Self Published Spotlight

Today’s post is all about spreading the love for self published fantasy books. I have some fantastic books just waiting to be read and so I thought I’d share them with you. Take a look at these beauties:

Firstly, two books from author Phil Williams. I read Under Ordshaw as part of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off competition. Under Ordshaw is such a fresh take on urban fantasy. Here is a city that looks, on the face of it, like any other and yet below the streets is a warren of tunnels just crawling with supernatural creatures. The world building is just great but, without doubt, the characters steal the show.

Now, I confess that I’ve been a little tardy keeping up with the series but I can say that this is not a reflection of my enjoyment, more a simple fact that time is sometimes in short supply and I can be a little over enthusiastic (aka as book greedy) when it comes to the number of books that I think I can read during the course of any given month. But, in the next few weeks I’m hoping to continue with the second book in the Under Ordshaw series – Blue Angel and I’m also really excited to have an advanced copy of Phil’s latest book Kept From Cages.

Kept From Cages is the first part in a new story arc in the Ordshaw world (with all new characters), and is more of a fast-paced supernatural action-thriller. It follows a gang of criminal jazz musicians who stumble upon a red-eyed child tied to a chair. While they’re thrown into a madcap chase across the Deep South, an international agent investigating the massacre of an Arctic fishing village follows a trail into the heart of the Congo, with an erratic female assassin in tow. The parallel stories converge amid corporate conspiracy, mutant animals and a cult of sword-wielding murderers. Seriously – doesn’t this sound pretty amazing? I think so.

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Secondly a book that I promised myself I’d read much sooner (*headdesk*) but – well, you know what ‘they’ say about the best laid plans (a phrase that might have been coined with me in mind). Legends of the Exiles (Perilisc) by Jesse Teller. Legends of the Exiles is a book with four intertwining novellas – here’s a taster of the description over on Goodreads:

The isolated barbarians of Neather have deep ancestry and strict traditions. Four resilient women defy tribal customs as they fight to overcome their own tragedies. Abuse. Addiction. Assault. Grief. What struggles can they endure to defend their hopes and their hearts?

And here is the gorgeous cover:

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Yes, I’m hoping to pick this one up soon.

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My third choice is the second in a series known as the Woern Saga. A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A.M. Justice. I would point out that although this is the second in a series it can also be read without having read A Wizard’s Forge.

‘A gripping tale of wizardry, warfare, and moral dilemmas unspools in a breathtaking blend of fantasy and science fiction.

And, another stunning cover:

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So my next book is literally staring me in the face in the most guilt inducing fashion possible. This is an author that I really like. And I actually went out of my way to request a copy of this book – and yet I still haven’t read it. Sometimes I just can’t believe myself. *hangs head dejectedly*. I can only try and do better. Enough about my guilt. This book sounds like something I will just love. I’m expecting it to be dark and a bit brutal.

No one escapes the Pit.

At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to find new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out. Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.’

Also, just check out this absolutely drop dead gorgeous cover – no, I’m not fickle. Seriously I think Rob J Hayes has been blessed by the God of Great Covers.


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The final book I’m highlighting today is one that I’m very excited about. Again, yes, I’m late to pick this one up – but a very good author once said to me that author’s want book reviews all year round, not just on publication day – and I confess that that little eye opener does allow me to feel slightly less guilty than I might otherwise feel. This book is the final instalment in the Paternus Trilogy by Dyrk Ashton – War of Gods. And oh my giddy aunt but this book is receiving some of the most glowing reviews ever. If I don’t manage to carve out some time for this very soon I may literally explode, and nobody wants that. Check out the description and believe me when I say if you love fantasy, then you need this series in your life.

From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wielders of ancient and dangerous powers, warriors, and maybe even heroes. But the end of worlds is coming, and time is short.

Titans will clash. Gods will battle. Monsters will swarm.

Can Peter and the Deva possibly defeat their age-old enemy in the face of overwhelming odds against them? There’s only one way to find out.

And, dare I say it – another incredibly winning and dramatic cover:

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That’s all for me for the moment. Hopefully, I’ll be reviewing some of these in the very near future.

Can’t Wait Wednesday : Paternus: War of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #3) by Dyrk Ashton

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is :  Paternus: War of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #3) by Dyrk Ashton.  This is high on my list of anticipated books – due out in Fall so not too long to wait now and just check out this fantastic cover:

WarofGodsLET SLIP THE GODS OF WAR…

The highly anticipated final installment in the critically acclaimed, epic urban fantasy series, The Paternus Trilogy. Coming Fall 2019.

