Source: Review: Godblind, by Anna Stephens
… brilliant grimdark fantasy …
Exciting and well written, Godblind proves that debut novelist Anna Stephens can handle a multiple narrative epic with flare and skill. Roughly in the same field as George RR Martin‘s Game of Thrones series, there’s much intrigue, fighting and moral ambiguity with some charismatic personalities including Dom, the reluctant seer; Rillirin, the escaped slave, and Captain Crys Tailorson. Anna is a fantastic story teller and the novel packs enough twists amongst the battles and assassinations to keep the pages turning fast.
Having 10 characters’ view points was a challenge for me. I would recommend choosing a moment when you can read a substantial amount in one sitting to establish as many of the characters’ story lines as possible. In her blog, Anna reveals that her editor asked her to take four more strands out. Thank you, Natasha the Editor.
As this is grim dark…
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Source: Guest post: Anna Stephens on Learning to Write
So, the signed and numbered, limited first editions - with sultry black sprayed edges - are making their way out into the world. The afternoon I spent in Goldsboro Books signing them (30 May) was a complete joy - not only is it a fabulous bookshop with that amazing book smell permeating its walls and … Continue reading Limited editions and audio files, oh my!
Source: Godblind by Anna Stephens A really thoughtful and in depth review of Godblind by a really excellent blogger and reviewer.
Source: Godblind by Anna Stephens.
OK, confession first: I saw Wonder Woman this morning and I'm still a little hyper about it. Right, now that's out of the way, let me tell you why I think we need films like this in our lives. I'm going to talk about me for a minute, but go with it, because it is … Continue reading Why we need Wonder Woman
And it's a doozy... I am incredibly lucky to have received a stonkingly good review from genre cult classic Starburst Magazine, who, well, seemed to like it a bit. Read Starburst's review here. And don't forget, the Waterstones launch party is fast approaching - Thursday 15 June, and I'd love to see you all there. … Continue reading Starburst Magazine reviews Godblind
Really great interview with debut author Ed McDonald on his forthcoming novel, Blackwing. I have an ARC of it, a signed one no less, and will be diving into the Misery very soon. Can't wait! Source: Author Interview: Ed McDonald, 'Blackwing'
Observant Raven’s excellent review of Godblind!
The Mireces worship the bloodthirsty Red Gods. Exiled from Rilpor a thousand years ago, and left to suffer a harsh life in the cold mountains, a new Mireces king now plots an invasion of Rilpor’s thriving cities and fertile earth.
Dom Templeson is a Watcher, a civilian warrior guarding Rilpor’s border. He is also the most powerful seer in generations, plagued with visions and prophecies. His people are devoted followers of the god of light and life, but Dom harbors deep secrets, which threaten to be exposed when Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave, stumbles broken and bleeding into his village.
Meanwhile, more and more of Rilpor’s most powerful figures are turning to the dark rituals and bloody sacrifices of the Red Gods, including the prince, who plots to wrest the throne from his dying father in the heart of the kingdom. Can Rillirin, with her inside knowledge of the Red…
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