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Visions of Zarua

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  37 reviews
An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master Kalesh dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation
Paperback, 420 pages
Published December 14th 2015 by createspace
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Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, mystery geeks

Book Savvy Review

First, let me begin by saying - CONGRATULATIONS female writers, for showing the boys that Fantasy writers aren't just males and women can write well-formed fantasy novels, too. So thank you, Suzanne Rogerson, for being part of this.

Paddren is an apprentice wizard to Kalesh and when tragedy befalls him the Royal Order of Wizards turn a blind eye to the dead wizard. It's up to Paddren and his friends to figure out what is going on. Varnia is an orphan who became a skilled huntress and tracker, sh
What a great mix of fantasy, magic and mystery this proved to be! The talented author has built a unique version of a medieval style world where there are barons, Kings, wizards, magic and monsters. You can never be certain just who you can trust, especially if you are Paddren, Varnia or Leyoch. Together these three will need to work together to save their land being taken over by evil wizards and will have unexpected assistance from Paddren's visions if only he can learn to interpret them accur ...more
K.S. Marsden
Paddren's visions might be the key to stopping a dark wizard taking over Paltria. No matter what course he chooses, it will be a dark and dangerous path.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows two wizards that are separated by 350 years, but are trying to uncover the source of the same dark magic.
Jago is a young man who was close with his brother, before he set out to travel the world and see all it had to offer. He returns to Paltria to find his brother has be
Shelley Clarke
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Visions of Zarua. I first read the Silent Sea Chronicles which made me a fan of Suzanne Rogerson's writing. There are two stories running 350 years apart and their link becomes evident at a later stage. It took me a little while to get into the story but once I did I couldn't put the book down and read faster as I got to the exciting end. The author created such a believable, magical world with wonderful characters that I didn't want it to end. There's everything in this sto ...more
Rebecca Howie
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I would never have imagined that of all the genre crossovers that have been done, fantasy and mystery would be two that would work well together- but in Visions of Zarua, they did extremely well, and I think Suzanne Rogerson's writing, the characters, and the world in which the story was set all played a part in making that happen. ...more
Fany van  hemelen
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a marvelous young adult fantasy in a magic world!

I loved this book set in a world full of imagination and amazing characters. The audiobook with the wonderful storyteller is amazing and gives the mystery set a special touch.

Like mostly fantasy novels this story has intriguing creatures and complex protagonists with powers.In fact it is a great story, but I especially loved the dual line tale and the importance and effect of the past on the present. The most interesting thing is indeed th
Rebecca L.
I grew up reading fantasy novels so I've always had a huge soft spot for works of epic fantasy. It's been ages since I had the chance to read a good old fashioned "sword and sorcery novel," and Visions of Zarua was so much fun to read. The author's writing reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Ursula K. Le Guin. In many ways, this book reminded me particularly of The Wizard of Earthsea. It follows the adventures of a wizard as he fights to save his home from an ever growing threat of darkne ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Visions of Zarua is set in the magical world of Paltria, where there are Wizards, mythical creatures and enemies around every corner. This is a dark fantasy novel, that I loved from the very first page. It has to be said that fantasy novels are not my usual genre, but I was surprised by just how much this book spoke to me. Even though it is set in the mythical world of Paltria, and the ancient and abandoned city of Zarua, the book echoed the emotions of everyday, normal life. This is why I conne ...more
Mirjana Inalman
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Reading “Visions of Zarua”, by Suzanne Rogerson, was a refreshing reading experience for me and it is incredibly hard to write a review and not squeak out all the spoilers that made this book a highly recommendable read to all fantasy lovers from me.
The book, with the vibe and style of writing, reminded me of my favorite writers, like Robert Jordan and Zelazny. What I most enjoyed about this book is definitely that atmosphere. The
Susan Hampson
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-reads
How I love the fantasy genre that always makes me think back to childhood and reading fairy tales. It is where anything and everything is possible a place of wizards and witches. This is Suzanne Rogerson’s debut novel and oh my does she deliver the goods. Set back in medieval times the story is shrouded in mystery, spells and  deadly mystical creatures. When a powerful wizard Kalesh dies his apprentice Paddren and his two friends Varnia and Leyoch set out on a quest to discover the truth and wha ...more
Aisling O'Rourke
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
----Spoiler Free----

Visions of Zarua is a standalone epic fantasy by Suzanne Rogerson. This book was kindly sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It is a story filled with magic, wizards and a race against time to stop an evil wizard in his 350 year long quest to seize control of the wizarding world. The death of Paddren’s mentor sparks concern that old tensions are beginning to resurface.

