Niall Teasdale

Biography

I'm a computer programmer who has been writing fantasy and sci-fi since I was fifteen. The Thaumatology series is, therefore, the culmination of 30 years work! Wow! Never thought of it like that.

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Books

Vengeance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,110. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Ceridwyn Brent is now the most powerful sorceress on the planet, undisputed ruler of the Demon Realm, and a favourite of the Summer Court, but that doesn’t mean her life is easy…
Ugly
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Series: Ultrahumans, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,210. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In a city full of beauty and ugliness, can one newly forged swan make a difference?
The Greatest Heights of Honour
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Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 5 · War, Honour, Shame, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,840. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Lorenti Federation has kept the peace between the three known sentient races of the galaxy for almost 530 years, but war is coming and Aneka Jansen and her friends are among the few who know it.
The Winter War
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Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 4 · War, Honour, Shame, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Aneka Jansen, Twentieth Century girl in the Thirty-First, has returned to the Earth which was her home, but nothing is the same as it was and she can’t stay. But things are not the same in Federation space either: it seems as though war is on the horizon.
Steel Heart
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Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 3 · The Steel Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,030. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.00 from 1 review)
Aneka Jansen, born on Old Earth, has come to think of New Earth as her home, but when a chance piece of information leads to the lost location of her old home world, how can she refuse to go back? Even though she has no idea what will have changed in a thousand years.
The Cold Steel Mind
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Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 2 · The Steel Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,460. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Aneka Jansen was born on 20th Century Earth, and then spent a thousand years in suspended animation aboard an alien science vessel, the Agroa Gar, adrift in deep space. Now, awake again in the far future, she is part of the team studying the wreck. But others are after its secrets too and a simple archaeological mission will soon turn into a trip into uncharted space.
Steel Beneath the Skin
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Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 1 · The Steel Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,520. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Aneka Jansen is a woman out of her time. Suspended in nano-stasis in deep space for over a thousand years, she is awoken to discover that the world is very different, but in some ways the same as the one she left. But a changed environment is not the largest thing she has to deal with; Aneka is a changed woman. There is steel beneath her skin.
For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,970. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ceri, Lily, and Michael are going to a wedding, but it is not a wedding they want to see happen. Twill is to be the bride in a marriage she ran away from a long time ago and the three friends are determined that it will not go ahead. A simple rescue soon turns into a fight to save their own lives, and seal the fate of the entire fae Otherworld.
The Other Side of Hell
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,010. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The world is safe, but Ceridwyn Brent’s world is in pieces. Her best friend and lover, Lily Carpenter, is dead. Even with all the power Ceri has, Hell may be too far to go to save the one she loves.
Dragonfall
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,450. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Ceri Brent is busy building the power station of the future; a thaumic generator converting magic into electricity to run a city. Everything is going well, but as the year moves on there are rumours that Earth is to be the theatre for a new war between demons and dragons. Ceri is part dragon and her lover, Lily, is half-demon…
Ancient
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,040. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ceri and Lily walk into one of the most dangerous parts of Europe in the name of science. But when they walk back out again, they are followed by something ancient, deadly, and out for blood.
Eagle's Shadow
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Ceri and Lily are moving in exalted circles, attending the Chinese Ambassador’s New Year ball and meeting the US President. When Ceri is accused of trying to assassinate that President, however, the find themselves in a maze of political intrigue far from home.
Tales from the Dubh Linn
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,160. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Six dark tales of urban fantasy set in the same universe as the Thaumatology series.
Hammer of Witches
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches, was a treatise on witches and how they should be tried and sentenced when found guilty. When Ceri and Michael discover a woman burned alive on Clapham Common it is just the latest in a line of murders, and not the last. Ceri and Lily must track down the killer, but when that man appears to have divine help it might be too much, even for them.
Disturbia
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,310. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
When bodies start piling up under mysterious, violent circumstances, it’s up to Ceri and Lily to discover who is doing the killing. As the link between the deaths becomes clear the couple have to delve into a world Lily thought she had left behind for good, digging through the ugly underbelly of London’s night life to find a killer bent on revenge at any cost.
Dragon's Blood
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,460. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 1 review)
Stonehenge, enigmatic ancient monument alone in the English countryside, hides a mystery even more ancient than the rocks themselves. As Ceri searches for the answers an old enemy returns with murder on his mind. Can Ceri and her friend Lily survive to uncover the secret of the Dragon’s Blood?
Tales from High Towers' Study
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Price: Free! Words: 14,980. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An anthology of short stories based in the Thaumatology universe. Magic, mystery, murder, and some intimate looks at the past history of familiar characters.
Legacy
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,270. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(3.75 from 4 reviews)
Men are dying a most pleasant death, drained by a succubus, but Ceri’s friend and lover, Lily, is the prime suspect. Who are the dark figures watching them and are they pulling the strings from the shadows? Has Lily’s Incubus father returned, and can Lily keep her demon-side in check if he has?
Demon's Moon
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,190. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
Ceridwyn Brent is out to do just one thing, write her PhD thesis on the metaphysical transformation process of were-creatures. But when her research leads her into one of London’s werewolf packs, she discovers an ancient threat to both wolf and human-kind is returning. Under the Demon’s Moon, Ragnarok will begin unless Ceri can find a way to stop it.
Thaumatology 101
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Series: Thaumatology, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,160. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Ceridwyn Brent is the brightest young thaumatology student seen in years. She is also a near shut-in with confidence issues and a terror of cars who lives with a half-succubus and a four-inch high fairy. Having landed a job as a research assistant to a Doctor trying to win the race to find the fundamental particle governing magic, Ceri is about to discover that academic rivalry can be murder.

