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May 26, 2022

Myracles in the Void by Wes Dyson ~ a Review

By Elisabeth Scherer

Living out on the remote “island” of cobbled together driftwood called Hop, life can be tough. Gaiel (Gai)Izz and his sister, Lynd, have been toughing it out ever since their Pa set out to leave Hop behind. Hop is the place where nothing goes to waste, and every citizen seems to scrape by with the bare essentials.

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book cover of young adult fantasy novel Myracles in the Void by Wes Dyson
April 2022; Wonderlove; 9781737910503
ebook, print (370 pagse); YA fantasy

Things haven’t been great since their Pa left the island. Lynd was heartbroken and Gai has been doing whatever he can since that day to fix Lynd and their home.  Everything changes one night when Gai is out in search of the perfect item to complete Lynd’s birthday present. Lynd follows him out of the house and is drawn to the red “spryts” that are floating in the air. 

When Lynd disappears it sets off a cascade of events that force Gai to go searching for her. Gai and Lynd are thrust into a world that is on the brink of war and each has a part to play. Gai desperately wants to fix his broken family and Lynd desperately wants her Pa back.

Wes Dyson creates this imaginative world and each descriptive word draws you in, much like the floating red “spryts.” The language at the beginning of the novel is a bit hard to get used to, but once you get the cadence of the accent of the people from Hop down it is smooth sailing at full speed ahead with action, adventure, mystery, and wonder. 

Dyson has developed a wonderful magical system that is nuanced in a way that only happens when a writer has thought of all the little rules and details that magical realms require. Myra and Ruin are the two forms of magic. Myra to create things, Ruin to destroy things.  From the opening chapters, where he makes you understand the desperation of fixing a broken family to the final climax of the story, Dyson truly takes his readers on an odyssey to this foreign land. 

The settings of the book have been so well described that one really does feel like they are on the same journey with Gai and Lynd. There is serious thought put into the world from not just the history, but the lore, language, and populations of the world each with its own idiosyncrasies. The characters have deep motivations for the things they do and I promise if you stick with this book it will come to a satisfying conclusion. He does justice to every character and their motivations and I could easily see this as a fantastic movie. 

The storyline itself deals with Good versus bad magic, creation versus destruction but there are so many twists and turns in the story that you have to keep reading to find out how it all plays out. I was certainly surprised by some of the twists. I can see some traditional fantasy adventure tropes played out but they aren’t overworked in the book. I finished this book in less than 24 hours and with so many pages I was surprised by how fast-paced it actually was. 

If you are someone who likes magical worlds, epic adventures, or any book that makes you feel like you’ve tumbled down into a new world waiting to be explored then this book might just need to go to the top of your to be read pile.

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Elisabeth Scherer is a lifelong bookworm who loves discovering new favorite authors. She is a watercolor and mixed media artist who lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children.

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