I'm a huge fan of fantasy/science fiction novels, but also very huge on Manga type stories. My aim is to write stories with strong Manga elements, be they fantasy or otherwise.
My favourite authors include Douglas Adams, J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Joss Whedon, Harlan Elison, H.P Lovecraft, Alan Moore and Hiromu Arakawa. I don't have a favourite book as such, but anything by the above authors is a good read in my eyes.
Currently I have one book out called Trapped on Draconica. But I am hoping to have more in the near future.
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Prequel to Trapped on Draconica and All Hail Emperor Gothon
Legacy of the Dragonkin
Sequel to Trapped on Draconica, set ten years late. A Young Adult Fantasy novel following the adventures of Benji Dragonkin, son of Daniar Dragonkin, the heroine of the first book.
The Birth of Zephyr
A Draconican Poem. Is set in the same world as Trapped on Draconica, but is a separate story in its own right.
All Hail Emperor Gothon
"The road to the Necroworld was built from stones forged on human kindness." Old Draconican Proverb.
The Wandering Valkyr
Set in the world of Draconica, The Wandering Valkyr is a story about love, loss, redemption and the eternal bond of family as a brother and sister fight for the planet.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dan Wright
- A Shadow Passed Over the Son
on Nov. 23, 2011
What starts off as an innocent enough scene where Parker innocently decides to skip school on his birthday ends up as a life changing experience as a bomb attack leaves him buried alive and many people dead – his mother included. Three years later, Parker is learning trying to recover from his loss and the country seems to have fallen into hard times, the threat of war ever present. Whilst the country appears to be in control and recovering from what is known as The Attack, the city has imposed seemingly totalitarian authority as a way of maintaining the order – even going so far as to shoot someone for stealing.
The book has a lot of parallels with 9/11 and the fear that resulted after that, forcing most of the world to impose much stronger rules for the purpose of “security”. And this is the feeling we get with the world this story is set in – war has devastated them and they’ve had to create harsher laws in order to impose the social status. I do like the fact that the full details of the way are not revealed straight away and therefore we don’t find the whole story straight away. There isn’t a long winded prologue to explain the reason of the war like many sci-fi stories and this allows us to slowly put the pieces together.
The main focus of the story is Parker, a young boy whose life has been turned around by The Attacks. The story is told practically from his view and we really see how disillusioned he is with the world. His only solace comes from his friends and also playing battle armour simulators, popularised by the character Colby Max. Colby is an actor that is famous for a TV series whereby he plays a super pilot that is loved by all, endorsing all manner of products and merchandise and is pretty much a cultural icon – offering some manner of hope to the public.
At the heart of it, A Shadow Passed Over The Son is a story about friendship and the hardships of war. It’s a fairly chilling tale in places and one that really invokes emotion in the reader. There is a lot of symbolism within the story that really accentuates this perfectly.
My only major gripe would be the pacing of the story. It is a very slow moving story and it takes a while to get going. And when it does pick up, it ends abruptly, which I found rather jarring. I would have preferred it if it picked up pace a lot sooner. That being said, the ending did make me want to read more so in that sense it’s a good ending.
Overall, A Shadow Passed Over The Son is more than your usual “teen reads”. It has a lot of real human emotion to it and really shows how devastating the effects of war can be on society. It’s slow moving, but a good read that can be done in one sitting if you have an hour to use.
- An Eggcellent Proposal
on March 15, 2012
A very short but absolutely wonderful read. In just 6 pages, Mysti crams in both humour and romance in a story that just feels right - with a feel good ending. A great book by a great author! Highly recommended.
on Feb. 25, 2014
There are many taboo subjects that are likely to rile people up. War, governments, Justin Bieber and Jar Jar Binks to name a few. But the one thing GUARANTEED to start up a storm is religion. Even in this day and age, people hold religion very close to their hearts and some are willing to follow it to the letter – even using it to justify their evil actions.
Now myself, I am not religious (I’m agnostic if anything), but I do appreciate religion and see its positive message as much as its faults. Therefore, I was very interested in reading this book when it was sent for a request.
