Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
I am the author of Path of the Gods, the first instalment of The Theurgy Revolutions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From a young age, James always dreamed of writing a book. With his love of fantasy, a prolific imagination and characters he created as a teenager, he has now finished his first book, Path of the Gods.
James graduated from ArtsEd, London with a degree in acting, as well as a higher diploma in guitar playing from the ACM, Guildford.
With Volume II, Disciple of the Gods, in the final stages, he is currently working on the completion of the trilogy and has no plans to stop writing.
Whilst the title of this debut novel from James Val'Rose conjures up images of a fantasy world, the cover artwork is eye-catching but ambiguous and gives nothing away.The sheer depth of the epic tale revealed within the 379 pages is hard to put into words, but I'll try! This first volume of the Theurgy Revolution introduces us to a wealth of wonderful characters. We start by joining friends Jerome and Peter as they set out on an arduous coming of age journey of discovery. The engaging young men meet many other characters as they continue on their way and their numbers grow as several opt to accompany the friends on their trek. Full of mystery, this novel encompasses so many elements that make up the ideal fantasy tale. There is magic galore, a little romance, revenge and betrayal. Battles with the malevolent Reformation, who appear very interested in certain members of the band of travellers. There is an awful lot going on here. Numerous characters with different backgrounds and stories; dark forces at play; each character's internal battles; along with brilliantly effective use of the widest range of vocabulary I think I've ever seen. There is a lot to get your head around, especially if you're not a regular reader of epic fantasy. These aren't criticisms, but to let prospective readers know that it is worth persevering with this novel - it'll be so worth it in the end! Summary: An epic fantasy awash with memorable characters, set in the Realm of Aramyth. The fantastical setting, engaging characters and the wonderfully descriptive use of vocabulary will have a wide appeal, particularly to fans of epic fantasy sagas such as those by J. R. R. Tolkein and George R. R. Martin. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Sincere thanks to author James Val'Rose and publisher Austin Macauley for providing a hard copy in return for an honest review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and the way I ended up reading it is pretty interesting – James appeared on Come Dine With Me, a show that my girlfriend watches obsessively, and she suggested that I get in touch with him about an author interview. I did so, and I ended up speaking to him for an article which will appear on my blog, and he also offered to send me a copy of the book to review. And what an interesting book it is, too – in my mind, it’s a bit like what would happen if Tolkien and Philip Pullman worked together, a sort of fantasy novel with a twist and a higher agenda than the simple hack and slash that it seems like everyone else is obsessed with. Not that there’s a dearth of battle scenes – Val’Rose writes plenty of them, and they’re pretty interesting too. The battles are three-dimensional, and the characters aren’t afraid to use the landscape as a weapon when they need to. You get the feeling that the battle scenes that are being described were witnessed first-hand, rather than made-up in the mind of the author. I won’t go in to the plot too much, because it’s the first book in a trilogy and there’s a lot to introduce and to get through – it’s also hard to tell what might happen next, and the book ends at a fork in the road which, while not exactly a cliffhanger, does leave you wanting to find out what happens next. A lot of that is probably to do with the three-dimensional characters, from Misto the goblin to Jerome and Peter, two young boys who grow up to become magi and start out on this epic adventure. There’s a little double-crossing here and there, and you can really see how the events of the novel take their toll on each of the characters. I’m looking forward to reading loads more about them in book two…