From Out Of The Shadows

⚔️⚔️ The Aeternium Cycle – Book One ⚔️⚔️

From Out Of The Shadows

A.G.V. McPherson

YA Fantasy

348 Pages

FriesenPress

HardcoverPaperback

“Believe me when I say, if you do not fear Dark Elves, you are a fool, for there is much to be afraid of.”

Silmanus and Mara are the unlikeliest of allies: an elven wizard and a human outlaw. Plunged together in a struggle for survival, desperation and necessity form an uneasy alliance between elf and human, an alliance challenged by the most lethal warriors in Aeternerras-the sinister Dark Elves. Much to his astonishment, Silmanus discovers his lowly views towards humans are misplaced as he fights side-by-side with them as equals. But could a wizard and a human have anything in common?

“As you are not an Arcanist-that is, someone who uses magic-you are probably under the impression that living things have souls or spirits.”

On the other side of the world, companions Amber and Jeddo-dwarf and gnome-have devoted their lives to hunting down monsters that escape The Fell Lands, naturally reaping the profits that this profession brings. Their ventures become far more trouble than they are worth when the two are taken captive by Dark Elves becoming entangled in a web of death and deceit.

My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

First time author nails it!! I was pleasantly surprised with this book. The world building was great without being boring. The vast array of characters and personalities (chef’s kiss 😘). I can’t even lie there’s one character that I completely just connected with, she’s snarky and badass!! There are two different storyline’s running parallel in time. This quick read will have you trying to figure out how everything ties together. Finishing the book will leave you waiting impatiently for the second book in the series, Burn The World. You would never know that this book is the first book ever written by the author – it’s extremely good.

If you are a YA Fantasy fan you should definitely check this book out.

Q&A With A.G.V

Q: Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

A: I think so! It gets hard to remember, but I’ve been writing stories pretty much since I knew how to write. I remember having to write little “books” throughout grade school and the idea of getting them “published” always really excited me. So I think I’ve known for a very long time that I wanted to be a writer and publish novels.

Q: What was your inspiration for From Out Of The Shadows?

A: There’s actually been a lot of different inspirations for this book. Chief among them is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which is what really sold me on the high fantasy genre. I also took a lot of inspiration from John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series, Taran Matharu’s Summoner series, R.A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drizzt series, and many others. A lot of the inspiration for this book just came from my love of fantasy and the stories I want to see told, which has been developed by the aforementioned series in addition to countless other books, as well as fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons.

Q: If you had one piece of advice for someone who’s about to write their first book, what would it be?

A: Read lots and look for advice. My writing has improved dramatically just from learning from others. Seeing the techniques other authors use, seeing examples of good story elements in other books, getting feedback from peers, and writing advice books have been invaluable to me. There is a massive difference in quality of the first draft of From Out of the Shadows compared to the final draft, and that is largely in part to advice I got from friends, family, and books on writing, as well as learning from other authors.

Q: Amber is one of my favorite characters. Is she purely imagination or based on someone in your life?

A: I’m glad you like her so much! She is purely imagination, although I did take some inspiration from other dwarf characters like Gimli from Lord of the Rings and Bruenor from Legend of Drizzt. Almost all of the characters in From Out of the Shadows are purely imagination with some influence from other fictional characters I love. The notable exception is Mara, who takes some inspiration from one of my best friends.

Q: Who is your all time favorite author?

A: My all-time favourite is, as you might have guessed, J.R.R. Tolkien. His work is just beyond words and I am constantly finding new parts of it to adore. He really solidified my love for the high fantasy genre with his worldbuilding and the characters and story are just as magical.

Q: We all know that your book is most likely your favorite from last year, so what book would come in second?

A: As far as 2020 releases go, I think my favourite would be Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, though I’ve only read a couple of 2020 releases; there were quite a few that I wanted to get my hands on but haven’t yet been able to. Regardless, I really enjoyed Chaos Rising. For all my love of fantasy, I am also quite enamoured with the Star Wars universe and Grand Admiral Thrawn is, without a doubt, my favourite character. Chaos Rising provided a really interesting exploration of his background story and personality that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’m really excited for the next book in the arc.

Q: Do you have a favorite all time series of books?

A: I do and you probably already know the answer: Lord of the Rings. Like I said earlier, it’s just an absolutely stunning series. The characters, the worldbuilding, the plot, the layers of messages and commentary..it’s a work of art.

Q: I know a second book is in the making, what happens after that? More from that series? New series?

A: After the second book, I have two more books planned for The Aeternium Cycle, which I’m hoping will release in the spring 2022 and 2023 respectively. Beyond that, I’m not quite sure at the moment. I absolutely intend to keep writing and I have quite a few ideas I want to explore, but I don’t know what books I’ll write when after I finish The Aeternium Cycle.

About The Author

​A.G.V. McPherson is an avid reader of fantasy and player of fantasy games including Dungeons & Dragons. It is fitting, then, that he should write a novel in this beloved genre. Mr. McPherson has previously written many unpublished short stories and a novel and has also won academic awards for English on three occasions.

From Out of the Shadows is the first of four books in “The Aeternium Cycle” series.​

Born in Timmins, Ontario, A.G.V. McPherson now lives with his family in Corbeil, Ontario, surrounded by a myriad of trees and a plethora of pets, including a dog, a gecko, and some fish.

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Huge thank you to the A.G.V. for gifting me a copy of his first book in exchange for my honest review. You can click on the book below to get yours!

To everyone who stopped in today thank you for your continued support. I hope you all have an enjoyable March!!

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