May 1, 2012
Spring not only brings flowers, it also brings books! Erin Hoffman returns to Andovar in Lance of Earth and Sky, book two of the Chaos Knight trilogy. Mark Chadbourn concludes his epic trilogy of trilogies with Destroyer of Worlds.
|Exclusive Q & A with Erin Hoffman|
Rene Sears: How was writing the second book in a series different from writing the first? Was anything easier or more difficult?
Erin Hoffman: I can't imagine any piece of writing, long or short, that doesn't feel at least partly impossible while you're doing it--vital and untamable and terrifying. I seem to 'worry' over books in progress the way I do over games, constantly turning them over to inspect every angle for potential or weaknesses. So that was essentially the same. In a way the trilogy itself is about this second book--about what happens after the hero changes the world--so it had more gravity. Writing a book while reviews for the prior volume were coming in--I didn't realize how difficult that was going to be, and it didn't matter to a certain extent whether they were good or bad. Jury's still out on whether that will ever get easier. :)
Rene Sears: The Goddess of Chaos has an extremely distinctive voice. How did you first conceive of the character?
Erin Hoffman: Thank you! Hmm, well, her exact nature might be something of a spoiler, for those currently reading the books. I will say that she's always been a very distinctive personality for me and ties into existing Earth mythology, a kind of goddess-concept that's been with us for a long time under various names. I was hit early on with the name 'Starhunter' for a goddess, and, through developing what she might be, found several connections to her core concept in very old mythologies that I wove into her. She exists outside of time, you might say, so she was also a way of connecting our world to Andovar, or illustrating the connection that is already there. And she's also partly my inner sarcastic immortal eight-year-old.
Rene Sears: What games are you playing right now?
Erin Hoffman: I'm deep into the "making" phase of the game I'm currently working on, so I'm playing less than I was during pre-production. For me, after a game is out of prototype and into full production it sort of consumes my thinking--so you could say the game I'm playing most, over and over in my head, is currently that one. :) But otherwise--in social, I'm playing Disney's Animal Kingdom Explorers, the new hidden object game from Playdom, and a bit of Marvel: Avengers Alliance, primarily for the entertaining character dialogue. On Mac, an independent game called Fractal from Cipher Prime, a surprise gift from their Auditorium 2: Duet kickstarter. A few console games, though sadly none that have stuck with me. I'm hopeful for Rayman: Origins. Thinking about a new round of WoW or trying Diablo 3 when I get through multiple June deadlines.
Many thanks to Erin for joining us!
|The Gate Between the Worlds|
"If you like hard-hitting fantasy adventure with a lot of magic, this is your series."
"A thoroughly enjoyable read, with an intriguing new world and civilization."
-Violette Malan, author of the Dhulyn and Parno books
"A high magic adventure with relentless action, exuberance and occasional over the top scenes that work well here. ...A+ and highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun adventure with lots of magic and a little romance added in the mix."
-Fantasy Book Critic
In Lance of Earth and Sky, Vidarian Rulorat faces the consequences of opening the gate between worlds. Called into service by the desperate young emperor of Alorea, Vidarian must lead sky ships in a war against the neighboring southern empire, train the demoralized imperial Sky Knights to ride beasts that now shapeshift, master his own amplified elemental magic, and win back his estranged love Ariadel--all without losing his mind.
Join author Erin Hoffman (@gryphoness) on Twitter May 16th, when she will be guest on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer's Chat (@sffwrtcht). You can keep up with the latest Chaos Knight news by Liking the World of Andovar page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andovar.world
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|The End of the World as We Know It|
"[A] masterwork of dark fantasy that will appeal to Mercedes Lackey and Charles de Lint fans." (about books two and three)
"Mark Chadbourn does an excellent job as guide for the entire trip...This book is an excellent end to the series and continues to play with the timeless themes and philosophical questions." -Night Owl Reviews
"...an author whose work has redefined the boundaries of dark fantasy. The colossal story has never been less than fascinating, and at times easily rivaled the most riveting, original work of the genre. ...Breath-taking, beguiling and very British, I can recommend Destroyer of Worlds
and the entire trilogy of trilogies, as books which any serious reader of dark fantasy should have in their collections." -SF Site
Mark Chadbourn's Destroyer of Worlds
is the final book of his trilogy of trilogies, comprised of the Age of Misrule
trilogy, the Dark Age
trilogy, and the Kingdom of the Serpent
It is the beginning of the end . . . the end of the axe-age, the sword-age, leading to the passing of gods and men from the universe. As all the ancient prophecies fall into place, the final battle rages, on Earth, across Faerie, and into the Land of the Dead. Jack Churchill, Champion of Existence, must lead the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in a last, desperate assault on the Fortress of the Enemy to confront the ultimate incarnation of destruction: the Burning Man.
"As one expects, the Nebula Awards Showcase is a volume of splendid stories covering the gamut of genres.... there are several fine examples of genre poetry; there are excerpts from two delightful novels..." -Booklist
"From the cover by Nebula-winning artist Michael Whelan to the very last page, this remarkable anthology is filled with the very best of the SF and fantasy published in 2010.... [A]ll the inclusions are outstanding works of fiction." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories in the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America® . The editors selected by SFWA's anthology committee (chaired by Mike Resnick) are John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly, both highly acclaimed not only for their own award-winning fiction but also as co-editors of three anthologies.
"False Covenant changed my status from "loyal fan" to "die-hard, I need every book Ari Marmell has ever written, obsessed-fan-girl."...This is a series not to be overlooked. It has everything a fan of fantasy could possibly want, and even those afraid to venture into high fantasy will love it. Anyone looking for a great story, check out the Widdershins Adventures novels." -What's Your Story
Davillon faces not only a new political upheaval, but a true supernatural threat to its citizenry. The local representatives of the Church are paralyzed by infighting and their own complicity. The Guardsmen are in over their heads. And then, there's Widdershins. Along with her personal god Olgun, she may be the only real threat to the evil infesting Davillon.
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