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I am often astonished by the sheer amount of ideas that go through my head. I've taken it upon myself to harness as many of these as I can, weave them into stories and publish them in one form or another, for fun and profit.
I spent over fifteen years dealing with poor health, including chronic fatigue syndrome (a symptom of other stuff, but annoying nonetheless) which gave me ample time for thinking, but slowed me down in the way of actual writing.
My first novel was actually done back in aught three, but it was a derivative work that I didn't really care for so I scrapped it and started writing a new story for Neverwinter Nights, that RPG video game thing you may or may not have heard of.
The story was so successful (filled with rich, creamy character development) that I lamented that only people playing the game would ever see it. In 2009, with my health improving, I resolved to novelize the stories I'd written, in addition to developing the world in which they exist as the basis for a new fantasy world.
I consider those stories to be merely the first iteration of the saga, for my novels have evolved far beyond the original scope, in terms of detail, plot and character building. Although some claim the first novel in the series does tend to remind people of the video game, they are all true fantasy novels in their own right, and once this first saga is complete, I will be leaving behind the legacy of NWN and pressing ahead with newer, original stories conceived in my beloved world of Feydwiir.
I also paint, and you can expect to see more cover art with each title, becoming more technically sophisticated each time.
John H. Carroll
on Dec. 21, 2013 :
Lots of adventure in this one. The adventures split into two and the author does an excellent job of making you want to know what's happening in one thread while he switches to another. As a result, you have to read quickly to get back to it! Then you want to get back to the other thread.
One of the author's strengths is in making the characters seem real. Aiden is a jack of all trades sort of character who the reader wants to succeed. Pacian is a definite anti-hero, but the reader wants him to do the dirty work and enjoys it when he does. The supporting characters all have distinct and enjoyable personalities.
Quests lead them in separate directions in an attempt to find an artifact to save the kingdom. The locations they travel to are easy to imagine without being over-described. Enemies and other characters they meet along the way are just as colorful and diverse as the primary characters.
Surprising events lead to an unexpected conclusion to this story and more questions to be answered in the next. The characters must find new resolve against despair and danger. It sets up the next one excellently.
As with the other books, the dialogue has humor scattered throughout, the battle scenes are vivid and intense. If you enjoy rousing, epic adventures, this is an excellent series for you.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 07, 2013 :
Amazing book. Eagerly awaiting the next book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Oct. 16, 2012 :
Truly an "edge of your seat" story. Nowland is an amazing storyteller, each book getting better and better. I mean, who doesn't love two epic dragon battles?
Nowland had a very clever way of making sure you knew when the two parties of adventurers were doing things at the same time, never once using the words "meanwhile" or "at that same tme".
If you hate epic battles, action, and characters you can truly know, then this is not the series for you. Otherwise, enjoy!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)