Jake Yaniak


I was born and raised in New Jersey; and I am New Jerseyan through and through, wherever life may take me.
For Christmas one year my parents bought me a Lord of the Rings computer game. I started playing it and was so inspired by the story that I put the game aside and did not touch it again until I had read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Those books sparked within me a love of reading in general and a love of fantasy literature in particular.
My favorite genre, however, is philosophy, particularly as it relates to ethics and metaphysics. This, together with my love of the fantastic, is the inspiration for my writing.
In my reading I have seeen how ideas affect history. For this reason it has been important to me to not simply tell a story, but to show how the characters interact with different ideologies and ethical dilemmas. I want my readers to at least understand, even if they do not sympathize with, the villains of the story.

Where to find Jake Yaniak online


Morality Is The Problem
By Jake Yaniak
Price: Free! Words: 91,780. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Examining the logic of ethical judgment, this book shows how our moral faculties may not be as wonderful as we think. While harshly criticizing Christianity in places, and even offering solid critiques of some of the traditional 'proofs' of God's existence, this book ultimately offers the modern reader an ancient but powerful way to understand the Christian faith.
The Legacy of Galvahir
By Jake Yaniak
Series: The Punishment of the Gods, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 54,910. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Goblins threaten the forest of Noras and the army of the Galvahirne clan marches out to make war against them. But ancient jealousy fuels the plots and ambitions of wicked men within the forest who seek to betray the Galvahirne clan to their deaths. It soon becomes clear that the plot against the descendants of Galvahir is part of something much more sinister than goblin raiders.
The Punishment of the Gods
By Jake Yaniak
Series: The Hidden Name, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 297,090. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
The god of light and the god of darkness strive to gain control over the land of Weldera. Caught in the midst of this struggle, young Daryas Galvahirne finds himself torn from his homeland by forces beyond his comprehension. Tortured by dreams, and terrified by the uncertainty of the future, he discovers, much to his horror, that a great deal of this future has come to rest upon his own shoulders.

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adventure    battle    christian    christianity    conjuror    dwarves    elves    epic    ethics    ethics and morality    fantasy    forest    goblins    gods    logos    monster    moral judgment    moral philosophy    morality    philosophy    spirit    theology    war   

Smashwords book reviews by Jake Yaniak

  • A History of Blade and Light on July 05, 2013
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    Darkin: A History of Blade and Light is a series of short stories from the Darkin world created by author Joseph Turkot in his two (soon to be three) Darkin novels. I believe it was designed to read more like a sacred record from Darkin's own people than a story in itself. I've read a fair amount of ancient scriptures and histories, and the way that this book was written reminded me of the way those kinds of things are recorded. It is easy to edit a story and rewrite it a hundred times to make it just right when you are typing on a computer. But the ancients wrote what they could on what they could write on, and sometimes they didn't have the resources to recopy everything or the room to flesh everything out. The result, in my experience, is that sometimes their sacred stories and legends have a sort of primitive and thrown together feel. The author has effectively mimicked this style of storytelling in The History of Blade and Light (in a good way). There is a story about the god Gaigas that particularly reads this way; it reminded me of the sort of myths one might read about in St. Irenaeus' Against Heresies where the bizarre philosophy of the ancient Gnostics is described. The other stories in The History introduce characters like Molto the Vapour, who was only mentioned in the main Darkin novels, and gives details about certain people and races that help expand the reader's understanding of the world of Darkin. This book is definitely interesting if you've read the author's other works. If not, then it might be a good way to get a sense of whether or not you would enjoy his other books. If you find the writing style of this book to be a bit antiquated (it is not nearly as old-fashioned as Shakespeare or the KJV Bible - it is not difficult in any way), rest assured that the main books are written in a more natural way, since they are not meant to be tales written by Darkin's ancient historians, but epic stories about Darkin. The author's first Darkin book (Darkin: A Journey East) is available for free (as of this writing - I believe the author intends to keep it free permanently), if you are interested in exploring the world of Darkin further.
  • Basic Fiction Formatting for Smashwords in OpenOffice on March 20, 2014
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    A very helpful, and best of all free, guide to formatting books for Smashwords in OpenOffice. If you're like me and you can't shell out big bucks for MS Word, this guide will help you get around some of the differences between Microsoft's program and OpenOffice. A must if you want to self-publish without having to buy a new program. I even went back and used it to format my book for other platforms.