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Husband, Father, Follower of Asatru, Fantasy/Sci-Fi geek, Comic book nerd, & MetalHead. Always after knowledge! I am not a writer. I do not pretend to be a writer. I just like to read, and sometimes share my thoughts about my reading.

Taking a little break from the blog 10/19/16

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Taking a little break from the blog 10/19/16











Just wanted to take a moment to let everybody know I will be taking a little bit of a break from the blog. I should be back at it the first week of November 2016.


My family and I are moving back to Arizona, (Phoenix this time). Our attempt at living in a smaller town with actual weather (besides just hot) in Colorado did not work out so well. 2016 has been a horrible year for my family, and I am tired of it quite frankly. I hope this 2nd out of state move this year will allow us to get back on our feet. With the deaths in the family and all of the financial hardships this year, I am optimistic this is what we need for our family to prosper once again.


Thanks to everybody for all of the support!


James – MightyThorJRS






Book Haul: Pathfinder Tales – Shy Knives by Sam Sykes

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Book Haul: Pathfinder Tales – Shy Knives by Sam Sykes












The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!


Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives

by Sam Sykes

IS OUT TODAY October 18, 2016!

So go get you a copy!




















Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives

by Sam Sykes



  • Series: Pathfinder Tales (Book 40)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 18, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765384353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765384355


Shaia “Shy” Ratani is a clever rogue who makes her living outside of strictly legal methods. While hiding out in the frontier city of Yanmass, she accepts a job solving a nobleman’s murder, only to find herself sucked into a plot involving an invading centaur army that could see the whole city burned to the ground. Shy could stop that from happening, but doing so would involve revealing herself to the former friends who now want her dead. Add in an aristocratic partner with the literal blood of angels in her veins, and Shy quickly remembers why she swore off doing good deeds in the first place.

Based on the award-winning world of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

With more than a million players worldwide, Pathfinder is the world’s most popular tabletop RPG.








Sam Sykes is the author of the acclaimed Tome of the Undergates, a vast and sprawling story of adventure, demons, madness and carnage. He lives with two hounds in a small, drab apartment and has eaten at least one of every animal on earth. You can visit his website at http://www.samsykes.com





E-ARC Haul: The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore

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E-ARC Haul: The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore












The wonderful people over at Angry Robot Books and Netgalley were awesome enough to approve me for this e-book review copy this week! Thanks Angry Robot Books and Netgalley! I can’t wait to read and review!


The Last Sacrifice

by James A. Moore

is due out January 3, 2017!

So go pre-order your copy!









The Last Sacrifice

by James A. Moore



  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (January 3, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0857665448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857665447


Since time began, the Grakhul – immortal servants of the gods – have taken human sacrifices to keep the world in balance and the gods appeased. When the choose the family of warrior Brogan McTyre, everything changes.

Brogan begins the toughest battle of his life to free his family from their terrible fate. But when you challenge the gods, you challenge the very fabric of society. Declared an outcast, Brogan and his kin are hunted like criminals – but nothing will stand in his way.







James A. Moore is the award winning author of over forty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, seven Forges, The Blasted Lands, City of Wonders , The Silent Army and the forthcoming The Last Sacrifice (Book One in the Tides of War Series) and A Hell Within, co-authored with Charles R. Rutledge.
He currently lives in Massachusetts.





MightyThorJRS Fantasy Book News and Reviews - Guest Blog: Time and Space by Duncan McGeary author of Tuskers III

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Guest Blog: Time and Space by Duncan McGeary author of Tuskers III














As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot. Duncan McGeary the author of Tuskers III has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Duncan and Ragnarok for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars by Duncan McGeary

is Out NOW!

So go get your copy!













Time and space
by Duncan McGeary
Had a old friend come into my store and ask me if I write for a certain length of time or a certain number of words.
Well, actually, the time is all day. I give myself over to the writing for the whole day. I incubate the fictional dream, letting it fall over me, hopefully the story taking over my thought processes, but being patient. I heard creativity described as a shy pet that you have to coax from under the bed. That sounds about right.
There have always been a couple hours every day when I could have written, even at my busiest. But that’s like going from zero to sixty in a few seconds. It just was never possible. I needed more time surrounding the actual writing. Whenever I had a rare three days off in a row, I would suddenly get the urge to write something. Otherwise, I was stuck in the daily work cycle.
More power to those who can manage to both work and writing.
It is the word count that I shoot for. This is somewhat flexible, in that when I’m inspired, I can write thousands of words and when I’m stuck, a mere 1000 words is a good result.
My goal is pretty much between 1500 to 2500 words, which happens to be the size of most of my chapters. In other words, I’m concentrating on one scene or one chapter at a time. Discrete units.
I often could write more, but I find that saving up a little energy for the next day is best, especially if I break off with tomorrow’s starting point in mind.
The other element in creating the atmosphere for writing is space. I’ve tried to establish a single writing spot, but it seems to float. From the desk to the table to the bed to the couch.
Over the last two years I’ve been my most productive on my daily five mile walk in the High Desert about 15 miles east of my hometown. I walk the same path every day. I’m out in nature, but when I’m writing, I’m hardly aware of it. I’m in my fictional world, gathering details, and then sitting down and writing the scene.
This is actually becoming a bit of a problem for me. Yesterday was so cold and windy that I could only sit for so long. I came home intending the finish the scene, but got distracted.
Anyway, what all of this is about is creating the best atmosphere conducive to creating, to the point where if I don’t write something every day it bothers me. I realize that giving over the entire day to writing is probably a luxury for most people. For more social types, it might be a burden.
But I love that feeling of having the whole day ahead of me to ruminate about my story, to let it creep over me slowly, then the trigger words, a particularly vivid image, or a felicitous turn of phrase, when I sit down and the story takes over.
I’m a writer in the sense that I spend most of my time there. When the story comes to me, it is a wonderful feeling, its own reward. Walking back to my car, feeling good, I notice the nature around me again and it feels right.

