Born in England to a literary family, Dune's first experience with fantasy was with the elves and faeries at the bottom of the garden and a free imagination soon gave life to imaginary friends and other fantastical creatures. Dune's first experience with written fantasy was J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit', which still continues to inspire today. Dune started writing fantasy as a teenager, gaining experience, and learning what worked and what didn't for a well written story that people actually want to read. Through some good stories, and some pretty bad ones, Dune became the author that writes novels like 'Necromancer'. Dune currently lives with Cody, a border collie, and two horses in remote Wyoming where characters are given free rein to develop and grow and where adventures are naturally born.
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Promotional video for Dune Elliot's break-out epic fantasy novel 'Necromancer'.Malys: Demon Rising
Book 2 in The Dark Rising Series
MALYS: Demon Rising
by Dune Elliot
Price: $3.99 USD. 128960 words.
Published on November 13, 2011. Fiction.
Less than a year after Morgeth's destruction Ilyria is once more under siege. Outlying farms and solitary outposts are being attacked and victims are discarded in a catatonic state.
The elves are dying, the dragons are suffering from a terrible sickness and the only answers are within a book written in a long-dead language.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dune Elliot
on Feb. 19, 2010
While generally not my kind of genre (I like epic fantasy) I was recommended this book by a friend and decided to give it a go; how surprised I was when I was hooked after the first chapter.
Set in both Scotland and France, Linda Rae Blair displays a great deal of knowledge of the language, history, culture and geography of both places. The two main characters, Blair and Alexandre, both descending from the same ancient lineage are likable and complex and as I delved deeper into the book found myself really rooting for them. Elusive is a historical and modern romance (you'll have to read it to understand that concept) with a hint of mystery and a lot of intrigue and despite having a sense of how it would end, I found I was more interested in how the author would get me there.
The descriptions are vivid and give a good sense of the surroundings and locations without being overbearing and too arduous and long.
- Dune Elliot, author of 'Necromancer'
- Intersections ~ Love, Betrayal, Murder (The Chicago Trilogy)
on June 24, 2010
Linda Rae Blair has an innate talent for drawing you into her stories. She has a way of pulling you into the lives of each character and not letting you go. Intersections is a trilogy of stories where the lives of each main character intersect with the others at some point.
First we meet Katherine, a young girl who has the only life she knows ripped away from her and is plunged unwittingly into a corrupt world. She grows up without a true family, but as many people know, friends can be closer than family. We follow her from the time she is three until she is a young adult, and it is a rather exciting journey to follow.
Secondly we meet Claire; introduced briefly in the first story as a mentor for one of the characters, here we delve more deeply into her life. An extraordinarily strong and determined woman, she is an icon for all women who struggle to cope with the stresses and pain of life.
Lastly, we follow the story of the man Claire falls in love with.
My only qualm with the stories is the same as I have with any romance; it can makes a person feel lonely, and long for that amazing feeling of intense and forever fairytale love.
Mystery and suspense romance are generally not my first choice for reading material, but after enjoying Elusive, I decided to give Intersections a go. I have enjoyed this book as much as the first, and will continue to read Blair's contributions to the literary world.
- New Bridge to Lyndesfarne
on March 02, 2011
I liked the concept of this book and the approach to a magical world that is attached to our in a different way.
The characters were likeable and the main ones easy to keep distinuished, although the background ones tended to blend with each other especially in the back story.
It was easy to read, with the author making good use of descriptions. I don't know much about bridge construction, but it seems like the author has a foundation in civil engineering which did get a little technical and dry at certain times.
The only other issue I had with this book, and it may just be a personal preference and not a crtique, if the bouncing back and forth between past and present every other chapter. I would just get engaged in one story line then have to revert back to the previous one which got a little frustrating.
All in all I liked this book and plan on reading the prequel 'Bridge at War'. Definitely recommended if you like fantasy.
- Bridge at War
on March 03, 2011
With the same kind of interesting perspective, Bridge at War entertains the reader with the existence of two worlds living side by side with each other.
The prequel to New Bridge to Lyndesfarne is well written and an interesting read, although the same jumping from past to present and back again in the telling still kept me from really falling into the story line. Bridge at War does this with a little more subtlety and ease than the first book, and it certainly makes more sense when it happens. I also think that character development is better in this book than the last.
