Article written by Devin Madson-
The fantasy of my reading youth all fell into the category we would now call ‘soft magic’. It had no rules and no structure beyond the occasional dusty tome or wizarding school. If someone had asked me to explain the magic systems of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings or The Belgariad by David Eddings, I couldn’t have done more than point to the places in the narrative where magic existed. I could see it, I knew it was there, I just couldn’t explain it. (more…)
I’m a smartass, I can’t help it. It’s a quality that bleeds into my writing and I love how my characters can say the things I’d love to say without consequence. Well, usually, they are attacked at the end of the conversations, but my characters have an ability to kick ass I wholly do not possess. However, how much snark is too much snark?
One of my all-time favorite creations and easily the first or second-best thing I ever wrote was I WAS A TEENAGE WEREDEER. The first volume of the Bright Falls Mysteries was the story of a young woman named Jane Doe, her very name telling you what kind of story we were in, who had to solve the murder of the local homecoming queen after her brother is made the prime suspect by the police. (more…)
The Magical Fallout
Almost every fantasy world you will read about has some kind of magical system, a list of rules the magic in that world is built on. Sometimes these rules are made plain. Others, they are purposely left vague or unexplained. In my world, I like to embed nuggets of explanation in one place and leave it for the reader to find the story where that part of the world is brought to light. I was asked to talk about my wizards and their magic system for You and I Books, and I jumped at the chance. (more…)
I apologise for being a bit geeky but as a book reviewer, I love finding out when my words make a book cover or an Amazon page. I’ve seen a few book posts recently on the Twittersphere and saw my quotes have made the cover of three awesome books and I’m pretty damn proud! I did a post a while ago about covers and Amazon pages I’d been on before so this is just a mini-update with the new additions. Also, one of these is a German version of a book where they translated my quote!! Here are three images below and I advise you all to check out these books, although you’ll have to be fluent in German to enjoy one of them. Note:- if you’re new to my blog then I’ll advise that I write for Fantasy Book Review so nobody gets confused. 🙂 (more…)
I’m planning to be more organised with my to-read list this year. In the past, I’ve often spent days undecided about what to read next and have wasted golden reading opportunities. The books that will follow include books I already own, sequels I am looking forward to that are released soon and the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off finalists. I might also read some Harry Potter books in between! There is no particular order to this and if I get an amazingly awesome looking book through the post box then I may add that somewhere in the middle. Anyway, the books I plan to read during the first half of this year are… (PS. I’ll plan to update this page as and when I’ve completed one of the books) (more…)
I have seen a few bloggers writing these sort of posts and thought I would reflect on what has been an amazing year for me reviewing books. I’ve been reviewing now for about 14 months and have obtained many Xbox-like book reviewer achievements.
A few highlights:
Receiving 317 likes for my Mark Lawrence – Red Sister review on Goodreads. (more…)