B Throwsnaill cut his teeth on the classic works of fantasy and science fiction by authors such as Tolkien, Moorcock, Herbert and Gibson. The author's goal is to write fun and creative fiction that is grounded in personal experience and observations about the real world and its history.
Writing a novel length work had been a lifelong ambition, and was realized with the release of Hemlock and the Wizard Tower in late 2010. In early 2012 a sequel was released called Hemlock and the Dead God’s Legacy. Hemlock and the Dread Sorceress, the third book in the series, was released in August of 2013. Work is underway on the fourth book.
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Hemlock and the Dread Sorceress
by B Throwsnaill
Hemlock has retreated back into the shadows of the Warrens, content, for a time, to gather her strength. But she knows a new enemy is returning to the City: a titan of the past with an ambition to rule with an iron hand. When rogue wizards move against the eastern mountains, it becomes clear that DuLoc's campaign has begun--even if the man himself has not yet arrived.
Hemlock and the Dead God's Legacy
by B Throwsnaill
Hemlock realizes that the life of a leader is more complex and tiresome than she anticipated. Feeling burdened by her many responsibilities, she yearns for the freedom of adventure. When Tored arrives from the Witch Crags with information about the likely location of another powerful Wand, she seizes the opportunity to embark on a new quest.
Hemlock and the Wizard Tower
by B Throwsnaill
A young rogue named Hemlock fights crime in her rundown neighborhood, which lies at the fringe of a magical city. Her sister relies on magical healing, and the spells are failing. When Hemlock confronts the wizards by breaking into their tower, events are set into motion that determine the destiny of the entire realm. Her adventure features brutal combat, cunning politics and tragic romance.
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- Bakkian Chronicles, Book I - The Prophecy
on Aug. 21, 2011
A light-hearted fantasy read w/ good action & dialogue: 4.5 stars
Bakkian Chronicles (Vol I) is the charming tale of a couple named Steve and Sarah who discover a gateway from our world to the world of Lentari. Lentari is a magical world where most people have a magical talent. This system of magic and the light-hearted tone of the story both remind me of the early installments of Piers Anthony's Xanth (minus the puns).
The characters of Steve and Sarah, who are thoroughly rooted in our modern world and its pop culture, are thrust into this new environment, and react with bravery and good humor to almost everything that they encounter (good and bad). They come off as people that you might know in your everyday life, except for the fact that they have no real flaws. But though they seem somewhat idealized, they are very likable, and their personas fit well into the overall fun tone of the story.
The beginning of the book is very enjoyable. Following Steve and Sarah as they adapt and react to their new surroundings makes for some entertaining reading. The banter between the characters is well done and often funny.
The story slows down a notch at the end of the first act, when a lot of (likely necessary) world building is communicated to the reader. The pace rapidly picks up again, however, and though the final act doesn't answer many questions about the over-arching backstory, it is an incredibly satisfying adventure unto itself that requires little justification beyond its intrinsic coolness--and it also nicely advances the development of Steve and Sarah's magical powers.
The novel comes to a satisfying conclusion despite the fact that the status of main conflict that drives the backstory is still somewhat unclear. Circumstances at the end of the novel also open up some intruiging new directions that subsequent novels in this series could move in. It will be very interesting to see how this story unfolds.
In summary, if you are looking for an entertaining, light-hearted fantasy read with good action and well written dialogue, then look no further than Bakkian Chronicles (Vol I). I enjoyed it a lot!
- Ribbon 359
on Dec. 28, 2011
Ribbon 359 is an urban, erotic fantasy that reads something like an omniscient, psychedelic memoir; and it also strikes me as being an extended love letter written to the "Goddess" or Jung's Anima. The narrative follows a collection of characters as they converge on Jim's Bar and Grill, which also happens to be the destination of a supernatural being who perceives their world as her canvas. It's a story that is explicitly sexual, but rarely vulgar--and when it is vulgar it seems to be done intentionally for effect.
My first read through left me with a sense of the spirit of the story, but many of the details escaped me. The writing is dense with simile and metaphor, and I felt lost in parts. On my second read through the writing became more transparent as I became used to the style and more familiar with the characters, and the artistry and magic of the story were fully revealed.
I'm giving this novel five stars because that's my take on it after two readings. But be forewarned: if you read this book without being patient and willing to decode parts of its often symbolic narrative, then you may not experience the full richness of the tale.