Clinton A. Seeber

Biography

I am a mystery. I am an enigma. Currently, I am like unto an evanescent wisp of vapor. What exactly am I? I have not yet become what I shall be. Only time will tell.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, "Edge of Dawn" is the final volume in the trilogy I have dubbed "The Slayer Series". Basically, it has always been the story of the noble Redwood Elf Trena Treelimb and the otherworldly bard Jacob "Slayer" Hope. Jacob has always been a very reluctant hero who doesn't really believe in himself as he finds himself unwittingly and unwillingly summoned to the land of Talmora and the world of Eradus to be a prophesied hero in the spirit of Lord Benderek Evilbane whose task it is to defeat Samhain Sharmat, the evil immortal who has been trying to free himself from the bonds that Lord Benderek placed him in for over two thousand years. Jacob doesn't believe in any of that "nonsense". He's not a hero. He's just a feeble and timid drug-addled musician. He is morally ambiguous and really doesn't know what he actually believes in. Trena Treelimb is there to guide him and lend him strength and to help him believe in himself and her own unreal, far out world. They become lovers - lovers that can never be together for life and can only be with each for a few brief periods over a span of several decades. Their relationship becomes more complicated and nuanced as the story progresses whilst they strive to finally utterly defeat Samhain Sharmat. "Edge of Dawn" is the culmination of the story of their often complex love relationship and their struggle against Samhain Sharmat.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mainly the fact that I like to do things my own way. I have to do things my own way.
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Series

The Slayer Series
Epic fantasy series involving a Redwood Elf named Trena Treelimb and an otherwordly human bard-hero, Jacob "Slayer" Hope as they strive to defeat the dark god Samhain Sharmat and preserve the fair land of Talmora.
Sharmat's Folly
Price: $2.99 USD.
The War of the Wold
Price: $3.99 USD.
Edge of Dawn
Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

Edge of Dawn
Series: The Slayer Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,950. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jacob Hope has cleaned himself up, is engaged to be married and has a child on the way. This will not stop the Lord of Nothingness and Prince of the Dead - Samhain Sharmat - who has recently broke his way free from the subterranean prison that had held him in bonds for over two millennia, from making one final attempt at conquering the fair land of Talmora and the whole world of Eradus for his own
The War of the Wold
Series: The Slayer Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 135,440. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Jacob "Slayer" Hope and Prince Ruel Hope Treelimb embark on a quest to destroy Pan-Tor, the Warlock King of Danzig and thus save Queen Trena Treelimb and the Redwood Elves from Overlord Zarah and the Werjs in the second book of The Slayer Series!
Seven Very Scary Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
“Seven Very Scary Stories” is a small compilation of all seven of my heretofore published short stories. They include “My Rachel”, “The Damnable Gift” and all five parts of my “Egyptos” series. I hope that you enjoy reading them.
Gravy the Wonderful Dog Picture Book
Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Friendship
(5.00 from 1 review)
A picture book of my best buddy ever! You will never be forgotten!
Sharmat's Folly
Series: The Slayer Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,540. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Amazing new epic fantasy by Clinton A. Seeber "Sharmat's Folly" is Book One of The Slayer Series! Inspired by great fantasy authors such as JRR Tolkien, Stephen R. Donaldson, Terry Brooks and others, but done in this author's own unique voice, style and world that could not be mistaken for any of those others. Join Redwood Elf Trena Treelimb and otherwordly bard-hero Slayer on this adventure!

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Smashwords book reviews by Clinton A. Seeber

  • Mirror Mirror on July 10, 2015

    Great short!
  • The Other of One: Book One on July 30, 2015

    Great epic fantasy based largely upon Irish tradition and folklore, but in a totally original way. Though I am not the greatest fan of the author's particular narrating style, I think this series has the potential and power to redefine European epic fantasy in many ways.
  • Razorback on July 31, 2015

    It's a fairly good, and definitely weird, story. However, it often reads like it is translated and not originally written in English. Also the wiggle, or "willy" stuff is a little silly and in slightly poor taste.
  • Fright on July 31, 2015

    This girl is pretty good, has got some talent.
  • The Unicorn of Serpent Lake on Aug. 25, 2015

    A splendid little short short fantasy tale with some beautiful descriptions and great use of adjectives with no glaring weaknesses.
  • Night Ride of the Sidhe on Sep. 08, 2015

    I like the alternate names the author has created for elves and humans. I like that the dark elves/Drows are vampiric. I also like that she brings sort of a heavy metal/rock music theme to her fantasy, which is something that I have done in my own fantasies.
  • Crimson Skyy on Sep. 16, 2015