I liked how the author told this story through the use of the present and past tense.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This is the first book I'm reading of Suzanne and it was a good introduction to her work because I saw her writing style and got to know a 'new-to-me' author. I was captivated about this book as soon as I saw the cover, it had that vibe that said this would be an intriguing, epic, spooky, mysterious novel. And that's what I got.

This book had a great concept since it's told from two different time periods, 350 years apart. And that's different and I wasn't confused about that because it was like
The world building is captivating, the characters engaging, and the plot full of suspense. There was quite a bit I enjoyed about this book. Paddren is our main character and he’s the glue that holds everyone together. As a wizard, he feels a strong sense of responsibility to protect the kingdom and the innocent. Both Leyoch and Varnia are his friends but also kind of his mentorees. While he isn’t much older then them, he often provides them with guidance and protection.

Varnia is an accomplished
Jessica Bronder
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paddron is the apprentice to the wizard Kalesh. When Kalesh dies Paddron wants the Royal Order of Wizards in investigate but they ignore him. Paddron and his friends then take it upon themselves to find out what happened. During this time Paddron is suffering from visons that are disturbing until he realizes they are events from the wizard Jago. Jago lived 350 year in the past and it looks like he has the key to the city of Zarua and can help stop the coming evil.

I loved this story. It has the f
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is a mystery book set in a fantasy world. The author also alternates the narrative between present day and 350 years ago - to provide backstory and context for some of the events. I enjoyed the complexity of the world with the political intrigue and the secret sects of wizards. Varnia, a female, was initially my favorite character. She was a strong, assertive woman who was an acc
Jessica Belmont
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved everything about Visions of Zarua! From the flawed, relatable characters to the intricately planned out world of Paltria, and the ancient abandoned city of Zarua…this book had everything I want to see in a fantasy novel.

Suzanne Rogerson has crafted a novel with a mix of fantasy, mystery, and magic. The story is told from two timelines, 350 years apart. There wasn’t any point in the story where I felt confused. I knew where we were in the story the entire time, and I couldn’t put it down.
Sarina Langer
I'm sad to say this didn't work for me. I really wanted to enjoy it since I'd only heard good things, but I just didn't look forward to reading more.

I liked the world-building, but I was disappointed that no map was included, especially because several important maps were mentioned in the book.

I also liked the chapters written in the past because unlike the chapters in the present, they actually moved the plot along and were paced well. However, the chapters in the present outnumbered the ones i
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. It’s an intriguing mix of fantasy and mystery. The sections set in the past were especially vivid, but I also wanted to find out what was happening in the present, because I liked the characters. The tense battle between the wizards, set in the dangerous ruined city, drew both stories together in a satisfying, exciting finale.

I’ll be reading more of this author’s books.
Nicole Dunton
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paddren finds himself cursed with random visions of a city long forgotten. If the visions aren't enough, his master died. It would seem that he was murdered. Somehow, everybody is content to think that he killed himself. Padden requests the help of a good friend, Varnia, and her lover Leyoch. They work together to uncover what has happened to cause the visions and why many wizards are dying so mysteriously.
This book was a little weird to me at first. I didn't think I would really adapt to it. I
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in return for a review. The following is my honest opinion on this book:

