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The Unremembered

(Vault of Heaven #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,447 ratings  ·  235 reviews
In The Unremembered, from Peter Orullian, rumors of threatened strife from ancient enemies reach the eastlands of Aeshau Vaalthe. They auger an onslaught of raids and destruction more severe than any since the legendary Convocation of Seats, a gathering unknown in the land for generations without number.

For an author's son, a true threat would mean taking up a legendary we
Mass Market Paperback, 922 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Tor Fantasy (first published March 31st 2011)
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Eric Allen
Sep 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Unremembered
By Peter Orullian

***My review of the "Author's Definitive Edition" of this book is in the first comment below***

A Review by Eric Allen

I was at a book signing to have Brandon Sanderson sign some of my books of his and there was a second author there signing named Peter Orullian. Everyone was lining up for Brandon, and like two people had Peter sign anything. He was sitting there for an hour or so just messing around with his phone looking rather bored and really hopeful anytime an
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

The Unremembered is an epic fantasy which, unfortunately, lives up to its title since many fans do not even know it exists. Something that is a shame, because Peter Orullian’s masterful tale is worthy of inclusion into any discussion of the best epic fantasy series out there. This mesmerizing story of a world split in two by a gods’ created magical Veil written in the tradition of such classic fantasy sagas as The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Lord of the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

This review is for the “Author’s Definitive Edition” of The Unremembered. What does this verbiage spell for the book, exactly? According to an interview I found, author Peter Orullian made a ton of changes for this re-issue, many of which were not just limited to minor adjustments like adding an excerpt or fixing a typo here and there, though there was certainly some of that involved too. In fact, there are significant dif
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review, 2011
From Only the Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

One of the most stunning covers I've seen in a long time, The Unremembered is one of the biggest releases of 2011. The question remains, does the book live up to its cover?

In many ways, The Unremembered is a very traditional tale. A couple almost-kids are swept up in an adventure they never imagined they would be in, chased by monsters who were thought to be myth, helped by people who know what they're doing (and have awesome powers). Luckily, even after the many
Apr 26, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I read this book a while ago, and every time I see it come up on any book lists or websites I am reminded of how much I dislike it. I don't usually write reviews, because what I like or didn't like is usually covered by others, but here on Goodreads my opinions have not been previously expressed.

First of all, I am LDS, as is/was the author of this book. That usually has no bearing on whether I will like something, or not. In this case, all it did was clue me in to this author's.... laziness. Mu
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration. While I make every attempt to avoid spoilers, please be aware that an ARC synopsis, press release, or review request may disclose details that are not revealed in the published cover blurb.

With Trial of Intentions due to hit shelves in May, Peter Orullian has seized the opportunity to revisit and revise the opening volume of the Vault of Heaven with his Author's Definitive Edition of The Unrememb
Jan 03, 2012 marked it as abandoned
I think 226 pages is a fair effort on my part for this one...or that's when the magical effect from the beautiful cover art wore off for me. Either way, abandoning this one is the only option left. Had this book been shorter I would continue on, but 940 pages is too much demand on something that has yet to grab my attention. Uninteresting characters combined with weird names lacking any explanation left me feeling bored, confused, and a little pissed off. Moving on...
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Disclosure, I have actually tangently worked with this author at MS with The Guild, and I received an ARC copy, but this review is 100% objective.

I have all of Robert Jordan's books in hardback, I was obsessed with the Wheel of Time at like 13 or 14. Later on when the series disappointed me a bit, I still look back on those years of total immersion in his world with fondness, that deep and epic fantasy storytelling that only fantasy fans can really buy into. This book is very much a citizen of t
Spencer Pranger
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books in the fantasy genre that are so great they make you want to stand up at the end and offer the author a round of applause. I for one can say I had to do such a thing at 2 am, to the surprise of my wife. This book has everything a reader can want in a book from extreme high emotion filled chapters to amazing action sequences. Decisions for the characters actions hold real consequences, rarely have I seen it that well done.
Please don't let the back blurb put you off. It does the b
Ranting Dragon
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephan

