Evensong Review & ROW80 Update
Yes, it’s rather late in the day, but Sunday’s are tough for me to get a post together. Today, before I jump into what I did or did not accomplish this week, I’m going to share my review of a soon-to-be-released fantasy novel by the uber talented Krista Walsh. Krista and I have had the opportunity to work together on two projects: Devin O’Branagan’s Witch Hunt: Of the Blood anthology, and Krista’s brainchild Greylands. You can find information regarding each of those on my Published Works page. So when Krista asked who would like an ARC of Evensong, of course I said ME! Okay, I may have screamed it loudly, or jumped up and down and waved my hands around. Whatever. I knew she’d been working on it for a while, and coming from Krista, it had to be something good. I wasn’t disappointed
Evensong is the story of Jeff Powell, an author who gets shanghaied into his imaginary world by his very own characters. Being a basically rational man, he of course suspects he’s simply snapped his bean due to the stress of looming deadlines, an annoyed agent, and a difficult scene he needs to write. Everything you *think* is going to happen from that point forward…doesn’t. And for Jeff Powell, everything he thinks *should* happen…doesn’t. I like a story that takes me someplace I didn’t expect, and Evensong does just that.
Krista creates a cast of unforgettable characters that will make you care deeply about what happens to them, just as Jeff begins to do on his journey. Witty dialog always wins me over, and Krista is a master at it. The worlds she creates are rich in detail, full of the sights, sounds, and smells that make you feel as though you’re actually there. This was one of those books that was just a joy to lose myself in. I kept wondering what she had up her sleeve next. Guessing did me no good, I was always wrong. I didn’t always like where she took me, but the sign of a good author is one who can make the reader care enough about their characters and the story they have to tell, that at times they must resist the temptation to throw the Kindle across the room. Or send the authors Tweets or FB posts telling them how evil they are. Yeah, I did that.
Evensong is the first book in the Meratis Trilogy, and I’m looking forward to the next installment. If you like fantasy that transports you and keeps you guessing, then you’ll want to put Evensong on your TBR list.
Now, ROW80 updates.
- Did the final tweaking (I think) on formatting Emergence.
- I’m having way too much fun working on the cover for Emergence. I have some new software and am learning some new techniques that are giving awesome results. I was going to share some early sketches with you but…well…nah. You’ll just have to wait for the reveal.
- I haven’t worked out any plot notes for CBC, but I did add around 4k words last week.
- Been eating better, and working out sporadically.
- Wrote some plot notes and scenes for the third Darkness & Light book even though I wasn’t officially working on it. I also brainstormed a bunch of titles for it. That wasn’t on my list but, well, it’s an accomplishment so I’m adding it in to my report.
- Oh, and I started up my other blog again. I actually did that a week or so ago. If you want to know what else I do with my time, head on over to my Shadowdance Aussies home on the web. That blog doesn’t get updated as frequently but I’ll be doing more than I did last year.
That’s it! Have a great week, everyone.
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