And a Child Will Lead Them is a novel that follows Julian and his friends as their band sets to fame – and Julian’s rise as a new messiah. If you thought the Beatles were controversial for their infamous “Bigger than Jesus” quote – you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Our main characters are 17 year old students that are part of the band Puerity and each chapter (which is listed as “The Gospel According to...”) is told from the POV of them. They are Tummy, an overweight, but loveable chap that has family issues – Michael, a technological genius that is also best friends with Julian – and Ginger, who is the only girl in the band, but often very outspoken and able to stand up to most of the boys. Through each chapter, we get to hear their thoughts as we see them go from a simple school band, to a worldwide sensation – partly down to Julian’s controversial statements about religion.
Interestingly, the only member of the band that we DON’T get a POV chapter of was Julian himself. So all we really know about Julian is what we hear from the other characters. This I think added a lot of mystery to Julian’s character – even though we did get ideas of his back-story (and learned he was a shy, somewhat autistic child), we never truly heard the story from his POV. This I think was a great move by the author, as it leaves the reader free to interpret Julian themselves. I also found it interesting how the new Pope (in an effort to make himself look “cool” to the younger audience) tries to manipulate Julian for their own needs – though that doesn’t go as planned!
Now Julian’s views about religion definitely raise a few eyebrows in both the story and no doubt the readers – but strangely enough, I actually agree with MOST of what he says! Like I said, I respect all religion – but I am strongly opposed to the way that a minority of human beings use it to justify their evils. What Julian tries to do is show the world that love and kindness are more important that worshipping a God. Much like Jesus tried to do, Julian wants to teach everyone to love his fellow man. Because at the end of the day, isn’t that more important? And whilst some may try to silence him, he is totally indestructible and cannot be stopped. Julian is a modern day revolutionary – but winning wars through words, not violence.
But the other characters are just as interesting and great to read about. All of them have their own quirks and feelings which make them likeable (I never once found any of them annoying) and you see their transformation throughout the story. As the band’s fame increases, the pressure starts to get to the other kids and we see how the stress of being famous starts to ruin their personal lives. It’s especially heartbreaking when the band goes their separate ways and Julian seems to choose his fame and fortune over his friendship. At least – that’s how it appears. I won’t give anything away for spoilers, but does feel that way at first. I also found Tummy’s story especially tragic with his family problems.
But it’s not all doom and gloom – there are some hilarious moments in the book that made me chuckle. Whether it’s Julian’s witty put downs, a moment where he sings the wrong National Anthem at a football game – or an absolutely priceless moment where Julian completely owns Bill O’Reily, there is plenty of humour as there is pathos. And the fact that you get to see it from so many POV’s means that there is no shortage of funny moments in this book.
There isn’t so much what I didn’t like, but what some readers may not like. Like I said, religion is a terribly taboo subject and there are many out there that do not like them being challenged. And some of the stuff that And a Child Will Lead Them comes out with will most definitely wind up a few. I’m not saying that if you’re religious that you will hate this book (because I like to think that many people can be open minded about it), but if you’re sensitive about the subject, you might want to read this at your own risk.
Another thing that may put off some people is the relationship between a 17 year old and a 22 year old – which some may find uncomfortable. Now, the author did send me a sample chapter before I agreed to review this book, just so I could gauge the content (as you know I do make it clear to contact me if there are any strong sexual content, or anything that I may find offensive). But I gave him the benefit of the doubt and the content between these two is handled sensitively enough. It’s not a problem for me, but I should just warn you guys about that.
And a Child Will Lead Them is a novel that I think that both John Lennon and George Carlin would love to read. It’s a very bold statement against religion, but it never openly insults it either. It’s a story that teaches forgiveness and love for your fellow man – something we seem to have forgotten about. If you have an open mind and want to read something that will make you think, then I highly recommend this book. The strong characters, witty dialogue and moving pathos will keep you entertained throughout and leave you wanting more! The review is ended – go in peace and grab yourself a copy of this excellent book!