the muiread book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Muiread is an epic fantasy tale that follows the journey of a mysterious warrior across many magical lands that have been torn apart and battle ravaged. Accompanying the warrior is the mysterious and beautiful Ivy Machue, who is a companion as well as a warm and welcome distraction in lands brutalized by war. Each parcel of land that is crossed holds dangers of their own: from ruthless tribes, kings on a mission, beautiful women and more. A path for the world has been constructed as lives and lands are ripped apart, nations struggle and the darkness that has been brought on by The Warrior Who Knows No Defeat and other dark forces has begun to spread rapidly and successfully.

The Muiread is set up to be The Ageless Duel and that journey unfolds in the first book of a planned trilogy. Fans of the fantasy genre will be thrilled and enraptured by the poetic descriptions of nature, troops, battles and an interesting mix of fantastical, interesting characters. For fantasy lovers that prefer stories that are not based on battles and destruction or that are filled with more magic or lush settings, The Muiread may read a little battle heavy and slow to begin, but it truly is an epic tale. After roughly the first one hundred pages, the tale is set and the tone and surroundings are easier to follow. Author Luke Taylor is a vivid writer and his scenery is crisp, raw and makes the reader feel as if they are riding along through ravaged lands or dark woods at full speed on a stallion alongside the characters. Taylor constructs kingdoms, dialects and unforgettable characters that become real people, heroes and villains alike, instead of just flashy, surface specters with no substance or backstory as in many fantasy novels. With Taylor’s creativity, everything from the dirt to the sky is full of life as The Muiread builds. As the book continues on, the intimacy and intensity grows and Luke Taylor takes careful steps with each sub story and character to keep the momentum flowing.

The Muiread is a great book to lose yourself in for a few hours and for fantasy fans that enjoy tales of valor and adventure, this is a great start to an engaging series. The novel is a different take on recent fantasy stories and borrows themes and style more suited to for the classics. As a result, it is magical, heroic and different.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.wordpress.com.

Review copy was provided by Luke Taylor.