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The Age of Reckoning: Volume 1 (The World of Naeisus)

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The World of Naeisus is at WAR!

Five unique races are locked in a furious struggle for six crystal shards of immense power. After uncovering some frightening texts during a night of historical research, King Areth of Mar imposes a critical duty upon himself to unite the world as it once was. However, the psychopathically brutal Captain of the Forsaken manipulates the work
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by RhetAskew Publishing
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Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop turning from the first page to the last. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Thomas Anthony Lay has masterfully crafted a beautiful fantasy world in the form of Naeisus with it's many races, intricate characters, and well thought out twists and turns which will keep you gripped from the word go.
A must read for all fantasy fans.
Peterand TheDragon
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Age of Reckoning is not only a story of one man, a King, or even of a few kings and leaders. It’s the story of a world on the brink of destruction and unaware of that (any similarities of our present situation are pure speculative, I’m sure). One man tries to change that, but to succeed he must bring six shards together again and unite the world.

The story’s main character is King Areth III, set to reunite Naesius; the world this happens on. Whether he succeeds I let you discover on your own
Christina Hagmann
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The rich tapestry of races and customs, coupled with snappy dialogue that oozes character development, does the work of drawing the reader into Thomas Anthony Lay’s debut novel, The Age of Reckoning. The expansive world building ofNaeisus along with the epic battle scenes will keep you reading. Follow the honest and brave King ArethIII on his epic quest to unite all of Naeisus against somethingcausing tremors across the land, something that could destroy them all. ...more
Steven Baumgardt
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Naeisus – The Age of Reckoning is gripping tale of one man’s vision to unite the land against all odds. This good King's ambition drives him to attempt what is seemingly impossible which will take him and his loyal companions on an epic journey through the mysterious world of Naeisus.

I don’t consider myself a book enthusiast, having only read a handful of books in my lifetime but from the very beginning of this book I was left with a thirst for more, with a feeling similar to that of finishing
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating world with fresh new take on fantasy classics like the undead, sea-dwellers, man/wolf and more. King Areth takes on a noble quest, but faces opposition from both expected and unexpected sources. And then there are the mythical Wyrm and the tremors that may or may not be related. So there's plenty of action and intrigue.
Can't wait to see what happens in the next volume.
Lisa Alfano
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Age of Reckoning is epic fantasy at its best! The complex characters of Naeisus kept me turning page after page, enjoying the relationships and battles, all the while not wanting the story to end. I’m a sucker for women who are brave, kick ass, and possess emotional scars and the Forsaken Queen and Captain are two such women. The multiple characters are realistic and relatable and draw the reader in. I can’t wait for part two.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Erin Dydek
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Age of Reckoning is a well-paced novel that was easy to get into from the start. A short prologue to highlight the importance of the Yultah crystal and its role in the current state of Naeisus. The world-building was tastefully done without overwhelming the reader with an info dump to get through before the action began. I loved the depth of the characters and the different personalities. This world felt real because there was diversity in the races and the motives behind their cultures. ...more
Jennifer Soucy
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic characters, adventure & more

I have a weakness for a good epic fantasy - the darker the better - and Naeisus does not disappoint!

This is book one in a series, so there's a lot of worldbuilding and history to enjoy. A divided land with multiple races may have a chance at peace thanks to King Areth III. He seeks to unite the people and the magical shards, which when joined should yield a stone of legend that's filled with incalculable power. But, can Areth's plan work??

Loved the vivid
Susan Dalessandro
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Age of Reckoning is a book outside of my genre. I usually read (and write) YA, but I was drawn in immediately to the world Thomas created, a complex universe of interwoven realms where alliances come together and fall just as quickly. The characters were flawed and complex. Just the way you want them! The turn of events in the second half of the book took me completely by surprise and the ending was a total shock. So, yes, I would definitely recommend The Age of Reckoning to anyone who wants ...more
Shawn Burgess
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Age of Reckoning is a dark fantasy novel about the world of Naeisus. This is somewhat outside of my genre that I typically read in, though it did have rather dark elements/horror running through it. One of the things I enjoyed most about the novel was the swift pace with which the narrative moves. It kept me engaged throughout. Lay did a great job on the battle scenes and spared no gory detail. One of the other aspects that I really enjoyed was the ending. It did not end at all how I ...more
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In 1992, Thomas was born in the town of Bridgwater, UK. At the age of just 3, he decided he wanted to live with his father, Anthony ‘Tony' Lay, in the village of Street. This move proved to be the foundation of his ambitious, full-of-life personality. Tony was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 47 and passed away just two months later when Thomas was only 14. Although this loss weighed ...more