Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband and never left. They now share their lives with their young daughter and a cranky grey cat, called Ash. Clare juggles family life with writing, teaching and a variety of fibre craft hobbies.
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(4.50 from 2 reviews)
By Clare Davidson
Published: July 19, 2012.
Kiana leads a sheltered life, until the Wolves tear it all apart. Accompanied by an inexperienced guard and a hunted outcast, she flees the ravages of battle to search for a solution to the madness that has gripped the land for a thousand years.
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Smashwords book reviews by Clare Davidson
- The Dark Song
on Oct. 23, 2011
'The Dark Song' is a well written short story, which has an interesting take on the 'wee folk'. A struggling song writer buys and moves into an old house and, despite warnings from the local residents, stays there because she finds herself inspired to write.
The story builds up from there, with the description of the house (and the things in it), getting increasingly creepy. The story is well written and paced, with a main character who you want to root for. An engaging short story, which is definitely worth reading.
on Nov. 13, 2011
Nalena Maxwell's life hasn't been fun. She loves her mother, even though she has filled their house with reams of paper with "characters" and their "stories" on. At school, she is known as 'The Waste', because a popular girl dropped by her house and saw the paper that covers nearly every inch of the floor.
School politics serves as a backdrop for this refreshing urban fantasy novel. In a market that is saturated with vampires and werewolves, Misty Provencher has created an original supernatural world that is highly engaging.
The story is told in the first person and (unusually) in present tense. As a result, tension is present in every single page and every single word. The main character, Nalena, is easy to love and her emotions come across so clearly, that as a reader you almost fall in love with Garrett along with her.
Speaking of Garrett... Provencher has written a romantic lead who isn't cliched. He may be popular, but he doesn't care what other people think and he certainly isn't a 'jock'. He's also not angst ridden (thankfully)! Instead he is funny, compelling and strong.
The characters and story pull you along to the end and leave you wanting more. I'm really looking forward to the release of the second book and I heartily recommend Cornerstone to anyone who likes YA fiction, romance, action, or fantasy.
- Writing Fight Scenes
on May 28, 2012
I don't know about you, but I feel pretty clueless when it comes to writing fights scenes. I've never been in a fight, I've only dabbled in martial arts and I'm not sure that live role-playing could really be classed as "sword-fighting experience". Despite my lack of experience, I tend to include fight scenes in everything I write.
No matter what genre you write, creating a good fight scene isn't just about personal experience, it's also about tension, pacing and conflict.
Enter 'Writing Fight Scenes' by Rayne Hall. This is a comprehensive guide to all sorts of fight scenes, suitable for writers of any genre. More than just a how-to guide, this book provides examples from stories, novels and films to help writers to create fight scenes that have the reader on the edge of their seats.
The book starts with a summary of the difference between gritty and entertaining fight scenes, which is an essential read. After all, you can't write your scene before you know what feel you're going for, can you?
The next two sections cover location and structure. Again, both of these sections are invaluable. I'd never thought so much about how to use location within my fight scenes to provide obstacles and help for my heroes.
The remaining sections cover just about anything you would ever need to know about writing fight scenes. Looking to write a fight scene where a heroine is using swords against someone with magical weapons? Look no further. There's sections on improvised weaponry, unarmed combat, self-defence, animals and weres, armour, nautical fights and group fighting to name but a few; just choose the topics that are relevant to your writing.
My only reservation is that the menu is very limiting. For a book that revolves around dipping in and out of sections, rather than being read from cover to cover, it would be nice if the menu links actually allowed you to go to each section. This would make the book far easier to navigate quickly when you're writing.
That really is my only niggle with this excellent book. This book really is a one stop tool kit for writers who need help improving their fight scenes. Written in a friendly, accessible style, this book will be useful no matter what genre you're writing.
- Red Desert Rain
on Aug. 19, 2012
Parlour's debut novel takes place in the rich world of Eardesha and follows the fortunes and misfortunes of three sets of characters:
Gabrielle and Oz, sibling convicts who manage to escape the harsh desert prison of Khartaz;
The friends they left behind: Emz, Dogga, Jess and Jewelz;
And the orphan Zenovia, who goes on a journey with Faith–the Earth Angel–and Orlando–an ex soldier–to find out about her parents.
With such a busy cast, you might be forgiven for thinking that the novel would get confusing. You'd be wrong. Parlour skilfully balances each of the three main story-lines, allowing plenty of time within the narrative to get to know the characters' pasts, desires and hopes. I found myself eagerly turning the "pages" to find out what would happen to each group of characters.
The world of Eardesha is well defined, with a mixture of races. Some of these–such as dragons–are common in fantasy, whereas others are fresh and new. The hybrids are particularly interesting, as are the invading Krieger. Every part of the world that is encountered within the novel is beautifully described with rich detail that makes Eardesha and its inhabitants come to life. Indeed, the vivid description in 'Earth Angel' is one of the novel's strongest points.
'Earth Angel' is an epic, entertaining, fast paced read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, 'Godslayer', when it is released.