Monthly Archives: February 2012

Light of Eidon, by Karen Hancock

I picked this up quite some time ago, and only just recently finished reading it. It’s actually quite a gem, in my opinion, though there were points that I couldn’t quite stand.

Overall, it was well written, and characterization was equally well done. The story follows Abramm Kalladorne, a prince of the kingdom of Kiriath through his trials and tribulations of accepting a deity he, at first, doesn’t believe is true. As a fifth son, he is nowhere near the throne, so dedicates his life to becoming a priest of the Mataio – a strict, religious organization. When he comes home to undergo a ceremony that completes his training as a priest, he finds two of his brothers have been killed, making him third in line. More things go awry, and, in a misguided effort to get Abramm out of Kiriath, Abramm’s brother Raynen sells him into slavery. Learning of her brother’s predicament, Abramm’s twin sister Carissa sets off after him, intent on bringing him back home.

Thus begins a two-year-long trek across sea and land, with Abramm facing an assortment of dangers, discovering a prophecy about a “Deliverer”, and coming into a new faith in Eidon and his son Tersius. Yes, this novel has many parallels to the born-again ideas of Christianity, but the religious slant is hardly noticeable. Except for when it is so horribly obvious, and Abramm’s continued denial of “truth” honestly made me want to bang my head against a wall after a while of his whining about wanting to know Eidon. But, aside from the obvious shades of the author’s opinions, it is a nicely written fantasy novel, with a few well-known tropes of standard fantasy fare. I really recommend picking it up off Amazon, and the Kindle edition costs you nothing. On an added note, it is book 1 in what Hancock calls the Legend of the Guardian King. I haven’t been able to get the rest of the series, but I will at least get book 2 at some point to see where this series goes. You can find Light of Eidon here.

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Goodreads

A friend of mine introduced me to this site called Goodreads, and I’ve joined it. I have a pretty lengthy “to-read” list, and four books I’m reading at the moment. Though, some of the books I plan on reading are books I’ve read before, but 1) it’s been a while since I read them and 2) it gives me an excuse to read them again.

Currently, I’m reading Game of Thrones, Light of Eidon, Wheel of Time #2, and Way of Kings. I’m almost done with Light of Eidon, and still have a way to go with the other three. Also, I’ve decided to tackle a reading challenge, to get myself reading again. At the moment, my goal is 25 books by the end of the year. Wish me luck, eh?

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Inkwell Imaginings: The Hero’s Journey

Jacksonville-based writing group Inkwell Imaginings does a weekly writing workshop. This past Friday, they had an in-depth discussion on the Hero’s Journey. A recording of the workshop is available for viewing on Youtube.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6 is not yet uploaded. A link will be added when it is available.

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Simplification

So, I’ve realized one of my characters in TST was unnecessary.

If there are six elements, I don’t need seven mains, right? Well, this is only because I decided to reorganize how the natural elements are set up in Itereos. Before, it was six that combined into the seventh, plus void. Then, a helpful person in one of my classes pointed out that having void AND dark was a tad redundant. So, now, we have six. Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Light, and Dark. So, figuring out the culture of the Dragons is slightly not needed, especially if my characters won’t be going there at all. At least, as far as I know, they’re not. Which means it’s just Atlavion and Deilon that need figuring as far as cultural stuff go.Worldbuilding! It’s never freaking ending sometimes.

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Call For Submissions

For anyone that follows this that’s interested, a friend of mine is looking for content to publish in a free publicity-oriented ebook. To do so, she’s holding a writing contest, and the best ones get published in the ebook. The details are as follows:

  • Of the entries, 7 will be chosen to be included in the collection. Submission deadline is April 8, 2012.
  • All submitters that are not chosen will have their names and websites listed on the final page of the ebook and receive a copy of the ebook to use in any promotions they like.
  • No corrections or alterations can be made to any entry once its submitted.
  • The ebook will be sent out on April 22, 2012.

Again, if you’re interested, by all means feel free to visit her blog. Further information about the contest is available at Goggles & Lace – Adventures In Steampunk and Speculative Fiction.

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Faery Tale Online

You should sign up for it. Serious. It’s awesome. It’s an online fantasy game you play in your browser. What makes it really unique is that you get born into the world, and grow up and such. TVTropes describes it as a fantasy life simulator, and that is a pretty apt description. Not much else I can say about it, really. My character is 1 years old so far, so I can’t really give much more info.

Check it out at the FTO home page.

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