An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 5

Part 5 so soon? Yeah man feeling slightly better and there are so many authors to introduce! I remember this all started as an idea for a pinned post in the group on Facebook and it somehow turned into a blog, not to mention the group grows bigger every month. I’m planning at least another 6 posts about the authors and after that it’s on to my fellow bloggers/reviewers and of course the team behind Grimdark Magazine.

 

Brian Barr has written short stories, comic books and novels. His writing is pretty unique considering he doesn’t steer clear of LGBTQ characters instead he embraces them. His short stories have been featured in anthologies and his most recent work The Head inspired by a dream he head came out just last month

A woman finds a head in her mother’s garden.

Things get weirder when the head talks to her…

The Head

http://www.brianbarrbooks.com/

 

Richard Writhen Originally from Rhode Island, Richard Writhen also lived in NYC for about ten years. He has been e-published on several notable sites such as the MightyThorJRS Blog, Techzwn.com, Grimdarkmagazine.com and Ragnarokpub.com and is the author of three novellas on Amazon KDP; A Kicked Cur, A Host of Ills and The Hiss Of The Blade. Richard also writes short form in the styles of Gothdark, Grimdark, GDSF and Psychological Horror, and will eventually be exploring the weird west.

Two petty mercenaries are falsely accused of switching sides in a feud between two rich and powerful magnates; an ex-miner on the run from a murder charge becomes a reaver and embroiled in a romance; an industrial lieutenant is recruited to help capture a serial killer and an entire city is in danger of being ensorcelled by an ancient monk.

The Hiss Of The Blade (The Celestial Ways Saga Book 1)

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Wade Garret author of Genesis is one of my favorite new authors on the block, he writes dark fantasy with a steam/dieselpunk twist. His first novel inspired by Dune and the Dark Tower is called Genesis (Kingdom Come Series) and was published in 2013

Jak Hartlen, 19, the son of William and Mary, will face many thresholds of flesh and mind on his road to reaping the Whirl Wind; seeds of grief and guilt only now coming to fruition.
If only they’d know what they were doing…
The Gan and their Areht who shape the world behind the scenes will hate him, because he’s a threat they’re not sure can be chained. The Pillars and their Faithful who spread the world’s leading religion will fear him, because his existence, once known, will challenge Ages of dogma and accepted history.
The Crimson King and its Servants who seek to return to power, destroying all that remains of The White, will hunt him, because even in death, they’re not sure he’ll ever bow to the Dark. They all Should. For as One of Five with the power to shake the world, they will hollow his heart and mind through countless sacrifice and vengeful selfishness.

 

Genesis (Kingdom Come Series, #1)

http://wjgarret.blogspot.com

 

Among the many authors of the Grimdark group there are also quite a few familiar faces like James A. Moore you know the guy from Bloodstained Oz and Buffy the Vampire Slayers novelization Chaos Bleeds. He’s been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for best novel for his book Serenity Falls. James has written so much in several genres his most recent novel is called The Last Sacrifice

Since time began, the Grakhul – immortal servants of the gods – have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When they choose the family of warrior Brogan McTyre, everything changes.

Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life to free his family from their terrible fate. But when you challenge the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his kin are hunted like criminals – but nothing will stand in his way.

The Last Sacrifice

http://www.jamesamoorebooks.com/

 

Last for today is Josiah Bancroft his writing is as beautiful as his art. He also writes poetry which has been featured in dozens of magazines luckily for us he also writes fantasy. His first novel is Senlin Ascends ( The Books of Babel ) and came out in 2013 it is part of a quadrilogy.

Senlin, a mild-mannered school teacher, is drawn to the Tower of Babel by the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The ancient and immense Tower seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving, Senlin loses his young wife, Marya, in the crowd.

Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through slums and theaters, prisons and ballrooms. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find Marya, Senlin will have to do more than survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

http://www.thebooksofbabel.com/

 

I’ll try to keep up this time around wouldn’t want y’all to get bored + you know we have to keep stacking up on our tbr piles. Something I didn’t mention before is that many of the authors featured also sell their books doodled through Facebook and their websites so feel free to poke them about it just don’t poke about release dates

https://www.facebook.com/groups/grimdarkfiction/

Here’s a picture of our Lord Dark Matheny in his younger years

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Fantasy, Sci-Fi and horror bloggers group

As the title says I’ll be making a special group for bloggers on Facebook so we can discuss,learn and help each other in our blogging life. I still need to come up with a name any suggestions are welcome.Want to join send me an email at femke870@hotmail.com or contact me through Facebook. The group will be up some time next week

 

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Jaded by Blogging

The Tattooed Book Geek

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I decided to take a break from both blogging and social media over this past weekend and yesterday, I doubt any of you even noticed but I wasn’t around with my usual humour and sarcasm. It took over a year of blogging but I had my first case of minor blogger burnout, guilt and feeling jaded and despondent. I found myself questioning why I was even bothering to blog.

I’m not entirely sure that it was all down to blogging as I wasn’t in the best place myself, the two poems that I posted on the Wednesday and Thursday (Empty Throne and Darkness Decides) attest to this and my unhappiness. Yes, for those unaware I’m not always a happy person and the dark poetry that I post isn’t simply ‘words’ but a cathartic measure to bleed emotion through the written word, it’s better out than festering within and…

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An introduction to the writers of the Grimdark group part 4

It’s been a while since I posted, reason being my poor health. Now I’ve gotten some snarky remarks about how I handle my blog and the way I write, I’d rather keep it as simple as possible and let the books do the talking. Besides we all know people will go TLDR if lengthy posts are written. So without further ado here are 5 guys you must check out.

Disclaimer: No cats were killed during the writing of this post

 

Starting off with Ben Galley when he isn’t trying to give his dad a heart attack dressed up as a golem he writes books and helps other authors with self publishing. Having written the Emaneska trilogy his next book, Heart of Stone is out in just 10 days! Be sure to keep an eye on his Facebook page

Merciless. Murderer. Monster. He has been called many names in his time.

Built for war and nothing else, he has witnessed every shade of violence humans know, and he has wrought his own masterpieces with their colours. He cared once, perhaps, but far too long ago. He is bound to his task, dead to the chaos he wreaks for his masters.

Now, he has a new master to serve and a new war to endure. In the far reaches of the Realm, Hartlund tears itself in two over coin and crown. This time he will fight for a boy king and a general bent on victory.

Beneath it all he longs for change. For something to surprise him. For an end to this cycle of warfare.

Every fighter has a last fight. Even one made of stone.

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http://www.bengalley.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BenGalleyAuthor/

 

Next up Ulff Lehmann born in Germany but so stubborn he writes in English because well German only sounds good when it’s Rammstein. His first book Shattered Dreams was released in june 2016. Think of Gemmel’s hero Druss the Legend, Ulff’s main character is called Drangar and is way cooler. Shattered Hopes the second installment will be out soon

For two years the mercenary Drangar Ralgon has kept his back to his dark past. Afraid to live, afraid to die, Drangar tries to ignore the abyss that lies behind him. Now, faced with a war he wants nothing to do with, he finally turns around and gazes back.

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Martin Owton is a scientific researcher for a major pharmaceutical company but also a very talented fantasy and science fiction writer. His book Exile part 1 in the Nandor tales came out last year book 2 Nandor came out recently
Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.

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https://martinowton.wordpress.com/

 

Dave De Burgh is a South-African is a jack of all trades, writing, editing, bookseller and even a paranormal investigator pretty awesome! Dave’s first novel Betrayal’s Shadow ( Mahaelian Chronicle ) came out in 2015

Betrayal casts long shadows – none know this better than Brice Serholm.
As a decorated general in the kingdom’s elite Blade Knights, Brice had to overcome the taint of treason and betrayal to attain his rank. When Brice and a force of Knights are sent on a mission to investigate claims of rebellion in one of Avidar’s provinces, their ship is magically attacked, and the resulting investigation tests every oath Brice swore before his king.
Meanwhile, an inhuman infant escapes the capital’s Slave-Hold, the king’s mistress comes into possession of a unique dagger, and Del’Ahrid, the king’s most trusted First Advisor, begins to question everything he built his honour and life upon.
Events are in motion that will test every man, woman and child – and a conflict is coming that will shake the kingdom to its very foundations.