    This fantasy novella is brief and fun to read. Young Skyy, when she is barely an adult, ends up embarking on a journey of self-discovery. She discovers what really happened to her parents who died when she was but a wee baby, who they really were and thus what she is and is destined to be. She finds out she is destined to be one of the dragon-bonded Crimson Warriors. She and her dragon, Kira, become good friends.This to me is reminiscent of the classic "The Elvenbane" by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey, only shorter. I must admit that this book is not without some flaws, but that is mostly in format and technical things. But, looking past that, there really is a good and entertaining story here that is beautiful and vivid in its descriptions with well developed and believable characters. I look forward to more from this young author, and I believe that she can do quite well for herself if she works toward perfecting a few things.
  • The Dragon Throne on Oct. 01, 2015

    This fantasy story is relatively light on action, but heavy on intrigue. And that's fine if you do it well, which Chrys Cymri HAS done. The Four Kingdoms are those of the unicorns, dragons and two of the humans bound to each of those creatures. When a noble unicorn on what turns out to be a journey of self-discovery crosses paths with a princess seeking to become Queen of the Dragon Throne, things may turn out differently than you would expect. Although this story has good length (90,000+ words), it flows like a breeze, and it is a cinch to read through. The climax is a real curveball that may have you striking out on your guesses as to what it would be. Admittedly, there are more typos and errors in the later chapters than in the earlier ones, but they are still not terribly frequent in their appearances. A fine tale, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series to see how this story turns out.
  • The Chronicles of Lilith Book 1 on Oct. 06, 2015

    Another outstanding short by Shana O'Quinn! She is a very good writer and artist. This is fast-paced, exciting and tinglingly violent. I look forward to the next part of this story.
  • The Wake Of Charles Manning on Oct. 06, 2015

    It's a pretty good short, and I think that the writer has a lot of potential.
  • The Reckoning on Jan. 26, 2016

    Not one of Billy Wells' better efforts. There is too much trying to be hip and mention real-life people and things by him. It also just isn't that suspenseful or gripping. I am sure that many of his other stories are better.
  • The Sword of Sighs on Feb. 09, 2016

    An entertaining read with some skillful wordsmithing, great descriptions and vivid characters. It involves a heroine from modern day America called to save an alternate realm. In that regard, it is much like the Thomas Covenant books by Stephen R. Donaldson. It is on the shorter end for a novel length work. This story is, however, somewhat flawed, or so I feel. I feel that way mostly about some of the flawed logic in the story arc. Also, it seems, at times, to try to send a social message that I find disturbing. And I feel that great fantasy fiction should be about entertainment and not a social message anyway. Nonetheless, I recommend reading this story and give it a solid 4 stars.
  • Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble on June 22, 2016

    A very good debut effort by a beautiful and brilliant young author. I thought going in "Okay, I'm intrigued by this author and what I see of the works she has released. I will give H.P. Mallory a chance." Little that I know that I would be instantly bewitched by her writing. She has a simplistic and very unique writing style that is simply brilliant. She puts her own fresh new spin on old creatures of folk lore in this first volume of this story about Jolie, the young American witch. I certainly hope to read the rest of this engaging story and would recommend it to anyone. I understand how she has become one of the most successful originally self-published authors in the world. H.P. Mallory is worthy of every ounce of her success.
  • Lady of The Sidhe on Sep. 08, 2016

    Just a pretty darn good fantasy tale is all I have to say. Read it for yourself and find out!
  • Crawlspace: A Story From Scary Stories: A Collection of Horror- Volume 4 on Nov. 15, 2016

    Another good Billy Wells short. The only thing that I usually don't like about these stories is the very end. But I hate to nitpick too much - this man can write a good horror short story.
  • Dreams of the Damned, Vol. 1 on Nov. 15, 2016

    Outstanding debut effort! Very distinct writer's voice. Free admission!
  • The Chronicles of Lilith Book 2 on Nov. 25, 2016

    Lilith is a terrible, um... "person" - but a lot of fun to read about!
  • The Mage and the Magpie (Magemother Book 1) on June 13, 2017

    Overall, this is an enjoyable, imaginative and fairly well-written story. However, it did take it awhile to really kick in for me, and was kind of hit and miss.
  • Rhiannon's Tale on June 16, 2017

    It's dark if you like that. Some of the wordsmithing and prose is quite good. Unfortunately, this book is just too bland, raunchy and degenerate for me to finish reading it.
  • The Queen of Mages on July 08, 2017

