And here’s the other review for the day. This is my first time reviewing a novel for Dragon Moon Press; up until now I’ve only been doing anthologies from them. Turns out their novels are just as awesome as their anthologies. I was completely delighted with this one!
Engaging characters, a rich world’s apocalypse, a religion that strikes some unnerving parallels to Christianity, an unpredictable plot, and thoroughly magnificent ideas, including a new and unique take on magic—that’s what I found in K. T. Bryski‘s Hapax from Dragon Moon Press.
Hapax is told from the points of view of several characters: the young mage Davi, a Magically Created Being named River, the monastery-dwelling orphan Praeton, an old monk named Gaelin, and the harsh, upstanding Alesta. When the ceremonial fire that indicates the continuation of the world refuses to light, panic ensues. With a week before the world—and all the life on it—ends, Davi, River, Praeton, Gaelin, and the mysterious Serafine race against the clock and Alesta. Meanwhile, Davi struggles with his growing feelings for River, River with her own emerging feelings, Praeton with his lack of belonging, and Gaelin with the fact that his religion might not be all he’s always thought.
This book was set in a very believable world in very realistic circumstances. Bryski has created wonderful ideas and really filled out an excellent world. A lot of authors just use traditional concepts for magic, but not Bryski. She created her own idea called aither, which was easy to visualize, and the way she described how it was used was easy to understand. She added tension between religion and magic, and gave each a rich history, which wasn’t all disclosed to the reader. It didn’t feel like a long book, because I couldn’t put it down. Hapax is rich, three-dimensional, completely enchanting, and thoroughly satisfying.