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The Walls of Woodmyst

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An intriguing epic fantasy opener about a seemingly harmless village and a horde of mysterious night creatures with some bones to pick.

“From the shadows they watched.”



This book has definitely given me the chills! The kind I get from watching home invasion movies, where the villains spend the first quarter of the flick torturing their prey by stoking pants-wetting fear in them, before pouncing mercilessly to fulfill their sick desires to cause pain and suffering for the sheer fun of it.

 

Except that Woodmyst is more than just one home—it’s an entire village of people, families, children. And their torturers are more than just a random group of psychos—it’s an entire horde of mysterious, cloaked creatures with some bones to pick... literally.


Their intentions are clear, their desires deep and fiery. They want revenge, and they will stop at nothing to get it, which in turn makes for very formidable foes. Add to this the fact that they seem to have both the skies and the nighttime on their side and two humongous, fire-breathing dragons at their beck and call!

 

Yeah, it’s an unequally matched battle, but nonetheless a battle that the people of Woodmyst fought with everything they’ve got. And you gotta admire them for that. Except that this wouldn’t have happened in the first place, had their current leaders held true to their humanity all those years ago. I guess, war can really bring both the best and the worst out of people. But did an entire village really have to pay for the sins of a few?

 

It’s a difficult question to answer. And even at the end of the book, when the Night Demons’ intentions were made clear, it is difficult to say which side my heart was on. Maybe we’re really not meant to take sides. Perhaps, there is enough sympathy and dread to be accorded for both the heroes and the villains of this story, even when it becomes unclear where the lines are drawn. The book presents a truly dilemma-inducing conflict that makes you wonder about your past sins, the people you’ve hurt, and how all of these could come back around to bite you in the ass when you least expect it.

 

But amidst all the chaos of survival and the need for revenge, one important lesson was also made clear: You don’t always have to agree with your friends at the expense of your own values and humanity. This may save your life someday.

 

Granted, the book could have been structured in a better way and could use some line editing here and there. Storywise, Woodmyst could’ve seriously had a more competent Chief, a more proactive approach to fortifying their walls, and a more organized plan of attack much, much earlier into the siege.

 

But all of these technicalities aside, The Walls of Woodmyst is a legit page-turner that will get your mind screaming, “Will they survive? Will they not survive? How in the world will they ever survive THAT?!” It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

 

The Walls of Woodmyst is the first book in Robert E. Kreig’s The Woodmyst Chronicles. Thank you to Reedsy Discovery and the author for providing me with an advance reader’s copy to review. ♥


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About the author

Robert E Kreig was born in Newcastle, Australia and grew up in its outer suburbs. He has always had a love for books, particularly well-told stories involving action, adventure and fear. Robert currently resides in Canberra where he hopes to one day grow up and become a full-time writer. view profile

Published on August 13, 2021

Published by WHITEKEEP BOOKS

80000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Epic Fantasy

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