Charlotte E. English

Biography

Born and raised in England, Charlotte now lives in the Netherlands with her partner and two cats. She is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction and has been writing stories and scripts in the genre since her teenage years.

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Books

Ghostspeaker
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Series: The Malykant Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,970. Language: British English. Published: September 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Konrad Savast is Death’s most trusted servant, charged with finding and punishing the vilest of killers. When a wealthy young woman takes her own life, Konrad is sent to investigate. Was it suicide, or murder? Or... both? To discover the truth, Konrad must navigate the combined perils of society gossip, an unregistered Ghostspeaker and a host of unquiet spirits.
Miss Landon and Aubranael
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,370. Language: British English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Tilby, Lincolnshire, 1811. Miss Sophia Landon is the daughter of an impoverished clergyman. Her father’s health is failing fast, but who wants to marry a woman without birth, beauty or wealth? Her prospects are limited indeed - until her friendship with the town’s fae denizens earns her passage to the otherworldly realm of Aylfenhame. Could her fate truly lie beyond the shores of England?
Black Mercury
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,120. Language: British English. Published: March 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Caspar Goldstein crashes his autocarriage during a test race for the coveted Eisenstadt Cup, things seem bad enough. But then the discovery of a strange new superfuel puts him in the way of temptation, and he can't resist securing some of the mysterious black mercury for himself. So begins a dangerous adventure...
Myrrolen's Ghost Circus
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Series: The Malykant Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,280. Language: British English. Published: January 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Konrad Savast is Death’s most trusted servant, charged with finding and punishing the vilest of killers. When a corpse turns up in the middle of Myrrolena’s famed circus, Konrad must uncover the weird truth behind the mysterious travelling show—and without falling foul of its enigmatic Ringmistress, Myrrolena herself.
The Ivanov Diamond
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Series: The Malykant Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,530. Language: British English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Konrad Savast is Death’s most trusted servant, charged with finding and punishing the vilest of killers. When three people turn up dead, their immortal souls missing, Konrad’s got a strange case on his hands. And it’s clear that it’s got something to do with the theft of a great and valuable diamond from one of Ekamet’s wealthiest citizens…
Orlind
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Series: Draykon, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,110. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
War has broken out between the humans of the Seven Realms and the long-lost draykoni race, and Evastany Glostrum is convinced that the Lokants are still involved. As Llandry battles to save Waeverleyne, Eva must do everything in her power to uncover the real reasons behind the Lokants’ long-held interest in the Seven.
The Rostikov Legacy
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Series: The Malykant Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 25,940. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Konrad Savast is Death’s most trusted servant, charged with finding and punishing the vilest of killers. When he discovers the body of a wealthy society hostess lying in the cold, mist-shrouded reaches of the Bone Forest, the pressure is on to find her killer. Can he catch the killer without revealing himself as the Malykant?
Lokant
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Series: Draykon, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,050. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
The draykon race has returned to the Seven Realms, but all is not well between humans and draykoni. Soon a war is building between the two races, one that threatens Llandry's loved ones. Who are the enigmatic sorcerers who woke the draykon? With little to go on but a mysterious book, Lady Eva Glostrum embarks on a hunt for the woman known as Ana - and learns about her own heritage along the way.
Leximandra Reports, and other tales
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Price: Free! Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
In this four-story anthology, Mr Pitren Warvel makes a mess of his sorcery; a young reporter pursues Lady Evastany Glostrum for an interview; Rikbeek the gwaystrel encounters a spy; and the Sanfaer family develop a new approach to keeping poultry.
Draykon
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Series: Draykon, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 97,240. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.12 from 17 reviews)
Shy jeweller Llandry Sanfaer finds herself at the centre of a sensation when she discovers a new and mesmerising gemstone. When some of her customers are killed for their coveted istore jewellery, Llandry is propelled into danger herself. As her mother’s friend Eva Glostrum races to unmask the murderer, Llandry must uncover the true nature of the stone before she too becomes a victim.

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  • Big Dragons Don't Cry on March 25, 2011

    The title of this book is mildly misleading. I expected a very humorous book, and it does have humour; but it also has a more serious & occasionally tense storyline. The book is constructed around three interwoven narratives. One is the story of Druid, a depressed water dragon left alone in the swamps without the company of any other dragons. The second is the story of a group of cats, principally Tara, destined to save the world - even though she is only a pint-sized kitten. The third is the human angle, following a feeling young woman and her artistic lover through the difficulties of a rather deranged, emotion-suppressing society. The agenda of the story is clear: it makes some salient points about the destructiveness of human societies and the need to change our way of thinking. Some books could become leaden with such a heavy core message, and this one does come a little close to belabouring this point. However, it is written with a light, entertaining style and leavened with sufficient humour to avoid this. The characters are engaging and largely loveable, and I liked the resolution to the story. I'd have liked to hear more about the final fate of characters such as Phileas - is he allowed to marry and have a normal life now? - and Serazina & Berto. However, perhaps this is coming up in a sequel! This book also stands out from the crowd in the quality of the writing, editing and proofreading. I will recommend it to others & hope a sequel emerges fairly soon.
  • The Hawk And His Boy on April 09, 2011

