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Song

Set in the world of Perilisc, Jesse Teller returns to this world with another series sure to captivate readers. The Manhunters series starts off with Song, and tells two story lines that intertwine. Rayph Ivoryfist is an immortal magician that has his own personal demons to fight, but is bound by honor to protect the land and the boy he believes to be the next great ruler. When the prison he built is destroyed and all the evil had brought to justice is released he knew he needed help. Rayph than builds his own army of powerful beings, with his old friend Smear at his side. Parallel to the story of Ivoryfist preparing for battle is the story of Konnon, the father that wants a cure for his daughter’s paralysis. To help his daughter Bree, Konnon must work with his partner Glyss. Together the two of them have a reputation for being unstoppable and deadly. They live up to this reputation, knowing each other inside and out. The two pair’s separate missions will unavoidably end them up together in the town of Song, the question is, who is alive in the end?

Jesse Teller has a way with describing the setting that really makes you feel like you are there. The swamps that Rayph visits, you can almost feel the mud clinging to you, smell the decaying woods and animals used for sacrifices, and feel the tension that the people around the main characters create. The level of detail that goes into settings, also goes into the action. While this is great for really getting into things, those with a weak stomach for gore might not be pleased. Teller describes in detail the torture of some characters, and details the death of many. This level of detail may not appeal to all, but Teller can also detail the compassion and love between two characters just as well. The example of Konnon and his daughter Bree. There is no question about the devotion and love he feels for his daughter, it is relatable and pulls at the heart strings. A father’s undying love and willingness to do whatever he must to save her, no matter what the cost is to himself.

One of Teller’s greatest skills is relationships. Not romantic quest love relationships, but bonds between people and spirits. These bonds draw the readers in sometimes more than the story lines do because they are so powerful and relatable. As I read Song, I felt the bonds that form between Rayph and his army. The magic that makes it so they can all be connected is just a piece of the puzzle, they genuinely build a brotherhood and work as one. Konnon and Glyss while not blood brothers move as one unit together, they are bound and know each other so well there is no need for words. It is a great read for the relationship factor alone. If you enjoy studying and reading about human (or in this case non human) relationship Teller will not disappoint. Through his use of many magical creatures from humans, to fairies, to demons, all working together for a common goal the passion for survival and willingness to put all differences aside for is apparent. Perhaps it is a good lesson for modern society, put our differences aside and work together to defeat the evil looking to rip our world apart.

Pages: 319 | ASIN: B074GP13JC

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Technology As A Community Builder

Rich Marcello Author Interview

Rich Marcello Author Interview

Themes of forgiveness, trust, honor, technology as a healer, and non-violence echo through the pages of The Beauty of the Fall. What was the inspiration for the themes you used throughout the novel?

When I started the novel three years ago, I was interested in writing about, as you say, technology as a healer, or as I like to say, technology as a community builder. There are many good novels out there about the evils of technology, but few, if any, about technology companies that bring about positive social change. The idea of using technology to enable true democracy, as opposed to the slew of representative democracies out in existence today, intrigued me. The events in the world this last year –– the rise of fake news, populism, racism, and sexism—confirmed that I was one the right track. However, as my protagonist, Dan Underlight, emerged, I realized I was actually writing a redemption story. Once I was clear on that point, the themes broadened out to include all the ones you mentioned, especially forgiveness and simplicity.

I felt this story was very well written and used beautifully soulful language to create unique characters living compelling bittersweet lives. What’s your experience as a writer?

Well, first thanks for the compliment. I spend a lot of time at the sentence level, so it’s nice to hear that the language resonates with you. I’ve been writing all of my adult life, but only full-time for the last six years. In college, I had a chance to be mentored by a novelist in residence, but I was broke and needed to make money for a time. So when I graduated, I did. Throughout those years, I kept writing––mostly songs and poetry––but I always knew I would come back to writing novels. Hopefully, I’ll get ten or so of them out into the world before I’m done. I tend to write on most days in the morning for five or six hours. I’m a big believer in writing in the morning and tend to do my best work first thing each day.

The characters in The Beauty of the Fall are complex. What is your process for creating such in-depth characters?

