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Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish by Brett Vonsik

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Brett Vonsik, Fiction, fantasy, On My Kindle, book review

Nikki Ricks, a graduate assistant, is part of an expedition in Bolivia that is uncovering fossilized remains from the Cretaceous era. Upon closer inspection of a creature's fossilized remains, Nikki and another professor find evidence that the creature did not die a natural death.

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Upon further investigation, the team finds evidence that the creature died from a man-made weapon; a discovery that contradicts past arguments that humans did not walk the earth with dinosaurs. During their search, the team stumbles upon what appears to be some sort of ancient ruins. While investigating the ruins, Nikki has an accident and blacks out. When she comes to, she finds herself seeing life through the eyes of a young male, Rogaan, in the Cretaceous period.

This young male, Rogaan, and his friend, Pax, are preparing themselves for "The Hunt." This hunt is not only a means to hunt creatures for food, but it also is a rite of passage that young males must go through in order to take their next steps into adulthood. It becomes obvious early on that Rogaan is not like the others in his clan; his mother and father originate from two separate clans, and young Rogaan sees "The Hunt" as his opportunity to redeem himself in the eyes of prestigious hunters in the clan. Little does Rogaan know that his worst enemies are not the creatures that he and Pax are hunting.

At first glance, one might think that the society created by Vonsik is similar to Stone Age society; however, the society is more advanced than that. The society forges weapons, is involved in political intrigue, there is a class system in place that is based on mastery of a particular art/task, and rivalry between the different clans. Vonsik creates a world that is both intriguing and detailed as readers follow young Rogaan as he struggles to find a place within the society, and discovers that his very existence plays a part in a power struggle within his own village and other clans.

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I really enjoyed this book. Vonsik's narrative is very detailed, and drew me into the story. The storytelling in this book is reminiscent of the medieval fantasy that I used to read when I was younger. If the storytelling in Primeval Origins: Path of Anguish is any indication of future books in this series, I am looking forward to re-visiting this vibrant and detailed world!

To find out more about Primeval Origins, check out the book's website that offers signed copies of the book, news about the second book in the Primeval Origins series, and lexicon for the world that Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish is set in.

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  • Amazon.com - $9.99 for the eBook, $18.95 for paperback, and $27.92 for hardcover
  • B&N - $18.95 for paperback, $27.92 for hardcover


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