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Brother Flute Out Now!

An old man’s secret will alter the course of Aku’s life forever…

The ink on his mother ink tattoo is hardly dry when Aku makes a disappointing discovery. Disappointment leads him to make a rash, dangerous decision. When an old man with a bad eye rolls in, knowing far too much for being new in town, Aku follows him one night.

The man has a secret, one that will alter the course of Aku’s life forever…and maybe change the history of Atlantis. But is the old man’s theory correct? Or is he simply crazy?

Meanwhile, in the small town of Moku Harbor, Keki the crow brings disturbing news to newlyweds Lono and Hulu. Prioress Wa’e back in Atlantis has gone missing and it’s believed she’s been kidnapped. Will the young lovers offer their assistance to come help oust the Shabengee guards profaning the sacred Observatory? To complicate the decision further, Lono has a surprise that will change everything for the young couple…

Read Brother Flute, book two in The Last Days of Atlantis trilogy, now!

What I’m Reading: Sworn to the Gods

Sworn to the Gods is a fantasy romance by Lexi Caine. I came across it as it was listed on Amazon as an “other books you may like” for one of my own fantasy books. This struck me as odd, as fantasy romance and epic fantasy don’t often mix. When I investigated, I discovered the Amazon recommendation is likely because Caine’s book has a mythological setting, like the Atlantis setting of my “Last Days of Atlantis” series. In the case of SttG this setting is ancient Greece. I was intrigued and decided to go ahead and purchase it.

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What I’m Reading: Tree of Ages

Tree of Ages, by Sara Roethle, opens with Finn waking up, which is odd, since she’s a tree. Although now she seems to have arms and legs, and she finds the air is so, so cold. She tries to dig her feet in the ground like roots but it just doesn’t work. A kindly older man by the name of Aed happens by and takes her into his rustic cabin. He lets her stay a few weeks, until she’s gotten this being human thing down.

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Appearance on the Hourlings Podcast!

I recently did an interview with the Hourlings podcast, a cool podcast on various writing topics related to science fiction and fantasy. The podcast is hosted by authors Martin Wilsey, Shea Megale, and David Keener. We covered all kinds of topics about how I wrote Mother Ink and my approach to writing in general. Check it out!

What I’m Reading: Bolivar’s Sword

Bolivar’s Sword, by Jamie Edmundson, is the second book in the Weapon Takers Saga. I reviewed the first novel in the series here. This review will be a bit shorter than that one, as most of the same strengths and weaknesses in the writing apply to both books.

The weapons in question in the Weapon Takers Saga are seven mystical weapons, blessed by the gods, that date back to when the lands of Dalriya united to defeat the malevolent kingdom of Ishari. Unfortunately, the Ishari, under the leadership of Lord Erkendrix, who is possessed by an evil demon, were not totally destroyed then. Now, centuries later, the Ishari kingdom is again invading its neighbors with the goal of subjugating all of Dalriya.

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What I’m Reading: Toric’s Dagger

I was looking for a fantasy book with a bit of a twist, and thought Jamie Edmundson’s Toric’s Dagger looked like a fun heist novel–something like a team of fast-talking professional thieves out to steal valuable weapons.

And it does start out that way, with a heist going wrong in the first couple chapters, and introducing us to some of the main characters. But after that, it shifts into a story of medieval political intrigue involving nearly every kingdom in the land of Dalryia. Still, it’s quite good, even if it turned out not to be exactly what I was expecting.

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Mother Ink Now Available!

Next time a crow leads Lono away from the Observatory, she’ll know better than to follow…

Seventeen-year-old Lono wants nothing more than to become a Sister at the Observatory. After all, she’s been an acolyte her whole life—she doesn’t know anything else. But on the day of the ascension ceremony, a disturbing vision changes everything. She winds up outside the safety of the Observatory walls where a crow leads her to a boy in need of help.

The boy, Aku, is on a mission to deliver a mysterious key to a man in the city of Atlantis.

Worried he won’t make it on his own and her efforts to save him will be in vain, she joins Aku. Along the way, a disgraced scribe hiding dark secrets and a reptilian biped trying to get home join them. This misfit group has no idea what’s in store, but the dark, ominous clouds should be an indication they are walking into their doom…

Lono never expected to face the ultimate evil in a fight to save a city—will she make it out alive, let alone make it home?

What I’m Reading: The Way of Kings

My brother sent me Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings a couple years ago with his highest recommendations, but I’ve been put off until now by the sheer length of the book. It’s a bit more than a thousand pages, and I just don’t have time for that! I finally got around to reading it, and I’m glad I did. This is epic fantasy in every sense, and an incredible achievement in world-building.

The book takes place on the world of Roshar, where fierce highstorms–powerful thunderstorms that can destroy structures, and people left out in them–have shaped the landscape. The highstorms fuel magic in Roshar, as well, most notably by “infusing” gems as they pass by–just leave your gems outside when a highstorm approaches. Be careful they don’t get taken, though, as gems are the currency in Roshar, as well as the lamps, for an infused gem produces a magical glow.

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