Robert Day was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. His family moved to the small town of Gloucester when he was 10. He was introduced to Fantasy books by a friend soon after, and from then on hardly a day seemed to go by when he was not lost in some fantasy land rather than doing homework or chores. Around age 15 he discovered Dungeons and Dragons thanks to his older brother Jamie, further fuelling his imagination.
It was during a time when he had seemed to have read most fantasy available to him that he thought "How hard can it be?"
The answer being, of course, "Very Hard!"
Twenty years later, after turning what was originally one enormous manuscript into 2 moderately huge ones, he brings you Demon Gates, book 1 of the Nexus Wars Saga. This, his debut Novel, is the beginning of what will eventually be a 5 - 7 book series.
Robert now resides on the Central Coast of NSW with his beautiful wife Kerri, 3 cats, and a border collie dog named Jasper.
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by Robert Day
Series: The Nexus Wars Saga, Book Two.
Approx. 166,090 words.
Published on February 2, 2011.
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Book 2 of the Nexus Wars Saga, by Robert Day.
Following on where Demon Gates finished, Ashar'an Rising follows Valdieron, descendant of Kay'taari Dragon-riders, as he continues his quest to restore the Disk of Akashel. Battling Ashar'an Assassins, Demons, and his own self-doubts, can he survive the growing danger of his quest, or will the loss of those dear to him come at too much of a cost?
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- Bakkian Chronicles, Book I - The Prophecy
on April 19, 2011
The Prophecy - Book 1 of the Bakkian Chronicles, tells the story of Steve and Sarah, husband and wife from Idaho, whose lives are turned upside down when they are transported through a magical gate to the world of Lentari. On this magical world, they find themselves empowered with the ability to use jhorun (magic), and after finding themselves before the King and Queen, discover they are prophecised protectors of Prince Mikal, sole heir to the throne. Not too much is spoken about the 'threat' to the Prince, which I would have liked to have been fleshed out a bit, but it does give indication of future conflict.
The outworlders soon have the idea of returning with the Prince to Idaho, out of harms way, but in order to do so they need to have a magical key created by a dwarven Smith. Thus begins their journey through dragon / griffin / bug infested lands to find the dwarven home. I won't give too much away, but the story is excellent as it follows the evolution of the couple's self-taught magical tutelage on their way to secure their magical Key. The author weaves together realism, humour and a healthy dose of adventure in what is a very entertaining read. The book can definitely be classified as a YA read, though anybody between the ages of 12 - 120 would find it enjoyable.
The only criticisms / observations / cons I found with this book are very minor. Another edit could tighten up the flow of the novel. Over-use of the word 'that' is evident throughout (although perhaps it was because I had just finished a very long editing of my own two novels, thus in my own editing mode). A couple of re-mixed paragraphs focusing on the mis-use or repetition of some words would iron out the kinks.
Another thing (more of a personal issue this one) was the cloying use of the word 'babe' between the couple. It seemed every second sentence contained the endearment (or something similar). Although the banter / relationship between the husband and wife was for the most part enjoyable, this just seemed to detract from the overall 'soul' of the book (for me). If I could give half-stars, I would have given this one 4.5, but I feel that with the tightening I mentioned above, it would raise this to a 5-star gem!
- From a Far Land: Jaben's Rift book 1
on April 29, 2011
Loved it! Excellently written, with very few blemishes. The only thing I thought could have improved it was a bit more fleshing out of the main character, Jason. Some of his actions seem a bit contrived, and maybe not how a (other worldly) teenage boy would act under such circumstances. There were a few typo's and formatting errors, but nothing another edit wouldn't patch up, and hopefully remove over-use of 'that'. I found the world immersive but possibly a little shallow and needing a bit more depth, while the magic system and premise of the book are what fantasy is all about! I will definitely be waiting for Book 2 to arrive to continue the entertainment.