I've been a bookworm since I was five years old. The first book I ever read was about a boy going shopping with his mum. I picked it up from my brother's bedroom floor and suddenly those strange shapes on the page made sense. I could read! Hallelujah! I was soon working my way steadily through the school library and it wasn't long before I realised that stories about dragons, elves and great big talking lions were by far the most interesting. And that was it, my obsession with fantasy fiction was born. Hence, my blog about fantasy writing, both my own and others (with a healthy dose of humour and worldly observation thrown in.)
I wrote and published my first book when I was seven. This was a rip-roaring adventure tale called “The Golden Pheasant,” about, well, a golden pheasant. I wrote out three copies on bits of paper pulled from my school books, bound them in covers made from old cereal boxes, and gave them out to my teachers. And that’s it. I was a writer!
When I’m not writing I enjoy playing tennis (badly), playing the guitar (very badly) and watching cricket whenever I can. I’m also intent on cramming as much world travel as I can into one lifetime. Funny, but my list keeps getting longer. You can never see it all can you?
Favourite TV programme: Merlin
Favourite music: Green Day, 30 Seconds To Mars, Staind, REM, Tori Amos
Favourite authors: Tolkien, Stephen Donaldson, Steven Erikson, George RR. Martin, Robin Hobb, Angie Sage, Michelle Paver, JV Jones, Terry Pratchett
Favourite films: The Untouchables, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lord of The Rings, Con Air
Being cold, getting up in the morning, two-faced people, spiders, boiled carrots
on April 16, 2013 :
Falen is young woman that loves everything to do with science much to her father's dismay. Falen is a princess of Variss. Falen rescues a man from the river but never expected what happened next. The stranger named Nashir seems to be an honest fellow and genuinely interested in what Falen does. Falen's father King Beorl Godwinsson doesn't understand why Falen doesn't like to do womanly things like flower arranging and sewing. Things have been particularly difficult since Falen's mother Queen Anna's passing four years ago. Falen may look like her mother but certainly doesn't act like her. Falen hopes to be accepted to Ral Toran Engineering Academy based on her experiments. A significant change occurs within The King yet Falen is worried all the same. Who is Nashir really? What other changes are happening with the King? Will Falen be accepted? Your answers await you in Summer Storm.
A very enjoyable read that was fast paced. This book is what I call a page turner because you have to know what happens next. I also thought this is a great beginning to a series. I completely understood Falen's frustration at not being heard by her father. I found that it was refreshing to see how well the characters drove the story to it's fast paced ending. I will definitely look for more of this author's work.
(review of free book)
on March 19, 2013 :
I have been focusing on novellas and short novels this week and picked up this book as a free read from Smashwords.com. Overall I was very pleased with the find and the time I spent reading this novella.
The book starts out with Falen, the princess to the Kingdom of Variss in the mountains. She is out of the city without her father’s permission and is checking on her experiments that she hopes will get her into an Academy of Science.
While out on the mission she finds an old man floating in the river and rescues him from what would have surely been a cold wet death. Falen brings the man to her home in Varsiss and later finds out that he is a wandering monk that is spreading the word of the Lords of Light.
In time Falen’s father, the King, accepts the old man into his council and appoints him as the High Priest of the Lords of Light for the Kingdom of Varsiss.
Turmoil begins to surround Falen as her father begins to change. She blames the changes on the High Priest Nashir which causes more turmoil within the city.
The book is technically sound with few errors and flows seamlessly as you continue through this novella of 26,000 words. Elizabeth Baxter does well in progressing through the story and providing details so the reader can understand their surroundings and the people interacting with Falen.
This novella does well in giving you a basis of understanding prior to starting the Wrath of the Northmen series.
I give the book 4 out of 5 Stars and look forward to reading the Wrath of the Northmen series. The only downside is that there should be more details of the relationship building between Falen, the King, and Nashir. A few more details could be provided to enhance the turmoil and emotions between the three which would increase the overall enjoyment of the novella.
DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author (through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no money or other compensation was provided for this review.
Reviewed by: David at Indie Authors and Books
(review of free book)