Ok, so the day’s finally here! Scars of the Sand is out at last! You can grab a copy here.
And about time too! I’ve been way, way, way behind schedule on this one, so I apologise for anyone who’s known of its existence and been waiting for it to drop, but yeah it’s finally here.
A short tale about Harlin from The Shadow of the High King, reactions so far have been universally positive, so thank you everyone who has taken the time to read it, talk about it or just offer me a gentle nudge of encouragement to get the fucker done – its appreciated. I’m looking forward to seeing the wider reaction to it, so anyone who reads it please let me know your thoughts!
After 6 months of writing and editing and redrafting and wrestling with the cover, its out – and I can finally focus on my next work – book two of The Weaving Shadows Trilogy, another one long, long overdue, who’s title I can finally reveal as I’ve settled upon it at last – In His Darkened Halls. Hopefully, this will be dropping in 2018, or early 2019.
So I finally got to finish Darkstorm by M. L. Spencer today (only took me 2 months thanks to work and my own writing).
Darkstorm for me has a bit of a special place on my shelf as it is not only very, very good, it is also the first full length kindle book I’ve read and it’s by a self published author.
M. L. Spencer’s first installment of the Rhenwars Saga has really impressed me for a number of reasons.
First and foremost is obviously the quality of her writing, she’s accomplished, professional and has a knack for character voices – I particularly enjoyed Quin.
Her world building is also something to be admired, it’s multifaceted, rich and complex, with a depth any other writer would be sure to nod appreciatively of as they read. Of particular note is her Tolkien-esque attention to detail when it comes to scenery, her descriptions of her characters’ various surroundings are vivid and clear but never feel overblown or forced, and on the whole she manages to give everything in the book an impression of scope and grandeur. I was also fond of her penchant for skilled and elaborate descriptions of magic use throughout the book, something lacking from a lot of the books I’ve read the last few years.
Spencer’s plotweaving is also something to be commented on, as while her writing style most certainly has a foot planted firmly in high fantasy, she blends it seamlessly with characters and themes that could only come from a grimdark tome for their profound levels of assholery.
I was left with a ton of questions after reading Darkstorm, and I’ll be grabbing Darkmage asap to follow this up with, the sure sign of a solid series debut. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how Spencer’s writing and world develop over this series, as all the signs from this starting point are definitely full of promise.
So I’ve been meaning to post this for ages (again, I’ve been busy sorry, I work too dang much), and finally got the time to do it tonight. So! From Goodreads:
An uber-short piece of gristly grimdark flash-fiction by Eric Fomley, and while I’m not normally one for short stories (my read history will point you in the general direction of the sprawling tomes I usually drift towards) I was very, very impressed by Forsaken. Consider me swayed to Team Short Story!
Eric’s first installment in what I’m hoping will be a long series is like a short, sharp shock, a lightning bolt of action, violence and bloodshed where the reader is thrust right into the middle of the goings-on. It’s graphic, visceral and overall extremely intense. I’m a sucker for brutally violent scenes and there’s plenty in Forsaken right from the off.
The world of this book is told more through glimpses and suggestion, and it very much reads episodically to me, almost like the pilot episode to a TV series in a lot of ways.
Eric has a knack for interweaving important plot dialogue around and between scenes of colourful, chaotic violence, and overall I found Forsaken extremely entertaining. I’ll be picking up the second book, Stormwitch, soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this series develops.