    An instant classic. It is very long, but that is of no import.
  • The Dark Sky Collection on Aug. 15, 2017

    Great characters, great action, engaging story. A few technical issues to work on. Really enjoyed and recommend.
  • The Pet Dragon on Sep. 11, 2017

    If you are familiar with "The Elvenbane" by Mercedes and Lackey, then you'll pretty much know the storyline for this book (yeah, it's that similar). All in all, this is not at all a bad book. It's easy to read and has interesting characters and situations. The thing here is that the puncuation and paragraph formatting is often pretty bad. While this isn't necessarily a "deal breaker", it can be a annoying. 3 stars is my final verdict.
  • It's Over Chronicles: Just One Fix on Sep. 18, 2017

    Pretty crazy little story! Possibly named after the Ministry song of the same name.
  • Magic of Thieves: Legends of Dimmingwood, Book 1 on Sep. 26, 2017

    It's kind of short, but it's okay. Kind of reminds me of the "Fable" video game on X-Box. I'm not disappointed - just not blown away. I already have book two and shall read it also.
  • Cursed on June 02, 2018

    A decent read written by a talented author that was a very young lady at the time that she wrote it. It has very few typos, which is always a plus. This story is magnificent in someways, but just falls very flat in other ways. It was a bit heavy on romance and people apologizing.
  • Draykon (An Epic Fantasy of Dragons) on July 08, 2018

    This author displays amazing talent, potential and originality as well as possessing a fairly impressive vocabulary. Unfortunately, I don't know if it is the writer's fault or my own that I couldn't keep people and places straight in my mind and everything got kind of tangled up in my mind and kind of hazy the further that things went. A good read nonetheless.
  • The Gift of the Unicorn and Other Stories on July 10, 2018

    Overall, a decent read. The first story was quite good, the next two not so much, and the last one was fairly good.
  • Taryn's Hunt: A Gryphon's Story on Dec. 31, 2018

    I enjoyed Chrys Cymri's "Dragon Throne" very much - but I struggled to get into this story and just couldn't read more than one-fifth of the way through it. I did not like this story at all.
  • Snowflake in the Tea on Jan. 01, 2019

    I really liked this little story and the cat in it. It made my day!
  • Darkness Awakens on Jan. 06, 2019

    This story is - for the most part - a very different and fascinating piece of fiction from an apparently deep mind. However - the editing and formatting leaves a lot to be desired. There were also mistakes like near the end when someone "sat prone". Excuse me? One cannot "sit prone" since prone means lying on your stomach. As much as I wanted to rate this book higher, it gets a mediocre three stars.
  • The Seventh Seal on Jan. 14, 2019

    I do like this story and its basic premises. I think this author has a lot of potential. I do like how he works character, events and places from the Christian Bible into a very uniquely written fantasy story all his own while throwing characters and places that are completely of his own imagings into the mix. The above being said - this book and its predecessor are nowhere near worth the lavish praise and five star reviews that they are receiving. The editing could have been much better. Also, this author is nowhere near being a master of the English language. He uses words that he obviously doesn't know what they mean. For example - he uses the word "prone" when it is obvious that "supine" would be the correct adjective. And there are other instances of this with other words. He often uses the wrong adverbs. He also seems to believe in a lot of crass egalitarian nonsense about life judging by some of his prose. Everything being said - although I do like this author's story in a way, bottom line is that it's pretty average work in the end.
  • Maw and Other Stories on Jan. 16, 2019

    This is okay. The first story was pretty good. The others are so short that they must be some sort of "flash fiction".
  • Hallowed Ground on Jan. 17, 2019

    I see some potential here, but this really isn't all that good. It's about average. This is a smart enough fellow with a big vocabulary - but he fails to capture the spirit and essence of those authors that he is obviously attempting to emulate.
  • Abyss Blinked on Jan. 18, 2019

    Well worth reading just for the LOLs and a look into a truly bizarre mind.
  • Healer's Apprentice on Feb. 22, 2019

    This is a decent effort and easy reading, however - stuff seems to happen too quickly without enough build-up, tension and intrique, and the bad king in the story is like a bad cartoon character because he is children's cartoon type of weird, zany being evil just for evil's sake kind of evil. If this book is targeted at kids or you're just into that type of thing - then this may be a book for you.
  • Queen's Folly on Feb. 26, 2019

    Well, this novella and its predecessor were both worth the time I took to read them, which is more than I can say for many stories and books. I would read more books in this series of novellas.
  • The Enemy in the Mirror on March 08, 2019

