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Delve into this epic fantasy series as it begins in a magical world where elves, dwarves, dragons, and sorcerers co-exist in a tenuous peace. A shroud will be lifted before your eyes as angels fall from Heaven and evil creatures rise from the deep dark. The inhabitants of Verdunmull might not be prepared for what comes . . . as the righteous angel, Razbijen, falls from grace and the immortals break the ethereal veil, disturbing the balance.
The Ikalreev Prophecies were a warning.
A great cataclysm was approaching, and the visions seen by the Ikalreev brought nightmares of monsters and demons from the deep dark as they stepped onto Verdunmull and the torments of their realm followed in their wake.
The Ikalreev saw angels descending from Heaven with blades of holy flame and skin like lightning. The immortals were at war . . . and the races of Verdunmull would stand as witness.
Or so the old scripts say, but are they true? Will the prophecies indeed come to pass or are they simply fables from an old race that disappeared without a trace?
Razbijen has fallen, and his memories lost. The fallen angel walks among the mortals without knowledge of his past. Will he remember in time to stop what comes, before it is too late?
The Verdunmull Series:
* The Ikalreev Prophecies
* The First Seal
"""The Ikalreev Prophecies by Jared A. Zakarian is an epic fantasy adventure. Monsters, dragons, elves, and dwarves; what more could a fantasy fan ask for except perhaps cursed angels and ancient prophecies? Within this intriguing and ambitious plot, you will find action, adventure, and no small amount of lore, myth, and legends. Great world building draws the reader in, and the developed and diverse characters keep them entertained. In parts, this reminded me of Witcher, with fantastic beasts, epic struggles, and rising stakes. I enjoyed watching the plot unfold, questioning motives, alignments, and loyalties. The writing style flows smoothly and keeps you invested. Danger, chaos, escalating odds, and a fight for survival will keep you hooked on this epic tale from beginning to end."" - K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
""Angels and demons, mythical creatures, and characters with magic clash in a battle of immortals that will shake the very roots of Verdunmull. The story features the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness. Jared A. Zakarian's voice is masterly, confident, reflecting the mind of a skilled storyteller. The imagery is exceptional and while the narrative takes place in an imaginary world, the setting is so well-written that it feels real to the reader, as though they were seeing the places in their mind's eye. The Ikalreev Prophecies is an enthralling opening for a series that will surely excite readers. It is packed with action and unexpected moments that move the plot forward. It would take many more words to describe the conflict which drives the story and determines the strength of this narrative."" - Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
""Author Jared A. Zakarian has worked very hard to develop an excellent and fully rounded world in this opening novel to the Verdunmull Series. Epic fantasy fans who are expecting a long and involved series with many concepts, characters, prophecies, twists and turns can rest assured that this opening novel sets up a lot of exciting promises to be fulfilled in the future, with an author who has a fully immersive handle on their world. I liked how all the concepts made sense with one another, and the narrative style makes it easy to understand these ideas, but also offers rich descriptions of the people and places to give the work a truly cinematic feel. Overall, Verdunmull: The Ikalreev Prophecies is an excellent and immersive work that shows much promise for the future of its author: a highly recommended fantasy read."" - K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
""This is a cunningly plotted epic fantasy with a well-imagined world that is exciting to explore; filled with magic and the kind of imagery akin to the visions in the Book of Revelation. While this is an ingeniously imagined story, it has strong spiritual hints, mimicking the story of the fall of the angels. But what gives it strength is the proverbial conflict between good and evil, so skillfully handled. The story is conflict-driven and Jared A. Zakarian creates a world that has many surprises for readers, inspiring fear, and building excitement. The characters are phenomenal, a mix of mortals and magical creatures, caught up in a conflict that shakes the very foundations of a universe. With vivid imagery, a crisp and gorgeous plot, and plot twists, the author has readers following the suspenseful tale from page to page. Gripping and evocative."" - Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
"". . . I liked all the different supernatural beings in the book and how they were all affected by the events unfolding. I think it fits well into the epic fantasy genre and I would recommend it to fans of the genre and books like Game of Thrones."" - Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite"