all be swept up in a struggle for survival, as their ancient, malevolent masters, guardians of all Aona's secrets, rise to do battle with their foes, remorseless destroyers of world after world throughout the known Existen...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Completelynovel.com
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M.L. Falconer
When I review a book I seldom paraphrase the plot as others do, I don't wish to give anything away or to sway the reader to experience the context of the story in any particular direction. That is an intimate experience reserved for reader and author alone. What my reviews will impress upon you is what makes or breaks the book underneath the plot.

Aside from the amazing and complex plot, Simon writes with a passion for the craft, and his world creation is rich and unique. Though I believe that Si...more
Franz McLaren
For those seeking comfort fantasy, Simon Williams' "Oblivion's Forge" is probably not what you are looking for. For lovers of Dark Fantasy this book is a rare and delightful find. On a grand scale, Aona is a world caught in a war between two evil factions. Regardless of which faction wins, it is unlikely the plight of the races populating this world will improve. Mr. Williams has chosen to present this world and its strife through the eyes of several characters, each caught in the conflict, unab...more
C.g. Ayling
I am not a prolific reviewer for many reasons, one of which is that I really don’t like spoilers. How to take a well-worn, tried-and-trusted premise and somehow hide the fact it is just more of the same, has been rehashed a thousand times before verbiage none of us should ever be forced to read? I’m pleased to say none of those things is a problem with “Oblivion’s Forge”, by Simon Williams, and thus this review.

Oblivion’s Forge is interesting, well written, and magnificently original. It is also...more
James A McCormick
Oblivion’s Forge, the first instalment of the Aona Trilogy, is a highly original work free of the clichéd characters one expects of a fantasy work. Instead the author populates this cold, bitter, hostile and dilapidated world with deeply flawed, all too human individuals.

The main protagonist , Vornen, is an individual banished and disowned by his own people, someone cursed with Gate sight, the ability to see portals between dimensions, and ‘a violent madman … a lunatic and a wastrel’ as his old...more
This was an author forward I ran into either in one of my sci-fi fantasy lover groups, or on fb. (can't remember which) Regardless this novel had me enthralled from as early as the sample pages. Usually when a peice is inexpensive one can expect flawed editing or a lack of real author enthusiasm-but this story was not only well written and pretty much flawless, it was talented and interesting! It's rare to find such treasures and Simon Williams series works will be among those I follow from toda...more
Pauline Ross
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The word that springs to mind while reading this is portentous. The opening chapters are stuffed with mysterious happenings, deeply meaningful but unexplained dreams and visions, characters who are compelled to do certain things and who are assisted at life-threatening moments by shadowy mystics. Something Very Bad is about to happen, and it’s so bad that it can only be spoken of in cryptic utterances that the reader will come to understand by the end of the book (or possibly...more
All is not well in the world of Aona,

Aona's peoples are afflicted by bad dreams and visions, the winter is harsh, all portents suggest that what is coming is not to be wished for.

In this shadowy epic, which puts me in mind, at times, of Tad Williams and Michael Moorcock, the wizards are old and weakening, healers can no longer heal and mysterious, nightmarish things lurk around every corner, the cursed characters fight to say alive and sane, their lives driven by unfathomable forces.

This dark...more
Nadine Maritz
Oblivion’s forge is one of those novels that had me all confused as to whether it’s categorized as fantasy or Sci Fi.
Make no mistake. My confusion does not at all take away anything from the story, in fact I have a very high regard towards anyone that can create something from nothing which is what fantasy is all about.
In Oblivion’s Forge, Simon Williams has managed just that, to create a chain-full story revolving around the embarking of key characters journeys all of which play off in the wo...more
Joanne McDonnell
Simon has built an amazingly multifaceted world for his book “Oblivion’s Forge” and I found myself easily drawn into the scenes he described, to the point where I could almost visualise myself in these places. The plot was as equally complex, and I did have to concentrate when shifting from one character to another. If I had to nit-pick, I’d say better segues between characters and/or chapters, in some cases, would have been good.

Saying that–I loved the way Simon introduced us to each of the mai...more
I don't normally read that much fantasy, but this book was intriguing, enjoyable and definitely one of the more original works within the genre. Not being a fan of the "dragons, elves and dwarves" sort of fantasy so much, I was pleased to find early on that this wasn't going to be anything like that. Instead the author has created an array of original races and creatures. There are swords, there is sorcery, but it isn't really traditional sword & sorcery- it's quite a different take on the w...more
This is a wonderfully described work with great,intriguing charicters and a harsh,unforgiving world where forces beyond their comprehension are stirring.I was taken by how easy I was pulled into the story;the author writes with the knack of conjuring up a powerful atmosphere which makes for a superb read and works well with the dark,sometimes brutal subject matter.I enjoyed Oblivion's Forge immensely.
Peter Pick
I had no trouble reading this book to the end. The world-building was to me, the greatest strength. The writer took time to create the world in detail and even now, I can see in my mind the mountains and forests, the marsh and the villages. The characters too were painted effectively and easy to visualize, even tertiary characters were given this detailed treatment (I question whether this should have been so).

For me, the consistency of the activity seemed lacking. I understand that the writer...more
Diane Rapp
A Dark Fantasy series begins!

The world of Aona was once the battleground between powerful magical forces that nearly destroyed the world. They are coming back! Sensitive people within the races are tuning into gates to the void of space, visions of light that draw followers, and dark whispers from underground are all truly frightening. The "marandaal" and the "choragh" are sure to bring death and destruction. Can anything stop them?

I don't usually read Dark Fantasy, preferring fun and madcap adv...more
Daniel Jackson
Propulsive, edgy fantasy written evocatively and with real passion evident. The concise but atmospheric style helps turn the protagonists of this saga into living, breathing characters, and makes for a real, palpable sense of evil that runs through the whole book. This serves to make the occasional lighter, more human touches even more effective.

I'm also glad that this is only the first book in an extended series, as there is quite a twist at the end. I would recommend this to all lovers of tou...more
Aona, the known world is in trouble. Most do not know that trouble is coming but many feel urges or compulsions that they can not explain. Ancient adversaries, the Marandaal and the shadows use humans to exact their revenge and take back the world.

The story is told from multiple points of view. Vornan the kyush user who could have been…Amythyst, the girl from Darkenhelm who left her guild training to adventure…a trained healer who finds she can no longer even offer simple comfort to those that a...more
Oblivion's Forge is a solid story. Simon has created some memorable characters in a well drawn alternate world. It was easy to get caught up with the trials and tribulations of these characters. Overall the story is well plotted, full of blood and gore and enough twists and turns to entertain the reader.

Desirae Walton
I really enjoyed reading Oblivion's Forge. Simon gave great detail and personality to each character who really stick to you as you turn each page. It was well-written and definitely a page turner. You will be drawn in from the first page!
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