Monday, October 9, 2017

Impyrium by Henry H. Neff

*Current Giveaway*

I've got a great book for Middle-Grade Monday! Impyrium by Henry H. Neff.

The Story-
Welcome to Impyrium, the world that remains after a great cataclysm happened on Earth. For over three thousand years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. Now, twelve year-old Hazel, the youngest of royal triplets, is set to inherit the power of her ancient family. Enter servant boy, Hobs. A young man who has been recruited by The Fellowship, a rebel group opposed to the Faeregine's and all magical families of the upper class.

Hob's works his way into Hazel's life, becoming her friend and tutor, only to realize that she is not the evil that he has been told about. Hazel believes in her friend Hob's and trusts him with her life. Together, they confront the lies and conspiracies that confront the world of Impyrium. However, Hob's is bond to The Fellowship by dark magic, and in the final confrontation he might have no control. Who will win the day?

My Thoughts-
Loved it! Beware though, this is a hefty read of almost 600 pages. I gobbled it down :) From the get go I was drawn into this magical world that remained from what was left of our own world. The book starts out with the discovery of the ancient city of Vancouver and then expands into a royal dynasty that has existed for thousands of years. The old world is unknown, thought to be a myth by most.

Hazel is an albino and carries Old Magic within her. She is thought to be the rebirth of an ancient queen, The Reaper, a power hungry sorceress who razed the world, but also kept it safe from demons.  The Fellowship believe that they must kill Hazel to prevent another tyrant. Here in  lies our twisty plot and  amped up tension. The reader falls in love with Hazel, the protected princess whose eyes are slowly opened to the injustice around her. We know what is coming, betrayal, but we just have to wait to see how it plays out.

The author weaves a magical world full of history into Hazel's background, and Hob's, as her tutor, teaches her all about the outside world. There are plots to unfoil, people to reveal, and royalty to betray. It is just a great big bunch of fun to read. I loved the characters, each one with their own deep stories and desires. But most of all, I loved Hazel, the girl who holds her own and creates her own destiny. I'm giving this one 5 stars!


  1. I enjoyed this one but the number of pages might scare off a few reluctant readers. A great fantasy adventure.

  2. This sounds like an intriguing fantasy. I love the plot. Will there be a sequel?

    1. I think so. When I posted my review on Amazon there was also a space for Impyrium #2. I haven't checked it out yet, but I'm hopeful.

  3. I love the cover. this isn't the kind of book I usually read, but i might give it a shot when I have time. Thanks for the post.

  4. Enjoyed reading this over a couple of days. It has sufficient depth and quality in both plot and character to be suitable for adults and children. Together with the previous Tapestry series the epic scale is impressive and poses deeper questions about why good things can turn bad over time. If you enjoyed Potter you will love Impyrium.

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