THE BLACK FIRE CONCERTO now available on Kindle (+ reviews)

/ Thursday, August 8th, 2013 / No Comments »

black_fire_concerto_front_coverMy first novel, The Black Fire Concerto, is available for Kindle (click here to check it out — if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can borrow it free) as well as in paperback (click here to check that out). One presumes that in the near future you’ll be able to go to one page for both editions — mysterious and strange are the ways of Bezos.
There’ve been a couple of early review of The Black Fire Concerto that I’m pleased to share here.
At Lynn’s Book Blog, there’s a lengthy, thoughful review:

I don’t want to give away too much in terms of the plot and what’s going on. It’s basically a rescue mission with a difference. There’s dark magic involved and it would be remiss of me at this point not to mention that this is a fairly brutal world. I would describe this as fantasy/horror I suppose if pushed. … I could easily see these characters taking on more adventures in a sort of chase between good and evil. I would definitely like more from these characters and a chance to see this world expanded upon.

Lynn’s Book Blog also just posted an interview with me about The Black Fire Concerto and writing in general.

When I wrote Black Fire Concerto, it was the first time I ever took a “glued to the keyboard, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, no stops for any reason” approach to a first draft of that length … Here I have to give a universe of credit to my editor, Claire Cooney, who was able to look over 200-some pages of raw dreaming and say, you steered in the right direction the whole time, but these are all the places where you left the path.

Another interview appeared at My Bookish Ways that also covers my anthology Clockwork Phoenix 4.
And neither last nor least, A Fantastical Librarian offers another review, saying that though the zombie-style violence and gore was a bit much for her, she did still enjoy it.

The Black Fire Concerto shone in its world-building. It’s a post-apocalyptic United States, which due to a calamity called The Storms has been altered to be almost unrecognisable. In this new reality magic seems to have returned to the world, along with an infestation of ghouls and the creation of new, changed peoples, plants, and wildlife. The magic in the book is interesting as there is an almost evil connotation to it, not just in the way the villains of the book use it, but even in the way it affects Olyssa and Erzelle. … if you enjoy dark fantasy and zombie-esque monsters, The Black Fire Concerto will be right in your wheelhouse and this slim novel might prove an unexpected delight for you.


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