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!
The light of a new day has dawned for this book cover!
I spent the last few weeks mulling a re-lettering on Light Dawning, looking for a way to make the title pop a bit more.
After going through several of my own iterations and collaborating with a few of the fine folks at the Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers Facebook group, I finally ended up hiring Rob Matheny from the Grim Tidings podcast for the new edition.
Today I’m proud to unveil the new version, which can be seen below. If you like what he did with my cover, be sure to hit up Rob for your own books! The new cover is now online for the Kindle edition, with the paperback to follow shortly.
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!
Snag a digital copy by Friday at no cost!
This Monday – Friday the digital Kindle edition of Light Dawning will be completely FREE to download!
If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead and snag a copy, or grab one and gift it to a friend right here.
Don’t forget the physical edition is still available as well, and I’m pretty proud of how that turned out. Holding and smelling the book is an integral part of the reading process.
Will have some new online ads running in the not too distant future as well, so hopefully you’ll see some grimdark fantasy in your feed before too long!
Still haven’t decided if Light Dawning will be up your alley?
Check out the official video teaser trailer over here or peruse a couple of recent reviews:
Cover To Cover Books
Games, Brains, and a Headbanging Life
Hey there readers and readers-to-be! Just put together a new teaser trailer for “Light Dawning” featuring some quotes from various reviews and beta reads. Take a look and hopefully it piques your interest!
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.