    I'm not a big sci-fi reader, really - but I'd have to say that I consider this sci-fi short to be slightly better than average.
  • Unhinged on March 08, 2019

    Just a short story, but I still only read a tiny bit of it. It wasn't any good.
  • Journey to Aviad on March 17, 2019

    OMG! This was so good, man! I think that I have finally found the female equivalent to Stephen R. Donaldson in Allison D. Reid. Now, don't get me wrong - this is written from a far different perspective and with a far different mindset than Mr. Donaldson's fantasies, but it is rather the writing style (minus the many obscure words that the former writer likes to employ) and the flawless and ineffable wordsmithing that brings Mr. Donaldson to mind when I read Ms. Reid. I will most certainly be reading the rest of this series!
  • Ancient Voices: Into the Depths on April 01, 2019

    If you read my review of the first volume of this wonderful story - I tell you that I think this second part is nearly as good as the first.
  • The Glittering Dark: and Other Stories of the Goblin World on April 04, 2019

    These are a different kind of goblin. Worth a read.
  • The Black Pearl on May 02, 2019

    This was a crazy, weird, dark fantasy story that I quite enjoyed. My only qualm is that I found this story to be a bit superfluous at times. A very good read nonetheless.
  • Red Queen on Aug. 05, 2019

    Where to start? I really struggled to read this story - but I did eventually finish it. So I could not have hated it. Problem is that I did not like it near as much as I wanted to. I had always thought that saying that you really wanted to like a book but just couldn't was just a platitude. Now I know better. For me - this was that book! The author has potential and imagination to be sure - but this whole thing seems amatuerishly done. Too many mistakes and typos, frequent usage of the wrong pronoun, formatting issues - you name it! While I did like the basic premise of this story, I thought some of the names for characters in this fantasy world setting were ridiculous ("Bianca" for example). There was an unhealthy mix of modern "our world" language and speech combined with rigid and archaic language and speech coming out of the mouths of the same characters. I didn't find the characters believable for the most part. And a big battle in Hell at the end of the story where the "good guys" suffer no casualties because they can simply bring all their slain back to life at the end? Seriously - what was even the point then? I guess the author does not believe in consequences and just wanted to give us some BS fairy tale ending. All of the above being said - I most likely will continue with this series as all the ebooks in the series are free thus far and I do still have just a tad of interest in this author's work. I may need a break to read something else before i do that, though. I struggled with it enough that it must have taken me 2 or 3 weeks to finish reading this book - and it is not even a very long book! It's on the shorter side for a novel.
  • Thrillers & Chillers on Aug. 18, 2019

    Overall, this is a quite entertaining and fairly well written collection of short horror stories.
  • Vampire Tales on Aug. 26, 2019

    A good collection of spooky, scary vampires stories by Billy Wells. An entertaining read that is a little silly sometimes.
  • The Music of the Mind on Aug. 29, 2019

    I really liked this book at first - but I made the tough decision not to finish reading it because of content that did not stand well with me.
  • White Mage on Sep. 11, 2019

    What I read of this story wasn't really bad - but I had to stop reading at about the halfway mark. It was obvious to me that this author's mindset just doesn't do it for me. I just can't carry on reading her writing.
  • Violet Moon on Oct. 20, 2019

    There is a major problem with this book - and it's not that the story and characters aren't any good. I would say that they're better than average. The problem is that it reads like this book was completely unedited and unproofread. The typos, mistakes, wrong words, wrong tenses and bad punctuation and such start early and usually rear their ugly head multiple times per page. The most egregious mistake of all is the word "defiantly" is ALWAYS used where the word "definitely" would actually be the correct word. REALLY!! How can anyone that fancies their self an author not know the difference between "defiantly" and "definitely"? If I hadn't paid 99 cents for this ebook - I may not have been able to finish reading it. Yet I valiantly fought through the pain and succeeded in my epic struggle to finish reading this story. In short, the utter lack of editing and proofcopying ruined what was actually a pretty good story. I hope the author sees this review and takes it to heart, because I think she is a lovely young author with some potential. My advice to her would be to hire a professional editor/proofreader, because you can't expect people to spend their money on your work more than once and continue reading your works when they are as rife with outright errors as this book is. You can't just run your story through a spellchecker program either. It won't catch wrong words, wrong tenses or when you use plural nouns where it should have been a singular noun and vice versa. It doesn't help with missing quotation marks and poorly placed commas and missing commas and such. You actually have to edit and proofread your work. And, if you are incapable of or unwilling to do so - then hiring a professional to do so for you is a MUST!
  • The Gate Guardian's Daughter (The Gate Trilogy - 0.5) on Oct. 22, 2019

