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I was born and brought up in Birmingham (UK). In my mid teens I suffered from exposure to Tolkien from which I’ve never fully recovered! After leaving school I did a variety of jobs until redundancy threatened, at which point I escaped to university to do the degree I’d always wanted to do and discovered Tolkien’s academic work as well. As a (very) mature student I first acquired a BA in Medieval Studies, then followed it with an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon History. Old English remains a facination and one day - when and if I ever get the time - I'd really love to learn Old Welsh. By this time anything and everything medieval had become a bit of an addiction, as proven by my ever expanding bookcases of reference works (which one day might take over the house) and visits to every castle and ruin I could find. All this, coupled with a life of avid reading of fantasy, spurred me into writing about a fictional world as a way of exploring the ideas about the bits of history which remain obscure, or how things might have turned out differently.
Apart from the completed fantasy quartet set in the Islands I am also writing a historical series based on the Robin Hood legend and set very firmly in the late twelfth/early thirteenth centuries. The aim with these coming books is to return the legend to its true setting, but to tell more would be to spoil the fun...!
I currently live in Worcester with one husband and several recued lurchers, one of whom shares my photo - which is nothing unusual in my life! I support Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue.
on Jan. 23, 2013 :
WOW, Book 3 of this series certainly doesn't disappoint!
In 'Summoning Spectres' the story moves on at a cracking pace, with revelations and action a plenty.
The full cast are back and what's really excellent is that it's clear that they have grown as a result of what has happened to them so far, such is the skill with which L. J. Hutton has drawn this wonderful mix of characters that as they complete some magnificent new feats in this installment they remain fully believable. I wept for Sithfrey and cheered out loud for Swein! Oh, and Ivain really is turning out rather nicely.
Also developed are the connections between the Treasures, the characters that will wield them and newly discovered Ancients who will support them, showing that this is obviously a carefully planned and crafted aspect of the multi-layered magic we have been so expertly and gradually introduced to in the books.
More of the Islands world is explored as some of the Islanders travel further afield as well as much deeper into enemy territory. The 'real' world created in this series continues to be a delight, and covers vast contrasts of scene. This is clearly a writer able to master the vast as well as the minute details in a created world.
The Abend have also developed and grown (even more deranged in some cases) and this adds extra peril and pressure for our heroes. This is one of many factors which ensure that this 3rd book is a brilliant read in it's own right, not just a place holder for the finale. We are left with a real sense of excitement and apprehension ... perfect!
Come on Book 4!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)