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There's an argument among Fantasy writers, and readers too, as to whether the rule "Write what you know" applies. I'm firmly of the "Write what you know" school; in my humble opinion, there is as much to be "known" about Fantasy as there is any other genre. My stories feature a lot of sword-fighting, camping and horse-riding, all of which I do indeed know enough about to write on.
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ABOUT MY BOOKS:
Akurite Empire is a trilogy. While each book is a complete story in its own right, reading all three in sequence will be much more fun than reading one or two in random order.
Romancing The Sword is a quintet (quintology?) set five years prior to the events of Akurite Empire and covering much of the back story. It is a massive epic and intended to be read as such; the story-arcs overlap from one book to another.
Then there are the Sorcha stories... These are Fantasy Erotica, and as such feature much higher sexual content than my other books. They also cross over the plots of other books, presenting a different perspective on events as detailed in the main series.
The Lord Protector is a trilogy picking up directly after Akurite Empire.
Book one of any of these series is a good place to start.
Anonymous & Sifu are comedies, and though they feature the character of Sifu Dansac, both can be enjoyed individually. Sifu's Kung Fu Secrets, despite being written in the style of a demented Chinaman, contains real martial arts. Don't try this stuff, you'll hurt people. It's written in the style of a mad Chinaman so that no one will take it seriously.
I've been writing for about ten years; I have a large back-catalogue that will be presented here as I complete final editing of each book.
Find my latest interview online here: http://lawlesswonderland.weebly.com/
on Oct. 29, 2014 :
I must admit that though I am not a particular fan of fantasy books, I was instantly drawn into this story and kept reading it till I reached the last page. The Red Knight is a fast-paced story with lots of epic action. Besides the wonderful descriptions of characters and scenery, I was equally impressed by Samuel Z Jones remarkable ability to write using impeccable grammar and punctuation. As an English teacher, the correct use of language is something I always look for in a book and I was delighted to discover it in one of Mr. Jones' books.
I highly recommend it to all readers looking for an extremely good book and not just to fantasy fans.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 31, 2014 :
The Red Knight is a fantastic romp into a well-developed and clearly-visualized fantasy world. From the very beginning, the book is marked by strong, defined characters who are at once entertaining and easy to root for, and descriptions and turns-of-phrase which border on the poetic.
In addition to being marked with stunning descriptions of both characters and settings, an enviable array of vocabulary words, and almost perfect grammar throughout, many passages in this book are filled with fundamental truths and wisdoms that will resonate with any reader.
Recommended for all lovers of fantasy and epic fantasy (and well-written books). If you are seeking to submerge yourself into a brand new world, let it be this one.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Nov. 08, 2011 :
Samuel Jones has written a book that goes beyond any ordinary definition of Fantasy. The world he has created is more than equal to any of the masters of the genre, in fact, I would go so far as to say this is beyond most of them. And I would include Tolkein in that line-up.
The characters too are real, so real you would recognise them if you saw them in the street, though you would probably be well advised to steer clear lest their magical powers ensnare you!
Flawless writing, wonderfully free of grammatical errors and typos, and a flowing prose style that grabs you and carries you along makes this a book to buy and read more than once.
More please, Mr Jones.
Author of Blue Diamonds
A romantic thriller
(reviewed within a month of purchase)