This is a dark and thrilling fantasy book that really keeps you gripped from beginning to end. Set in the world of Paltria, where there is magic, wizards and dark creatures, Paddren and his friends begin their journey by trying to save his master Kalesh. But when Kalesh is found dead they must find out why and their search reveals the dark and sinister past haunting
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Visions of Zarua is another one of those Fantasy books that can please any reader, even those that are not familiar with the genre. The author withholds essential information as the plot progresses placing the reader at the same level of knowledge of the main characters. This results in a great deal of suspense throughout the narrative. Rogerson had reached the perfect balance with this, leaving the reader with enough information about the world and its mechanics. I didn’t feel confused at any p ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every fantasy lover should be reading this book! Paddren, Varnia, and Leyoch have been friends since childhood. Paddren has been training to be a wizard under the tutelage of Kalesh. Varnia is the huntmistress for Baron Harkai, having been trained by Reaun, who took her in after her parents’ death. Leyoch is an assistant to Paddren and Kalesh, and madly in love with Varnia. But the day the Nagra appears will change everything….

Suddenly Kalesh is dead and Paddren is appointed to replace him as th
Anita Dawes
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visions of Zarua, a magical story of wizards and sorcery set in two ancient worlds. Zarua, 350 years in the past, and Paltria, the land the heroes in this book inhabit. A land that grows ever darker as the despair of war takes hold.
Paddren, a young apprentice wizard, is not yet powerful enough to save his people from the peril he knows will come from the disturbing visions that plague him.
When unseen forces kill his master, Paddren searches desperately for anything that could help, and his visio
Rosie Amber
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Visions of Zarua is a fantasy tale in a medieval style setting with wizards and a quest to end a war which began 350 years ago. In the land of Paltria a wizard called Paddren has been having visions. His master, Kalesh has been encouraging him to fully describe all that he can remember, but before he can reveal his secrets Kalesh is murdered by a dark presence.

Paddren is left to solve the mystery. Together with friends Varnia, a witch with latent magical skills and Leyoch, they must seek out the
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book introduces you to Paddren, a wizard in Paltria, and to Jago, a wizard in Zarua - 350 years ago.

With Visions of Zarua, Suzanne Rogerson has created a quite intriguing fantasy story. It is a compelling read, combining the well-known 'good vs evil', reluctant hero, and unusual twists. The reader is drawn into the worlds of Paddren and Jago, feeling the sinister forces first-hand - as invisible ally. Suzanne Rogerson paints a crystal clear picture of Paddren’s mind while the story evolves.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fantasy books are not my normal reading material. The few that I have read have for the most part disappointed me, but I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this one. It was well written with great characters that developed throughout the story. If you love fantasy you will love this one and if you are not normally into fantasy please give this one a try.
Kim Shelley
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Wow! Wow! What can I say?! This is an epic standalone fantasy. The world building Suzanne did for this book is incredible! Makes me want to visit! Go and get my wellies on and who is coming with me?
I was drawn to this book by the cover, it gives nothing away apart from there's a bit of a spooky, edgy, death like person/creature/thing/being. Once I read the blurb that was it, I was hooked and had to read the whole book. Boy did it not disappoint. The writing style was flawless and just goes ...more
Barb Taub
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only do I enjoy tropes, but I especially like it when people play with them. Joss Whedon is a master of this one. (Need to kill the evil undead? Use a blonde teenager.) Or take Suzanne Rogerson’s refreshing version of the sword & sorcery genre in her Visions of Zarua.

On one level, this is a standard hero quest. But just wait for those twists! The first comes when you realize there are actually two reluctant heroes, Paddren and Jago, separated by centuries but bound by a common enemy. Another
Jennifer Leigh
Visions of Zarua is a fantasy story that you should read. It perfectly mixes past and present timelines into one unique story that will have you enjoying each moment. And who doesn’t like some magic and magical beasts? Guy Barnes does a great job narrating this book. He gives a voice and personality to every character, crafting a wonderful listening experience. Although, the characters are intriguing, there are some actions and events that I think hinder their overall development as characters. ...more
Scott Sammons
Nothing great or horrible, just ok.

This book did nothing for me. No major issues or errors, just no characters or segments that really caught my interest.
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Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy puppy.

Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a

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