Book Review: The Unremembered (Vault of Heaven #1) by Peter Orullian

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

Today I will be reviewing The Unremembered (Vault of Heaven Book 1) Author’s Definitive Edition by Peter Orullian.

I was very excited to read this book, It just sounded like a book I would really enjoy. The concept of music as magic really appealed to me. Well, I did and I didn’t enjoy this book. It took me a very long time it seemed to get into this one. I have thought about it for awhile trying to figure out just why that was. The main reason I came up with was that I could not get into the characters at first. It seemed as though to many characters were introduced in to short of a time and it took some time for me to warm up to everybody. Once that happened I did finally enjoy this book. Don’t get me wrong the characters are very good once I got my head wrapped around who they were. This is very much a story driven book, and that story is very good. The story is classic fantasy with the authors unique spin. The worldbuilding is really where Mr. Orullian shines. I was very intrigued by the world he has brought to life. All in all I have to say this book was a great introduction book for this series. You can definitely see there is a grand story to be told and this book was just the tip of the iceberg. I am very anxious to see how the author and the story grows in the next book Trial of Intentions. On a final note the cover art is one of the best I have seen in a long time.

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.

3.5/5 STARS

This book is out NOW from Tor books!

Trial of Intentions (Vault of Heaven book 2) is also out NOW! Review coming soon!



About the book:


The Unremembered (Vault of Heaven Book 1) Author’s Definitive Edition by Peter Orullian.

  • Series: Vault of Heaven (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765379872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765379870

Peter Orullian’s epic fantasy debut The Unremembered has been critically acclaimed, earning starred reviews and glowing praise. But now it gets even better. In anticipation of the second volume in Orullian’s epic series, and for one of the few times in our publishing history, we at Tor are choosing to relaunch a title with an author’s definitive edition.

In addition to stunning updates to the original text, we’re also including an exclusive short story set in the world of Vault of Heaven as well as a sneak preview of the sequel, Trial of Intentions, and a glossary to the universe.

The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy however, they sealed the rogue god-and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortal kind-in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that protected humankind for millennia has become weak and creatures of nightmare have now come through. Those who stand against evil know that only drastic measures will prevent a devastating invasion.

Tahn Junell is a hunter who’s unaware of the dark forces that imperil his world, in much the same way his youth is lost to memory. But an imperious man who wears the sigil of the feared Order of Sheason and a beautiful woman of the legendary Far have shared with Tahn the danger. They’ve asked him, his sister, and his friends to embark with them on a journey that will change their lives . . . and the world . . . forever. And in the process, he’ll remember . . .


About the author:

Peter Orullian has worked in marketing at Xbox for nearly a decade, most recently leading the Music and Entertainment marketing strategy for Xbox LIVE, and has toured as a featured vocalist internationally at major music festivals. He has published several short stories. The Unremembered is his first novel. He lives in Seattle.


  1. I’ve listen to a couple of podcast recently with Peter as a guest, and his is always talking about how music influences him. I should listen to some his music sometime now that I think of it… Anyways, this is a series I do intend of reading. Seems like classic and fantasy with tropes get pushed to the side sometimes, but I still love those types of stories.

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