Blog Tour Promotion for The First of Shadows – The Riven Realm Book 1 by Deck Matthews

Today I am honoured to be promoting both the book itself and the blog tour for The First of Shadows, book 1 in The Riven Realm Series by Deck Matthews.  Check out the blurb and comments from the reviews so far and I’ll bet you’ll be off to buy it in no time.


How do you kill a shadow?

As a raging storm descends on the Blasted Coast, the crippled young rigger, Caleb Rusk, meets a stranger on the road. Little does he know that the encounter will pull him into a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear—and change the course of his life forever.

Meanwhile, in the Capital of Taralius, a string of inexplicable deaths have captured the attention of the Ember Throne. Second Corporal Avendor Tarcoth is tasked with uncovering the truth behind a danger that could threaten the very fabric of the Realm.

Thoughts from reviews so far……

the beginning is one of the most intense and amazing beginnings I’ve ever read…….

The characters are compelling enough and it’s easy to root for them

Lili’s Blissful Pages

The scenes are very vivid and you feel like you’re actually there and see what happens for yourself. 

  The Artsy Reader 

I want to say that this book used one of my favourite author devices which is to literally throw the reader into a deep end and revealing information to them slowly as the story progresses. 

The demonesque villain called The Faceless is actually terrifying

Shelves of Starlight

The First of Shadows is a great book and hints at a wonderful series. It evoked a lot of the nostalgia and longing of my first days reading fantasy. Although this is a much darker story, then say, The Belgariad, it has a lot of the same expressive writing and tone.

Before We Go Blog

Author Bio – Deck Matthews

Deck Matthews is a pseudonym for one particular Matthew Ward. He is a life-long reader who fell in love with writing and fantasy in middle school. He remains an avid reader, a casual gamer and a dabbler in the visual arts. He has worked as a designer and currently spends his days neck-deep in code as a front-end web developer.

He also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with his wife, two daughters and one little fluff ball of a dog named Wicket.


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