Foxglove Summer Review
Since becoming an author I don’t tend to do book reviews but I’m a huge fan of Ben Aaronvitch’s Peter Grant series and got the opportunity to review the latest book for Fantasy Faction. Check it out and if you’ve not read any of the series, start with Rivers of London. Brilliant series!
Scrivener Article At Fantasy-Faction
This month over at Fantasy-Faction I ask the question “So What’s The Fuss About Scrivener?” This article on the popular word processing software for writers seems to have generated a lot of positive response so please check it out!
Given how much writers struggle with putting together the synopsis of a novel, I’m starting to wonder, following this brilliant summary of the setup of The Four Realms, whether authors should employ reviewers to write them. I jest, of course, but this review does a really good job of getting ‘inside’ the setup of the novel.
They liked it and rated it a “Buy It” as well. This, as you can imagine, makes me happy.
“Drop that stack of romantic books about reluctant vampires and grab this harsh story of a vampire who would love to kill you—and the lovely old lady who will find a way to stop him.”
I had a number of writers tell me over the weekend that they don’t read reviews. Maybe I’m a little odd or maybe I’ve just been very fortunate that the reviews I’ve received are intelligent and insightful, but I enjoy reading them. That includes this one from Fangs for Fantasy which is a little different.
I can’t think of a better way to start the week than to get a good review, and I have to be honest and say that this one from Fantasy Book Review has brightened not only my day but the entire week. I’ve been blessed with some really excellent reviews for The Four Realms and I’m grateful to everyone who has taken the time to say what they liked and even what they disliked, but never did I think I would be seeing comments such as these. They make me very happy indeed.
“Imagine an action-packed fantasy book co-written by J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling and H. P. Lovecraft – and then throw in some vampires, angels and demons, plus a healthy dose of science fiction then you should have an idea of what to expect from The Four Realms.”
“It is a fast-paced, complex novel that takes the category “cross-genre” to a whole new level.”
“It is so ambitious and the biggest praise that I can give is in saying that a story involving so many different sub-genres could easily have resulted in being the veritable dog’s dinner but the author has managed to pull it off, and with seeming ease.”
Check out the full review over at Fantasy Book Review (and look for an interview with me soon. I’m just finishing off the last few interview questions for them this morning).
Nothing puts a smile on your face than another good review of your debut novel, and The Troubled Scribe today brings us the latest. In his considered review he says:
“The Four Realms is a twisted and must-read that will probably leave you a tad shell-shocked after it’s all said and done.”
Be sure to check out the full review where he says other nice things about the novel.
A Fantastic Librarian Gives Another Fantastic Review
The Four Realms got another great review yesterday from the blog, A Fantastic Librarian. I’m spoilt like a kid in a sweet shop trying to choose between all the great quotes so let’s just highlight the one that says ” If you’re looking for a fun, diverting read, The Four Realms is just the ticket.” and point you in the direction of the review for you to read all the other ones.
I’ve been loving the reviews The Four Realms has been getting. Even the ones that have had criticisms have been thoughtful and honest. I keep worrying that inevitably there will be one I don’t love, that will hit some previous unknown painful truth. WarpcoreSF have published their review and have said some very nice things such as “Maureen Summerglass is my favourite old lady character since Granny Weatherwax” and “a thoroughly enjoyable mystery that mashes up modern urban fantasy with [Minor Spoiler] and a more traditional fantasy world that’s in a state of gradual modernisation”.
The review does give away a minor spoiler but I know just how hard it is to talk about the book without mentioning it. I also don’t think the minor spoiler ruins the read so much as gives you an idea of the scope of the over-arcing story I want to tell across four books.
Check out Ros’s excellent review here
It’s a busy week and another blogger has published their review of The Four Realms. Whilst the reviewer over at All Things Urban Fantasy had some issues with the way the story alternates between characters every chapter, they said some mighty nice things. “This book manages to marry these conflicting flavors of classic and urban fantasy without missing a beat” and “I would highly recommend THE FOUR REALMS to anyone who wants a twist on the usual sword and sorcery” amongst others.
Be sure to check it out here
Everything seems to be going at a hundred miles an hour at the moment. One minute I’m waiting for the book to come out, the next it’s out, people are reading it, I’ve been interviewed and now reviewed. I don’t think any of it has really sunk in yet and I’m like a listless over-excited kid on a post-xmas comedown. I feel like I want to sleep for a week. Unfortunately, I’m working over xmas.
I’ve been nervously awaiting the first review of The Four Realms. I mean, I know I love the book as does my publisher… but what about other people? I was therefore pleased when The Eloquent Page posted their review and were more than complimentary. I want to quote the whole thing at you but here are a couple of highlights:
Where The Four Realms really succeeds is successfully bringing together elements from fantasy, traditional and cosmic horror into one wonderfully chaotic adventure
Faulkner has created a great plot that’s very easy to get caught up in. The cast of characters work well and the world that the author has invented is consistently interesting
You can check out the full review over at The Eloquent Page and I urge you to do so, as they work very hard promoting books and do a great job reviewing them.
I also believe they have incredibly good taste in books!