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Smashwords book reviews by Niall Teasdale

  • Elemental Magic on Jan. 24, 2012

    I'd go more around 2.5 stars really, I find this one a little difficult to rate and I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, so to speak. I picked up the sample of this from Smashwords and was intrigued more or less despite myself, so I put it on my "too read" list as much because it seemed a little outside my normal reading as anything. Our heroine is Aileen Undina, one of an elite group of people with the power to control one of the four elements; in her case it's water. She is not a "kick-ass female" so if you prefer your female leads to be able to take on the world without breaking a sweat, don't go here. Aileen is insecure, something of a romantic, certainly a workaholic, and typically oblivious to the attentions of Colin, the hunky Coast Guard who we all know she'll be solidly in love with by the end of the book, even if she isn't. I guess Elemental Magic falls into the paranormal romance category, but there is enough "action" plot in there to keep one interested even if you find romance a bit boring. My problem with Aileen early on in the book was her tendency to get into trouble she could have avoided by not keeping secrets she had no real reason to keep. She's a scientist, an oceanographer, and dedicated to that, but her reasoning goes right out the window as soon as things get a little odd. It seemed like a plot device rather than realistic behaviour, especially since she hated keeping these secrets from people she had no reason to. Once she got over this things got a fair bit smoother. The McGuffin for the story did not seem to operate entirely logically either; that could be just me. The copy I read included a sample of the next of Ms Wallace's books, Dry Spell. I'll be looking out for it. With the introductions out of the way, I'd like to see a good plot married to interesting character development, and that's often easier in the later books in a series. The teaser certainly had an interesting punchline (even if, given the title, I can almost see the plot from here). All in all, not bad, certainly better than I might have imagined, but not quite as good as I feel was possible.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on April 26, 2012

    Sadly I was a little disappointed with this one. It gets marks for including a lot of points which are valid, and almost certainly appear in a number of books which you have to pay money for, and for being free. There are some very good points, though it would have been better if they were backed up by the graphs and charts Mark has now released from his presentation since the book gives broad ideas and the charts give more accurate figures. There was an element of "teacher, take thine own advice." After telling us to have a book carefully edited and proofread, I found glaring errors and a severe need for repeated points to be edited out. What I really didn't like, however, was the propaganda. It may be a very valid point that exclusivity is bad, but an entire section on why Amazon KDP is bad (because it requires exclusivity) is just a focussed attack. If you want to make the case that DRM is bad (and it may be) then put forward your quite cogent arguments for why it is (not that it really makes much practical difference), don't say things like "don't infect your file with DRM." Intelligent readers will recognise this for what it is, propaganda, and downgrade your other arguments. Some useful tips for the first time publisher. Some useful tips to help sell more books, particularly around pricing, for existing authors. Cut back on the repetition and self-advertising/propaganda. But thanks for the advice (and for Smashwords) Mark.