Duncan McGeary is a native Oregonian, who has lived most of his life in Bend, Oregon, on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains. (His stories are often located in this western terrain.) After graduating for the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) he returned to his hometown, having had his first three fantasy novels published in the early 1980’s.

He bought a bookstore, Pegasus Books, in downtown Bend in 1984, got married to Linda, raised two sons, Todd and Toby, and spent the next 30 years trying to keep the store alive.

With the store thriving, he is now devoting his stored up creative energies writing again.



Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars by Duncan McGeary








The wild pig invasion of Saguaro was a three day wonder. But Cathy Comfort, host of the cable crime program, Cathy Comfort’s Justice, senses there was something more to the story than rabid pigs. With her young producer, Seth, she heads to Arizona to investigate, little realizing she’s landing right in the middle of the Aporkcalypse. The Tuskers are alive and breeding and smarter than ever. With the young scientific genius, Tesla, and the military leader, Napoleon, they are ready to take on humanity. Only one species will survive The Omnivore Wars. Tuskers III continues Duncan McGeary’s Wild Pig Apocalypse series.










Tuskers II: Day of the Long Pig

by Duncan McGeary







Tuskers: Wild Pig Apocalypse

by Duncan McGeary


EBook Haul: Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars by Duncan McGeary

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EBook Haul: Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars by Duncan McGeary










I received this wonderful Ebook review copy! I have heard nothing but great things about this book. Been wanting to read this one for a while now. Thanks Ragnarok publications ! I can’t wait to read and review!

Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars by Duncan McGeary

Is out 10/11/16!

So go get a copy!




Check back tomorrow for a guest blog by Duncan McGeary!












Tuskers III: The Omnivore Wars by Duncan McGeary






The wild pig invasion of Saguaro was a three day wonder. But Cathy Comfort, host of the cable crime program, Cathy Comfort’s Justice, senses there was something more to the story than rabid pigs. With her young producer, Seth, she heads to Arizona to investigate, little realizing she’s landing right in the middle of the Aporkcalypse. The Tuskers are alive and breeding and smarter than ever. With the young scientific genius, Tesla, and the military leader, Napoleon, they are ready to take on humanity. Only one species will survive The Omnivore Wars. Tuskers III continues Duncan McGeary’s Wild Pig Apocalypse series.










Tuskers II: Day of the Long Pig

by Duncan McGeary





Tuskers: Wild Pig Apocalypse

by Duncan McGeary










Duncan McGeary is a native Oregonian, who has lived most of his life in Bend, Oregon, on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains. (His stories are often located in this western terrain.) After graduating for the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) he returned to his hometown, having had his first three fantasy novels published in the early 1980’s.

He bought a bookstore, Pegasus Books, in downtown Bend in 1984, got married to Linda, raised two sons, Todd and Toby, and spent the next 30 years trying to keep the store alive.

With the store thriving, he is now devoting his stored up creative energies writing again.






Book Haul: Stranded by Bracken MacLeod

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Book Haul: Stranded by Bracken MacLeod












The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!


by Bracken MacLeod


So go get you a copy!

























by Bracken MacLeod



  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 4, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765382431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765382436


Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him.

Dismissing Noah’s warnings of worsening conditions, the captain of the ship presses on until the sea freezes into ice and they can go no farther. When the men are ordered overboard in an attempt to break the ship free by hand, the fog clears, revealing a faint shape in the distance that may or may not be their destination. Noah leads the last of the able-bodied crew on a journey across the ice and into an uncertain future where they must fight for their lives against the elements, the ghosts of the past and, ultimately, themselves.



Stranded is a genre-transcending triumph, proof that horror isn’t about blobs-in-the-basement (a.k.a., the gore that bores), it’s about what’s real (really) inside us all, and the pressure cooker of circumstances that brings that – all that – to the surface. With this book, Bracken MacLeod steps squarely into the highest rank of writers as he takes risks others couldn’t hope to conceptualize … and magically makes them work.” ―Andrew Vachss, award-winning author of The Burke series


Stranded puts a chill deep into your bones from the first chapter, and that chill stays with you until the end. It’s an eerie arctic adventure tale in which the frozen wilderness is so tellingly realized that it becomes alive and relentlessly dangerous. Bracken MacLeod is a powerful writer, and this mind-bending novel of madness is his strongest work yet. Read it, but wear a warm sweater and huddle close to the fire.” ―Chet Williamson, International Horror Guild Award-winning author of Psycho: Sanitarium


“As brilliant as it is disturbing. Bracken MacLeod joins the ranks of today’s top horror writers.” -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Patient Zero


“An ice-cold Arctic thriller with a Twilight Zone twist and suspense to spare. The best debut novel I’ve read in ages.” -Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Ringers

“Stunning. MacLeod leads us on an existential journey through hell that moves smoothly from unease to horror, finding every emotional beat and giving full measure to each human hope and fear.” -Dana Cameron, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award winning author


“The work of a master storyteller at the top of his game. You’ll smell the ocean air, hear the waves as they slap against the hull, and experience the white-knuckle terror of trying to survive in the face of the unknown. If Bracken MacLeod can’t scare you, you’re already dead!” -Nicholas Kaufmann, author of Die And Stay Dead


“A smart, surprisingly-moving, first-rate thriller that chucks Martin Cruz Smith’s Polar Star down a Twilight-Zone-esque rabbit role.” -Paul Tremblay, author of The Little Sleep


“From the very first storm at sea, MacLeod grabs you by the throat. A must read for thriller fans from a remarkable new talent!” -Nate Kenyon, author of Day One









Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a trial attorney. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Shotgun Honey, Sex and Murder Magazine, Femme Fatale: Erotic Tales of Dangerous Women, Ominous Realities, Eulogies III, Wicked Tales, Beat to a Pulp, Protectors 2: Heroes, ThugLit, LampLight, Splatterpunk, and Shock Totem Magazine.

