The Storyteller’s Corner Dissects Light Dawning

New video review online today!

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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.

Engrossing slow burn of a fantasy

DavidsBookBlurg reviews Light Dawning

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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!

Light Dawning is FREE this week

Snag a digital copy by Friday at no cost!

160x600LightDawningAdWithTextThis 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:

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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!