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An afterlife under threat. A reborn Prophet in peril. A ragtag band of faithful Knights, grumpy Nomads, mad Wizards and corrupt Corsairs on a death-defying quest to rescue him. Will swords and sorcery prove enough? A Dwarvic city buried in the desert, the site of an ancient tyranny. Mutants and Demons abound. The dead walk again. And the God of the Nether waits patiently f An afterlife under threat. A reborn Prophet in peril. A ragtag band of faithful Knights, grumpy Nomads, mad Wizards and corrupt Corsairs on a death-defying quest to rescue him. Will swords and sorcery prove enough? A Dwarvic city buried in the desert, the site of an ancient tyranny. Mutants and Demons abound. The dead walk again. And the God of the Nether waits patiently for all the souls to be his … The year is 311 AC. Welcome to Maradoum.


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An afterlife under threat. A reborn Prophet in peril. A ragtag band of faithful Knights, grumpy Nomads, mad Wizards and corrupt Corsairs on a death-defying quest to rescue him. Will swords and sorcery prove enough? A Dwarvic city buried in the desert, the site of an ancient tyranny. Mutants and Demons abound. The dead walk again. And the God of the Nether waits patiently f An afterlife under threat. A reborn Prophet in peril. A ragtag band of faithful Knights, grumpy Nomads, mad Wizards and corrupt Corsairs on a death-defying quest to rescue him. Will swords and sorcery prove enough? A Dwarvic city buried in the desert, the site of an ancient tyranny. Mutants and Demons abound. The dead walk again. And the God of the Nether waits patiently for all the souls to be his … The year is 311 AC. Welcome to Maradoum.

30 review for A Dead Wizard's Dream: An Epic Fantasy Novel (Convent, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Seraphia

    A Dead Wizard's Dream is absolutely an epic fantasy novel that I am looking forward to reading more from this author. But I almost threw in the towel after two chapters. The first chapter (the Prologue) sets the story up and hooks my attention immediately. I'm eager to dive into the story and see where this is going to go. Then the author hit with me the first REAL chapter in this book and I was like...what is going on here?! There was so much detail and unnecessary information in that chapter! A Dead Wizard's Dream is absolutely an epic fantasy novel that I am looking forward to reading more from this author. But I almost threw in the towel after two chapters. The first chapter (the Prologue) sets the story up and hooks my attention immediately. I'm eager to dive into the story and see where this is going to go. Then the author hit with me the first REAL chapter in this book and I was like...what is going on here?! There was so much detail and unnecessary information in that chapter! I was literally slogging through it just in the hopes that it got better because all the detail and unnecessary information of what was going on bogged the story down. Thankfully, the story improves otherwise I'd have had to call it quits and I hate doing that because this book sounded so promising. There is a lot going on in this story. An evil demon - summoned and let loose, those who accidentally loosed him - dead and out of power, dwarves, their pet monsters of the deep, wizards, knights, princes, desert dwellers, elves, etc. This book is packed to the gills and there is a lot going on. It's engaging in the right moments and it does get bogged down from time to time, but just hang in there because it gets better. I do have some complaints about this book though...at times there is just too much description. Now, yes there are times when I want more but some of it is literally unnecessary and needs to be taken out. It adds nothing to the story and only drags it down. The author switches between characters, locations often. I wanted the author to identify these shifts because it got confusing at times. Some chapters do give you a clue when it's a shift, but most don't. Also, there are some places where characters...show up where they really aren't. Oops! All in all, this book is really good! With a few tweaks and some editing to remove unnecessary pieces, this book could be truly amazing! For now, though I am rating this book 4 out of 5 stars. For those who enjoy epic fantasy novels, this is a good book to pick up. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steph Warren

