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Joanne Hall lives in Bristol, England, with her partner. She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen, and gave up a sensible job in insurance to be a full time writer, to the despair of her mother. She dabbled in music journalism, and enjoys going to gigs and the cinema, and reading. Her first three novels, which made up the New Kingdom Trilogy, were published by Epress Online. Her short stories have been published in several anthologies, including “Dark Spires” and “Future Bristol”, as well as a number of magazines. A collection of short stories, “The Feline Queen” was by Wolfsinger Publications in April 2011. She is also the chair of Bristolcon, Avon’s leading Science Fiction convention. Her personal website can be found at www.hierath.co.uk, and she’s always happy to hear from readers.
on July 13, 2013 :
This book starts as a standard fantasy. A young man of unknown background is being brought up in a rural town. When a troop of King's soldiers comes through, he resolves to join them and make his way in the world.
However, the story takes on too many themes and doesn't do justice to most of them. I never lost myself in the story or fully identify with the main character, although I did sympathize with him. His unique memory is supposed to be a big deal, but most of the time I didn't even remember that it existed.
Good story but only medium execution.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)