Indie grimdark fantasy holds its own against the big name publishers!
We’re kicking off the new year with a killer new Light Dawning review from Underground Book Reviews! Here’s a little of what Steve Wetherell had to say about the grimdark fantasy novel:
Though filled with magic and monsters, Light Dawning is not about escapism. There are no heroes, only people making hard choices to stay alive. There are no noble sacrifices, only senseless deaths and desperate murders. In short, if you’re looking for jolly dwarves and sarcastic elves, maybe look elsewhere. However, if strong writing and palpable mood is your thing, by all means settle in.
Read the full review right here and be sure to leave a comment letting Steve know if you agree!
New video review online today!
Seems like some folks are finally starting to pay attention to a little indie author’s bleak grimdark world! After yesterday’s review from DavidsBookBlurg, today a new video review has come online courtesy of The Storyteller’s Corner.
This one goes crazy in-depth, so many thanks to Joshua for taking the time to dive so far into the guts of the novel and drag out those steaming entrails for the rest of the world to see. Here’s a little quote that caught my ear:
“Very professionally executed and with a grace to the storytelling technique.”
You can check out the full video review below, or listen in over at the The Storyteller’s Corner podcast here.
DavidsBookBlurg reviews Light Dawning
Why yes, as it turns out, folks are still reading Light Dawning! Most recently a new review popped up from DavidsBookBlurg, focusing on the visceral nature of the story and how many of the standard fantasy tropes were turned upside down. Here are a few excerpts from across the review:
I really enjoyed the gruesomeness of the tale, there are some rather vivid moments that don’t leave you quickly…
I read a lot of fantasy books and let’s be honest..quite a few follow the same pattern..not this one, it’s refreshingly different and that’s what makes it so good. The dark nature of the tale is something that really gives this book an edge…
If you are looking for an engrossing slow burn of a fantasy book, heavy on the darkness scale that you can really get to grips with then this is top-notch.
As always, many thanks to the dedicated bloggers who take the time to read and let the world know how they felt about the book. The authors couldn’t do what we do without you folks putting in all the effort! Check out the full review here and be sure to stick around and check out some of the other posts!
New review online at Jazzy Book Reviews
There’s a brand new write up on Light Dawning from a guest reviewer over at Jazzy Book Reviews! Here’s an excerpt from the 4 star review:
It’s about a young man who possesses a dark soul (a parasite) that’s determined to cause horrible things to happen when it’s unleashed. This is a good book to read if you have demons of your own that you are battling.
Thanks a million for taking the time to read and glad you enjoyed! You can check the full review here.
Excellent new review of “Light Dawning” comes online!
The Cover To Cover book blog just uploaded a detailed review of “Light Dawning,” covering everything from the interactions between the characters to the book’s terrifying creatures and even the unknowable nature of light and darkness. Check out a few excerpts from the review:
Quite early on, I started wondering what would be the catalyst which breaks a crack into the whole darkness, to bring about hope, a new fresh start… but true to his word, Ty Arthur does not let up. You’re in it for the long bloody ride with no escape!
There is definitely a great number of twists and unexpected events which kept me turning the pages. It didn’t feel like one of those’ hey ho, off to action we go‘ reads though. It was more of a slow burn of a feeling, trying to trudge through bloody mud towards being free… Freedom that is only granted by death. It’s one of those novels where the worst can get even worse and everything you don’t want to happen, happens.
Pique your interest yet? Head over and read the full review right here.
Got my first comparison to Game Of Thrones!
Just saw a killer new review of “Light Dawning” from Games, Braaaaaaaains, and a Headbanging Life (hey, it’s the three things I like most all in one site)! Here’s a few excerpts:
Light Dawning has the feel of a world that reminded me of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. The huge conquering army sweeping across the world, the once powerful city now in ruins, the hopelessness of the continuing fight, the different religious factions trying to take control and the dark and powerful magic.
The claustrophobic feel of Cestia adds a certain hopelessness to the story making it feel especially glum and desperate.
Ty Arthur wanted to put a story down to spread around some of the anger and hurt he was feeling at the time. He succeeded there. Read it, enjoy it, feel down for a bit and then hope for a sequel sometime soon.
You can read the full 8 / 10 review right here.
Classic space elements meet unexpected and horrific danger
The Scary Reviews is exactly what it sounds like – a repository of book assessments running the gamut of the entire horror spectrum: sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, speculative, fantasy, and more.
Reviewer David Spell recently uploaded his thoughts on my sci-fi / horror mashup novella “Empty,” having this to say about the tale:
Ty Arthur has an excellent way of writing and filling our heads with all the sci-fi elements of a classic space adventure. From the technology to the dangers of space travel and exploration. You feel the desperate feelings quickly as Hansen scrambles for safety. As he learns what the mystery organism is his desperation rises. When he figures out the organism’s plans for the crew of the Penrose it’s game over. While Empty is very short and a quick read it has a great beginning, build up and ending that left me wanting more.
For the full review and to find plenty more scary stories worth reading, head over to The Scary Reviews site here.