He is the author of MOUNTAIN HOME, a novella titled WHITE KNIGHT, and his new novel, STRANDED, is coming in 2016 from TOR Books.

He lives in New England and is currently at work on his next novel






Book Haul: Treachery’s Tools by L. E. Modesitt

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Book Haul: Treachery’s Tools by L. E. Modesitt












The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!

Treachery’s Tools

by L. E. Modesitt

IS OUT October 11, 2016!

So go get you a copy!





















Treachery’s Tools

by L. E. Modesitt



  • Series: The Imager Portfolio (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 11, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765385406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765385406


Treachery’s Tools is L. E. Modesitt’s tenth novel in the New York Times bestselling Imager Portfolio fantasy series and begins thirteen years after the events of Madness in Solidar, Alastar has settled into his role as the Maitre of the Collegium. Now married with a daughter, he would like nothing better than to focus his efforts on improving Imager Isle and making it more self-sufficient.

However, the rise in fortune of the merchant classes in Solidar over the years does not sit well with the High Holders, who see the erosion of their long-enjoyed privileges. Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder. In the midst of the crisis, some High Holders call for repeals of the Codis Legis, taking authority away from the Rex.

Once again, Alastar must maintain a careful political balance, but he cannot avoid the involvement of the Collegium when someone begins killing students. Trying to protect his imagers and hold Solidar together for the good of all, Alastar stumbles on to a plot by the High Holders involving illegal weapons, insurrection, and conspiracy.








L. E. (Leland Exton) Modesitt, Jr. is an author of science fiction and fantasy novels. He is best known for the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, lived in Washington, D.C. for 20 years, then moved to New Hampshire in 1989 where he met his wife. They relocated to Cedar City, Utah in 1993.

He has worked as a Navy pilot, lifeguard, delivery boy, unpaid radio disc jockey, real estate agent, market research analyst, director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant for a Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer and writer in residence.
In addition to his novels, Mr. Modesitt has published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. His first short story, “The Great American Economy”, was published in 1973 in Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact.


E-Arc Haul: A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

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E-Arc Haul: A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden












The Awesome Scott Oden author of the outstanding new book A Gathering of Ravens was kind enough to send me a early E-Arc of A Gathering of Ravens and I could not have been more excited! I have just finished reading and absolutely loved this book! So stay tuned for a review! Thanks Scott!

A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

is due out June 20, 2017!

So go pre-order your copy NOW!

Amazon link:








A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (June 20, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 0312372949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312372941


Amazon link:


He is called by many names. To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcnéas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night, the Son of the Wolf and Brother of the Serpent. He is Grimnir, and he is the last of his kind – the last in a long line of monsters who have plagued humanity since the Elder Days.

Drawn from his lair by a thirst for vengeance against the ambitious Dane who slew his brother, Grimnir emerges into a world that has changed. A new faith has arisen, a Nailed God from the East, and against it the Elder World cannot abide. The Old Ways are dying, and their followers retreating into the shadows; even still, Grimnir’s vengeance cannot be denied.

Taking as hostage a young Christian to be his guide, Grimnir embarks on a journey that takes him from the hinterlands of Denmark, where the wisdom of the ancient dwarves has given way to madness, to the war-torn heart of southern England, where the spirits of the land make violence on one another. And thence to the green shores of Ireland and the Viking stronghold of Dubhlinn, where his enemy awaits . . .

But, unless Grimnir can set aside his hatreds, his dream of retribution will come to nothing. For Dubhlinn is set to be the site of a reckoning – the Old Ways versus the New – and Grimnir, the last of his kind left to plague mankind, must choose: stand with the Christian King of Ireland and see his vengeance done, or stand against him and see it slip away?







Who is Scott Oden?

Good question.  Oden is the author of four novels, two historical fiction (Men of Bronze and Memnon) and two fantasy with a strong historical bent (The Lion of Cairo and A Gathering of Ravens), a couple of short stories, and a few non-fiction articles and introductions (notably, the introduction to Del Rey’s Robert E. Howard collection, Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures).  Oden is a sad victim of Golden-Age Thinking and would rather live as an expatriate writer in 1920’s Paris . . .

Scott Oden was born in Indiana, but has spent most of his life shuffling between his home in rural North Alabama, a Hobbit hole in Middle-earth, and some sketchy tavern in the Hyborian Age. He is an avid reader of fantasy and ancient history, a collector of swords, and a player of tabletop role-playing games. When not writing, he can be found walking his two dogs or doting over his lovely wife, Shannon.

Oden’s previous works include the historical fantasy, The Lion of Cairo, and two historical novels, Men of Bronze and Memnon. He is currently working on his next novel.



The Mark Lawrence Page

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The Mark Lawrence Page











Just added a new page to the blog:

The Mark Lawrence Page

My fandom has gone to a new level!

So I hope everyone will check it out!


James – MightyThorJRS


Welcome to The Mark Lawrence Page here on MightyThorJRS! Anyone who knows me, knows I am fanatical about Mark Lawrence and his books! Yes, he is my favorite author, and has written all my favorite books. But this transcends mere fandom, it is a way of life! (Or something like that) So, anyways I wanted to put all of my blog post that have anything to do with Mark Lawrence in one spot for all to see!





The Mark Lawrence Page

All Mark Lawrence All the time!

(Mark Lawrence blog post in chronological order)






MightyThorJRS Fantasy Book News and Reviews - E-Arc Haul: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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E-Arc Haul: Red Sister by Mark Lawrence












The wonderful people over at Ace Roc Books and Netgalley were awesome enough to approve me for this e-book review copy this week! So yeah, a new series by my favorite author, YES! life is good! Thanks Ace Roc Books and Netgalley! I can’t wait to read and review!


