Monday, June 24, 2013

"You should really announce your weapons after you fire them."

 I've been writing since I was twenty, I mean serious writing. I've written nearly every day since then, with no stops for editing. Therefore, this last - almost year - of doing nothing but editing - with occasional writing, left me a bit worried that when I got back to writing I wouldn't know where to being. So, over the weekend, I decided I would just sit down and force myself to write. I would write another chapter in Abolished Impracticality and not worry about how badly it turned out. I would not stop until I had the chapter finished.
 Thankfully it wasn't as bad as I'd feared and I finished the chapter and started another. (Kind of like Thor. "I like this...ANOTHER!")

 Therefore, I am pleased to report that book two is coming along better than I thought it would. I doubt I will think so when I go back to edit it, but right now I am living in my disillusions of grandeur. 

 Okay, enough of that for now though. Back to my blog party! 

 I must admit, I've had a lot of fun with this part of the party. I've been reading almost non-stop for the last week, and been allowed to tell myself it is part of my work. I've been reading many wonderful books, many of which I bought during a sale. However, today's book I won in a contest. It is titled Champion in the Darkness and is written by Tyrean Martinson. If you wish to read her blog you can do so HERE!

 Champion in the Darkness is the story about Clara, a girl who is training to become a Sword Master, but soon discovers she is actually the next Champion, a special person who raises up when the kingdom is in danger. 
 Soon after Clara learns this, the kingdom falls under an attack brought on by the selfish king who wanted revenge for his dead wife. Now Clara and her friends must fight together if they hope to end an evil reign and save the people.

 I wanted to read this book when I learned there were swords in it - one of the fastest ways to get me to read a story. But I must admit, I had my doubts when I learned the main sword wielding character was a girl. (So often when this is done in books the girl looks down on the men in the story, thinking they are dumb and helpless.) So, even though deep down I doubted that would happen in this book I had my doubts.
 I don't think a girl character had surprised me so much since reading Seraphina.

 Even though Clara is an expert with the sword, she doesn't think more highly of herself than those around her. She views her gift as something given to her, not something she got herself, and this knowledge keeps her humble. Also, she uses her talent to help those around her, not to make them seem weak or helpless. Never once did she look down at, say, the Shepherds because their talent wasn't carrying around a sword.

 Something else that also surprised me was the Christianity element in the story. So often I've read "Christian" books which have the same theme. "God is love and everything will work out for you." Yes, God is love, but He is SO much more than that. And Tyrean showed so many more of His attributes. A judge, a shepherd, and a warrior. I was really surprised and impressed, and I came to love the story all the more because of it. 

 I also really loved the "hero" in the story. (I'm not really sure if he was the hero or not, but he was REALLY cool. And he flew a griffin, what more can you ask for in a hero? So even if he wasn't meant to be the hero, he was very cool.)

 In short, I would really recommend it - and it is on sale now as well! It was a fun, exciting story, without the typical Christian messages in it. (You know, the ones used over and over and over again.) Very well done, but now I am eager for the second, which isn't out yet. 

 I will make you all guess where the quote is from.




  1. Sounds like a really good book! I might have to check this one out... Put it on my list of books to buy after July (because I'm saving my money for something special in July).

    Oooo I know where this quote is from! A certain sequel that I've only seen the trailer for...

  2. That's SO much writing. Good on you! I really struggle to stay focused when I write. I tend to write in huge hits, and then I go off writing for a few months. Naughty of me. ;)

  3. Tyrean will be so pleased with that review.
    I now picture you writing and smashing pens and crying "Another!"

  4. I admire your ability to write so much, Jack. But I guess I also consider editing "writing." Just a different phase of it.

  5. Wait...the hero rides a griffin? I may have to find this book for myself, then. For other reasons as well, but that one is certainly something you don't see too often!

  6. Main character named Clara who's really good with a sword? I'm sold! I just need a few more swagbucks before I can trade in for a $5 Amazon gift card, and I plan to get this book! (And then I'll force my own sword-wielding character named Clara to read it! Mwahaha!)

    1. Oh, and I hear you in the writing department! It seems that most of what I've been doing this year has been either editing or rewriting. But ... then again, I've always done a lot of rewriting, so nothing new there!

  7. This book sounds really good. I will have to look it up. :)

  8. kay awesome. I'm done with school and I'm currently sort of out of reading material so guess what I'm going to see is at the library! lol. That book sounds really, really good. I love it when you recommend books I haven't read yet. Your taste in books is really good. (WHICH reminds me, by the way... that I read The Peculiar and I really did enjoy it. :D I just really didn't appreciate the ending without having the sequel already out. GRRRRRR.)

    You like swords.... you should read The Thief and all of the Attolia books because... I love them. and they have swords. And Eugenides is freaking awesome. :D

    That is all. BYEEEEE!

  9. Wow!!!!! Wow! Wow! Thanks for this wonderful review!!! You made me smile big time!!! Thank you!


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