My biggest qualm with this book is the ease at which people from our world accept everything they're told without question or surprise when it comes to the magic world of Lyndesfarne. There seems to be no awe or wonder or questionning...not even a joke about the main character's name 'Bram Stoker'. This left me a little disappointed as I think my first reaction to anything magical that was just revealed to me would be one of excitement and curiosity. It think this could be developed a little more.
Over-all, I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, however it wasn't quite as well edited. This doesn't really detract from the story and the mistakes are occasional and can be over-looked fairly easily.
I will be looking for more from this author
- The Thirteenth Unicorn
on March 08, 2011
The Thirteenth Unicorn is definitely written with a tween/ early teen age group in mind, which I already knew going in and so wasn't disappointed with the overall book. It does remind me a lot of the Narnia series; portal to another world, two boys and two girls, having to beat an evil witch etc, but it has enough differences (the inclusion of other fantasy elements) to keep it distinct.
I am an avid fantasy reader/ writer and look to read books that can keep the audience engaged. The author's style is easy to read and he keeps the story flowing at a fast clip; necessary for a good fantasy. I enjoyed reading it.
My only issues with the story is how fast the pivotal scenes seem to happen, without any fleshing out; battles are over in a paragraph, vital 'weapons' are retrieved without incident. It seems that these are events that could definitely benefit from a little more description. This is the only reason I felt let down.
Overall, the descriptions in the book are well thought out and give a pretty good image of the surroundings; if the author could add these kinds of decriptions to the main turning points (which are what makes a good story) in the book, it would be even better. I could see this book re-written for a more mature audience, where the author could delve into more detail about the history of Camelot, and the other worlds and races.
- Hard Press'd
on June 26, 2011
While murder mysteries are not generally my genre of choice, I enjoyed this installment of Preston Andrews, detective of the Virginia Beach PD; what guy wouldn't be jealous of him, and what girl wouldn't want him???
When it comes to murder-mysteries (and the few that I have read), I don't like long, drawn-out investigations. I like a fast pace and likeable characters with lots of intensity...who knew that you could get that in 192 pages...well worth the 99c. Happy reading :)
- Fantasy League
on Sep. 15, 2011
Great read, just shouldn't have read it at work!!!
- The Last Druid
on Dec. 28, 2011
As a lover of fantasy, be it historical or epic, I believe that this book fits in beautifully. It is well written, the characters are believable, and rich with detail - not all of them lovable, and those that might be, aren't always.
I loved the paths that the characters took, how they interacted with each other and the flow of the story. It was easy to read, without being simple. A great book and highly recommended.
- Anathema - Book 1 of the Trivallyn Saga
on April 17, 2012
From the beginning I was intrigued by this book - it started out exceptionally well with a great hook from the start and a good concept. However there were a few things that I found were disconcerting and tempered my enjoyment somewhat.
The author has done a good job keeping track of all the characters in the book (of which there are many) but with this many it forces a lack of detail and depth in many of them. The main characters have been well developed and have personalities and quirks all their own but many of the side-characters (with the exception of the pirates) all feel the same - which is a shame. There is so much jumping between the amount of characters that it was exceedingly hard to keep them all straight in my head - 5 rulers, their wives, their children, their wizards, their childrens' wizards etc. It was all too much.
The world building is good and the author has done well to bring different elements into each place, as well as creating a symbiotic relationship between all of the races she has occupying each land. The only thing I find hard in this regard is that I know all the races are distinctly different but there is no description about them so I can envision in my mind what sets each of them apart.
Lastly was how fast the characters seemed to accept their paths without question - it was like "this is your path"..."okay". There was none of the natural questioning of things that people naturally do - acceptance was too easy and I think should have been developed more, rather than 'having a feeling' and knowing that it was all the right thing to do.
The end of the book has left me curious and wondering - I have an interest in what happens.
Anyway, despite all that I did enjoy reading the book and would like to read more, but I personally wouldn't pay $5. If they were on sale for $3 I would add them to my library without hesitation.
- Rise of the Red Dragon
on April 19, 2013
I very much enjoyed this book. It was a nice twist on the Arthurian legend, with a little bit of Narnia thrown in for good measure.
The characters were well-rounded and believable, and the antagonist's puppet was decidedly pathetic and hateful in so much that you felt bad for him, but couldn't wait for him to die.