Red Sister  by Mark Lawrence

is due out April 4, 2017!

So go pre-order your copy!









Red Sister  by Mark Lawrence



  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (April 4, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1101988851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101988855


The international bestselling author of the Broken Empire and the Red Queen’s War trilogies begins a stunning epic fantasy series about a secretive order of holy warriors…

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In some few children the old bloods show, gifting rare talents that can be honed to deadly or mystic effect. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls.

A blood-stained child of eight falsely accused of murder, guilty of worse, Nona is stolen from the shadow of the noose. It takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist, but under Abbess Glass’s care there is much more to learn than the arts of death. Among her class Nona finds a new family—and new enemies.
Despite the security and isolation of the convent, Nona’s secret and violent past finds her out, drawing with it the tangled politics of a crumbling empire. Her arrival sparks old feuds into life, igniting vicious struggles within the church and even drawing the eye of the emperor himself.

Beneath a dying sun Nona Grey must master her inner demons, then loose them on those who stand in her way.











Mark Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled. His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence. He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments. At one point he was qualified to say ‘this isn’t rocket science … oh wait, it actually is’.
Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.

Blog here: http://mark—lawrence.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MarkLawrence…

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ALL Mark Lawrence ALL the time!



The Mark Lawrence Page








E-Arc Haul: The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher

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E-Arc Haul: The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher










The Awesome Michael R. Fletcher author of the outstanding Beyond Redemption is back with a new book and I could not be more excited! I was lucky enough to get a early E-Arc of The Mirror’s Truth and I can’t wait to dive in! I will be reading soon so stay tuned for a review! Thanks Michael!


Michael just did a cover reveal and excerpt over on his blog, I suggest you check it out!


The Mirror’s Truth: Cover Reveal and Excerpt


The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher will be out this December so keep an eye out, and go buy this book!









 The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher




The Mirror’s Truth (Manifest Delusions #2)


Where belief defines reality, delusions are both strength and curse: The deeper you sink into madness the more powerful you become. But that power comes with a price. Your darkest nightmares hunt you at night. The face in the mirror hates you and wants to be free. Your fears manifest and plot your destruction.




Bedeckt defined himself by the list of crimes he was unwilling to commit. It was such a short list. How could straying from it have gone so wrong?

Now Bedeckt must undo the damage caused by wandering from his precious list. The Geborene god seeks to remake the world with his obsessive need for cleanliness and perfection, but Bedeckt is going to bring him down. Nothing can stop him. Not even death.

The two friends he abandoned in the Afterdeath chase after Bedeckt, bent on revenge. Psychotic assassins hunt him. Something cold and evil follows, lurking in the clouds above, shredding reality with its delusions. Madness and sanity war, stretching and tearing the very fabric of existence.

The dead shall rise.



















Michael R. Fletcher’s novel, BEYOND REDEMPTION, a work of dark fantasy and rampant delusion, was published by HARPER Voyager and released June 16th, 2015.

THE MIRROR’S TRUTH, the sequel to BEYOND REDEMPTION, is slated for release in December of 2016.

SWARM AND STEEL, epic dark fantasy, will be published by Talos Publishing (an imprint of Skyhorse/Nightshade Books) in August of 2017.






Michael’s second guest blog here: Guest Blog: Rules of a Responsive Reality Part Two by Michael R. Fletcher author of Beyond Redemption.


Our interview is here: The Most Important Interview of All Time, with Michael R. Fletcher and mightythorjrs.



Guest Blog: When the hero turns out to be the quiet guy sitting in the corner . . . by K. V. Johansen the author of Gods of Nabban

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Guest Blog: When the hero turns out to be the quiet guy sitting in the corner . . . by K. V. Johansen the author of Gods of Nabban









As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot. K. V. Johansen the author of Gods of Nabban has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank K.V. and Pyr Books for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

Gods of Nabban by K. V. Johansen

is Out NOW

So go get your copy!






Gods of Nabban by K. V. Johansen







When the hero turns out to be the quiet guy sitting in the corner . . .

K.V. Johansen


Gods of Nabban



Character is what drives the heart of Gods of Nabban, perhaps even more so than in any of the other stories of the seven devils and the caravan road. Though each novel is an interlaced polyphonic narrative, nothing works unless the story is rooted firmly in the character who’s the core of each thread. If I don’t have the character right, I can write and scrap and write and scrap and dig deeper and deeper into that rut and get nowhere, till I find the real person inside whatever it is I’m trying to do.


Gods of Nabban nearly didn’t exist.


When I began working on Marakand, which became the duology comprised of The Leopard and The Lady, I knew that something ominous had been going in the city of Marakand for thirty years or so by the time of the end of Blackdog. I knew that Holla-Sayan, the shapeshifting hero of Blackdog, was heading in that direction, but that it wasn’t going to be primarily his story, however much he got mixed up in it. I thought the way to tell this story was through someone from Marakand, and I started writing the book about a captain in the city guard . . . and the story kept grinding to a juddering halt. Meanwhile, a secondary character, an assassin with a nightmare of a curse tormenting him, was heading to the city to kill the Voice. And he had this follower, this servant, Ghu, this young man who refused to be gotten rid of, though Ahjvar said he didn’t want him and I had no idea what I was meant to do with him. But he was there, vividly alive in my mind, and he wouldn’t go away.


If Ahjvar had remained what I thought I needed him to be, a secondary character, a catalyst and a tragedy, the Marakand duology would have been a very different story and Gods of Nabban, which I think might be one of my strongest things yet, really would never have been told.


Luckily (?) I’m a messy writer; I can’t work with outlines, and have to thrash my way through a swamp- and bramble-filled wilderness, uphill both ways, to get to the truth of the story I’m trying to tell. Which, in the case of Ahjvar and Ghu, turned out to be a rather different story than I thought.


The doomed-to-be-killed-off assassin and his horseboy, as I first conceived of them, didn’t last through their first conversation, because that was so not Ghu.