    Just a short story that is an introduction/prequel to a series of books. It's okay.
  • Archer of the Lake on Nov. 05, 2019

    I rather enjoyed this story. It is more or less traditional type fantasy and is very easy reading. I found the characters to be believable and relatable. It certainly isn't perfect to me. There are definitely things that I would have worded differently were I this young woman's editor. Though she has a college degree in English, the way she employs some words leads me to wonder if she knows the proper definitions of those words - because some of them just seem to be misplaced. Nevertheless - I do recommend this story to readers. It is a pleasant read.
  • Call of Chaos on Nov. 07, 2019

    I have read this book before. It has decent characters and scenes - but it reads more like she wrote an AD&D module that she turned into a story than it does an actual novel.
  • The Demon of Scotland on Dec. 09, 2019

    Set in 12th century Scotland, "The Demon of Scotland" is a solid debut effort by JD Caravaggio. It is an oft engaging and gripping story. There are some slight imperfections grammatically, and there were parts of the story that I thought were a bit superfluous. Nevertheless, I highly enjoyed this tale which was superb for the most part.
  • Fighting Destiny on Feb. 06, 2020

    The reason that I read this story had nothing to do with what I regard as an unhealthy fixation on nymphophilia - I read it because I thought there might be a good story with interesting characters and rich settings in the words of this novel. In that regard - I was not disappointed. I actually found the fairly numerous sex scenes to be too long, detailed and boring. The rest of the story I lked, and I do not regret reading it.
  • Diversity is Madness on Feb. 29, 2020

    This is really a fine tale with many gods and creatures from both Norse and Greek mythology as well as many of the author's own original creations and a slew of interesting characters. My only real issue is that there were a number of typos and errors as well as some formatting issues. Otherwise - this may have been a 5 star read, but is still a solid 4.
  • Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, Book 1) on March 25, 2020

    Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May is a masterfully written tale full of moral ambiguity and moral crises set in a chilling and surreal post-apocalyptic Earth with characters that are so real and true-to-life-like that the reader feels as though they can practically reach out and touch them!
  • Men and Monsters (Nightfall, Book 2) on April 24, 2020

    See my review of the previous book in this series. The same applies to this novel also. It is great, but quite long. Elena May is a good enough author to keep it from ever getting boring, though. There is a lot of backstory told through character monologue/dialog by the story's main antagonist (or is Prince Vlad actually the main antagonist at all). This series of novels is set in a post-apocalypse, sort of dystopian version of our own world - and the author has done a fabulous job of mixing historical facts and myths with her very own fiction. Kudos to this classy young lady for her erudition and well-researched historical knowledge which is stunningly accurate for the most part.
  • Angels and Avalon on May 14, 2020

    This is a good fantasy story with interesting characters. It has some very good plot twists. However - it just seems unpolished or unrefined, or however you would want to put it. This book just does not quite meet professional standards. It sure could use another round of editing from a good editor. The typos, errors, omissions and grammatical inconsistencies are a bit too numerous to be tolerable at a professional level. The author, one Mrs. Catherine Milos, could also greatly benefit from employing a style coach of some sort. Something is just off about the flow of her wordsmithing. The words do not just flow off the page and easily into the reader's mind as they should. There were far too many instances of me re-reading a particular sentence or paragraph multiple times in an attempt to figure out what exactly the author was trying to get across to me. Nevertheless, this story was worth the time put into reading it.
  • The Ghoul Train on May 21, 2020

    This "fantasy" reads more like a "weird fiction" story. Unfortunately, the weirdest thing about it is how badly the author needs an external editor and an English coach.
  • Scarlotte Bloodbourne: A Short Story on May 23, 2020

    This is quite an engaging and interesting little story about a woman turned vampire. Scarlotte is an excellent character. It just could have used a little more proofreading and editing.
  • Demons and Destiny on June 01, 2020

    This book, much like its predecessor, was a decent read at first. Despite the many flaws, I kept reading until the part where former angel Raphael was revealed to be in a non-hetero relationship. I can no longer support or read this author's work based upon principle.
  • Demoniac Dance on June 18, 2020