As a writer, I’m trying to go deeper and deeper into the soul of each of my characters, and so I focus a lot of my effort on their inner lives. In this novel, I spent most of my time on Dan and Willow, but I also spent a considerable amount of time on the other characters. On process, I write a character over and over until I feel I find his or her voice. That usually happens at the scene level, and once I understand a character’s voice in that scene, it generalizes to the rest of the book pretty easily. With Dan in particular, once I understood his grief at some deep non-verbal level, he came into focus.

What is the next book that you are working on and when can your fans expect it to be out?

I’m working on my fourth novel, The Latecomers, which is about aging in a world that in many ways devalues age. It’s about how a few folks try to build a community that values age and wisdom. I’m one-hundred-and-forty pages into that novel and hope to have it out in a couple of years.

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Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself.

Willow, a poet and domestic violence survivor, helps Dan regain his footing. With her support, Dan ventures on a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Fortune 500 companies to flesh out a software start-up idea. He then recruits three former RadioRadio colleagues and starts Conversationworks, a company he believes will be at the vanguard of social change.

Guided by Dan’s leadership, Conversationworks enjoys some early successes, but its existence is soon threatened on multiple fronts. Will Dan survive the ensuing corporate battles and realize the potential of his company? Or will he be defeated by his enemies and consumed by his grief?

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The Siege of Laronto

The Siege of Laronto3 StarsThe Siege of Laronto by Neil Jopson is a fictional story of the destruction of a country called Laronto, and the events leading up to it. The city prepared for battle and would have to use their wits to prevent the overtaking of Laronto by the Slavodorians. Gathering all the resources and manpower they could, while hoping for assistance from Valecia, they made plans to thwart the efforts of the Slavodorians and consistently failed against the large army. Interlocked with a love story, the Siege of Laronto featured, the Baron Trosh, Mathilda, Sir Gwent, Sir Walter, Juan along with other brave souls who would fight to defend their city and lives against someone they would least expect.

A story of death, dishonor, war and survival is an accurate description of The Siege of Laronto. The destruction of Palmopelle, marked the beginning of dread for the people of Laronto. As they scampered about getting together an armed force, they went into overdrive producing weapons for war. From the beginning of the story themes of fear emerged, as well as that of survival. As the Baron of Laronto gave asylum to survivors of Palmopelle, his daughter Mathilda assisted their knight; Sir Walter, and finds herself being enlightened of his sense of loss; a theme identifiable throughout the entire book.

Surrounded by uncertainty and fear, families like those of Juan and Sarah found themselves being summoned from the town’s outskirts into the city. Everyone would gather there as they prepared to put up defenses against the Slavodorian army. All focus was on the impending war and how they could avert it and so Laronto faced much displacement. The city overflowed with people who had made their way into the town for refuge, but pride and jealousy would find its way into their preparations, and a fight for honor would be the distraction that would cost Laronto dearly.

The tirade began. No sooner had the honor duel started had the Slavodorians set up camp on the beach by the Gracian harbour. Sir Gwent rallied his men and took to the Gracian and that is where the war unfolded. Bulsvark was the enemy and he barked orders as did Sir Gwent, sending soldiers into a battle of epic proportions. However despite all their efforts, the Slavodorians were far greater prepared for this battle and Sir Gwent and his men were captured and are now at the mercy of Malksard, the Slavodorian general.

The days seemed to get shorter as the Slavodorians came closer to the city and Baron Trosh was running out of ideas. Lucian and Master Whirlwin navigated the seas on the Mermaid on a journey to Valecia for help. Sir Walter now tasked with leading the remaining soldiers and Laronto into safety as the Slavodorians drew even nearer. His love story faded as quickly as it started, it seemed rushed and not very engaging.

Their remaining journey would encompass conquer and defeat as they stood without the help of Valecia, yet they were persistent, even as the walls closed in. In what would seem like the final hour, many brave had fallen but what seemed like the end was only the beginning. Overall the Siege of Laronto is a story that describes just that, it was an interesting read that fell short of a love story.

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Pages: 142 | ISBN: 1505342023

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