What was he, though? Finding out is always the fun part.


From a technical point of view, of course, Ghu was a necessary foil to Ahjvar, because a character travelling alone can be very boring unless things jump out at them a lot or they talk to their horse. But he was a foil in other ways as well, light and calm and stillness set back to back with Ahjvar’s dark and ugly, tormented life. Ahjvar needed him. And yet he was an echo, too, of some things in Ahjvar. Ahjvar was incredibly dangerous when he first entered these stories — possessed, murderous, a rabid dog, he said himself, who should be mercifully dispatched. And Ghu, this quiet boy, who might be anywhere between sixteen and twenty or so — other characters’ perception of his age changes depending on how clearly they see him — copes with Ahjvar’s curse and his madness and his nightmares and isn’t afraid of him. Just trails after him, looks after him in the worst of his horrors, and ruthlessly sets him loose as a weapon when that seems the logical solution to a situation. That fascinated me. And he also just quietly loves him, which took me by surprise, but there it was. Beneath that, beneath all Ghu’s quiet and calm, something very deep and very powerful and potentially very dangerous was starting to wake up. What it would become might depend in part on Ahjvar — I’ve mentioned the half-mad-in-his-own-right-and-possessed-by-psychopathic-ghost thing, right? No? Well, that’s what he meant by a mad dog. Not exactly a role model and certainly not a father-figure, but it turns out that wasn’t what Ghu was looking for anyway.


Ghu wasn’t something that could be labelled a sidekick. He was the other half of Ahjvar.


As the story told in The Leopard and The Lady wound up, with varying degrees of victory and tragedy, the surviving characters’ lives went on. I like to leave a few threads leading off over the edge, implying that the world goes on in many other directions as we turn our attention to what comes next. Holla, Ivah, Moth, all headed off on their various roads — some of which are definitely To Be Continued, in case you’re wondering — and Ghu took another. But Ghu’s road, at the end of The Lady, seemed like a brand-new story that was only beginning, and it felt urgent. It didn’t fit, though, into the loose structure of my history of the caravan road and the seven devils.


Except that the more I thought about it, it did. Ghu, in himself, embodies aspects of the cosmology of the world I hadn’t explored even in Blackdog when a goddess of the earth was one of the main characters. I hadn’t intended, at this time in the world’s history, to go to Nabban. I’d vaguely had the idea that if I wrote a Nabban story it would be something set back in the days when the wizard Yeh-Lin was empress, either before or after she became a devil. That Ghu and Ahjvar were in a place where they were starting a new story — I story I had to finish — meant that I had to go to Nabban, because that’s where Ghu was heading and Ahjvar, if he resisted his deep desire for the ending of his life and hung on in the world at all, would be right there at his shoulder. So how did that fit into the larger unfolding of the underlying story of the seven devils going on in the background?


The hints were all there, as they had been for Marakand. Little intimations of tendrils stretching out to touch places far over the horizon. Little flashes of vision: the nature of the gods and the world. Passing conversations on the road, among the caravaneers, of the state of affairs in this land or that, mentions of the Nabbani abomination of slavery, an offence to the gods — and yet Nabban has its gods, so why and how is that tolerated . . . and what was Ivah’s mother, who dies in Blackdog, fleeing from when she left Nabban, and what will Ivah find if she goes there in search of something to answer that restless emptiness in her godless life . . . How can Ahjvar ever live, or learn to live, with what he’s done and what he’s been used to do? What is he going to become now that he’s placed himself in Ghu’s shadow and seems to be trying to surrender all will? Can he be more than a monster and a weapon?


Most of all, what is Ghu making himself into, and how is that going to affect the world?


Finding all that out is where Gods of Nabban came from.


Afterthought: The question of whether Gods of Nabban is a standalone or part of a series is a recurring one and I don’t suppose this essay has helped, so I’ll just say — think of all of these — “The Storyteller, Blackdog, the Marakand duology (The Leopard and The Lady), and Gods of Nabban — as separate stories in a larger history. You can read them as standalones with the same historical setting (so long as you read The Leopard and The Lady together, because they’re one unified story), or you can read them in chronological order. Some people find it’s fine to start with whichever one first grabbed their attention and then go back and forward to the others; others prefer to start at the beginning and have the world unfold with the history. I do think that you can read Gods of Nabban without having first read the Marakand duology, because Ahj and Ghu are starting on a new story, at a new place in their lives, quite different from the people they are at the start of The Leopard, and the backstory that you need to know does emerge in small glimpses, without needing to be a summary of what-has-gone-before.











About the author:

Mostly, I write fantasy (epic fantasy … character-driven epic fantasy … with shapeshifters, demons, gods, and … Moth, around whom even the gods get a bit nervous). These days, I largely write for adults, though I’ve written many children’s and YA fantasy novels and some children’s science fiction, as well as picture books, plus I’ve been known to perpetrate literary criticism.

Gods of the Nabban, set in the world of the caravan road and falling chronologically after The Storyteller, Blackdog, and the two volumes of Marakand, The Leopard and The Lady, is out in September 2016 from Pyr.

My main scholarly interests are ancient and medieval history and languages, and the history of children’s fantasy literature. What else can I say? My life is unexciting. I live with a wicked white husky-mix dog and aspire to an arboretum of my own.

Here on Goodreads, I’m only rating/reviewing books I’ve really liked a lot. Sometimes I rate with stars, sometimes I don’t, but a book is only on my Goodreads shelves if I liked it. For serious critical analysis from me, you’ll have to turn to Quests and Kingdoms or Beyond Window-Dressing.



  • Paperback: 565 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (September 6, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1633882039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633882034



The fugitive slave Ghu has ended the assassin Ahjvar’s century-long possession by a murderous and hungry ghost, but at great cost. Heir of the dying gods of Nabban, he is drawn back to the empire he fled as a boy, journeying east on the caravan road with Ahjvar at his side.

