Cover To Cover Takes A Long, Bloody Ride

Excellent new review of “Light Dawning” comes online!

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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.

Examining the world of Light Dawning

Get a look at everything from government to magic to monsters!

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I had the distinct pleasure of appearing at Our Epic Worlds recently – the fantasy and sci-fi focused blog from grimdark author M.L. Spencer. If you haven’t checked out her “Rhenwars Saga” series, take a gander at Amazon.

In this latest guest post, we go in-depth into various aspects of the “Light Dawning” universe – explaining the ins and outs of the magic system, religion, government, and the many unnatural and horrifying creatures to be found!

Read the full break down of the epic world of “Light Dawning” right here!

Fantasy is missing the horror element

How often do eagles really swoop down and save you from certain doom?

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The epic MightyThorJrs blog was kind enough to host me for a new guest post, this time discussing the curious lack of horror in the fantasy genre. Some excerpts follow:

As much as I will always treasure those books and how they shaped my youth, that aspect of the genre doesn’t ring true for me. I can’t think of a single time that eagles ever swooped down – literally or metaphorically – to save me from certain doom. The local cleric has never brought a loved one back from the dead. Standing up for the oppressed very rarely results in recognition or reward, and can be actively dangerous.

When I was writing Light Dawning, I didn’t want to just surgically remove all those aspects of fantasy that felt like wish fulfillment or vicarious living through written characters – I wanted to viciously hack them apart, violently ripping them out with tooth and claw before throwing them into the uncaring fire. My take on the genre consists of forcibly colliding fantasy with an unpleasant dose of grim reality, then injecting some looming cosmic horror elements to take it all one step further into the abyss.

Check out the full article right here and be sure to check out the other recent posts there covering some killer new grimdark material!

Third chapter premiere now online

Meet the unhinged Father Erret as he tries to teach an acolyte the path of the light

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Very excited to announce even more “Light Dawning” news today as another chapter has come online introducing the world to the horrors of occupied Cestia.

Following the premiere of chapter 1 at Metalundeground and chapter 2 right here at this very blog, a third and final book excerpt has now come online.

Check out the full third chapter, introducing unhinged missionary Father Erret, via the Tattooed Book Geek here.

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GBHBL Gets Grim With “Light Dawning”

Got my first comparison to Game Of Thrones!

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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.