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What an exciting week, readers!  I finished the third draft of my novel! It took quite a bit longer than I’d planned, but it is over now.  I learned so much in the process, however, and the novel is in much better shape than it was at the end of the second draft. I cut out several chapters from a second POV character.  There was the main protagonist, running about the woods,… Read More

While I was waiting for a library hold to come in, I purchased A Duel of Evils by Anthony Ryan on the Kindle from Amazon.  It is a short story set in the Raven’s Shadow world, wherein our favorite historian relates the events of an important battle.  I  really liked Lord Verniers, and his voice in this is perfect. I don’t normally buy or read short stories so don’t know how to… Read More

I reviewed two of Anthony Ryan’s novels last year and named Blood Song as one of my favorite books for 2017 without doing a review.  This was my second or third read through, so I guess it is time! “The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.” Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at… Read More

Anyone who knows me may think this post title refers to my thoughts regarding spiders, but I went with something far less drastic this time.  I recently reviewed The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan, the first book of his The Draconis Memoria series.  I didn’t find the second book, The Legion of Flame, to be quite as interesting as the first, but I still ran right through it in about three days. … Read More

A year or so ago, I read the Raven’s Shadow series by Anthony Ryan.  This was a fantastic trilogy that left me thinking about the characters long after I’d finished reading, so I was excited to read the first of his new series.  The Waking Fire did not disappoint. Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or… Read More