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This story sneaks up on you: It's not one of high drama, fast paced battles or bloody fights (well, not so far..). The story does have battles, but they're much more subtle: Bullies, self-doubt, the elements. The characters build, you get to know them and it suddenly occurs to you that you've been caught up in their world longer than you had planned... Amazon.co.uk Customer review
'This book told a gripping story that kept me reading. I loved the setting and era whether mythical or historical. The characters were very real. It was nothing like I expected and somewhere between a Harry Potter novel and Lord of the Rings!' Amazon.co.uk customer review
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Location, location, location… did I happen to mention it matters?
I managed to timetable a research trip with a family holiday a couple of years ago. (Luckily: I think the accountant would have raised both eyebrows if I’d tried to put it through the books, and it would have given me sleepless nights to try it anyway. …
Why writers have to talk to their characters
(Honestly, this is not just a way to justify why I spend so much time talking to myself.) It’s important that key characters in any story can throw the reader the occasional curve ball. It’s vital is that you, the writer, were expecting that curve ball …
All those strange words in italics: the Ilmaen Quartet dictionary, part 2
The key to understanding the languages of the Ilmaen Quartet is understanding which populations have gone, and which survived. Most nations had organised the migration of their people into cities as the most effective and efficient way to meet everyone …