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http://davedeburgh.com/

https://www.facebook.com/davedeburghwriter/

 

 

Next up is Scott Oden! Scott is probably best know for his historical novels set in ancient Greece and Egypt. His next novel A Gathering of Ravens got me well excited! The main character is an orc! A Gathering of Ravens will be released on june 20th of 2017

To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind–the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that’s changed. A new faith has arisen. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.

Taking a young Christian hostage to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits.

But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning–the Old Ways versus the New–and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done or stand against him and see it slip away?

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On the Grim and the Dark in Video Gaming by Richard Writhen

The past twenty years or so have seen the increased fusion of horror and dark material with electronic gaming, it having been pretty much the artistic forte of literature and movies up to that point; notwithstanding that moment in a Super Mario title when a koopa showed up. For example, I picked up the first Resident Evil (1996) for PS1 the week it came out, based pretty much on the cover and font and other considerations; I had never played its DOS spiritual predecessor Alone In The Dark (1992). Unlike MK3 (1995), which I had purchased the console to play, or something like Super Mario 64, which had prompted me to buy the Nintendo 64, I didn’t have an opportunity to play it before purchasing, but I was drawn to it on instinct. Imagine my surprise when I found the game to be not only highly cinematic, in a manner that video games hadn’t been up to that point, put surprisingly deep as more and more areas of the mansion that it takes place in were revealed. About the time I was playing that at home, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995) hit the arcades, during what was pretty much the last hurrah for such establishments. More characters, more backgrounds, including a sort of Shao Kahn version of Hell, made it night-and-day more exciting than the original version of the game. This was followed a couple of years later by the first 3D MK game Mortal Kombat 4 (1997), which even has a delightful fatality involving ripping off your opponent’s leg at the hip and then beating them to death with it; I was quite impressed with that one. The console-only Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance (2002), which I played on Gamecube, was even better, involving a collusion of the franchise’s two greatest villains against the rest of the characters, with a sick story mode and a brand new demon character named Drahmin which was my new favorite. And the most recent iteration of Mortal Kombat now has Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface, some of the best-known horror movie villains, as playable characters; if that isn’t a testament to the franchise’s darkness, then I just don’t know what is. But the best game that I played on Gamecube, and probably my favorite of all time, was Eternal Darkness (2002), which virtually dripped Lovecraftian themes and used Mythos Fiction tropes to create a huge tapestry of a plot featuring humans being used as puppets by a pantheon of gods to fight their petty battles on earth.

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Later, along came Resident Evil 4 (2005), and everyone was expecting pretty much the standard formula; so when I began to hear rumors of how awesome the game was, I was unconvinced at first. Yet, I bought a second GC to play it anyway, and found it to be so different from the others, so deeply immersive with its more authentic weapons and roving third person viewpoint. Add to that the grueling Mercenaries minigame, which was literally worth the cost of the game by itself in terms of replay value, and you had one of the grimmest games out there; decapitations by chainsaw, impalements on razor-sharp sword claws, it treated the player to hundreds of gruesome ways to die. It also made you responsible for rescuing the US president’s annoying teenage daughter from her doomsday virus cult kidnappers; if she was subsequently killed by any of a plethora of enemies, your game would be over too, and protagonist Leon S. Kennedy would sink to his knees, muttering, “OH … NO …” and doing a facepalm before collapsing in utter despair. Eventually, I purchased an Xbox, but as I was unimpressed with Halo, I wound up trading it and sought out something with a little more dark flavor to it. Rockstar Games’ Manhunt (2004) was the first game for that system that really spoke to me; a third person, weapon based game with quick fatalities induced when the player came up behind an enemy through the use of stealth, though there were also some firing weapons such as a shotgun for the head-on fighting.

