Length: 584 Pages
Publishing: 22nd November 2023
It’s easy to stand up for your friends. What about for anonymous creatures nobody else cares about?
With their homes apparently safe from the magical storms, Darin and Rinloh venture to an isolated elven village and another ancient mystery: ruins of an imperial city whose entire population vanished centuries ago.
The duo befriend a host of eccentric new characters, from a chipper ogress and hipster troll to a deadpan griffin. Yet the Forest of Nightmares challenges them as never before. Merciless carnivorous trees, subterranean horrors, ethereal creatures no mortal weapon can slay… and most sinister of all, the greed and ambition lurking within the human heart.
Darin and Rinloh’s empathic connection grows stronger the deeper into the wilderness they go, but will it be enough to stop a dark conspiracy from ravaging the land?
Arvia: Wings of the Wild challenges the harpy-human duo with their grandest adventure yet. They must balance their deepening relationship as they sharpen their skills and work together as never before to unravel a deadly new plot.
Going back to Arvia in book 4 feels like seeing old friends and getting a big warm hug.
Darin and Rinloh have another adventure with Oolandra and Fogmort in tow who have grown closer. Darin and Rinloh's relationship deepens as their connection grows stronger.
Their way to the Elven village is fraught with danger but things only get more dangerous when they reach their destination. Someone keeps trying to kill them and magical storms cause havoc. It is all quite tense and exciting.
Both Rinloh and Darin make friends with a range of different beings that we would call monsters; e.g. a troll, an ogress and a griffin. Even Oolandra's real identity and her transformation are terrifying but her cheeky humour makes her very likable.
I loved the diverse nature of the group and that everyone brought their own unique skills and experiences that benefited the group as a whole. As Darin would say 'We are stronger together' and the little group certainly demonstrated that.
In their attempt to smoke out the bad guys Darin and Rinloh partner up in a race. I love it when these two are together as they both seem to come alive more when they are flying and interacting in harmony. The race is extremely dangerous but nerve-tinglingly exciting. I felt like I was actually there witnessing it and watching it with one hand covering my eyes.
Darin and Rinloh's trust in each other is cemented at this stage and they can take risks safe in the knowledge that the other will be there. They can speak telepathically which is a great skill in the middle of a deadly race where Daring has to jump off her back to land on her again shortly later from a height.
Wings of the Wild is a much longer book than the rest of the series but it didn't seem like a long read when I was absorbed in all the adventure and excitement. The humour also kept me laughing and entertained.
About the Author
D.H. Willison is a reader, writer, game enthusiast and developer, engineer, and history buff. He’s lived or worked in over a dozen countries, learning different cultures, viewpoints, and attitudes, which have influenced his writing, contributing to one of his major themes: alternate and creative conflict resolution. The same situations can be viewed by different cultures quite differently. Sometimes it leads to conflict, sometimes to hilarity. Both make for a great story.
He’s also never missed a chance to visit historic sites, from castle dungeons, to catacombs, to the holds of tall ships, to the tunnels of the Maginot Line. It might be considered research, except for the minor fact that his tales are all set on the whimsical and terrifying world of Arvia. Where giant mythic monsters are often more easily overcome with empathy than explosions.
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