    I read this book because - for some reason - I had this one, but not the first in this series. It is about a future Earth in which technology and other advances turned backwards after something called "The Turning". This premise gives the story plausibility problems - because no attempt is really ever made to explain how such an unbelievable thing occurred. There are humans and "goblins" as the major humanoid-like races in this story. The goblins (again for some unexplained reason) seem to be a much more diverse bunch than the humans. This story seems to take shots at major organized religion and to blame a lot of stuff on it. I don't have a problem with this in and of itself. However, the author also seems to be attempting to appropriate deep southern American culture. I can't be absolutely certain that this is the case - but if it is, she was off the mark (this I can say with confidence as a resident of Alabama). The goblins, whom seem to be superior to humans in almost every conceivable way, nonetheless, seem to have an affinity for miscegenation with humans. Again, there is no plausible or believable explanation given as to why the goblins like to dilute their bloodline by copulating with humans. One character in the story says that "breeding is a part of nature", or something to that effect at some point in the story. While this is true - is miscegenation a part of nature? Or is it anti-nature? This is not a bad book. It has interesting characters and a lot of fun moments. However, I just see too many flaws in areas like logic and plausibility to make this story be great. I will give it 3 stars, say it was worth reading, and I'll leave it at that.
  • The Truth about Heroes: One of Many on July 05, 2020

    I am here to tell the truth about Book One of The Truth About Heroes. First off - it isn't really a series of short stories - it's more like a novel. The formatting of the ebook edition is very, very professional and meets the highest standards. The editing seems to have also been quite good for the most part - though there are a few errors. Once, early in the book, the term "spitting image" is used. Actually, the term is "spit and image" when used appropriately. Another time, later on in the book, "loathe" is used when "loath" is clearly the word that the author should have intended to employ. The story is very fast-paced, yet often quite detailed at the same time. This is a story trait that I quite enjoy - especially in epic fantasy (which is what I would consider this book to be). There is a problem with the action and combat scenes. Put bluntly - they are weak. The action is often glossed over without much detail or description of what occured. There were even a handful of occasions where the author only lets the reader know that there was a fight and that the protagonists won the skirmish without telling the reader anything else whatsoever. Also - the protagonists win easily in almost every combat situation in this book. There was never a sense that any of the protagonists were in real danger, despite the fact that two of them did end up dying. The sense of the protagonists being in mortal danger just never was properly conveyed anywhere in this book. This book has well-developed and deep characters but also has a lot of silly and almost pointless sex scenes. This story is very good when it stays focused - but it also goes into way too many side stories about past events at inopportune moments. My final verdict is that this book is a "mixed bag" as far as where it takes the reader. It is worth reading and can be entertaining - but the author has a long way to go before she can become a master of her craft.
  • The Black Toothed Man on July 07, 2020

    It took me perhaps fifteen minutes to read this - if even that. The author shows potential - but there are numerous problems in the way these short pieces of fiction are written and edited. If you read this short book, you will not fail to see what I mean. I guess i can give it 3 stars, but rating it any higher than that would be me lying.
  • Beyond the Western Sun on July 20, 2020

    This is a mostly well told and deep fantasy story involving Amerindian traditions and legends. It certainly is a page turner and brilliant in many of its aspects. I did find it to be quite an enjoyable read. Unfortunately, the editing of this story is not up to par. There are a myriad of poor word choices and grammatical mistakes that were allowed to make it through. Most of these were just minor nuisances, though. One issue that was really nagging, though, was a lot of grammatically incorrect usages of the word "of". Any discerning reader is bound to notice this. This makes it almost hard to believe that the author really does hold a Master's Degree in English. Also, she writes about "knocking an arrow" numerous times. HELLO!!! The correct word is "nock". There was even a part where it states one of the story's protagonists was doing something for "three sole" purposes. Since the word "sole" actually means "one and only" - there cannot be more than one "sole" reason for anything. Lastly, I would like to point out that there is a certain amount of historical ignorance in the telling of this story. Much of the history that is used as an historical backdrop for this story (as relates to the history between the Amerindians and the European conquerers) either comes from a skewed perspective or is outright false. The discredited and nonsensical stories about "small pox infected blankets" is one of those things. But, overall - these things did not detract from the story and may have actually helped it in some cases. It is fiction after all - and this story is good at being what it is.
  • Slow Burn on July 23, 2020

    Kind of weird and quite cool!
  • The Odd and the Outcasts on Oct. 14, 2020

    Emily Motley definitely needs an editor and a proofreader with competence. She needs to practice her craft a lot more. She needs better word-flow and wordsmithing. This small collection of short stories isn't terrible - they just need more work and attention to detail. She's young and will probably get better. I think 3 stars is fair.