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Looking for that same fix, I later picked up The Suffering (2004), which had a Session 9 -esque vibe but rather than take place in an abandoned lunatic asylum, it took place in an old prison that was haunted by the twisted ghosts of former inmates. While an excellent premise, the execution was a bit buggy and I later moved on to the remake of Ninja Gaiden (2004), which had originally been an 8-Bit NES game, legendary for its unforgiving difficulty level. The X-Box game was no different, as I was smacked down again and again and had to learn elaborate combos and fight god-like bosses to make progress in the game. Tecmo later released an even more heartless remix, Ninja Gaiden: Black (2005); it was far superior, adding a master ninja mode, a staff-based weapon called the Lunar and more side trials which players could post online. The X-Box 360 also had a few notably dark games on it, probably the best of which were Resident Evil 5 (2009), Ninja Gaiden 2 (2008), Dead Rising (2006), Bioshock (2007), Bioshock 2 (2010), Gears of War (2006), Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005), and Dead Space (2008). These games extrapolated on both first and third person viewpoints, storefront functionality, player upgrades and interactive environments to provide even more immersive electronic gaming than ever before. Add to that the X-Box 360’s immense graphical power and players were soon lost for months at a time in the dark worlds of their choice. I have yet to purchase a console this generation, but I often find myself in my local department store looking enviously at them and the many new day one editions, special editions and the like which are now available for them, often at a discounted price once the initial demand dies down for that particular title. One day, I hope to get back to it …

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Magic, Pick a Book, Any Book

Might Be Mad

Fantasy and magic are pretty much synonyms of one another. Whenever someone who hasn’t touched a fantasy novel ever says, “Oh you’re into fantasy are you? What with all the magic and fairies?” Usually said with a smirk. But Magic is perhaps one of the most integral parts of fantasy, what sets it apart from other genres. Where physics can go away and sit in the corner and logic can jump out of the window. This won’t be me talking about how I wistfully wish that I could hold the destructive powers I need for world domination. But my opinions on magic in fantasy. What makes some magic more interesting than other or more believable.

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Guest post by author Ulff Lehmann

I am not a number, I am a free… character
by Ulff Lehmann

or something like it. To be honest, it sounded wittier in my mind. The point the heading is supposed to make will become clear, I hope. Since I am writing this more stream of consciousness than I have everything figured out-lined I may hit some speed bumps, but as long as I get to a point I believe it’s cool.

Anyone with a bit of writing experience will surely have come across this particular issue: a friend asks you to review something and within the first few lines you stumble across a problem. A character is at a bar or some other place people usually only visit when they want to or already have performed a certain activity. The character’s mood is gloomy.

My first question is based upon a specific line of thought: why is the character at the bar? If they’ve been nursing a drink for a while, the author should have mentioned it. Were they supposed to meet someone? Has the person they were to meet already left? That sort of stuff, the proverbial egg or chicken question. To the newcomer writer this may not seem like a matter of importance, and maybe I am putting more emphasis on this sort of stuff than is necessary. But I don’t care — I don’t think so… you pick one.

The thing is this: as writer we don’t necessarily record every second of a character’s life, unless you write a Ulysses type story. In fact there are large portions we leave out, and while many of them are irrelevant to the story, to the character they are not. And if they are relevant to the character they are relevant to the writer. The newbie writers may now ask “If it’s not relevant for the story, why should I bother with it?” and that is a perfectly relevant question. Although I hope many of us have stumbled across the answer long ago, not necessarily in novels but in other forms, like audio dramas and movies.

Imagine you are following a group of people, they are talking about altering human behavior from birth on. The group enters a building, you follow, but you are too slow to catch them in the elevator. That door closes before you and you are forced to run upstairs to hear more of their nefarious plan.

Of course such a scenario is impossible in real life, but that is beside the point. The point is that the conversation will continue without you. It’s not the case of a tree crashing in the woods without anybody hearing it, yes it will make a sound, same as the occupants of the elevator will keep on talking. They won’t stop for your benefit.

