Tuesday, August 31, 2021

 The IX Genesis

Cover Reveal

So many of the fans who enjoyed the IX Series asked for a prequel, that I was obliged to respond. And I’m glad I did. As I mentioned last time out, IX Genesis is a story about the origins of the Horde, their expansion, and the impact their rampage has on the people of Arden.

Here’s the back-story:


Arden, birthplace of a people who have mastered the secrets of arcane, reality-bending technology, and home to a civilization that now spans more than thirty planets throughout an entire quadrant of the galaxy. They are wise and understanding. Majestic in vision. Powerful beyond compare. And intent on extending their benevolent influence throughout the stars. . .

Until the fateful day their thirst for knowledge leads them to push too far, too quickly. In doing so, they open a door into the antiverse, a realm where the very nature of existence is an anathema to life. An antithesis to all that is good. Evil. And that evil is sentient, as highly contagious as it is fueled by an irresistible proclivity to feed and multiply and spread.

And feed and multiply it does.

Faced with an overwhelming flood, the Ardenese have no option.

They must fight or die!


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Friday, August 20, 2021

 Enjoy My Glimpse Into The Past

With. . .

Mistborn Secret History

In Mistborn Secret History, Brandon Sanderson adds a wealth of hitherto unknown details to the Mistborn and Wax and Wayne sagas.

Here’s a snippet of what you can expect:


Mistborn: Secret History is a companion story to the original Mistborn trilogy.

As such, it contains HUGE SPOILERS for the books Mistborn (the Final Empire), The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. It also contains very minor spoilers for the book The Bands of Mourning.

Mistborn: Secret History builds upon the characterization, events, and worldbuilding of the original trilogy. Reading it without that background will be a confusing process at best.

In short, this isn’t the place to start your journey into Mistborn. (Though if you have read the trilogy—but it has been a while—you should be just fine, so long as you remember the characters and the general plot of the books.)

Saying anything more here risks revealing too much. Even knowledge of this story’s existence is, in a way, a spoiler.

There’s always another secret.


Rather tight-lipped isn’t it? That’s because to do otherwise would – as it so plainly explains – spoil what’s in store for those who haven’t yet read the opening six books. And as someone who hates to reveal any form of spoiler, I totally agree. So, be reassured by the last line: There’s always another secret.

And what a secret it is!

Before I go any further, I would say that, if you haven’t already, ensure you read the original Mistborn and Wax & Wayne adventures first. And as you do so, keep an eye out for ‘things’ that don’t quite add up. Things that make you stop and think or suspect, ‘hang on, what else might be going on?’

Because they ARE there. Little teasers of something else. Something bigger. Something . . . secret. And just what those niggles in the back of your mind might relate to is laid bare in this companion story. Yes, Sanderson has achieved something of a gem with this novella, as it lifts the veil, allowing us to peek into behind the scene developments that we suspected were taking place all along. And now we know about them, it feels as if a void has been filled. Like a comfy pair of slippers that fit ‘right.’

Personally, I rather enjoyed this step back – and through – time. The revelations it contains are evocative, mind-blowing, and fully satisfying, providing a number of ‘I knew it' moments that will leave you eager for the concluding story: The Lost Metal.

And better still, you’re introduced to characters you won’t meet for real just yet. Characters you know will take the story arc into new and exciting territory when we eventually get to the finale.

Treat yourself. It’s always better to see the bigger picture.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

 My Thoughts On

Harrow the Ninth

I found this second book of The Locked Tomb Trilogy rather tiresome.

Yes, I know. I absolutely adored Gideon the Ninth. It touched a nerve, deep inside my darkened soul. What’s more, I’m usually spot-on when it comes to choosing reading material and the kind of saga I think I’ll enjoy. Alas, I failed in this regard. Though – I’m glad to say – my faith in Tamsyn Muir was restored as the story drew toward its climax.

Here’s the blurb to start you off, and then I’ll explain what I think was a major flaw that sucked all the joy out of this particular book.


She answered the Emperor's call.

She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.

In victory, her world has turned to ash.

After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman's shoulders.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath -- but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her.

Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor's Mithraeum with three unfriendly teachers, hunted by the mad ghost of a murdered planet, Harrow must confront two unwelcome questions: is somebody trying to kill her? And if they succeeded, would the universe be better off?


Sounds epic, doesn’t it?

And to be fair, it is . . . after a fashion.
As before, we have all the elements of Dark City, the Necromongers from The Chronicles of Riddick and the evocative imagery of the Bene Gesserit nuns in Dune, blended into a ‘whodunnit” style murder/killer-on-the-loose/mystery to fathom out. And yes, as before, it’s interspersed with clever dialogue, untrustworthy characters with their own agendas, a brutal magic system, and plenty of action that keeps you guessing . . . And more importantly: who is it that seeks Harrowhark’s death?

Buuuuut. . .

In my honest, heartfelt opinion, it still falls flat. And the main reason for that is the amount of time/perspective/and literal head hopping spent flitting backward, forward – and sometimes – sideways, in between an imaginative and appealing opening, and the Hail-Mary redeemer of an ending that saves the day by lifting the story arc – at last – to a level that matches the pedigree of Gideon the Ninth.

And the reason for that is Gideon Nav.

Fans of Gideon the Ninth know all about Gideon Nav. A sassy, smart/foul-mouthed, hooligan with a sword the size of her ego. But, my oh my, she made battling foul necromantic monsters and backstabbing opponents to the death lots of fun!


And yet we hardly get to see her? A surprise, as fans will also know that once a necromancer and sword wielding cavalier have blended to rise to Lyctorhood, they become near all-powerful immortal servants of the everlasting resurrection, nigh on impossible to kill.

Yet amazingly, Gideon is missing from most of the story.


So, okay. There IS a reason for that. And it took me until about halfway through the story to guess why that might be. (Slow, for me, as I’m usually sharp as the proverbial nail in working out the plot). But THAT was due to all the time/perspective/head hopping I mentioned. It’s distracting. And far from enhancing the mystery element, it stymies it completely.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This kind of thing doesn’t usually bother me. I’ve seen it employed in other stories by a variety of writers. Yet they managed it in a cohesive way that allows you to maintain a proper grasp of the storyline. And it’s here that Tamsyn Muir falls short. The temporal skipping is haphazard in that it often comes so unexpectedly that it takes a while for you to appreciate you’ve left the main story thread. So it becomes irritating. And that’s a mistake, as far as I’m concerned, as it spoils what could be – and does its best to be – an awesome sequel.

Now, this is only my opinion. As I mentioned at the outset, the story is saved by a much more consistent beginning and spectacular ending. But in between? All I can say is that I do read and review a lot of different books by a wide variety of authors. And when something I enjoyed immensely first time out is unnecessarily tainted by an avoidable trait? THAT vexes me.

I’m still a huge fan of the Locked Tomb trilogy, and hope Tamsyn Muir’s concluding chapter returns to the original format. Something I look forward to very much.