October 12, 2011 · 2:03 am
I’m finally reading the final book in this awesome trilogy! Yeah!
Friedman’s trilogy begins with Feast of Souls. The second book is Wings of Wrath. Then, the final book is Legacy of Kings. I had thought I was going to leave all my book reviews on my website, but this one is worth blogging about…
The Magister Trilogy by C. S. Friedman http://csfriedman.com/ is one of the best fantasy/speculative fiction novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Her characters are strong, yet flawed. They make mistakes, they learn, and they go on. They feel human.
Her plot is intricate with over-riding themes, and interesting unforeseen twists. I like my fiction unpredictable. When you think the story is going in one direction, it jumps in another. She keeps the pages turning!
So, what is the Magister Trilogy about? Imagine a world where witchcraft exists, but there is a high price to wield it. The witches in this world pay for their craft with a little piece of their life force every time they cast a spell. Then enters the Magisters. They steal the life force from others for their magic, making them all-powerful… well, almost. It turns out there are monsters invading the land, souleaters, and they will destroy humanity if left unchecked. The heroes, the lyr, have to fight the beasts. Woven throughout these overarching story lines are sinister plots and back stabbing traitors. Who can be trusted?
One thing I admire in Friedman’s writing is how she develops her character, Kamala. She slowly unfolds depth throughout the three books. This is a young woman who learns to survive in a man’s world, and not always too successfully. She learns how to be human and how to care for others, even when they might not necessarily deserve it, as the reader learns about her.
The first two books were excellent, and now that I’m reading the long waited for third and final installment, I have to say I’m even more interested than I was when I first started reading the first book. I think I need to go back and read the other two again!
Check this one out! A great read… 5 of 5 stars!
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September 2, 2011 · 10:40 pm
Recently, I’ve been on a dual quest of muscle flexing! I’ve been on a physical exercise program for the last 6 weeks that has me been working out a lot more, but I’ve also been on writing quest as well. I’ve really been flexing that writing muscle. I’ve been hammering out my novel, but also working on a few other things. I have been really trying to write even more these past six weeks, and have implemented more specific deadlines. At the same time, I’ve been stepping it up each week in my physical work out.
I made the connection on the track yesterday. I jogged for the first time! Woot! While doing so, I realized that I had also been working out my writing skills. Even while on the track, I’ve been thinking about my novel. There’s nothing like killing two birds with one stone (pardon the cliché!)
It won’t be long now before I’m not only a successful novelist, but also a skinny one!!!
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August 14, 2011 · 3:55 pm
I started writing this blog to document and share my experiences with writing/publishing. So, I thought I’d take a minute or two to hash out some of the challenges I’m dealing with at this stage…
One of the most difficult and challenging parts of writing fiction is coming up with the names for my characters. I want the names to be appropriate to the character. The name has to fit. If I have the wrong name, it doesn’t work well. Sometimes it is very difficult. Sometimes it comes easy. It is also a lot of fun. It is part of creating that character. What is that person like? What are their idiosyncracies? What makes that person who that person is? There are times when that is really hard, especially when that person is an alien or is alien like. It is also difficult when you try to name someone within a historic context. If this character comes from ancient Ireland, they can’t be named Fred, right?!
The other big challenge hitting me right now is getting stuck on little things. I keep getting stopped flat by small things that might not even matter, but I get so hung up on them, that I can’t move forward. This is what I was stuck on this week:
*A different word for canteen.
*Where did I put my notes on a different story entirely than the one I’m trying to work on.
*I needed to buy a new cushion for my chair in my office where I write
Seems like small things, but I’ve wasted a long of time on these things! Gave up on the thesaurus problem, finally found my notes, and bought a seat cushion (on sale at Kohls!) So, now I’m ready to write… what am I working on today?
I need to do some yoga and focus!!
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June 4, 2011 · 3:02 am
Really…. I’m doing the final edits for “Second Place” right now. This is the short about the hover craft racer. The rough draft is finally finished and it is in the final edit stages. So, that means I will be ready to publish very soon. This will be free to everyone on my website, so I hope everyone is excited. I know I am.
Peace, love, and hover-crafts!!! It’s coming!!!
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