Jaq D Hawkins is a traditionally published writer turned indie with 9 books in publication on nature spirits and chaos magic published by Capall Bann Publishing as well as four Fantasy novels in print and E-book, Dance of the Goblins, Demoniac Dance, and Power of the Dance constitute The Goblin Trilogy, and The Wake of the Dragon is a Steampunk Adventure with airship pirates, soo to be followed by more swashbuckling excitement.
Jaq is also a regular contributor to the Of Words and Water anthologies in support of WaterAid and releases the occasional new goblin story to fill in details of the goblin world.
Describe your desk
Computer, desk assessories, pile of notes and a cat calendar with my appointments on it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had a rather transient childhood. I spent much of it in the US, especially California, though my home has always been England.
Khemael is a creature of beauty and grace with a mostly human appearance. His love of stretching his leather-like wings and flying freely in the world of men brings far too much attention to the existence of the goblins. Haghuf knows that the inevitable responsibility will fall to him to destroy Khemael who, in the world of the humans, would be called his grandson.
A new collection of short stories, poems and non-fiction from the talented members of the international Words and Water Group. This very high quality work, with topics ranging from a single drop of water to planetary annexation, is donated freely for you to enjoy.
We hope to encourage support of WaterAid; donations, of any amount, can be made on the Group’s JustGiving page.
Published in support of WaterAid, this delightful selection of short stories and poems has a cohesive theme of water. Donated by an international group of top class authors, there are many styles of writing which will each, in its own way, entertain you.
Song lyrics and a poem were donated by renowned folk singer, musician and activist Peggy Seeger,
James Dudley dreams of adventure, but no amount of secret fantasy will drag him from the security of a steady job as Mr Wyatt's clerk. That is until Mr Wyatt sends him on a clandestine assignment that will take him to the opium capitol of the country and aboard ship with airship pirates.
A young girl flees her home and an unwanted marriage. Desperation takes her to the riverside, the site where as a toddler she was patted kindly by the goblin who had befriended Count Anton.
Driven by a premonition that she belongs with the people across the river, she soon meets the children of Magicians...and of goblins.
At the centre of goblin society is The Dance, the spiritual exaltation of life itself which is central to the goblins' existence. In the human world above, life is austere and goblins only a myth. When Count Anton is drawn into the rhythm of The Dance, a clash between two worlds is about to begin...
I love a good bit of magic in a Fantasy novel, and that's the trick: making it GOOD. Lita Burke has accomplished this in setting up a world where magic works by rules that make sense and the hero isn't always the most powerful magician.
Wrath is the Prequel to Tredan's Bane, which I've just started reading. It looks very promising and I'm looking forward to continuing the story. Most importantly, I want to know what happens now that I've seen how the Prequel ties in with what I've read so far. Intriguing and original in many points.
And there are dragonettes, you can't go wrong with dragonettes!
Swordplay, strange creatures, mind communication with animals and a cheeky rogue…this is the stuff Fantasy is made of. Pool of Souls takes the reader straight into the action and the mind of Cazlina, a young girl with a lot of fight and an older brother to follow into battle. Admittedly there is perhaps too much info dumping in the second chapter, but we are quickly taken back into the tale where action rules and discovery of unknown terrain is shared with Cazlina.
I would suggest that this story is very suitable for younger readers despite the necessity of a certain level of violence when armies clash swords. The anthropomorphism of the animals was perhaps a little too human for my taste and psychological concepts were explained during action scenes more than is strictly necessary for an adult reader, yet there is still plenty of action and a few surprises along the way if perhaps a little too convenient at times.
YA readers will certainly find it well worth the read and probably look for more from this author.
Fantasy magic meets Steampunk, can it work?
In the hands of an author who writes to a professional standard like Lita Burke, an airship manned by homunculi becomes a natural consequence of a well-thought-out magical world. Add to that some brainteasing logic:
"Wizardry is a contradiction. I cannot explain it logically.”
“That makes sense to me.”
“Truly? Then we are progressing.”
And you get an intriguing short story that sets the scene for a longer novel to follow that shows a lot of promise, Ephraim’s Curious Device.
Lita Burke has a talent for creating magical systems that work in a logical manner, with a price to expend for every act of magic. This strength is shown well in this prequel story, which also manages in a short time to establish several strong characters and to come up with some classic lines like;
"Wizard’s work was a pleasure and a madness. No wonder the university magicians rambled at times like daft bastards."
Clockwork and an airship are worked into this new word of wizardry quite neatly so that the mixture of traditional Fantasy magic and newer Steampunk references melds into a captivating story. I was particularly impressed with the point of view of the Forever Boy himself as a creature who started life as a dog and saw everything from that perspective as his magical nature was being established. This shows great promise for the story to follow and I am looking forward to reading it when it is released.