    *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* There is a lot going on in this action-packed swords and sorcery fantasy, packed with dwarves, monster rats, zombies, demons, knights, wizards, nomads, pirates and elves. The early chapters read similarly to an RPG fantasy game, as the brave team of miscellaneous adventurers fight their way down through layer after layer of increasingly tough enemies in search of their mythical prize *I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.* There is a lot going on in this action-packed swords and sorcery fantasy, packed with dwarves, monster rats, zombies, demons, knights, wizards, nomads, pirates and elves. The early chapters read similarly to an RPG fantasy game, as the brave team of miscellaneous adventurers fight their way down through layer after layer of increasingly tough enemies in search of their mythical prize. Meanwhile, alternating chapters tell a different story, of Prince Saul and his journey to manhood, and kinghood, through various lessons and trials. Then there is also an Aladdin-esque storyline about a young Prince and Princess sent into the dangers of the slums by their Sultan father, under the influence of a snakelike adviser, but aided by a ‘street-rat’ urchin. Finally there is the thread that follows Nighan Witchson, unfortunate enough to be born with magic in an ignorant backwater where he is persecuted for his differences and becomes the perfect example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. The story flicks between these multiple, separate plots, in a way that is a little confusing at first, but once you get to grips with the characters you begin to see the places where the threads run parallel, or begin to converge, and the story becomes more complex but clearer to follow. In an interesting twist on the good vs. evil struggle, the ‘hell’ in this storyworld is god-made (the Nethers), but the ‘heaven’ is man- (or elf-) made, Citta Pacia, and so the classic fight to claim virtuous souls is muddied by the potential for human error and the corruption of power and influence on the human psyche. There is plenty of action, gore and magic splashing around between the myriad characters and diverging plot threads, making this a fast-paced read. It is also the first in a series, and therefore ends on a semi-cliffhanger ready to lead into the next instalment. This is not a quick, easy read, but one for fans of epic sword-and-sorcery sagas to really get their teeth into! She did not know why there was such opposition to the Sisterhood’s rule; the system had always treated her well. Although there were occasional food shortages, executions, imprisonments and disappearances, the Sisterhood – called Witches by the irreverent – kept the population safe from disease and outside harm. Best of all, they promised that, as long as the people followed their rules to the letter in life, the Sisters would welcome them with open arms when they died into the afterlife that Convent had created, the paradise named Citta Pacia, where they could live in bliss forever. – Ross Hughes, A Dead Wizard’s Dream Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog https://bookshineandreadbows.wordpres...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roger Weetch

    I have never read any of Ross Hughes' books before and was unsure what to expect. After an initial chapter about a group of female magicians who run the world attempting to raise an all powerful god-like figure, it moves on to a series of separate stories running in parallel, with the action moving from one to another, usually at a cliffhanger. While there is an ending of sorts to each story there does not appear to be any relationship between them. Presumably there will be a connection appearin I have never read any of Ross Hughes' books before and was unsure what to expect. After an initial chapter about a group of female magicians who run the world attempting to raise an all powerful god-like figure, it moves on to a series of separate stories running in parallel, with the action moving from one to another, usually at a cliffhanger. While there is an ending of sorts to each story there does not appear to be any relationship between them. Presumably there will be a connection appearing in future books. Although it was difficult to 'suspend your disbelief' while reading, it was an interesting and sometimes exciting read but rather long not to reach more of a conclusion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This started off a little spotty, but the story started to take shape and the characters got more interesting as it went. Looking forward to the next book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Brostek

    Ultimate Epic Fantasy! An intriguing action packed tale of wizards, knights, royalty, pirates, sorcery, demons, and zombies set in an exotic fantasy world. The prologue sets the stage for series 'The Convent' storyline, then the author wove three separate adventures into a single tale. A great cast of characters and beautifully described scenes built his fantasy world. It was a slow start but once the action started it just didn't stop. I can't wait to read the next book. I received this book as Ultimate Epic Fantasy! An intriguing action packed tale of wizards, knights, royalty, pirates, sorcery, demons, and zombies set in an exotic fantasy world. The prologue sets the stage for series 'The Convent' storyline, then the author wove three separate adventures into a single tale. A great cast of characters and beautifully described scenes built his fantasy world. It was a slow start but once the action started it just didn't stop. I can't wait to read the next book. I received this book as a gift and am happy to leave my honest review. Enjoy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mick Dubois

