W. H. Cann
I am an indie author of science fiction and fantasy novels, my current focus being on my Science Fiction series the Guardians, and have been writing for 13 years. I live in Pembrokeshire, Wales which has been my home for the last 16 years. I am married with two children, both have left home, my daughter married with a family of her own living in Pembrokeshire, my son living and working in Cardiff. I also have two beautiful grandchildren.
I have served with the Royal Air Force as a dual trade aircraft engineer after completing a 3 year apprenticeship, run my own business for several years until a back injury prevented me from continuing, and then entered the world of finance. I am currently employed as a Local Government Finance Officer.
I have been a passionate reader since early childhood, but was introduced to the fantasy genre at the age of 10 when my father gave me some Conan books and the Thongor of Lemuria series by Lin Carter. I did not actually start writing until my mid thirties, after injuring my back and was off work for a while. It was then that I first penned the drafts of the Science Fiction series The Guardians, followed by the fantasy series The Chronicles of Ferantiana.
My favourite activities other than writing are walking, reading, researching family history, watching classic British Sitcoms, good dramas and films, and listening to music.
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Dr.s William and Eloise Cairnby embark on an historical research visit to Bouchart abbey, hoping to uncover more of the truth behind its demise. Following a freak storm lasting two days, William ventures into the abbey and encounters Lady Arabella, who takes him somewhere he thought it was impossible to go. Can he survive the shock and fulfil Lady Arabella’s hopes for eternal rest?
The Guardians Book 4: Storm Conjurer
Entering into a treaty with the Olarans, who can block magic, and the Order of Elora, commanded by sorcerers from the Belocian Empire, Empress Hefrask resumes her conquest of the Ladorran Quadrant.
Grogaan’s enhanced abilities and self-control are put the test when one friend is abducted and another killed during a confrontation with the sorcerers from the Order of Elora and the Hebradon Empire.
Island of Heartache
Henry and Elizabeth were part of a team going on 2 month a business trip to New York and Australia. Henry’s marriage was troubled, and Elizabeth was single. Chemistry developed between them, both professional and personal, but Henry suppressed his desire for her because of his love for his wife. This was exacerbated when stranded on a remote island with 9 other survivors.
The Guardians Book 3: A Guardian Reborn
Grogaan survives his duel with Empress Hefrask, but his life hangs by a thread, and he has lost both memory and gift in magic. Ellarna hides him with a magical shield in a cave to prevent being discovered, and develops new abilities in magic while in hiding.
Can Grogaan recover physically and mentally, and regain his memory and magical power before the empire returns to continue its conquest?
The Guardians Book 2: Sorcerer's Duel
When Grogaan reunites with Ellarna in the neighbouring quadrant, they start training as Guardians.
On visiting another planet, he discovers a long forgotten underground installation that contains a sinister secret. This discovery, together with his powerful emotions, set off a chain reaction that has sinister, dire and tragic consequences, culminating in a spectacular duel between two sorcerers
The Guardians Book 1: Path to Vengeance
Following the killing of his fiancée Grogaan spearheads a campaign against the Krelathans to fulfil his vow of vengeance. An unexpected encounter with a Senator’s daughter leads to romance, which impacts positively on his emotional condition.
His unique piloting skills and dreams are attributed to his ancestry and gift of magic that ultimately lead to his outstanding performance as a pilot.
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- Gemini of Emreiana
on May 08, 2013
I have not read many YA novels, and decided to read this one as part of the book of the week feature being run by the Goodreads group I am a member of. I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel by Kristen DaRay, which kept my interest from start to end.
It is a light read for a fantasy, with good pace. The interaction between the characters, especially that of Carson and her aunt or her boyfriend, was well handled, but I feel it lacked the emotional punch that could have added that little extra. Despite this, the characters are well developed and likeable, and you do begin to sympathise with the situations they find themselves in.
The story, and the writing, improves as the book progresses and the author draws out the truth behind Carson’s heritage, what lies ahead of her, and what dangers she will face because of who she is. The book left me intrigued to learn where Carson’s journey will eventually take her.
The writing could benefit from a little polishing, but this does not detract from the quality or the enjoyment of the story. Overall, a great effort, and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA fantasy/science fiction stories set in the modern world.
on May 27, 2013
A thoroughly enjoyable read:
When I read the blurb about this book, I was intrigued and interested, although I usually shy away from novels of this nature, immortals and mortals, mainly because the few I have read usually lack depth and fail to deliver a convincing believable storyline. However, this one proved an exception.
The story is set around Rashali, a peasant Urdai widow, who, despite her reluctance to act, shows she is a strong and confident individual, whose presence and bearing has a great impact on all those who cross her path. Some of the strange names took some getting used to, but this was not an issue for me. The characters were solid and believable, and the situations they found themselves in was well delivered.
As I read, I could easily have believed this was set in a middle-eastern country thousands of years ago, and the writing was sufficiently descriptive enabling me to picture the world the story was set reasonably well, which is essential in Epic Fantasy novels. The story moved along at a good pace and kept my interest from start to finish, and there was a good balance of romance, feuding, and fighting. The interference of the gods in the mortal world was minimal but effective, and it was refreshing to see dissention amongst the gods, and the adverse effect on them because of it.
Overall, Urdaisunia was a well written novel, which I enjoyed, and would recommend to anyone who enjoys adult Fantasy.