D. Alexander Neill
D. Alexander Neill is the nom-de-plume of Donald A. Neill. A retired Army officer and strategic analyst, Don is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (D.E.C. 1986 and BA 1989), the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (MA 1991), and the University of Kent at Canterbury (Ph.D. 2006). He began writing fiction as a creative outlet in Grade 6, managing to overcome devastating reviews of his first novel, which he wrote in 2H pencil in seven taped-together college-ruled notebooks. He initially chose the fantasy genre because he was sucked into it at the age of 11 by the irresistible double sucker-punch of The Hobbit and Star Wars, never managed to escape, and eventually gave up trying. He intends to branch out into other fictional fields of endeavour, but will always return to Anuru, where – Allfather willing – there will always be at least one more story waiting to be told.
Don has been married for 20 years to a Valkyrie, and has two children, both of whom resemble her in temperament and, fortunately, looks.
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Silviu the Thief (The Hero's Knot, Book I)
"I will definitely read the next book!"
Raven has certain unique skills, and they've helped him to survive. Forced into the shadowy realm of spellcraft and ancient magic that lies just behind the facade of modernity, he must navigate the narrow road between warring factions of sorcerers, and learn to wield his talents to survive, and to shape his destiny, and that of the world around him.
Daughter of Dragons (Kaunovalta, Book III)
"Great series...wonderfully developed story and characters."
Lost in Dweorgaheim, Ally struggles to reach Underdarrow and the First Forge in order to keep her oath. In a duel to the death with an abomination from beyond the walls of the world, she understands at last the limitless scope of the power that lies within her, and that denying it could be as costly as allowing it to burn bright.
NATO, Kosovo and Crisis Management
This study examines how NATO’s post-Cold War transformation was tested by the Kosovo Crisis of 1998-99, and concludes that while consensus-based decision making remains the cornerstone of NATO’s political unity, it is also its Achilles’ heel because it impedes effective, efficient action in response to crises, and prevents NATO from modifying its fundamental internal decision making processes.
Dweorgaheim (Kaunovalta, Book II)
Secure in the company of her new companions, Ally is drawn into the majesty and mysteries of the ancient realm of the dwarves. Aided by her friends, Ally delves ever deeper into the ancient underground fastness of Dweorgaheim – and learns that regardless of whether they are buried deep in the earth, or deep in her own past, some secrets are best left undisturbed.
The Running Girl (Kaunovalta, Book I)
Ally of Eldisle bears twin burdens: a complicated heritage, and a penchant for finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Faced with false accusations of treason and murder, she flees to foreign lands, finding enemies all around, friends in unexpected places, and wonders undreamed-of, and must come to terms with the meaning of a bloodline lost in the depths of antiquity.
Kaunovalta: The Complete Trilogy
"Outstanding debut novel."
"Wonderfully developed story and characters."
Ally of Eldisle, falsely accused of treason and murder, flees to the Dwarf-realm and finds wonders undreamed-of. Struggling to return an ancient treasure to its rightful owners, she must come to terms both with a bloodline lost in the depths of antiquity, and the awful powers that are her birthright.
Tales of the Wyrm, Volume 1
Myths and legends, tales of valour and horror, songs and stories and doggerel verse - all this and more lies within, illuminating the world that is Anuru. This is a book of poetry and prose that is intended to serve as a companion volume to the various novels that make up "The Chronicles of Anuru". Edited by Gwen of Aeryn, a thieving barkeep with a caustic wit, and an eye for epic prose.
The Sea Dragon (Bjornssaga, Book 1)
"A truly wonderful book...a must read for fans of epic fantasy."
Bjorn Guthbrandr, a Hand of the Allfather, has been caught up in a quest spawned in the distant past. With his companion, the sea-dragon Salimankerias, he must travel to the frozen northlands, confront an ancient evil, and save his homeland, his companions, and the world itself from a fate wrought of ice and darkness.
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