Haunted by memory of those he has slain, Ahjvar is ill in mind and body, a danger to those about him and to the man who loves him most of all. Tortured by violent nightmares, he believes himself mad. Only his determination not to leave Ghu to face his fate alone keeps Ahjvar from asking to be freed at last from his unnatural life.

Innocent and madman, god and assassin–two men to seize an empire from the tyrannical descendants of the devil Yeh-Lin. But in war-torn Nabban, enemies of gods and humans stir in the shadows. Yeh-Lin herself meddles with the heir of her enemies and his soul-shattered companion, as the fate of the empire rests on their shoulders.




The Leopard

The Lady

by K. V. Johansen



“A lyrical and beguiling fantasy of gods and tortured souls, of grand magics and human frailty. Wonderful books that stand well above your average epic, Johansen’s novels are beautifully written, timeless fantasy Tolkien himself would have loved.”

—TOM LLOYD, author of Stranger of Tempest

“If you like epic fantasy full of flawed, diverse, bickering characters banding together to heal both their world and themselves, Gods of Nabban has got you covered. If you want a story with compelling, psychologically rich characters and a fascinating setting of empires, nomads, gods, and ghosts, it has all of that. And if you enjoy the pure sword-and-sorcery thrill of watching the toughest SOBs on the planet facing down a ruthless army of evil, it’s got that too. K. V. Johansen takes you on a fantastic journey you won’t forget.”
—CHRIS WILLRICH, author of the Gaunt and Bone series

“K. V. Johansen has woven a fabulous epic. Exciting, passionate, and lyrical, with characters that loom larger than life on a grand stage.”

—JON SPRUNK, author of The Book of the Black Earth series

“KV Johansen has crafted a captivating world of gods, demons, wizards and warriors. Enriched by a keen eye for character and masterly, lyrical prose this is an insightful look at the corrosive nature of power on the human soul, not to mention featuring some of the best swordfights I’ve ever read.”
—ANTHONY RYAN, author of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy and The Waking Fire (reviewing Blackdog) 

“Johansen has found a winning combination: the modern epic fantasy penchant for a cast of thousands and the golden age feeling of a tale of Conan or Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser dueling with gods gone mad.”
–Publishers Weekly (reviewing The Lady)

“Blackdog is an absorbing story of a man and a goddess on the run, struggling to survive against impossible odds — all in one can’t-put-it-down volume.”
–io9 (reviewing Blackdog)

“Her world is full of rich and vivid detail… High fantasy for lovers of mythology and of powerful beings in human form, this adult fantasy debut should appeal to fans of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series.”
–Library Journal (reviewing Blackdog)




MightyThorJRS Fantasy Book News and Reviews - Guest Blog: Dialogue by Jen Williams author of The Copper Promise

MightyThorJRS Fantasy Book News and Reviews -

Guest Blog: Dialogue by Jen Williams author of The Copper Promise













As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot. Jen Williams the author of The Copper Promise has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Jen and Angry Robot Books for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

is Out NOW

So go get your copy!







The Copper Promise by Jen Williams







Jen Williams: Dialogue


Writing dialogue is always my favourite part of writing a book. If I could get away with it, 90% of my books would be made up of conversations in taverns, occasionally interrupted by elaborate orders of drinks and the odd break to nip outside and have a punch up. Alas, I can’t quite get away with that, but I can make the most of any dialogue I get to write, because dialogue is, if you ask me, the music that keeps your novel jiving. Here are five things I always bear in mind when my characters stop to have a chin-wag:


1 Who is talking? Can you tell? It’s an old piece of advice, maybe, but it rings true. People have different ways of speaking, different verbal habits, and if your characters have those too, it helps to bring them to life. If you took away all of the dialogue tags, could you still tell who is talking? In my books, if a lot of swearing is going on, or there are a smattering of particularly colourful insults, I know that Wydrin of Crosshaven is talking. If the words are haughty and well-spoken, it’s usually Lord Frith. In a later book, I have a character who has a habit of calling everyone ‘dear’, or if she’s really angry, ‘darling’. Dialogue is a quick and easy way of letting your readers get to know your characters.


2 It must sound real. And at the same time, it must not. If you record actual human conversation, it is largely a gibbering car crash: people meander, change the subject, pause for painful lengths of time, say ‘um’ a lot, make strange noises, or straight-up not make much sense. If you transcribed this sort of thing directly into your own writing, your book would be three times as long, and largely impossible to follow. The thing to find is the magical dialogue bubble that only exists in fiction, where although people may sometimes stumble over their words in moments of extreme stress (‘Oh, well, actually I think… I think your nose is the prettiest I’ve ever seen, actually’) they also never suffer from l’esprit d’escalier – witty retorts and damning put-downs are the chewy nougat* of fiction (well, my sort of fiction, anyway).


3 Break up your speeches. People do tend to talk a lot (I myself am blessed with a number of very mouthy characters) – whether in conversation or a scenery-chewing monologue, and the rhythm of that can start to look a little boring on the page. A way of breaking this up, and sneakily conveying even more juicy character info, is to describe your characters doing something while they speak. These can be small things, like preparing food or fiddling with an item of clothing, but used with care, these little actions can be really useful – not least because sometimes they can indicate that what is being said is not actually the whole story. Does your character tug at the laces of their boots when nervous? Or do they compulsively make tea when a difficult conversation is at hand?


 4 In the land of Show Don’t Tell, dialogue is your secret weapon. We all know that big exposition dumps are about as popular as a damp bus seat, and when you’re writing fantasy you usually have even more information than usual to convey: what the world is like, who rules it, how the magic works, what terrible horror from the depths of history is about to rise up and destroy everyone, and so on. Having your characters talk about the history of their world, or it’s particular idiosyncrasies, is a great way of sneaking this information in under the Banner of Banter – however, you do of course have to avoid the ‘As you know, Bob…’ trap. If your characters are deeply interested in talking about ancient politics for no particular reason, the writer’s devious hand is suddenly very obvious. Think of world-building through dialogue as a spice you add to the meal – just a touch here and there, don’t overwhelm it.


