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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 March 26, 2014 :
‘Menaced By Magic’ starts what promises to be another brilliant fantasy series.
Fans of the amazing Islands Quartet (starting with Chasing Sorcery) will already be familiar with how LJ Hutton effectively combines the best features of other fantasy writers. In this first instalment the same high standards are on display; the political intrigue of GRR Martin; the creation of a world with its own history, language and philosophy of Tolkien's Middle Earth; the immediacy of pace and action of Brent Weeks; and the warmth, humour and depth of characters like those created by Robin Hobb and Terry Goodkind.
However, there is no need to have read any of LJ Hutton’s other books at all to fully enjoy ‘Menaced By Magic’.
The action takes place in a world in turmoil, from a chilling opening we are then thrown into the chaos taking place in the Duchy of Palma, where the line of succession is in dire straights and the commanders there are dealing with a missing heir, an assassin on the loose, a peace conference that is anything but and a mad leader - not to mention murderous winds, a drowned city and moving statues!
Into this mix comes Mark, and LJ Hutton cleverly handles how he balances using his knowledge and skills from our modern world in the new world of the Duchy. Mark is a real hero you can get behind and root for, plus he can handle a gryphon or two rather well too!
There are lots of exciting action sequences (with phenomenal strategic thinking), some hilariously funny as well as extremely touching moments; you’ll want to laugh, cry and cheer as Mark sets about trying to help his new friends and outwit the mysterious and seriously creepy enemies.
Roll on the next installment!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)