“Under a Colder Sun” . . . You Can Feel It

Book Review by Janet Fix10513394_10152170948392352_4419452928868424247_n

Under a Colder Sun is the fourth book I’ve enjoyed by Greg James (London), and there’s a reason I keep coming back for more: his mind is a crazy place, and I love walking around in there. As a writer of #fantasylit, this “crazy place” works well for him . . . and for his readers.

The eBook will officially be released on August 28.. The print book is currently available for purchase at Amazon

Under a Colder Sun speaks of a man who defies death, a woman who defies her father, and a king who defies his kingdom. Of particular interest is the first, Khale the Wanderer, who is both distasteful and heroic; hideous and handsome. I despised him, adored him, and mourned for his soul. So seamlessly tiered was this character, I literally fell into his heart, for better or for worse. Our woman warrior Leste is equally multidimensional but in different ways . . . I will say no more for fear of giving away the cow.

Better than all this are the plot line (solid, smooth, and intense) and descriptions of the lay of the land (I could smell, see, and breathe the desolate domain . . . WOW).

I enjoyed every moment of this book, wouldn’t change a thing. And kudos to James’ editor—for whatever polishing he/she may have done to bring the book to this level—and to his cover designer for a chilling, spot-on portrayal of this “otherworld.”

With enough chit-chat and sharing, I can easily see this #mythicfiction book being the impetus for much literary success for the young Greg James. Oh, and he’s quite the comic as well: Get to know him on Facebook under his release page for Under a Colder Sun, where he has all sorts of nutty stuff going on.

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“The Sceptre of Storms” Electrifies with Ageless Appeal

Reviewed by Janet Green, thewordverve inc.400919_10151400159902352_128969584_n

The Sceptre of Storms is Greg James’ followup to The Sword of Sighs (see my review here), and is classified as a young adult fantasy but well, let me tell ya, folks . . . this is a book for all ages for the ages. With a fluid, dark writing style, James’ words make you feel like Gandalf, or maybe Sean Connery, is narrating masterfully to you as you read.

Okay, all that’s good, but it’s not the best part of this story.  The caviar here is the mind-blowing, twisted essence of the evildoers in this tale.  James pulls out all stops in the creativity department with things (for lack of a better term) that do . . . things (for lack of a better term) . . . to those who oppose the Darkness. Wormtooth, mindreazers, fellfolk, necrodragons, and other demons of the shadows. Oh, what they do! My face would distort in horror as I read some of these parts . . . it was awesome.

Lucky for all of us, there are equally powerful do-gooders with their own spectacular bags of tricks, not the least of which is a sweet girl named Sarah Bean, upon which the destinies of many rest.

As an editor and reader of many types of great fiction, I am hopeful that Greg James in particular shoots to the top of his class for so many reasons: the music in his words, the ideas that he so lavishly creates and transfers, the editorial quality of his books, the beauty of his covers.

Apparently the third book in this traveling tale is due out late 2013.  I’ll be a buyer for sure.  Can James possibly keep up this level of BOOM POW WOW?  I think he can.

Click here to purchase The Sceptre of Storms from Amazon.

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