Review: Master Of Crows By Grace Draven


A ROMANCE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

EQUAL PARTS FANTASY AND ROMANCE THIS MUST READ TALE SKILLFULLY BLENDS EVERYTHING THAT’S GOOD ABOUT BOTH GENRES

 

Book CoverMaster Of Crows
(Master Of Crows, Book 1)

Grace Draven

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published (Createspace)
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

There has long been a stigma attached to self-published books. It is generally assumed that such works are of poor quality, and of lesser merit for lacking the validation of a publishing house behind them. In other words, a self-published author is a writer who wasn’t good enough to get an agent let alone a publishing contract. This attitude isn’t entirely unjustified. There is an abundance of material out there that isn’t fit to be published, and the advent of the ereader and the associated ebook marketplaces (most notably Amazon’s Kindle Store) has exacerbated the quantity of dreck available. However, the automatic assumption that self-published books are less worthwhile has started to shift. An increasing number of self-published gems are being unearthed by readers prepared to look, and among them is Master Of Crows.

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Indie Focus: Interview With Self-Published Author K.S. Villoso


YOUR FUTURE FAVOURITE FILIPINA FANTASY AUTHOR!

K.S. VILLOSO IS A FASCINATING WRITER ON A ONE WOMAN MISSION TO OUTDO BRANDON SANDERSON IN THE WORD COUNT STAKES

 

ImageI’m so pleased to have dragged another victim interviewee into The Interrogation Room here on Another World; I don’t get to do it nearly often enough. Today it’s the turn of a fellow participant in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off organised by Mark Lawrence.

Originally hailing from the Philippines, before emigrating to Canada in her teens, K.S. Villoso is an independent fantasy author who you may not be familiar with today, though that’s certain to change in the not too distant future.

It’s not often I find myself fascinated by someone (most people bore me, truth be told) but following Kay on social media over the last few weeks and months has given me a glimpse of a woman who intrigues me greatly. I feel very fortunate that Kay agreed to be interviewed as it has provided me with just a little more insight into a writer who is creative, passionate about her craft, and very funny. (Not to mention she is insanely prolific.)

Now all you lucky readers, please enjoy the interview. You, too, will learn more about Kay’s life and experiences, her writing and influences, her thoughts on self-publishing, why she loves fantasy, what drives her to keep writing, and her hopes for the future. I’m sure you’ll find her as intriguing as I do.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Exercise Of Vital Powers By Ian Gregoire


AN #SPFBO 2017 PLUCKY ALSO-RAN

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE SURPRISE PACKAGE ENTRY CLOSEST TO MY HEART…BECAUSE I WROTE IT

 

At this time of writing, close to half the original 300 entries for this year’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off have been eliminated from the competition. So far, one of the ten judges has already chosen a finalist from the 30 titles assigned to him, while eight of the other nine judges are currently whittling down there piles to a shortlist of semi-finalists from which they will chose their finalist.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On Faithless By Graham Austin-King


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.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Heart Of Stone By Ben Galley


A CONTENDER FOR #SPFBO 2017

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO AN INTRIGUING NOVEL WITH A GREAT PREMISE AND EVEN BETTER FRONT COVER

 

It’s time for another spotlight on one of the indie books competing in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off that has caught my attention. The novel in question is The Heart Of Stone by British born independent author, Ben Galley. As someone who generally isn’t drawn to a book by its front cover, I have to say that the art work for Ben’s novel is certainly attention grabbing. I’m sure it has persuaded many a reader to add it to their TBR list.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On Winter’s Reach By Craig Schaefer


A CONTENDER FOR #SPFBO 2017

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ONE OF A SELF-PUBLISHED FANTASY QUADRILOGY FROM AN ESTABLISHED INDIE AUTHOR

 

Those of you with an interest in the indie publishing scene will probably be aware of the ongoing Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off contest organised by acclaimed fantasy author Mark Lawrence. If you aren’t yet familiar with the competition you can read A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off to find out what it’s all about. Of the three hundred books entered into this years #SPFBO there is approximately two dozen titles that have caught my attention, so over the next few days (weeks?) I’m going to do a spotlight for each of those books.

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Quote: The Lies Of Locke Lamora, “We’re A Different Sort Of Thief…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

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“We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.”

 
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Indie Focus: Review Of The Lost Sentinel By Suzanne Rogerson


BETTER TO PRESERVE LIFE, THAN DESTROY IT

A YOUNG WOMAN IS THRUST TO THE FOREFRONT OF A STRUGGLE TO SAVE AN ISLAND AND END THE PERSECUTION OF HER PEOPLE

 

Book CoverThe Lost Sentinel
(Silent Sea Chronicles, Book 1)

Suzanne Rogerson

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Suzanne Rogerson
Format: Paperback, 364 Pages
Date: 15st June 2017

ISBN-10: 1546622152
ISBN-13: 978-1546622154

 
Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository
 

DISCLAIMER:
An advance copy of this title was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced the content of the review, or the opinions expressed therein
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Would the mention of people being hoodwinked into acting against their own interests by an unscrupulous political leader, exploiting their ignorance and prejudice to persuade them to scapegoat a minority group for all their problems, cause you to think of real world events? It probably would; as would the plight of refugees; as would hardships brought about by environmental issues. In this respect, The Lost Sentinel (book 1 of a new fantasy trilogy) by Suzanne Rogerson, is a very topical novel given that theses themes very apparently served as inspiration for the story, and are central to its plot.

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