5 Value an awkward silence. Sometimes, what characters aren’t saying to each other is infinitely more valuable than their witty banter.


*This is assuming you like chewy nougat. Please substitute with honeycomb or caramel at will.











About Jen Williams: 

Jen Williams lives in London with her partner and their cat. She started writing about pirates and dragons as a young girl and has never stopped. Her short stories have featured in numerous anthologies and she was nominated for Best Newcomer in the 2015 British Fantasy Awards.

You can find Jen online at her website:sennydreadful.co.uk, on Twitter @sennydreadful and on Facebook.












The Copper Promise by Jen Williams


  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (July 5, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0857665766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857665768


About The Copper Promise: 

There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods.

Wydrin of Crosshaven has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumours.

But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure … if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over.

These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes a story can save your life.



“A fast-paced and original new voice in heroic fantasy.”
Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Children of Time and the Shadows of the Apt series

“The Copper Promise is near-perfect fantasy-adventure fun and a breath of fresh air …
Read it and remind yourself what made you fall in love with fantasy.”
 – Starburst Magazine

“Fresh and exciting, full of wit and wonder and magic and action, The Copper Promise is *the* fantasy novel we’ve been waiting for.”
– Adam Christopher, author of Empire State, The Age Atomic and the Dishonored series

“There are pirates and magic, demons and disciples, undead soldiers and noble knights. If you’re thinking this sounds like a lot of fun you’d be gods damned right.”
– Den Patrick, author of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade









Book Haul: A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan

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Book Haul: A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan










The wonderful people over at Harper Voyager US were awesome enough to send me this review copy this week! I have heard nothing but great things about this book and series. Been wanting to read this one for a while now. I really, really have to read this series! Thanks Harper Voyager US! I can’t wait to read and review!


A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan is OUT NOW!

So go get a copy!


























A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan

  • Series: Sorcery Ascendant (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (September 13, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0062407287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062407283


In this gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, the award-winning fantasy series, a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires.

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall.

After young Caldan’s parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked, and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice.

Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic. But as he grows into his powers, the young sorcerer realizes that not all the monsters are on the other side.

And though traps and pitfalls lie ahead, and countless lives are at stake, one thing is certain: to save his life, his friends, and his world, Caldan must risk all to defeat a sorcerer of immense power.

Failure will doom the world.

Success will doom Caldan.


Also Available:


A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

Sorcery Ascendant (Book 1)


Blood of Innocents  by Mitchell Hogan

Sorcery Ascendant (Book 2)







When he was eleven, Mitchell Hogan was given the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to read, and a love of fantasy novels was born. He spent the next ten years reading, rolling dice, and playing computer games, with some school and university thrown in. Along the way he accumulated numerous bookcases’ worth of fantasy and sci-fi novels and doesn’t look to stop anytime soon.

His first attempt at writing fantasy was an abysmal failure and abandoned after only one page. But ideas for characters and scenes continued to come to him and he kept detailed notes of his thoughts, on the off chance that one day he might have time to write a novel. For a decade he put off his dream of writing until he couldn’t stand it anymore. He knew he would regret not having tried to write the novel percolating inside his head for the rest of his life. Mitchell quit his job and lived off dwindling savings, and the support of his fiancé, until he finished the first draft of A Crucible of Souls.

He now writes full time and is eternally grateful to the readers who took a chance on an unknown author.

A Crucible of Souls won the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

Mitchell lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Isabelle.




Guest Blog: TREE GODS DRIPPING TEARS by S. C. Flynn author of Children of the Different

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Guest Blog: TREE GODS DRIPPING TEARS by S. C. Flynn author of Children of the Different











As part of my Guest blog series for authors and fellow bloggers I am proud to present another guest blog spot.  S. C. Flynn the author of Children of the Different has been kind enough to write a guest blog post for MightyThorJRS today. I am very excited and I would like to thank Stuart for the opportunity to host this Guest Blog. 

Children of the Different by S. C. Flynn

is Out NOW

So go get your copy!

(Amazon US)

(Amazon UK)

(Amazon Australia)














by S C Flynn


It had been raining that day and the forest was dark. He could still smell the strong eucalyptus scent rising off the huge karri trees that stood like crying gods dripping tears on the little lost humans far below.

The south western corner of Western Australia, where I grew up, is home to some unique forests. Above all, there are the karri forests, made up of some of the tallest trees in the world, nearly as tall as the sequoia of California. One tourist spot is called Valley of the Giants, where an elevated walkway allows visitors to experience the thrill of the trees’ height from above. The normal experience, though, is to be stuck on the ground far below, in awe of the size, age and grandeur of these magnificent creatures:

He used to think of the giant trees as forest deities. It was impossible not to, having grown up underneath their trunks, squinting into the sun every day to try and see their waving tops tickling the sky.

Pantheism? Animism? Anthropomorphism? I do not want to get into splitting definitions here. I mention these names as examples of kinds of thinking that are very different from the dominant modes in our society. Divinity in everything – souls in everything – everything imagined in human terms: there must be many others.

Until very recently, it would have been common to dismiss those kinds of attitudes as appropriate only for an individual’s childhood, or for the so-called childhood of humanity. Children are expected to grow out of these kinds of sentiments. Cultures that still hold them are often forced to grow out of them, suddenly and traumatically. The only acceptable way of thinking in recent centuries has been to imagine a deity above and outside everything, then us below, then everything else.

