M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer
This Week's Blog:
Want an Underdog Doomed to Surviving in a Hostile Environment?
Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn
I'd like you hear your comments about the books I "review".
Blurb: The uneasy truce with the enemies surrounding the Far Isles Half-Elven is collapsing. An unprovoked attack, that kills her granddaughter and almost kills her daughter, is evidence enough for Mariah. But, will the fierce warrior and her ring-mate, Ashton, be able to convince Linden, Lord High Commander of the Marches, that their people are in danger?
With attacks coming from the Trestemontans from over the eastern sea, hints of magic among the magic-hating Suthron Hounds, and Drummer Shamans using Spirit drums made from the skins of live human sacrifices, the Half-Elven warriors have reason to worry.
Praise for Vengeance:
“A magical novel that takes you into the world of half-elves.”
“A great mix of fantasy and humour.”
“A well-written novel packed with vivid imagery, strong world-building, characters that resonate with the reader and a single thread of taking vengeance for the death of a loved one.”
Black Tail, Lady Renna's Pig
All about ghosts, demons, elves, mages, and
other preternatural beings
Curious About What I'm Reading?
Each week I read a couple of books gathered from my to-read pile or new purchases, books whose covers caught my eye and/or blurbs intrigued me. I tend not to review favorite authors because the range of books would narrow down into a puddle rather than the ocean of available books. I also tend to review hard copy because I get tired of looking at screens. I don't even watch much television.
Which genres do I review? Mostly fantasy as well as mysteries since I consider most of them fantasy compared to the real horrors of police work. Of course, my favorites are books that combine fantasy and a good mystery/thriller.
Slow writing week, but I managed to read three books -- given added reading time while waiting for the Christmas cookies [gifts] to bake. Skimmed one book with flat character development but got drawn in by two Yasmine Galenorn books. Flight from Death won my reading derby this week because I thought the characters were more original, even though it's an Otherworld spin off. Maybe because Flight is complicated ghost story featuring a dragon and the other book felt like a predictable urban fantasy.
Galenorn has a talent for creating three dimensional characters. She layers enough quirks and problems on her characters to make them live and breath. More important, their quirks add to the twists, turns, and suspense of the plot--even when the lsupernaturals land well within fantasy norms. Yeah. Galenorn's characters break cliches.
What's more, even her secondary characters stand out as individuals. One example, the all important lore-resource character has flaws that both make him more likable and ratchet up the danger in the plot line when he makes mistakes in judgement So, much for the all-wise guru. [Sorry if you think that's a spoiler.]
Imagine. Shimmer, an orphan blue dragon exiled to the earth plane without most of her magic for a stupid adolescent-type prank/revenge on a bully, must survive in a world where supernaturals are tolerated on the edges. So, she broke the rules in a society that favors clan, lineage, and wealth above all. But being indentured to a vampire private investigator?????? I really liked that twist. The kid's definitely an underdog, errrr under dragon.
Flight from Death the the first in a new series for Galenorn. Loosely set in the Seattle of her Otherworlds fae/multi-sup series, it looks like she is letting the book gets its legs under it without playing into the previous saving-the-world-from- the-nasties plot. The book takes us to Port Townsend, Washington where ghosts riddle the town, including the house where a former vampire friend of the boss wants to open a bed and breakfast for supes. Only there is something nastier than discontented ghosts haunting the place, and Shimmer proves she more than just another urban fantasy pretty face with attitude.
Liked that Galenorn managed to recycle her Otherworld world so it felt new rather than a rehash.
Recommended. Oh, I felt there were a few missteps where Shimmer exhibited fad/fashion knowledge too subtle for the length of time she'd spent on earth, but these were minor glitches. Overall, the read gallops. A great start for a new series with an intelligent protagonist.
Read excerpts and more reviews on Amazon and at B&N Nook.
The Newest Andor Novelette:
Young Dumdie Swartz has always hated seeing ghosts, but the teen learns there’s something worse than spirits when a demon decides it wants to possess her.
A story about Dumdie Swartz, of The Ghost in the Closet,
coming to grips with her ability to see ghosts.
"A thoroughly enjoyable read!"
"interesting and highly compelling"
Visit the dedicated Far Isles page for back story and history about Mariah and Renna. Mariah was the catalyst for this stage of my writing career when I imagined her standing on a cliff over the ocean with her long reddish hair blowing behind her. While I have novel-length wips in my computer, my published work takes the form of fantasy short stories.
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