    This book opens the 'Tormay Trilogy', and it's a great start. The quality of the writing is excellent - smooth, accessible, clear - and the book is very well edited, with few discernible errors. The story follows the adventures of a range of characters situated across the duchies of Tormay. Jute is a child-thief hired to steal a mysterious box; the completion of the job changes his life forever. Levoreth is niece to a duke, though her talent for conversing with animals suggests that she's more than she seems. Nio is a scholarly wizard, powerful, driven and ruthless. Ronan, aka 'the Knife', is at the top of the thieves' guild and justly feared. We also meet a small child who survives the inexplicable and brutal murder of the rest of her village, and the soldier-captain who takes her in. As the above might suggest, there are a lot of different plot-threads going on here. They are all interlinked, but they come very thick and fast; to begin with I struggled a little to keep up. However, the coherence of the story improves as the book goes on and the links between the characters become steadily clearer. By the end I felt caught up in the tale, and I'm looking forward to finding out how it progresses in the second book
  • Liberator's Ruin on Sep. 29, 2011

    It’s hard to know how how to classify this book. It’s been called steampunk, which it certainly isn’t. It’s full of gadgets, yes, but the level of technology is more twentieth century. There are cars, planes, radios, movies and telephones. It makes for a very interesting world; I don’t think I’ve ever read a work of fantasy fiction (including a form of magic) that featured essentially modern technology. A refreshing change. The story centres around the country of Illum, which has been conquered and absorbed into the Rhivellian Empire. A deposed princess is determined to take it back, but a High Inquisitor stands in her way. And around the edges of this is one airship captain and his crew, just trying to make a living. The characters are a high point in this story. One thing I liked best about the book is the lack of real heroes. Everyone has an agenda, everyone has their strengths and their moral weak points. My favourites were Airship Captain Nathaniel and his crew; there’s a hint of Firefly about this group that’s highly appealing. The ending also turns some expectations around, giving a resolution that’s something of a surprise. Like I said, there are no heroes. The book is sadly let down by very poor editing. I noticed typographical errors on nearly every page, and there are areas where the writing needs some tidying up. It says a lot, though, that I thoroughly enjoyed the book anyway. My rating would hover between four and four-and-a-half stars if not for the editing issues. As it is, I give three-and-a-half, rounded up to four.
  • The Man Who Crossed Worlds (Miles Franco #1) on Jan. 09, 2012

    These days it seems like the title of Urban Fantasy can be given out to anything that so much as involves a city somewhere. This book is Urban with a capital U; you can practically smell the stench of Bluegate, a city that’s fallen a long, long way from grace. There’s nothing remotely pretty about this story. Miles Franco is a Tunneler, which means he can do entertaining stuff with reality and pop off to another dimension anytime he feels like it. But that isn’t too rare a skill in Bluegate. What’s unusual about him is that, unlike almost everyone else in the city, he honestly means well. He could’ve taken a well-paid job with one of the many city gangs if he didn’t mind too much about incidental things like morality. But he does, so he doesn’t, and ends up living pretty rough in an apartment barely better than a shed. Being the only decent bloke also gets him into trouble. When a dangerous new drug seems set to hit city circulation, Miles is dragged into the mess that’s rapidly developing. Really, with the number of beatings Miles seems to attract it’s amazing he’s survived this long. All the more so given what a naive, easily manipulated chump he is. But he manages to be likeable in spite of being constantly duped. This is a well-written story, very noir with a clear and diverting narrative voice. Miles’s sense of humour is enjoyable, and one of the most likeable things about him is that his sense of the ridiculous never fails, even when he’s in deep trouble. He’s got a line ready for all circumstances. Perhaps it’s the only defence this shrimp can manage to muster, albeit a poor one. Shrimp he may be, by the way, but he certainly doesn’t lack courage. This story is full of twists and turns and Miles would do well to avoid trusting anyone too much. Most of the twists are well done, and kept me guessing until almost the end. The final one let me down a little when it turned out to be exactly what I was hoping wouldn’t happen. That aside, this was a really strong book and an entertaining read. I’m hoping Miles will grow a bit of a brain in time for the next book, though; maybe next time he won’t be duped by almost everyone.