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Azmoq is the rarest and most coveted metal on the planet. It’s the ultimate source and symbol of real power, and the Valantian Imperium controls it all in Valantia. Or so they thought! For the first time in generations, the Valantian Imperium, masters of the Valantian continent have glimpsed the first tremors of fear. There are rumors abound. Rumors of legends. Legends of both ancient Azmoqian weapons and men of godly powers, long thought to be myths. As these rumors grow, a small group of people, from various walks of life, some commoners, some within the mighty Valantian Imperium itself, by pure coincidence, have set in motion a chain of events. The legends, if true, along with these set of events, might reignite the flames of a revolution. A revolution the Imperium had long suppressed. A revolution that might alter the balance of power in the continent, and eventually the entire world
By any stretch of the imagination, Rajamayyoor Sharma has delivered an intriguing debut novel. A sweeping, sword and sorcery read that delivers a powerful and authentic fantasy vision with world-building at its finest. Shrewdly conceptualised, expansive and propulsive Sharma confidently embraces the requisites of fantasy fiction without the need to revert to time-worn tropes. Detail is his forte, and no more evident than in the wonderful array of characters around which his story ultimately revolves with each prominent character given an engaging backstory and thoughtfully nuanced to solicit genuine empathy for them. Spinning his narrative across multiple timeframes and writing from numerous perspectives it’s an ambitious undertaking for even the most seasoned of authors but Sharma does so with admirable flair. Creating social structures, political orders, and describing the machinations of war he brings everything vividly to life with no greater contrast than that between Villasboro and the outside world of the mighty Valantian Imperium. On this level, it makes for an often harrowing read and there are times when it feels less like fiction and more a reflection of real world sentiment as Sharma reminds us that all actions have consequences which are often many years in the making.
A strong debut from an exciting new author. Age of Azmoq: The Valantian Imperium is definitely recommended and a must read for the holiday season ahead.
Rajamayyoor Sharma is the author of the Age of Azmoq series. While he wrote short stories (primarily for his own pleasure) during his college days, he never thought he would write a book until this story had taken root in his mind. He had had the idea for the series for years, but never found the time to pen it down. He finally decided to take some time off in 2017 and write the first book of the series: The Valantian Imperium.
During the day, he is a management consultant. He has a degree in engineering from BITS Pilani and an MBA from IIM Bangalore in India. He currently lives in Bangalore with his wife, son and parents. He loves to spend his spare time reading anything with a story, watching movies with his wife and playing with his son.
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