Same goes for characters in novels. Since we writers don’t necessarily capture all of their actions on proverbial paper, it is only natural that we “miss” certain things for no other reason than dramaturgic effect. The reader benefits from such cuts as it elevates tension, but as writer we must know what has happened before in order to avoid gaps in character or logic.

So, our character Paul (I always name my random characters Paul nowadays, it used to be Ed, Ted, or Tom) sits in a bar nursing a drink. The reader doesn’t care why, he’s just meeting the fellow, but we as creators of Paul (don’t you feel all-powerful now? mwhahaha) know there is more going on. Or should know. If he’s just there waiting for a pal, him nursing a drink is nothing more than getting a pre-party buzz. If his date never showed up, that drink is about as much consolation as he will get. Why is he at the bar? The reader doesn’t care, the writer should always care. It’s not as if the characters stop acting as soon as we close a chapter. The scenes we describe are not like theater scenes where the actors remain motionless until the light comes on… Problem is, a lot of newbie writers don’t understand that. If Paul is at the bar distraught over his date not showing his mood will be different to the pre-buzz party mood.

The problem is that many newbies don’t see it that way, they see only what’s on the page, or try to avoid thinking about this stuff because they have never thought about it other than theater scenes. The light goes on, the scene begins… the chapter opens the scene begins. Mood is relevant to any scene and every character, and while we as writers do not have to explain why Paul is miserable, we writers need to know because it allows us to mold his behavior accordingly.

Some might disagree, and that is their right. To them I just say that the more you know about your characters, the better you can predict their actions. Always ask yourself “Why is that character doing this stuff?” even a psychopath has his reasons, they probably are so far beyond us that the answer will probably always be “He’s a fucking psychopath” but at the very least he is consistent in that.

A reader might not care about why a character is at a bar, and the majority might never care, but as author we should always care. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” doesn’t set much of a stage, but aside from the obvious question “wtf is a hobbit” we are immediately handed the answer to our second question: it ain’t no mud hole but a hobbit hole and we get all the explanation as to what that hole is, and quite frankly, it sounds nice, I wouldn’t mind living there. And since it is a home, we do not need anymore explanation why the hobbit lives there.

Another example: Paul sits at his table, brooding. Why does he sit at his table? Is the first question out of my mouth, and until I get an answer that makes sense, I will keep asking. Because he does makes as little sense as because it’s comfortable. Why do people sit at a table when there is an armchair or a sofa around? Supper, work, hobby would be answers, although while I don’t care what he had for supper, his work and/or hobby might be relevant as to why he is brooding. Maybe he likes to build world war models; maybe he was assembling a tank and is reminded of the misery the world is in, fuck knows that’s enough to get me brooding. Maybe he works as an accountant and has taken home some work he was unable to finish at his firm. Maybe this particular account belongs to a gang of human traffickers, a fact that he has just found out and he does not know what to do with that bit of info, once more reason enough for him to brood. Maybe the reason he is brooding has nothing to do with why he’s sitting at the table; a situation anyone familiar with mental illness will disagree with. Sure we might wake up cranky, or in a fouler mood even, but we do need a trigger to begin brooding. If depression is triggered in bed, we’ll stay there. And if we make it to the table only to start brooding there, there best be a damn good reason as to why.

Cause and effect, even on a book’s pages a necessity. If the warrior drives a blunt sword through someone else’s eye, they have to have a reason for using a blunt weapon and killing that person. The situation is more dramatic than Paul at a table, brooding, sure, but it requires the same questions: why do they hold a blunt sword? Why do they kill that person? In this case we better get an explanation in the previous pages, but the same logic applies. Be it brooding or stabbing, we need a reason for both… unless the character is a psychopath, in which case all reason is kind of useless.

With Blood Upon the Sand

So this being my first official review ever it might come across as amateurish. Sure I’ve “reviewed” some books on other websites but never on the blog.