 

Paternus: Wrath of Gods (Paternus Trilogy #2) by Dyrk Ashton

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On the run from an ancient evil and his army of terrors straight out of myths from around the world, Fi and Zeke aid Peter in his globe-trotting quest to seek out the remaining Firstborn, uncover the enemy’s plans, and gather the Warriors of Old for what may become the final battle in the world’s oldest war. Along the way, Fi and Zeke discover that they, too, have strengths of their own–though they come at a cost neither may wish to bear.,

I read Paternus during the finalist round of SPFBO 16.  This was the finalist chosen by Fantasy Faction and it was a riot of a book – I gave it 8 out of 10 at the time.  Checking my review of Paternus I wrote the following – which I think still applies to Wrath of Gods:

‘this is a story of Gods, myths, demons, angels – call them what you will.  A story that encompasses billions of years and brings together multiple myths in a compelling and fascinating way, a story of good and evil.  This is also a story of war.  In a world of Gods and firstborn a thousand years is a mere bagatelle and here we have the story of a continuation of war that has spanned thousands of years but,  worry not, this particular story takes place over the period of one day – all that came before will eventually be revealed but for you, the reader, just sit down and enjoy the unbridled chaos that is Paternus’

Wrath of Gods is a difficult book to review purely because I don’t want to give away spoilers.  There are many revelations as the story moves forward and it would be easy to spoil the read for others so my review will probably meander around a little as it tries to avoid these so please bear with me.

I would mention that Wrath of Gods is not a book that you can pick up half cocked – you need to read Paternus first and if you haven’t done so then you may also want to be aware that this review might contain spoilers for No.1.

The story here begins right where book 2 left off and very helpfully the author has provided a recap at the start of the story.  Straight away we meet Fi and Zeke who are in a bit of a scrape.  Shit got real!  Now, I can’t really tell you too much other than to say that Fi and Zeke’s companions are on a mission to find all the firstborn.  This involves crazy escapades such as diving out of a plane without a parachute and going in search of the king of all snakes.  If you’re thinking that the action and pace sound next level then you’re right.  Book one was a crazy little number but book number two just ups the ante – and I mean that in an absolutely positive way.

When I read book one I think the only issue I had was that it was maybe too busy and had too many alternating chapters.  With Wrath of Gods I didn’t have any of those issues and in fact the book overall just feels more substantial and polished – which, to be clear, book one was really good – just, this is even better – imo.  There’s more backstory involved, we learn what’s really going on in terms of the nature of the threat and the gathering together of the firstborn and Fi and Zeke are both more fleshed out,  I particularly enjoyed discovering Zeke’s interesting family history – and Fi’s uncle – another really interesting character.

In terms of the writing, well third person perspective is not always my favourite style yet for this particular story it works like a charm.  Then there’s the inclusion of an impressive array of firstborn.  Wow.  That is all.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a story with such a glorious abundance of Gods from around the world and myths and legends being brought into play.  I can’t begin to comprehend the amount of research that must have gone into this to bring to life so many different beings and entities, it’s simply staggering, particularly as they all complement the story so well.  I just kept having moments where I felt like I was meeting old friends from other tales and it was amazing to read about them in this setting.

I think my only criticism for this book is that I read it too quickly – so really a criticism of me and not the book.  I practically sped to the end, jogged along by the furious pace and that’s something I regret.  Yes, of course I can pick it up again, but I know myself well enough to realise that in spite of any good intentions I may have about returning to books it very rarely happens.  Still, never say never.  Perhaps I could round up a few people who fancy a readalong of the first two books a little closer to the release of No.3 – nothing like a readalong with questions and answers to provoke thought and help you to understand things and pick up on nuances that you missed first time round.

Anyway, before this review gets completely away from me I’d like to sum up by saying Wrath of Gods was an impressive read.  I’d like to tell you not to race to the ending like I did but instead to savour this like a fine wine – but, it’s probably pointless and also given the way I couldn’t put this down probably a bit hypocritical to expect anyone else to show such restraint.  Perhaps a better piece of advice would be to tell you to pick this up when you have enough free time to do so – because you won’t want to stop.  It’s definitely a ‘just-one-more-chapter’ type of read.  Furious and fun, bittersweet and packed with twisted revelations.  I really wish I could tell you a little more about what has been created within these pages but I can’t – maybe, just a teaser – alternate universes, plagues of locusts.  Are you not intrigued? Also, keep a hanky handy – there may have been tears – although I will deny it, what happens on this blog, stays on this blog.

A series that I highly recommend – I can’t wait to see how it all concludes.  When is that third book due already!  No pressure.

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t Wait Wednesday : Wrath of Gods (Paternus #2) by Dyrk Ashton

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is: Wrath of Gods (Paternus #2) by Dyrk Ashton.  

