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Cursed at birth with a wild imagination, Andrew Cooper spent his youth dreaming of worlds more exciting than Earth. He achieved his first paid fiction magazine publication at age 19 and attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 2010. His stories have appeared in Morpheus Tales, Fear and Trembling, Residential Aliens and the Writer's Digest top 100 magazine Mindflights, among others.
on July 11, 2011 :
I highly recommend this story for those who love fantasy and adventure for the escapism it provides.
A.J. Cooper presents the world of Varda with an ease of entry that is at once familiar and cozy yet interesting enough to keep you there wondering where he will take you next.
Nocturne himself is interesting as a main character and probably, because I’m not the most familiar with this particular genre of fantasy, the adventures of Nocturne remind me a bit of Conan the Barbarian, in
that he is a wandering character, traveling, fighting, escaping, and having adventures. The ending was well done, leaving you satisfied at where the journey of Nocturne leaves us, yet wanting more of the world.
And even though the main character is Nocturne, I feel the world of Varda is the real character in the story. From what I’ve gathered from A.J Cooper’s author page, this seems to be the case and I’m looking forward to more stories to come out of Varda in the future.
Now for the technical stuff: The PDF and HTML version of the story on Smashwords.com is well formatted, with a few typos here and there, but nothing too distracting to keep you out of the story. As for the Kindle and other reading devices, I don’t own one (yet!) so I can’t tell you how the formatting is on those devices.
Also, I would love to see a new cover for this, one that highlights Nocturne, but with more of the world in the background.
All in all, this was a great little gem for $0.99 and I recommend it if you like fantasy/adventure with a wandering, kick-ass vampire elf thrown in.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)