The Best Epic Fantasy Book Reviews From BookViral

A Step Through The Empty By H. E. Salian

Best Epic Fantasy Novels

Recommend  for the coveted BookViral Crimson Quill. To make your recommendation simply click on the award badge below..…. 

  • ASIN: ‎ B086SF3B5M
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 474 pages
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy



Brynte Godric quickly learns being crowned king was the easy part. Keeping that crown is what’s dangerous. With everyone from a world-ruling organization to his mother after the crown, Bry has a lot of fighting ahead. So he’s surprised the arranged marriage to the shy young Princess Stori goes better than expected. With it, he has averted one war. Now on to the next. His only hope is staying one step ahead while keeping his kingdom from turning against him too. Amid all that chaos, how bad can one more assassin and a genius hacker thrown into the mix really be?

The BookViral Review:

Originality and authenticity always make for great books and it’s certainly true for A Step Through The Empty. A novel that might be described as genre-busting and undoubtedly breaks the genre mould as Salian masterfully blends the requisite elements of traditional fantasy with the constant allure of science fiction.

A superb story with gathering momentum, Salian’s characters are vividly real as they draw her readers into an impressively imaginative world. Where technological realism seems a natural foil to such high fantasy staples as castles, dragons and magic as readers are introduced to the sphaere system. An intriguing concept underpinning  Salian’s narrative that propels it forward at a cracking pace.

Intelligent and immediately engaging, Salian revels in the machinations of her tale as she weaves converging plot lines together. Writing in crisp prose and only lingering in the detail when it isn’t to the detriment of her storyline, she has a meticulous eye for essential detail. It is evident in the characters she creates and the authenticity she brings to Medius, as she boldly imbues it with real-world agendas that are manifested in war and the political manoeuvrings of ruling a disparate kingdom.

This is world-building at its very best. Vibrant, bold, yet subtly nuanced to create a genuine sense of time and place with Salian demonstrating her grasp on the devices of engaging fantasy as she takes her readers on a beguiling journey that treats the imagination, though ultimately it’s her characters that must take the honours. From young King Brynte Godric to the Halfling Shade Shad, Lawr, the Albino assassin Sverre and more. Each is wonderfully observed and bring a prevailing sense of gravitas to Salian’s story to deliver a rousing and evocative page-turner.

A gem to be savoured there is much to keep the most ardent of fantasy fans on tenterhooks page after page whilst making a superb start to The Vis Remaining Trilogy. As good as it gets in the fantasy genre A Step Through The Empty is highly recommended!

Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

Medical Thrillers Goodreads

The enduring sorrow of those waiting for heart transplants is ripe for drama and Rowley grapples with provocative concepts in thoughtful terms whilst demonstrating a sure hand for staging scenes, creating strong characters and setting a tone.

Read More »
YA Fantasy Adventure series

YA Fantasy Adventure series

When writing for younger readers fantasy doesn’t have to be clever, but it does need to stoke the embers of imagination and it’s this that Knight does so well. With an inventive plot and strong pacing it inspires much sentiment whilst a powerful emotional centre draws us to her feline characters.

Read More »

Military & War Biographies

Masterfully conveying warmth, atmosphere, and personality, using a no-frills narrative approach, whilst enriching his prose with insightfully chosen dialogue McNelly gives us reflective vignettes that come to life as we enter the mind of John Henry Shields.

Read More »

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Author Blogs
Editorial Team

The Essentials Of Author Branding

With so many titles in any given genre is more important than ever that authors establish a significant and differentiated presence in a genre that attracts and retains loyal readers.

Read More »
What Makes A Great Plot?
Author Blogs
Editorial Team

What Makes A Good Plot?

You know the ones! The edge of your seat, knuckle gnawing, nail biting books. So, what makes for a good plot. Is there a magic recipe? Or is it just potluck?

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.