In general, there seem to be two types of modern epic fantasy series: One the one hand, there are writers such as Joe Abercrombie and George R. R. Martin, who try to reinvent the genre by discarding the known epic tropes and strive to create a more “realistic” type of fantasy (by completely erasing the distinction between right and wrong); on the other hand, there are authors who try to improve the genre, like Brandon Sanderson. Peter Orullian is without a
Skylar Phelps
Actual Rating 1.5 Stars

I got to meet Peter Orullean at a convention and sat in a panel or two that he spoke in. A few things that he said made a serious impression on me and have stuck with me since. I remember thinking that I really ought to sample his work in the near future.

So eventually I did with his debut novel The Unremembered...
And I’m sad to say that the title says it all.

I did not enjoy this one. The cover was beautiful, there was even a little blurb from Brandon Sanderson on it, so al
Brandon Zarzyczny
I really enjoyed this debut book, it has all the makings of another amazing epic fantasy series. The world is a little goofy, with a group of god like beings creating the universe, but one of them goes rogue creating only crazy evil things, which then makes the rest of the gods strip him of his power and exile him to live with his creations. It sets up some interesting possibilities, but I had some trouble believing it. The magic system itself is much better, it's believable but not too scientif ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The good:
Nice character development and excellent world building. There is an interesting take on the magic system. Some bits are very gritty and have real depth of character, setting and dialog.
The bad:
ALL female characters are obsessed with motherhood. ALL male characters have daddy issues. Truths are being revealed to the reader along with the characters very slowly and never fully. That can be OK once or twice, but in this case, this happens every time, up till the end.
The ugly:
A very slow b
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, hard-copy
I've had a copy of the original Unremembered for a few years now, and over time had picked it up and read chunks, going through a decent portion of it over quite a bit of time. I found the writing to be great, with enjoyable characters and an enjoyable world, but it felt long-winded, a bit bloated, a bit unrefined. When Peter told me that Tor was relaunching the book with his own personal edits, I was pretty excited, as I was hoping it would deliver the book I felt that this could be, without so ...more
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I’m not necessarily a big fantasy reader but it’s true that I can be easily surprised by the genre. When I received the book, I was not sure that it would be for me but I admit that I was curious to find out how the story would be. I was also fortunate enough to have the second volume at hand to discover the following adventures.

From the beginning of the novel, we discover Tahn, a young man whose past is still quite unclear. The memories of his childhood ha
Tom Lloyd
Mar 17, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nope, I'm done after 100 pages.

The sentence (spoken by Vendanj) "we'll hope there isn't an entire collogh of bar'dyn at the edge of je'holt" just seemed to ram it home that he was trying to annoying me by picking the wrong bits of trad fantasy tropes to throw in. Added to that, I thought the author's definitive edition would be a good version to try, but it appears he's cut out most of the start. Characters and concepts just get dropped in like I've missed the first few chapters where the expla
Lynn Williams
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5-4 stars
Just finished reading Peter Orullian’s epic adventure story.

The Unremembered is almost a coming of age story with a Fellowship of the Ring type feel. Which isn’t to say that it’s mimicking Tolkien or anyone else just merely it’s an adventure story in which a number of travellers unwittingly embark upon a quest, get split up along the way and all continue to travel towards a known destination.

This is a story of good vs evil although there is stil
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book based on the quote from Terry Brooks on the cover and I was not disappointed. I'm a big fan of Brooks' work and must say I'm now a fan of Peter Orullian as well. I love epic fantasy and The Unremembered is one of the best I've read in years.

I found the basic premise of the story quite intriguing. The Gods strive to create balance in the worlds they construct, however one of thier own has "fashioned a world with hellish creatures too powerful to allow balance". So the Gods
James Schmidt
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Today I will be reviewing The Unremembered (Vault of Heaven Book 1) Author's Definitive Edition by Peter Orullian.