This conception was driven by – and reinforced in its turn – a drastic underestimation of non-human lifeforms. Climate change and extinction events are forcing at least some of humanity to question these old assumptions. It may already be too late, but the more we learn about other creatures on this earth – whether the problem-solving skills of octopi or the systemic importance of bees – the more it becomes apparent how much humans under-estimated them in the past. Our feeling of superiority was evidently more a product of ignorance than of knowledge.

None of this means that we have to accept ideas such as the Gaia Hypothesis, which says that the entire planet is one great organism. It does mean, I think, that our notions of sentience have to be greatly revised. It is often said that children see and plainly speak the truth more than adults. Perhaps humanity’s childhood contained much more truth than has been thought.

We are used to the concept of a benign god. “Benign” in the sense of being in some way – not always apparent – particularly attuned to human interests. If the re-evaluation suggested above is valid, however, human interests should no longer be considered primary. It is not necessary to picture a world where the tree gods and others like them are actively evil. They exist on their own plane and pursue their own ends that are probably totally unrelated to human aspirations.

A kookaburra’s cackling laugh broke out nearby. She glanced out the window. The chunky brown bird was sitting out there somewhere among the endless trees. The kookaburra always sounded jolly, and she used to love watching the family building its nest and the chicks growing up. But the kookaburra laughed just as loudly while it broke the backs of the snakes it ate.

Maybe the adulthood of humanity will involve a reconciliation with some “childish” ideas and the recognition that the only active force for evil lies in ourselves.










S. C. Flynn was born in a small town in South West Western Australia. He has lived in Europe for a long time; first the United Kingdom, then Italy and currently Ireland, the home of his ancestors. He still speaks English with an Australian accent, and fluent Italian.

He reads everything, revises his writing obsessively and plays jazz. His wife Claudia shares his passions and always encourages him.

S. C. Flynn has written for as long as he can remember and has worked seriously towards becoming a writer for many years. This path included two periods of being represented by professional literary agents, from whom he learnt a lot about writing, but who were unable to get him published.

He responded by deciding to self-publish his YA post-apocalyptic fantasy novel, Children of the Different and, together with an American support team, aimed for a book as good as those created by the major publishers.

S.C. Flynn blogs on science fiction and fantasy at scflynn.com. He is on Twitter @scyflynn and on Facebook. Join his email newsletter list here




Children of the Different by S. C. Flynn




Nineteen years ago, a brain disease known as the Great Madness killed most of the world’s population. The survivors all had something different about their minds. Now, at the start of adolescence, their children enter a trance-like state known as the Changeland and emerge either with special mental powers or as cannibalistic Ferals.


In the great forest of South West Western Australia, thirteen-year-old Arika and her twin brother Narrah go through the Changeland. They encounter an enemy known as the Anteater who feeds on human life. He exists both in the Changeland and in the outside world, and he wants the twins dead.

After their Changings, the twins have powers that let them fight their enemy and face their destiny on a long journey to an abandoned American military base on the north-west coast of Australia…if they can reach it before time runs out.

Children of the Different is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel set among the varied landscapes and wildlife of Western Australia.

“The love and the strong bond the main characters share is the power that drives them forward through hardships and terror, and it’s a delightful and very real emotion to behold.”- Space and Sorcery
 “An imaginative success, fully realized in every way, easy to digest,and utterly enjoyable to read.” – Bookwraiths

“Exciting and fresh, atake on post-apocalyptic narratives that I hadn’t encountered before.” – FantasyLiterature


“If you enjoy post-apocalyptic adventures then Children of theDifferent should definitely hit your radar.” – A Fantastical Librarian

“Smart, engrossing young adult fiction that doesn’t talk down to itstarget audience.” – The Eloquent Page

“Recommended if you’re looking for a fresh and exciting experience in an otherwise overcrowded genre” – The Fictional Hangout 

“For fans of YA and younger readers there’s a lot to like in Children of the Different and I’d definitely recommend it to you. Likewise, adults and post-apocalyptic fans will also find enjoyment in the book too”. – The Tattooed Book Geek


“Solid characters, a really good setting, and some nice twists to the plot. Recommended!” – Who’s Dreaming Who

 “Children of the Different is trippy and surreal, and is a thought-provoking adventure.” – Books Without Any Pictures
 “I was charmed by thisengrossing, genuinely exciting book…I have no hesitation inrecommending this entertaining adventure for fantasy fans, young and old, whowould like something different.“-Brain Fluff


“Adebut that is not to be missed.” – The Bandwagon


“A bright star in the sky that will light up your imagination!” – Red Star Reviews


“At times, it was beautiful and strange, and at other times I was biting my nails in anticipation of what would happen to our heroes.” – Dab of Darkness


“I really enjoyed the book. Siblings are still a rather rare choice for protagonists and both Australia and the dream world were interesting settings” – Mervi’s Book Reviews


 “What I found…was an interesting world with intelligent characters, always an enjoyable combination for me.” – Purple Owl Reviews

Book Haul: The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

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Book Haul: The Family Plot by Cherie Priest












The wonderful people over at Tor were awesome enough to send me this review copy!  Thanks Tor! I can’t wait to read and review!


The Family Plot

by Cherie Priest


So go get you a copy!







The Family Plot

by Cherie Priest

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 20, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0765378248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765378248


Priest continues to cement her reputation as a master of modern gothic with a haunted house tale that’s a slow burn with an utterly addictive finale. Though it feels like more could be done with the ghosts of the Withrow house, the living characters do more than their fair share of lifting with interactions that are charming and funny. That said, fans and new readers should walk away satisfied and just a little bit worried when in the house alone.

In The Family Plot, Dahlia Dutton and her salvage crew are given a last ditch job to wreck and salvage an especially tantalizing property. Ignorant of the house and Withrow family’s history, the crew soon find themselves haunted by a multitude of spirits. At first, the spirits are content to scare and pester, but as Dahlia uncovers more of the secrets the house has held for nearly a century, something dark and violent emerges ― something that has squared all its rage on Dahlia Dutton alone.