The Good: Compelling characters (and creatures!), plot twists aplenty, and a return to one of the most nightmarish landscapes in fantasy, this time cranked up on the creep-out factor. The Bad: After a strong start, I personally felt that the foot came off the gas pedal while some of the investigative meandering got underway, but … Continue reading Book Review: Ravencry by Ed McDonald
The Good: Above and beyond the compelling characters and punchy plot, this is a book that keeps you guessing right up until the final page. The Bad: As with Ravencry, Crowfall embarks on an entirely new direction to a destination that I hadn’t anticipated – some readers may dislike this, but I for one am … Continue reading Book Review: Crowfall by Ed Mcdonald
Voting on the shortlists closes on Friday 2nd June. Cast your votes on the David Gemmell Awards official website HERE. The awards will be presented on the 15th July 2017, at the Edge-Lit 6 event in Derby. Be there or be…not there? Elsewhere? Somewhere? Blood has been spilled. Blades have been dulled. Bones have been … Continue reading The Gemmell Awards for Fantasy: Shortlist 2017
To conclude this mini-series of posts on Ed McDonald's debut Blackwing, I invited Ed to talk about any topic that he felt was relevant but more importantly, something that he was passionate about. I have to say, I really appreciate the fact he chose something that both readers and aspiring authors might be interested in. … Continue reading Guest post: Ed McDonald on Working with Editors
I recently had the pleasure, nay, the privilege, of reading an ARC of what I believe is going to be one of the best fantasy books of 2017. And it was a debut! That book was Blackwing, by Ed McDonald. And I needed to know more - so I thought I'd ask. Blackwing takes epic … Continue reading Author Interview: Ed McDonald, ‘Blackwing’
Please note: voting on the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy closes on Friday 2nd June. The awards will be presented on the 15th July 2017, at the Edge-Lit 6 event in Derby. Cast your votes HERE. Have you ever met a legend? I have. I've stood on the walls of a doomed-to-fall fortress with men too … Continue reading The Truth Behind a Legend…
What does it take to become a published author? Or, more specifically, what does it take to become a traditionally-published debut fantasy author in 2017? In a roundabout way, this is the big question I asked five traditionally-published, fantasy debut (in 2017) authors in a recent interview mini-series. More than a few things stood out for me … Continue reading What does it take to become a traditionally-published debut fantasy author in 2017?
Day 3 of the '2017 traditionally-published fantasy debut authors' interview series, and that tongue-twister of a tagline is still not getting any easier to say/type, let alone remember! After setting the pace with Nicholas Eames on day 1, and hot on the heels of Anna Smith-Spark on day 2, today, I've invited Ed McDonald to talk about … Continue reading The production of a fantasy debut: Interview with Ed McDonald