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Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish
by B.A. Vonsik
AWARDS and HONORS
* Young Adult Book of the Year, 2014/2015 Reader Views Literary Awards.
* Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, Readers Favorite 2016 Book Awards
* Finalist, Fantasy Book of the Year, 2016 International Book Awards
* Distinguished Favorite, Epic Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 Independent Press Awards
* Fantasy Book of the Year, 2017 NYC Big Book Award
* Winner, Science Fantasy, National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE) Winter 2018 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Book one in this epic story of mankind’s origins and the creation of the Four Horsemen. Join Nikki, a graduate student working on a field expedition that turns her life upside-down, as she learns of and experiences our undiscovered and hidden history filled with terrible tyrannies, deadly dinosaurs, brutal beasts, ancient gods, and heroic hearts as the origins of our End Times is revealed, answering the question, “What if all of our myths and legends are true?”
* courtesy of Amazon.com
Nikki is a graduate student at a dig in South America when a new dinosaur species is discovered. When she falls into the dig site and is knocked unconscious she is suddenly transported into the memories of Rogaan, a young man from 65 million years ago. Against everything she has been taught, humans not only lived with dinosaurs but had an advanced civilization. The world she views is rich in detail as the author creates a new world filled with exotic plants and animals and a new language to label them, plus the peoples of this world and their titles. It is also a coming of age story as Rogaan goes on his first Hunt and returns to find himself a wanted man and his father arrested.
Leapers, Redfins, Kiuri’Ner…it really reads like another world!
There are very few authors that write well enough to make me pull out my cellphone (Kindle Reader App) at every opportunity just to read what happens next in a story, even if it’s just a paragraph or two that I get to. Brett Vonsik’s first two books in Primeval Origins certainly did.
The story opens at a current-day (or nearly so) dig site, and presents an agitated, semi-bored heroine, Nikki, groaning over her current situation, both her lack of coffee and her lot in life. It quickly turns to excitement at a strange discovery, and moves rapidly to a historical, magical world filled with leapers, redfins, Kiuri’Ner, and other creatures, titles, and names that have no meaning to the reader; but, through the description of their actions, hint at historical beasts and classes of individuals and communities. There’re just enough unique names that the reader truly feels transported to another world. Most writers describe places familiar to the reader, and miss the opportunity, through the use of unknown words, descriptions and concepts, to make the reader feel immersed in a new place, struggling to learn the language, culture and conventions of the land. Brett Vonsik does it masterfully throughout the story, and it’s what makes Primeval Origins stand above the rest.
I look forward to the third book, and continuing the story of Nikki, Rogaan, Aren, and all the characters in a world rich in color and detail. Good luck, Brett, and write quickly!
With Jurassic World reminding us how awesome dinosaurs can be who doesn’t want some more prehistoric horror in their lives? Bredd Vonsik answers that call and delivers us Primeval Origins: Paths of Anguish which is the first in the Primeval Origins series. History as we know it is a bit off as religion, aliens, dinosaurs, and more are fit together to give us quite a different tale than were used to.
In the novel we follow Nikki Ricks as she is out on a dig that has found an entirely new dinosaur species. Only, with the dinosaurs come hints at technology that is beyond where it should be and that shouldn’t even exist when dinosaurs walked the Earth as mankind hadn’t even been born yet.
Unless all of the history books are wrong.
Nikki blacks out and when she comes to she is suddenly viewing the world through the eyes of Rogaan who lives in the Cretaceous period. History and life as we know it are suddenly vastly different.
Part coming of age, part action, part suspense, all over a good read!