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Oblivion's Forge

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  30 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
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Published July 1st 2011 by
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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
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
A.L. Butcher

4 stars.

Let me start out by saying I enjoyed this book

World: The world of Aona is very intriguing, with a rich and long history, of which the reader gets enough of a peek at to draw one in. It’s a complex world – with various races and factions, magic users, peasants, tyrants and heroes. Most of whom don’t like one another much. Aona is a world of half-forgotten myth and ill-remembered gods. And it seems such mystical beings are set to return.

Oblivion’s Forge is dark, with a world on the edge of
James 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
K.J. Simmill
I will start by saying, that the author's style, in some respects reminded me of Terry Goodkind, and he was an author whose work I really enjoyed, so needless to say, for me this was a good read.

The author creates a multitude of diverse characters, and the story follows three main ones whose journey takes them on very different paths; this of course means we are presented with a rare opportunity to witness different events, and piece together the information each of them know to come to a greate
Catherine Putsche
Absolutely excellent. My review will follow shortly.

Oblivion's Forge
By Simon Williams

This is a dark, mysterious and gripping first instalment of the Aona Trilogy. The story begins when Vornen Starbrook, the main protagonist who is wounded and found by a mysterious lady named Ona and is slowly nursed back to health by the Chulan people. Vornen tries his best to remember what he saw when Ona questions him, as he recalls a number of ambiguous flashbacks, however all he can recollect is the openin
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
Julie Powell
I was asked to read this book and thought it an excellent read.

It is set within an imaginative fantasy world where realistic and well-detailed characters set forth on a journey - one that involves a complete change to each of the races and one that may see the end of them all.

This is a well written and descriptive tale, which brings alive new worlds and characters to make a compelling read.

I don't give spoilers but will say that I loved this book from beginning to end, appreciating both the inte
C.L. Schneider
I was thoroughly impressed with this book. Oblivion’s Forge (Aona Book 1) is dark fantasy at its best. It’s the story of a land on the cusp of change, an unknown ancient evil on the verge of awakening, and the many characters—innocent and not so innocent—caught up in its wake. The mystery deepens with each chapter, weaving its way through a vast elaborate world; painted beautifully with passion and a rich prose that lures you in from the first page.

Toggling between a large cast of characters, t
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
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
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
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
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
Joyce Hertzoff
People of several races are on the move, either motivated by light or dark dreams, or by other impulses or the need to flea areas of Aona. Some believe that an ancient war between light and dark is returning while others are sure an invasion of beings from outside the world is imminent. Mr. Williams has created a fascinating world and peopled it with flawed and interesting characters.
Dean C. Moore
4.5 stars

As sci-fi and fantasy mashups go, this one is particularly engaging. Weighted far more towards the fantasy end of things, as is the Game of Thrones franchise, I imagine that will make the series all the more accessible to a broader swath of people.

The writer has a style that forces you to slow your reading down a bit, and requires a bit more mindfulness. But there’s no denying the well-crafted prose is worth the effort. The world building is great, the characters vivid enough to leap o
Natasja Hellenthal
'Oblivion's Forge (Aona series Book 1)' by Simon Williams is the first in a promising dark fantasy series.
It's the story of several believable characters in dangerous insecure times. Some people have visions and dreams called Gatefever, whilst others are dying from a terrible sickness. Some are even controlled by a powerful curse, such as Vornen who is basically a human lodestone and has Gatesight; he is helplessly drawn from time to time to a Gate or a portal to other worlds, or Amethyst who is
Andy Peloquin
I would have loved to give this a higher review, but I found the story VERY hard to follow. The plot was pretty solid, but the writing style and manner of presentation made me want to put the book down.
The book is VERY wordy--two out of every ten words could be cut (adjectives, adverbs, flowery phrases, etc.) and would make the book much easier to read. The pace of the book is a bit odd, and it's hard to stay in the mood of the action or slower scenes thanks to the pacing.
Inner dialogue is used
Frozen and in pain, Vornen emerges from one of the great black stone portals scattered over the world of Aona. Above, the stars are changing; below, the lands are riven by conflict, the people afflicted both sleeping and waking by terrifying visions of what lies beyond the Gates - because the Marandaal are coming...

Yes, I really enjoyed this gripping fantasy, the first book of the Aona series. In it, author Simon Williams creates a bleak world, clearly evoked in robust, workmanlike prose which m
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
Can't wait to read on to find out what happens next. Excellent start to a series.
Nils Visser
This book has an interesting peculiarity in that its greatest strength is also its potential Achilles’ Heel. Williams is in no rush to reveal his Aona to the reader and I rather enjoyed my slow immersion as I started exploring this new world with the three main characters: Roguish Vornen, unfortunate Amathyst and emphatic Jaana. The style reminded me of Williams’ Summer’s Dark Waters - written later but it was the first book by this author which I had read. Reviewing that book I wrote: “We don’t ...more
Sunshine Somerville
I always like dark, complex fantasy, and this book certainly fit that bill. Aona is a sprawling, mythology-filled world with something new in every corner that the characters visit. From the very beginning of the book, the reader is thrown into this environment of winter, dirt, magic, and blood so that you learn what’s going on by osmosis without overly long explanations of the races, cities, religions, etc. You pick things up as you read, which at times can feel like a lot of work but is wonder ...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
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
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
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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Simon Williams is an author of dark fantasy with elements of science fiction and horror, who seems intent on writing about himself in the third person. He is the author of the Aona series (four books so far and the fifth one due out in early 2016) and Summer's Dark Waters, which is a fantasy / sci-fi adventure aimed more at children and teens although judging by the reviews a lot of adults seem to ...more
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