When the Heavens Fall: Preview Excerpt by Marc Turner

“Such was the tyranny of the gods, twisting devotion until sacrifice was made to feel like a privilege, until allegiance became no more than slavery by another name. And what did the immortals offer in return?” It’s no surprise I was a little hesitant to review an excerpt for a book. I mean, while this…

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

“Thorn put a brave face on it, as always, but a brave face can be a brittle thing.” My second Abercrombie was no slouch, I’ll give him that. He has writing chops like you wouldn’t believe, but then, I don’t think I need to rehash the praise you’ll see everywhere. Man’s a genius, putting it…

The Pillars of Sand by Mark T Barnes

“Education teaches us how to think, intelligence how to question, and our morality what to do with what we know. Be wary then of the educated, intelligent, and amoral person, for they will know only that they can do a thing, not whether they should.” A book’s worth is usually gauged by its ending. A…

King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

“’The way I’d put it,’ said Makin, ‘is that Rike can’t make an omelet without wading thigh deep in the blood of chickens and wearing their entrails as a necklace.’” Killing a hero is hard work, but if anybody is up to the job, it’s King Honorous Jorg Ancrath. Oh, and he’s getting married. Lucky…

Announcing an Announcement

Some of you may know that I am writing a book. Currently, I am editing the entire novel by cutting it in half and rewriting from almost scratch. It’s a fun process, and I like to think I’ve improved immensely over the past four years. I’ve actually done a lot of thinking these past six…

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

“His clothes and skin stank of hopelessness and self-disgust and other people’s blood.” For me to be immersed in a novel, I need a strong atmosphere and great dialogue. The most bittersweet thing about Peter Higgins debut, Wolfhound Century, is that he captures the bleak landscape and time period in such a brilliant way, yet…

WIP Wednesday

An update of sorts; I’m doing a major bit of planning. For the entire book. Yep. I finished plotting the whole thing, or at least the broad strokes. I’m confident that this book will be better than the previous one. It’s sharper and better poised. My characters feel natural, and the plot isn’t some confusing…