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I was born and brought up in Birmingham (UK). In my mid teens I suffered from exposure to Tolkien from which I’ve never fully recovered! After leaving school I did a variety of jobs until redundancy threatened, at which point I escaped to university to do the degree I’d always wanted to do and discovered Tolkien’s academic work as well. As a (very) mature student I first acquired a BA in Medieval Studies, then followed it with an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon History. Old English remains a facination and one day - when and if I ever get the time - I'd really love to learn Old Welsh. By this time anything and everything medieval had become a bit of an addiction, as proven by my ever expanding bookcases of reference works (which one day might take over the house) and visits to every castle and ruin I could find. All this, coupled with a life of avid reading of fantasy, spurred me into writing about a fictional world as a way of exploring the ideas about the bits of history which remain obscure, or how things might have turned out differently.
Apart from the completed fantasy quartet set in the Islands I am also writing a historical series based on the Robin Hood legend and set very firmly in the late twelfth/early thirteenth centuries. The aim with these coming books is to return the legend to its true setting, but to tell more would be to spoil the fun...!
I currently live in Worcester with one husband and several recued lurchers, one of whom shares my photo - which is nothing unusual in my life! I support Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue.
on April 19, 2013 :
A good read
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 19, 2013 :
‘The Darkening Storm’ delivers on the promise of ‘Chasing Sorcery’ and then some!
The action is more exciting and with higher stakes; the
plots have thickened nicely and there are plans and counter
plans leading to excellent trickery and deception. As both
Islanders and their enemies the Abend begin to search for
the Treasures an intriguing, page turning and imaginative
Indiana Jones’ style treasure hunt ensues with fantastic and
Things don’t always go to plan for our heroes or indeed their enemies and this makes for a gripping read, with LJ Hutton’s plotting you really do have to expect the unexpected. A stunning range of situations, difficulties, geography and emotion is on display.
There is a wonderful moment with some thyme of all things that is innovative and introduces a new level of magic and
mythology into the series; one that fits seamlessly into
the world as we know it, involving many of the different
character threads and adding some fun as well as mystery.
All the diverse cast of Book 1 are back and they form some
interesting new groupings, which, combined with new
challenges ensures they continue to develop as characters;
especially Jacinto and Ivain. One of the most compelling
features of L.J. Hutton’s writing is the inclusion of the
viewpoint and plans of the enemy. This continues and is
expanded - we meet the exceedingly powerful, highly strung,
nymphomaniac, competitive and ambitious beings that are the four Abend witches.
Revelations come thick and fast throughout and have
implications relevant to characters across the Islands
effectively keeping the reader aware of the whole picture
as each chapter moves a group of characters forward. We
are given clues to how, as well as by whom, the amazing
treasures will be wielded in future battles and this is just one example of how L. J. Hutton assures the reader that this is a series well under control.
All too often the second instalment in a series can be a
disappointment – not so with ‘The Darkening Storm’.
This master storyteller has written a worthy sequel that will leave you both well satisfied at this the half-way point of the quartet … and, like me, eagerly awaiting Book 3.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)