The Annunaki

The Annunaki
Aliens, Gods or Demons?

Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 recap

--Two and one-third of a book written
- one book published with the second half coming out early 2106
-an article coming out in a publication alongside some of the best-known non-fiction authors on the subject of secret societies and occult history
- an author talk that went amazingly well. 
--Lots of new friends and some very cool fans.
I'd say 2015 has been pretty darn good.
Now that my health is pretty much normal, I think it's time to start attending literary events and conventions (along with a couple more books and novellas being released). Hope that we all have a fantastic year ahead of us. Love you all. Bring on 2016!!!!!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Review of The Covenant of Muirwood trilogy

Beautiful covers, compelling story, and a well-developed magic system. Maia is a sympathetic character--though perhaps a little 'too good'. After a while her meekness and love for those who have wreaked havoc and taken lives gets to be a little irritating. She is, of course, rewarded in the end, but sometimes as a reader, I'd just think 'really?'

I did enjoy the trilogy and read it quite quickly. It's a fairly easy, classic story, with good and evil, lots of journeys, lovable rogues and haughty enemies that meet their just desserts. I can imagine it appealing to many, particularly teenagers and those who enjoy YA literature.

For myself, the enjoyment of the trilogy was tempered somewhat by the realisation at the end of who the inspiration for the Princess Maia was. Looking back, I see a resemblence in their early lives, but the real woman was not one I'd ever thought to be presented in a favourable light.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Review of The Sun King Rises.

Nicholas Fouquet---a man associated with extraordinary rise and fall, secret societies and (rightly or wrongly) the Man in the Iron Mask. To be able to read a book that explores his downfall set against the religious and political turbulence of the time was a real treat and I enjoyed every moment spent with the book.

The other characters are just as intriguing: the dying Cardinal Mazarin and his spoiled nieces, the conniving Colbert, Anne of Austria at the end of a tumultuous reign  and her son Louis XIV, a young king both arrogant and unsure of himself, easily manipulated even as he tries to enforce his will.

The worldbuilding is excellent, I did feel as I was transported to those times and the language beautiful though I'm sure if I read it in its original French, I would be even more enthralled.

My own quibble is regarding the secret society having been plotting for centuries and yet unable to counteract the threat to their emissary to the King. At certain points, it was frustrating to read about men who were so brilliant and careful misjudging the situation so badly. Though it perhaps is more genuine and 'real' for the fallibility of its characters, yet still there is the urge to wish that they could have outsmarted their enemy.

This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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