    At the beginning of this book, we meet a band of mercenaries set out on a quest 'to rescue a dead elf from a hole in the ground so he can save the world.' But very little further info is given, even the why is vague. When we meet them, they're fighting their way down a dwarf-made maze, constructed from underground tunnels, a city, mines, workplaces and other excavations. We also meet Gastar, God of the Nether, set out to not only devour the souls of those bad people that deserve to suffer eternal At the beginning of this book, we meet a band of mercenaries set out on a quest 'to rescue a dead elf from a hole in the ground so he can save the world.' But very little further info is given, even the why is vague. When we meet them, they're fighting their way down a dwarf-made maze, constructed from underground tunnels, a city, mines, workplaces and other excavations. We also meet Gastar, God of the Nether, set out to not only devour the souls of those bad people that deserve to suffer eternal torture, but also those on earth and in 'Citta Pacia' (heaven of eternal peace, made by the dead elf). So he sends his 'Thaksir', a sort of brain dead zombies, after the rescuers. There are also 2 secondary stories. The first is about a boy-witch who's persecuted by his village and turns eventually into an evil warlock. The other one is about a highland prince who turns 18 and in sent on a tour to learn about the lay of the land, the different people occupying it and about his responsibilities. The first one, I can see where it will fit in with the main story, but where the young highlander will lead us, I don't know yet. Despite the mysterious start and the many unanswered questions, I did enjoy the book. Maradoum is an interesting world, just different enough to be recognisable and yet interesting as well. It is a long read and -luckily- there's more to come, so I'll have to wait patiently for the next volume. There was a little bit too much fighting for my liking, as it seems they never have a moment's rest with this ever-growing band of zombies after them. Also, be prepared to say goodbye to some of the (at the start of the book) main characters as all this fighting also leads to death (at least that's realistic), even if they escape most of the time and they pick up some new characters along the way. I received a free ARC through StoryOrigins and amvoluntarily leaving an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    If you like big, action packed fight scenes then this book is for you. Some parts went so fast but there were a few parts that were slow going. The main story line was great, filled with evil monsters and heroic characters alike. Some bit were a bit weighty. There was a part at the end of a chapter that had a character in one spot where he is supposed to be and then the next paragraph he suddenly is with different people and in on their conversation when he isn’t supposed to be there. As I read If you like big, action packed fight scenes then this book is for you. Some parts went so fast but there were a few parts that were slow going. The main story line was great, filled with evil monsters and heroic characters alike. Some bit were a bit weighty. There was a part at the end of a chapter that had a character in one spot where he is supposed to be and then the next paragraph he suddenly is with different people and in on their conversation when he isn’t supposed to be there. As I read an ARC I hope this is fixed by now. The two side stories currently feel a little disjointed since they haven’t had any impact on the main part so far. Since it is feeling so wrong to have them kind of floating in the middle of the story, it bothers me. Though that also makes me want to read the next book when it comes out. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beaulah McLean

    Amazing book, kept me reading!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A Dead Wizard's Dream is Book 1 in the Convent series by Ross Hughes. This is a well written story even though at times I skimmed over some parts of the descriptions. There are lots of well developed and interesting characters -- it also has zombies. There is lots of action which is nicely paced. I enjoyed this fantasy adventure and recommend it to epic fantasy fans. Received a copy from StoryOrigin as well as a free copy on Amazon and this is my voluntary review. A Dead Wizard's Dream is Book 1 in the Convent series by Ross Hughes. This is a well written story even though at times I skimmed over some parts of the descriptions. There are lots of well developed and interesting characters -- it also has zombies. There is lots of action which is nicely paced. I enjoyed this fantasy adventure and recommend it to epic fantasy fans. Received a copy from StoryOrigin as well as a free copy on Amazon and this is my voluntary review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miguel Davila

    If you like fantasy hero books you will enjoy this, does take a bit to get into and leaves you with many questions but you have alot of action throughout the book. You have nether which is like any evil enemy, who wants to take everyone's soul control everything and of course you get your group of heroes that does everything to try and save the day. Yes the basic fantasy plot but with alot more action and craziness. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review If you like fantasy hero books you will enjoy this, does take a bit to get into and leaves you with many questions but you have alot of action throughout the book. You have nether which is like any evil enemy, who wants to take everyone's soul control everything and of course you get your group of heroes that does everything to try and save the day. Yes the basic fantasy plot but with alot more action and craziness. I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Got an ARC copy from #StoryOrigin. The main storyline was quite enjoyable. Wizards, zombies and demons make for a great adventure. I'm not really sure how the side stories àbout the witch's son and the Prince from the north fits in. I guess the second book will tie them in some how. Got an ARC copy from #StoryOrigin. The main storyline was quite enjoyable. Wizards, zombies and demons make for a great adventure. I'm not really sure how the side stories àbout the witch's son and the Prince from the north fits in. I guess the second book will tie them in some how.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    A Dead Wizard's Dream (Convent Series), my first read from author Ross C. Hughes, caught my attention in the opening pages. I was given a review copy of Secrets of the Ashlands (Convent Series Book 2) & since I'd gotten this book back in November of 2019 I wanted to read it first, I'm glad I did. 360 pages but reads longer due to the detail & development of the story. I look forward to reading more in this series & from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018). A Dead Wizard's Dream (Convent Series), my first read from author Ross C. Hughes, caught my attention in the opening pages. I was given a review copy of Secrets of the Ashlands (Convent Series Book 2) & since I'd gotten this book back in November of 2019 I wanted to read it first, I'm glad I did. 360 pages but reads longer due to the detail & development of the story. I look forward to reading more in this series & from this author. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Richard Songhurst

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Anne Jack

  15. 5 out of 5

    L.A. DiPaolo

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Baines

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dave Henwood

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Graves

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ng

  20. 5 out of 5

    Henry

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sean Ohara

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

  24. 4 out of 5

    P J DEVINE

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pieter Smit

  26. 4 out of 5

    Miss Wendy A Hayes

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Hetzer

  28. 5 out of 5

    steve linger

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lind Brown

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

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