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By: Matthew Hayes


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“Just because the war is over, doesn’t mean the story is.”

What happens after a 10-year war? Unity brought the Mortal, Fire, Ice and Earth Nations together to defeat Skull, a pirate army desperate to merge the supernatural world with the mortal.

19-year-old Azar Geminus finds himself at the centre of a bizarre, supernatural mystery. With the war at an end, and his heart broken, his only goal is to reunite with his parents. But this proves more challenging than expected when he learns that they have gone missing. Whilst the city he has lived in all his life begins to expose the darkness that dwells within, Azar finds himself changing in ways he cannot control.

As betrayal, mystery, and danger close in around him, Azar realises that there are three sides to every story: the Nations, the supernatural, and the truth. As one war ends, another, much more personal, is just beginning. And when the fate of the Nations rests on lies, who else can he rely on other than himself?

Matt has had a passion for storytelling from a young age. He was always inspired by the magic that came from reading fiction novels, the experience of escaping reality to find a world just between the page and reader.

He has studied at Macquarie University in Sydney to become an English teacher for secondary schools with hopes to reignite creative skills and allow students to embrace imaginative writing with an open mind. Since finishing high school 2015, Matt's goal was to write a novel that allowed readers of all ages to relate to within a fictional world. 

Customer Reviews
15 reviews
15 reviews
  • nice person

    really nice book made by my teacher

  • Booksforbadal

    "Oklem" by Matthew Hayes is an enthralling fantasy novel that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through a world shaped by the aftermath of a decade-long war. Hayes weaves a spellbinding tale filled with mystery, intrigue, and unexpected twists that will leave readers eagerly turning the pages until the very end.

    The story centres around Azar Geminus, a 19-year-old protagonist whose life is forever changed after the war's conclusion. As he seeks to reunite with his missing parents, he becomes entangled in a web of supernatural mysteries that challenge his beliefs and transform him in ways he never anticipated. Hayes expertly explores the complexities of personal growth and the blurred lines between truth and deception, keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout the narrative.

    The world-building in "Oklem" is nothing short of exceptional. The author's descriptive prose transports readers to a richly imagined realm where Mortal, Fire, Ice, and Earth Nations collide with supernatural forces. The intricately crafted setting adds depth and authenticity to the story, immersing readers in a fantastical world that feels both enchanting and perilous.

    What truly sets "Oklem" apart is the depth of its characters. Azar Geminus is a protagonist that readers will undoubtedly connect with - his struggles, emotions, and personal growth are palpable and relatable. The supporting cast is equally well-developed, each playing a crucial role in the story's progression. From allies to adversaries, every character adds layers of complexity that make the narrative even more engaging.

    The plot is skillfully constructed, keeping the pace steady and the tension high. Betrayals, dangers, and secrets lurk around every corner, ensuring that the reader is constantly guessing and invested in the outcome. Hayes masterfully interweaves multiple perspectives, adding richness to the story and allowing readers to see the world through different lenses.

    "Oklem" by Matthew Hayes is a captivating and must-read fantasy!

  • anoymous person

    Great book

  • Mr hayes favourite student

    it is such a great book and I really enjoyed reading it my teacher is a great writer

  • Ketura Mustafa

    I haven't read a great book in a long time. Best book I've ever read so far. Keep up the good work!!

  • Haye's Favourite student

    I love it, it was the best book I've read in a long time. Good job sir!!

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  • Richard Cowballs

    Oklem by Mr. Hayes is Dazzling, thought-provoking, toe-gripping, exciting, page-turner, heart-cracking, exhilarating, evocative, delightful, absorbing, magical, lyrical, layered, magnetic, astonishing, artistic, adventurous, awe-inspiring, beautiful, bold, brilliant, mystical, meaningful, magniloquent, page-turning, compelling, potent, concise, deep, powerful, profound, provoking, pure, recommended, refined, edgy, remarkable, romantic, rousing, elevating, eloquent, emotional, engaging, enigmatic, skilled, exquisite, spiritual, feet binding, fluid, graceful, heartwarming, tasteful, iconic, unforgettable, unique, universal, vibrant, vivid,
    majestic,scrumdiddlyumptious, attractive, Scrumptious, heavenly, succulent, delectable, exquisite, breath-taking, gorgeous, creative, wonderful, wondrous, and lush. This book makes me want to run around, letting my hair flow in the wind, and leap around on all fours. I read this book, no... I touched this book and it touched me back. It made me feel as if I could fly. This book took my breath away. Literally. I went to the hospital after I choked on how good this book is. This book makes me giggle and kick my feet around while reading it in bed. When I finished this book I slapped my knee then started to jump around and spin and say "Oh good show" and then turned into a helicopter. This is the power of this book. This book made me discover who I am... it brought out my inner self..... Oklem is just a truly inspiring book and if I could I would inject it into my soul. Love you xx

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