Beaulieu’s epic saga about Çeyda started with Twelve Kings in Sharakhai in september of 2015. I don’t remember how I found about this book but I do remember how long it to get it, it took 3,5 months which was a pretty long wait, but boy was it worth the wait!

In a time where we’re learned to hate everything middle-eastern Bradley’s writing reminds you of why you loved everything about it. It’s safe to say every one of us grew up with the rich Arabian nights tales often filled with mythical creatures and strong characters. As a small child I devoured books about myths and legends and I always wanted to be a strong warrior, sadly most warriors are men and it proved difficult to find a strong female warrior. Luckily over the years more and more strong women appeared in the many books I read but non of them are so intriguing as Çeyda

I’ll not go into too much detail as I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who haven’t read it.

In Twelve Kings we get to know Çeyda, she’s a pitfighter in Sharakhai the great city in the Shanghazi desert. Sharakhai is controlled by 12 ancient kings who came to power by betraying one of their own. We also learn some about the mythical creatures the Asirim and Erekh and a beautiful flower called the Achidara, this flower holds great power and Çeyda’s mom secretly harvested the petals on the holy night of Beth Zha’ir.

Bradley’s worldbuilding is superior and he really does take you into the dessert to fight along Çeyda. Normally I’m a sucker for maps and I can’t really imagine what the world looks like without one but the way he builds his world I didn’t need one. His characters are well-developed and there’s no excessive infodumping going on, to be honest I hope he will write more books set in this world I simply can’t get enough of it

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While the first book mainly focussed on Çeyda and her friends and family the second one also shows you the world from the kings points of view which is really refreshing, often all you read is about the good guys and small bits about the evil ones and how they came to be evil. We also get to read more of my favorite characters Ramahd and Meryam who come from a neighbouring kingdom and were captured by an evil force at the end of book 1. We also get to read more about Emre who has been Çeyda’s best friend ever since they were kids unfortunately he seems to be on a different from her, their choices put them in a difficult situation early on in the story. I have to say I was quite surprised when I learned of the secrets kept by some of the kings, there’s twists I never expected to happen.

Another thing i love about these books is that there are no damsels in distress every woman is strong yet vulnerable in their own way. Meryam for instance is a powerful blood sorceress however her grief makes her a very relatable person. The blade maidens are all admirable in their beliefs and strengths and i would love to be as strong and agile as they are.

The fight scenes are glorious in every wich way, the weapons described come to life and you can totally envision them. I’ve always had a very vivid imagination but the way Beaulieu describes the fights I didn’t need to imagine things.

 

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There’s so much more to say but I’d rather have you throw your money at him so he can keep on writing. I’ve almost read all of his books and I love all of them dearly. Sharakhai couldn’t have come at a better time last year was a real struggle for me and Beaulieu’s books helped me get through that in many ways. He gave me the honor of being a beta reader for With Blood Upon the Sand which meant i got to read it when it was unfinished in his eyes, for me it was perfect from the get go. another thing I love are the covers of his books, the US covers are absolutely stunning. I shall now show you some of the covers and to get you in the mood for this epic tale here’s some amazing belly dancing

With Blood Upon the Sand hits the shelves on february 7th but if you’re Canadian you can order it already

 

 

 

2016 David Gemmell Legend Awards – Public nominations open!

Go vote now!

Michael Everest

The David Gemmell Legend Awards celebrate the finest fantasy that traditional publishing has to offer. Established in memory of the late, great, big-daddy of heroic fantasy, David Gemmell, the awards showcase authors and their works from all across the globe, and across the sub genres of heroic fantasy, traditional, sword & sorcery, high and low – and most importantly, those in the spirit of Gemmell’s work.

The DGLA’s are broken down into the following categories, each named after one of Gemmell’s books:
• The Legend Award – Best Fantasy Novel.
• Morningstar Award – Best Debut.
• Ravenheart Award – Best Fantasy Cover Art.

Starting today, 13th January, and closing on the 31st January, any and all readers are welcome to nominate their fantasy book(s) of choice for an award. These nominations will be included with those put forward by the publishers themselves. The titles must be traditionally published by…

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