fantasy fiction

Reading Corner – Indie Author Debut: Backlash by T.R. Lemke

backlashFantasy fans and fellow book lovers, you simply MUST check out T.R. Lemke’s debut novella Backlash. It is well-written and intriguing. If you enjoy fantasy, supporting indie authors of any genre, or are an agent looking for the next big name, you should read Backlash. It’s a quick read, more of a novella than a full size novel so don’t expect grand world development – not yet. That’s going to come later in Lemke’s full-scale fantasy series. (Agents, seriously, someone needs to discover this author.)

Backlash is the story of a working-class young man struggling to make ends meet in a society ruled by nobility. Running his family’s business alone and attempting to support his ailing mother, Samel can barely stay ahead of his debts. One day he is approached by a stranger who offers to apprentice him to a new craft. Desperate to escape the wrath of the tax collectors and to finance proper treatment for his mother’s illness Samel accepts. He learns quickly and life begins to change for Samel. But the price of his education is far more than he could have ever imagined.

No spoilers here. You have to read it to know more. I can tell you that Lemke has a knack for storytelling. His character development is well-done. The imagery is vivid. He has a strong grasp of the martial arts and it shows through the well-crafted fight scenes. Having also read some of Lemke’s other work in progress I know that it’s set in the same world as his larger scale series and that was particularly fun for me. Regardless of that, I think that any fan of fantasy will recognize a strong new author for the genre.

Read more about Backlash and T.R. Lemke on Smashwords or connect with T.R. Lemke on Facebook.

Killing a man was easy; there were many ways to stop the machinery of man’s body.
~ Samel Dorwen, Backlash

Reading Corner – Death Masks

deathmasksI enjoyed Death Masks, as I enjoy all the Dresden Files. After reading 5 in pretty close succession though, they are starting to feel formulaic and it wears on me that Butcher re-introduces the characters to the reader in every book. It’s a good tactic for making the stories and characters accessible to new readers every time, in case someone picks up a single volume from the series. Each book could easily stand alone because of this. But reading the books so closely to one another, it tends to have the opposite effect for me so I think I might take a break for a bit before picking up book 6. Although, regardless of all that, I really liked the plot of this particular installment. Harry’s love interest comes back on the scene and she’s turned into a real bad-ass. So it was a fun, quick read. I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next installment.

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.
~ Lloyd Alexander

Reading Corner – Mistborn

mistbornIt has been a long time since I’ve read a book so impressive. Mistborn is phenomenal. Many fantasies that I read are intriguing, gripping, engaging on many levels but there is so much more to Mistborn. I’m not sure I can even find the words to express my feelings while reading it. I could hardly put it down over the past week. The action of the story is laced with philosophical meaning. Even though I couldn’t stop reading, I often put the book down for a few minutes before reading the next section or chapter, to give myself a few moments to digest the message of the last few pages. To all my fantasy loving friends, if you haven’t read this series yet, put it on your list to read. I’ve had it on my list for 2-3 years and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. It’s that good. I’m eager to dive into the next installment but don’t have a copy. I have other things on my shelf not read, so now I must decide…choose something else and take a break from the series, or hunt down a copy of The Well of Ascension and keep reading. Decisions, decisions. 🙂

There’s always another secret.
~ Kelsier, Mistborn