IS THIS THE EVENTUAL WINNER OF #SPFBO 2017?
YOUR INTRODUCTION TO A POTENTIAL WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S SPFBO COMPETITION
It’s been approximately two months since this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off commenced, and it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of the early favourites to win the contest. Faithless is (for the time being) a stand-alone novel by British indie author Graham Austin-King that has very recently made it on to my TBR list. If the early reaction to the novel is any indication I suspect it will end up on many more readers’ TBR lists in the coming weeks and months.
Out of nowhere, this book quickly gained my attention because of the great reviews it has been amassing in the last couple of months. The praise that has been lavished upon Faithless is such that I have to assume it has a genuine chance of being crowned the winner of #SPFBO this time around.
The temples of the Forgefather have fallen. The clerics and defenders that could once be found across the nine lands are no more. Priests huddle in the great temple, clinging to the echoes of their lost religion. But the Father has fallen silent. There are none who still hear his voice.
The mines of Aspiration lie far below the temple’s marble halls. Slaves toil in the blackness, striving to earn their way into the church and the light. Wynn has been sold into this fate, traded for a handful of silver. In the depths of the mines, where none dare carry flame, he must meet his tally or die. But there are things that lurk in that darkness, and still darker things within the hearts of men.
When the souls bound to the great forge are released in a failed ritual, one novice flees down into the darkness of the mines. The soulwraiths know only hunger, the risen know only hate. In the blackest depths Kharios must seek a light to combat the darkness which descends.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Graham Austin-King was born in the south of England and weaned on broken swords and half-forgotten spells. A shortage of these forced him to consume fantasy novels at an ever-increasing rate, turning to computers and tabletop gaming between meals.
He experimented with writing at the beginning of an education that meandered through journalism, international relations, and law. To this day he is committed to never allowing those first efforts to reach public eyes.
After living in the north of England and Canada he settled once again in the south surrounded by a seemingly endless horde of children and a very patient wife who can arguably say her husband is away with the faeries.
The Riven Wyrde Saga is his first completed trilogy and draws on a foundation of literary influences ranging from David Eddings to Dean Koontz.
Faithless has accumulated an impressive number of online reviews in a short space of time. Below is a selection for you to peruse in order to help you decide if the book is for you or not.
The British Fantasy Society
Observant Raven Book Reviews
Cover To Cover
Kristen Reads Too Much
Something Sticky This Way Comes
A Bohemian Mind At Work
The Blogin’ Hobgoblin
Books & Tales
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That concludes yet another indie book spotlight focussed on one of the entries in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off. If you are interested in reading Faithless it is available to buy in Kindle and Paperback editions from Amazon. You can order your copy today from the links below.
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