An enjoyable read September 4, 2016
This is a well-written novel about the Arthurian legend with extra and inspired splatters of sci-fi and fantasy. The characters are well-developed and the prose anything but purple. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I give it 5 stars.
Since this book scored #17 on the Amazon.com bestsellers list for Arthurian yesterday I thought I would share the latest review on the book from that site.
5 star review.
writes4coffee reviewed Shadow Over Avalon
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Delighted August 9, 2016
Shadow Over Avalon combines two genres that I don’t read a lot: science fiction and fantasy. It’s a new, fascinating spin on the Arthurian legend, and I was eager to begin reading. I’m delighted with the book. It has vivid descriptions, well-developed characters, a rich plot that flows nicely, and enough tension building to keep the reader turning pages. My favorite aspect of the book is how, in the underwater world of Avalon, the “blue sky” is the seawater. The cliffhanger left me wanting more, and I will definitely be reading the series.
Woo Hoo. Another great five star review of Sword of Shadows.
ADPase reviewed Sword of Shadows
A splendid mixture of goodies to savour July 19, 2016
The world created by the author for ‘Sword of Shadows’ is a fascinating place. Well imagined and thoroughly described. For me it was a slow read because there is a lot to appreciate and absorb. Characters are strongly developed and relationships are compelling. This is the second book in a series, which unfolds a new take on the King Arthur myth/legend including an new take on Excalibur & Merlin. As I read, I was reminded of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and I enjoyed them as well. It is a complex book with numerous characters, plenty of interweaving story arcs, and amazing plot layers that kept me on my toes.
I liked the idea the enemy is not a simple one-dimensional baddy. Instead, they are intelligent and fascinating in their own right. I would have enjoyed this book more if I’d read the first book in the series. In fact, I went to the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ feature for the first book (Shadow Over Avalon), and read the first three chapters to get a quicker feel for the world. If there is a third book, I would certainly buy it to find out what happens next in this world. If you enjoy a rich mixture of mystery, Arthurian mythology, science fantasy, suspense, and immersion in another world, I recommend this book.
http://bookShow.me/B00GAN6HMG and it is only 99c at the moment. Steal of a Deal.
What a nice thing to wake up to this morning. Shadow Over Avalon is right up there with the biggest and the best. Follow the link and see what they said. Now to go do extended happy dance. Want to know what it is about? Here is a short trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtqH1teA_yE
And here is the link for those 23 books.
Wow! Doing Happy Dance!!! This is the latest review of Shadow Over Avalon, the first book in an epic sci fantasy series. This is currently on sale for 99c. Don’t miss out. http://bookShow.me/B00GAN6HMG
5.0 out of 5 starsA Spellbinding Story
January 30, 2016
‘Shadow Over Avalon’ is a science fiction novel which has the feel of being a heroic fantasy novel. This blend works very well. It is the first volume in a series of novels, and it sets a hugely impressive standard for the others to live up to.
Many of the characters in the novel are named after figures from Arthurian legend, and it is hinted that Arthur – and presumably others – are in fact those same people, reborn in the latest of a long line of new lives. There are Ector, Uther, Kai, Morgan at the least mentioned in this first volume. Cleverly, a semblance of their relationships is retained and they are true to their characters, but this is not a tired ‘drag and drop’ operation; the lives they lead in this future world are wholly new and fresh.
The world is a large and breathtaking one, with a technologically advanced city home to a partially amphibious species of evolved humanity beneath the seas, whilst the still mammalian terran humans on the surface endure a harsh existence in feudal conditions. Both are prey to the powerful and inhuman Nestines. The exact nature of the world and its politics, together with its history, is revealed piece by fascinating piece as the book progresses.
Arthur features largely in the novel, but he is not actually the main character, at least not for much of this first book in the series. That honour belongs to a strange woman called Shadow, who becomes the link between the terran and submarine humans. Her story is a dark and tragic one, but also full of courage. There are some really exceptional characters in the novel and some very bleak and threatening situations. It really gets under your skin. I don’t want to give plot spoilers, but some of the twists and turns are quite insidious.
The writing is evocative and assured. For example, the description of the priests is very brief, but succeeds in bringing a sense of revulsion. The story and its environments are very easy to visualise whilst still being fantastic in scope.
The best new fantasy series I have picked up in years.
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I became aware today that someone is offering a free audiobook of ‘Shadow Over Avalon’. It isn’t me or my publisher. There are no audiobooks of my works…yet. I will be first to shout out if that happens. If this offer were genuine, which it is not, then it would be theft, pure and simple. What it will do is give you a great dose of virus for you PC. I found this out when I went to look and bear in mind I have uber protection on my PC, which kicked in and informed me of the danger. I believe it was a trojan horse. Lovely. Please bear in mind that no one gives away something for nothing, not even me. My promos are aimed at increasing sales on the next book. See? Truth here.
Speaking of promos, I have two currently running. ‘Shadow Over Avalon’ is currently 99c on all platforms for the ebook. Here is one. http://amzn.to/1R5BHet
Another promo is going on in the UK at Amazon and is for the paperback version of Darkspire Reaches, so yes, the second book is coming soon. Here s the link and the deal.
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- RRP: £8.99
- You Save: £5.24 (58%)
Please remember that unless it comes from me or from Kristell Ink/Grimbold Books it is not a genuine offer and you will certainly be either picking up all sorts of goodies you really didn’t want to acquire or even worse, you might be losing things you worked really hard to accumulate. Some of these hackers can burrow down into a person’s bank account. Whatever book you wish to buy/acquire, then get it only from a genuine platform such as Amazon, Barns and Nobel, Kobo, iTunes, or Smashwords. Google also has one, but my stuff isn’t on there.
Shadow Over Avalon, an epic science fantasy set in the far future, still only 99c.
So how does someone recreate an ancient king, who had no known surviving offspring? The scientist would need to reach back into the ancestry of the person to manipulate the exact genetic combination that resulted in the original person. Given the technology available to the scientist, and the ability to manipulate people, this isn’t a problem. A strand here is attached to a thread there and slowly, so slowly, the line becomes pure again. Of course, the scientist would have had to know Arthur in the first place, wouldn’t he?
This is not pie in the sky supposition, it is based on real studies as I did happen to major in Zoology and both genetics and embryology were special topics. Actually, on the subject of the latter, an early stage embryo will have gill slits in its neck. The changes are quite fascinating as the new person matures into viability. Genetics? It is possible to recreate a species, and has been done by backtracking along the ancestral D.N.A. but that is for a more modern creature. Something as ancient as a dinosaur would require some sort of blueprint and a more sophisticated technique than we have now at hand, but it could be done with fossil remains in a reasonable state, as I believe some of them have been found. The question is why would someone want to inflict such a terrible species on a human population? Easy enough to see if the intent was to keep the human population under strict control. Isolate people enough and civilization will reverse, especially if there is no means of electronic communication on one’s captives and they are expressly forbidden to use the written or drawn media for distance communication and are restricted to glyphs on message sticks. The problems arise, from the captor’s point of view, when the amphibious mutant start sticking their oar in what should be none of their business.
How does all this come about? Read the book and find out. This is the first book of a series. The second book, Sword of Shadows, is newly released. The story continues.