I was very excited to read this book, It just sounded like a book I would really enjoy. The concept of music as magic really appealed to me. Well, I did and I didn't enjoy this book. It took me a very long time it seemed to get into this one. I have thought about it for a
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty long, but not as long as some of the other epic fantasies like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, or something by Goodkind, or Eddings. It took some time to read it, partially because I had been working long hours, but it was well worth it. The cover is incredible, leaves you asking what is he looking for.
I really enjoyed this book, it took me on a journey with some unlikely heros that I enjoyed getting to know. The story was told with flavorful, descriptive words that put you r
This was a book I read for the Endeavour awards. There was some interesting and good world-building attempted here. But this book just plain suffered from too much too soon. I never cared about any of the characters, not when they were together, not when they were separated, not when they re-found each other. There was too much stupid-name syndrome and this started from the very first page. And yet there were glimpses of the author's storytelling capabilities - just a couple pages - but these wo ...more
Mark K
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even sure where to begin. Firstly, I wanted to thoroughly enjoy this book, but couldn't. As an editor, I find 'The Unremembered' a book with several major flaws, which distracted me throughout. These flaws do not come in the form of spelling or grammar, but within unexplained occurrences and many gaping holes. (I'm getting to it.)

As mentioned, the story itself, as other reviewers have mentioned, has things happen for no reason, or without any, or very little explanation. That is rather
...sigh. This novel genuinely has a lot of potential, and it's clear a lot of world-building and thought has gone into it. But at the same time it's also just so...lazy and formulaic, and frankly offensive.

When it comes to the plot and the characters involved, it seems like the author went to TV Tropes, looked up the list of fantasy tropes, and used them as a checklist while writing. Including, unfortunately, the "Magical Negro" trope (the character Seanbea, who fits that trope to a T). ...I'd a
After a long time it happened again that I did not finish a book.

I know there is some hype around THE UNREMEMBERED and Tor is pushing it a lot.

I stopped reading after 98 pages.

I remember when I read the blurb for the first time. I decided that I did not want to read this book. So I did not make it to my list. Then I received an ARC from Tor and I still did not want to read it. Finally my wife convinced me to give THE UNREMEMBERED a try and I did. I should have trusted my first impression ...

It s
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Becky by: Peter Orullian :)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning I felt like some parts were a little stilted and not quite as coherent as they could be. I felt like I was clobbered over the head with the buddy-buddiness of Tahn and Sutter for the first third. But half way through, the story took me away from all that. I wasn't expecting the music theme to come up, and I was impressed by the depth of the characters. Each one had choices and personality unique to them.

I also liked Orullian's way of telling
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thank god.

At last a new Epic Fantasy has been published - I really really miss new Epic Fantasy's, the trend these days seems to be 'gritty' and 'dark'.

That's not to say that I don't like those books - or that Orullian's debut doesn't have some dark moments - but I cut my teeth on the likes of Jordan and Brooks, and not many are doing that anymore.

THE UNREMEMBERED is BIG, it has depth and power, and (as in the vein of Janny Wurts) Orullian's prose is the sort that where you would do well to pay
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Stopped around the 400 page mark.

Utterly generic fantasy that not only follows just about every single convention, trope and archetype that exists in the genre, but pretty much facelifts Robert Jordan's Eye of the World while claiming not to.

Utterly forgettable.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If I wanted to reread Eye Of the World, I would have done so.
Tiger Hebert
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have actually been interested in reading Peter Orullian’s first novel, The Unremembered, for quite some time now. Why? Well in the realm of fantasy fiction, it is not all that often that you hear people saying that an author is bringing something new to the genre. Yes of course their stories and their voice is new, but that is usually the extent of it. However when I started to hear rumblings like, “Orullian is doing things in fantasy that we haven’t seen before...” I took notice.
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Peter Orullian has worked in marketing at Xbox for nearly a decade, most recently leading the Music and Entertainment marketing strategy for Xbox LIVE, and has toured as a featured vocalist internationally at major music festivals. He has published several short stories. The Unremembered is his first novel. He lives in Seattle. "

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