Wrath of.jpgOn the run from an ancient evil and his army of terrors straight out of myths from around the world, our young protagonists, Fi and Zeke, aid the All-father in his globe-trotting quest to seek out the remaining Firstborn, uncover the enemy’s plans, and gather the Warriors of Old for what may become the final battle in the world’s oldest war. Along the way, Fi and Zeke discover that they, too, have strengths of their own–though they come at a cost neither may wish to bear.

Where are Tanuki and Asterion? What’s happened to Kabir and Cù Sìth? What new friends and enemies will they meet, and harrowing adventures must they endure? Who will be revealed as unlikely allies–or traitors? The answers are here, and coming this Summer!

Release date: July 10, 2018

Paternus by Dyrk Ashton #SPFBO

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paternus2Paternus is the second book I picked (at random) to read from the nine books that I will be reading for the final stage of the SPFBO.  Details of the competition and the other finalists can be found here.  Here are my reviews for Outpost and the Shadow Soul.

So, the short and pithy version of this review probably goes something along the lines of ‘what the fuck?’  Put bluntly, this is a read of epic proportions.  It’s like a fantasy library exploded and somebody gathered up all the scattered pages and wove them into a story.  Literally there is something of everything in here, I kid you not.

I’m not going to try to explain everything contained here, it’s not like I want to write a dissertation and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to read one.  So, this is a story of Gods, myths, demons, angels – call them what you will.  A story that encompasses billions of years and brings together multiple myths in a compelling and fascinating way, a story of good and evil.  This is also a story of war.  In a world of Gods and firstborn a thousand years is a mere bagatelle and here we have the story of a continuation of war that has spanned thousands of years but,  worry not, this particular story takes place over the period of one day – all that came before will eventually be revealed but for you, the reader, just sit down and enjoy the unbridled chaos that is Paternus.

The story is told in alternating chapters that take us between the different groups of protagonists, the main ones being Flowers and Figs, Order of the Bull and Mendip Hills.  There are others but those are the predominantly recurring headers.  Flowers and Figs brings to us the main characters that we follow, Fi, Zeke, her uncle and his dog, and Peter.  The other chapters I will leave you to discover.

Basically, as the story starts we are introduced to Fi.  Fi lives with her uncle.  She works at a local hospital for old folk and she has a crush on Zeke who also works/volunteers at the hospital.  Fi and Zeke actually go out on a date and to cut a long story short it doesn’t go terribly well.  The next day at the hospital, as the two of them prepare for a day of tippy toeing around each other in embarrassment things get a whole lot worse when a strange bunch of visitors come to visit Peter, the patient that Fi usually looks after.  From here on in, the phrase ‘having a bad hair day’ becomes something of an understatement.  War is about to break out and the fallout is anything but pretty.

Now, what did I enjoy about this book.  It’s an adventure packed riot of action, fast paced and definitely furious.  There is so much going on that there is never a dull moment and you find yourself really enjoying all the references to characters and myths that you have already read about or watched in films.  In fact I think that aspect of the story is really good – I think readers always find themselves enjoying a story that leads them onto a path of discovery where they can enjoy picking up references to things they already know and can relate to.  Yes, you might not know everything here, and I’m pretty certain I didn’t, but even so you can’t help but enjoy the aspects of the story you feel familiar with and also reading the twists that the author brings to those myths.  The amount of world building is really quite phenomenal and the characters are actually really likeable, so much so that I felt really concerned for them at certain points of the story (plus I have to give a little shout out to Mol the dog).  The amount of research that this must have involved is really impressive and to bring a story together with such a multitude of characters and threads is quite an achievement.

In terms of criticisms.  Well, the whole, ‘lots going on’, is something of a double edged sword – it’s really great, but, it takes a little time to get into.  I felt like I needed a good hundred pages before I really felt like I had a handle on all the characters.  Now maybe I’m just not as sharp as all the other knives in the box but with all the unusual names, strange descriptions and different places there is a lot to take on board and I was almost concerned about if I was really taking it all in and, more to the point, wondering how it all played into the story.  I think I would have preferred for the main storyline to be a bit more established first before the other chapters came on board.  To be fair though it is all relevant and surprisingly as each of the revelations occurred I had no difficulty at all remembering who, why, what, when and where everything fit.  Like I say, for a while there I wondered if I was going to really grasp the central thread but the author does manage to pull it all together.  If you take my advice, the Figs and Flowers is the main storyline, the others are chapters that will play a part but don’t let them hamper your enjoyment, their purposes will all be revealed as the story progresses.  My other criticism is just a small niggle concerning one particular fight sequence – and again this feeds into the whole action packed theme that’s going on here – this fight scene was so long that I felt like I needed a time out.  It just felt a bit much and became a little repetitive.

On the whole though, a very enjoyable, (certainly) fast paced and action packed read.  Never a dull moment with plenty of revelations that, whilst some of them you might have guessed along the way, I still think there are a few surprises tucked away here for everyone.

 

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