Lord Abnett of Englandshire moves into his second week blogging at Babel Clash, and some very fine insights there are, too. A must-read for all would-be authors, whether you want to write original fiction, or tie-in. His most recent blogs are looking at the transition from creating tie-in fiction into being master of his own universe, with the writing of his first original novel, the fabulous Triumff: His Majesty’s Hero:

My own private universe
England, my England

In that second one he even talks about the yet-to-even-be-flipping-announced Triumff sequel, so check it out. And you can continue to penetrate Dan’s mind via the medium of letters combined into word-format over at Babel Clash for the rest of this week.

ServantUnderworld-front-72dThe Science Fiction and Fantasy blog reviews Aliette de Bodard’s Servant of the Underworld.

With Servant of the Underworld Aliette de Bodard has managed to create a living, breathing world from a long dead civilisation. It is clear that a massive amount of research about the Aztec people has gone into this novel, and it really does show. You could be forgiven for thinking that Aliette had lived among the living breathing Aztec’s rather than studying a people that died out centuries ago… Servant of the Underworld is an intelligent, involving and very rewarding novel which I have no hesitation in recommendation to one and all.

5 *****

Read the full review here.

Val’s Random Comments blog also talks about Servant of the Underworld:

An interesting and unusual setting, a well rounded main character (did you ever meet a priest of the dead being the good guy in a fantasy novel?) and a brisk pace. This novel has a lot going for it… Servants of the Underworld is one of the better débuts I have read recently. Definitely worth checking out. I am certainly going to keep an eye out for the second book.

Maurice BroaddusMeanwhile, Maurice Broaddus (author of the superb King Maker) has been interviewed over at The Occult Detective and he’s a great interviewee.

Mr. Broaddus is more than the words he writes on a page… Maurice draws you in with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye that belies the deep reflection that comes from a man who knows that there is more to life than the day to day drudgery. Maurice Broaddus is a man who knows all to well that what truly matters are the affairs of the heart and the weight of the soul.

WinterSong-front-72dpiColin Harvey’s Winter Song gets the review treatment at The Future Fire.

That the characters, social interactions and cultures are so nicely constructed and observed is no detraction from this novel’s claim to be a hard science fiction adventure, and it is the stronger book for it.