I love the juxtaposition of different genres. When you find out that the world that you’re in, which feels like it is some kind of biblical era, is actually the future. Or when you throw a little bit of urban in your fantasy. My personal favorite is medieval superheroes, but I’m a little biased there.
Riyadad Ullah has set forth with an excellent tale with Phantasia, a future fantasy epic. His writing is exemplary, his storytelling a well-honed craft, and it shows with this journey into the magical world that he found.
His book is a sprawling fantasy epic mixed with science fiction elements, and a fantastic cast of characters. It echoes shades of Dune and Lord of the Rings, but at the same time is its own story with a unique voice, setting, and plot. The author doesn’t try to hide his use of common tropes, and instead, puts a unique twist on each of them.
After finding the body of a dragon in a metallic desert, Red finds out that he is the reincarnation of a messiah worshiped by an insectoid alien race bent on invading his star system. Swept into a dangerous adventure across glacial swamps, cloud cities, and dead stars — Red must evade his true purpose in the world, to summon a forsaken deity trapped in another realm.
Phantasia keeps readers engaged throughout, with plot twists and new elements that never stop surprising you.