I’m going to let you in on a little secret here. Before I began reading The Crown of The Blood by Gav Thorpe I had an awful feeling I wasn’t going to enjoy the book… I normally see twists coming from a mile off. Not this one: it was unexpected and perfectly-timed, setting up the next book in the series to begin with some unpleasant questions in need of answering and leaving this novel on one of the best cliff-hangers I’ve seen in a very long time. Well worth a read.
Nails brims over with cleverness and coherency. Magic isn’t the product of spells, incantations or the use of amulets and talismans; rather, it is an external manifestation of the caster’s will – something that renders it, for Petersen at least, initially unpredictable, unreliable and difficult to manage. The inter-relationship between worlds, and the nature of magic, is well thought out and utterly persuasive. Shevdon leaves scant room for doubt or scepticism.
Sixty-One Nails is an excellent read and a remarkable debut. I look forward to getting to grips with the second volume, The Road to Bedlam.
And 2-time Ditmar Award winner Kaaron was interviewed by Gary Kemble at WorldCon over the weekend, and she tals about the label of being a horror writer. It’s a great interview, and you can hear it here.
And over at the Apex blog, Aliette de Bodard lets us in on her Five Most Important Writerly Lessons.
I didn’t get any formal lessons until I attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp in 2006; and it was a few more years before I worked out how those lessons applied in my case. Looking back, here are five things I wish I’d known earlier–and how I apply them in my everyday writing.
And the first interview with our newly signed author, Guy Haley:
My mum was pretty interested in SF and fantasy, she had a few books from her own childhood – a lot of Clarke and Tolkien. They bought me the Hobbit when I was seven. I found it before they intended to give it to me and started to read it there and then. I felt very guilty I’d spoiled my surprise, but my mum didn’t mind. I blame her for the SF, and my dad for the wargames – he’s a toy soldier dealer. He also likes his science fiction.