I tried to think of a word to describe 2012, but it can’t be summarized too easily. It was a year of disappointments and victories, but I can’t see it as anything other than a large step forward.
I’m happy to announce that the first volume (episodes 1 to 5) of Enchanted Forest is now complete, available for purchase at all ebook vendors (except Smashwords… the slow reporting and slow uploading procedures currently frustrate me to no end, but I’ll get around to it soon).
Sales on this series started out (very) tepid, but are slowly picking up. Go forth, buy, and read, and give me the encouragement to start Volume 2! My mind brims with ideas for more episodes.
I also made a profile of Kalamar, for those interested.
Alysse Riverhall sails to her native land, vowing to return with an army of knights. While Sigmund sits on the throne, Kenna Wildsaber calls up spirits of darkness to aid her ambitions. The undead Great Witch of the Ulfr plots and waits for her chance. But only one of them can be HIGH QUEEN.
While humans battle for the throne, the Ulfr rise in the flesh, marching under the banner of the Frozen Skull. Soon they reach the home of Kai Riverhall, junior member of the Order of Scouts: a young man with a rare gift. The blood of the Green Dragon.
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“Chomp” is the kind of book that deserves to be a bestseller. I had previously read a few of Rappatta’s stories before. I expected high quality from him, since he is a Writers of the Future winner. He is also a fellow Odyssey graduate. He was there when George RR Martin taught (lucky bastard).
My expectations of high quality were satisfied.
This was the kind of novella that I enjoyed reading daily. It provided escape from the monotony of work. Every evening, after I wrote a thousand words and wound down a bit, I would get out my Kindle and escape for a few hours into Rappatta’s world. Though the conflict — centering around demons — is epic, I felt the characters were the most interesting part of the story. They were people I would like to get to know (which, in my opinion, is the test of good character building).
It’s well written, well-plotted, and reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that it’s set in a world just a few degrees off from our own. I strongly encourage you to pick up this absorbing 33,000 word (132-page) novella. You can find it on Amazon and elsewhere.
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Even in Varda, people take time to celebrate the dark, frightening aspects of existence. In time for Halloween, here is the fourth episode of the Enchanted Forest series, “Hagflight.”
Ep. 4: Hagflight
The festival of All Hallows comes to Kalamar. Norgs don masks to honor Dibbhal, the Bogey Man. Meanwhile, Pirosha’s friend Imowyn notices the full moon, shining bright.
She promptly informs him that whenever All Hallows and a full moon coincide, a fascinating astrological event called the Hagflight can be seen in the sky from the top of Mount Doogan. But bogeys, malevolent spirits from the dark side of Faerie, stalk the shadowy path that leads to it.
“Episode 5: Invasion” and the omnibus will arrive in November.