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My first book review!

One of the hardest parts of being an author is actually getting your book ‘out there’. Although many of us don’t know any authors, there are squillions of authors and even more books on Amazon and all the other publishing platforms, all competing to be seen.

Then comes the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages, the website and finally the (dreaded!) email list. It’s a lot of work and not particularly enthralling, especially when I want to get on with writing another book.

That’s why having a (good) review is a big help and I am so grateful for Andrea Lundgren from ‘Into the Writer Lea’ blog for being my first reviewer. She is a writer, reviewer and book coach and offers a detailed and articulate description of The King’s Voice and her experience of reading it.

Here is an excerpt, please click on the link for the full review.

“Honestly, I think the cover and the concept of trying to find the king’s voice intrigued me more than the book description. Missions, special powers, and people who don’t know their identities are fairly common fare for fantasy, but the author, hailing from Australia, also had the benefit of being the first from that country to contact me requesting a book review, so I agreed.

And I’m very glad I did. The book is a prime example of reader-response fiction (as found regularly in literary novels), where the goal isn’t so much to tell a story as to immerse you into a world, a feeling, an emotional journey about generosity, open-heartedness, and life. The book itself is full of little, folk-tale type stories, and the overall impression is that life is fuller and richer than we think.”

Not only will Andrea’s review aid me in marketing ‘The King’s Voice’ but she has also clarified for me where to position the book. I have struggled with the ‘fantasy’ genre because although it clearly is a fantasy novel, it is not the run-of the-mill fantasy fiction. She introduced me to the sub or cross genre of ‘literary fantasy’. This made perfect sense to me as a literary, rather than a fantasy, reader.

My first search on this genre delighted me with the following description:

“If you're tired of those same old boy villager finds magic sword / talisman / super power, meets a company of sidekicks (with the requisite princess in disguise and old man mentor who's also probably also likely a wizard), then goes to beat down some Dark Lord / evil wizard / corrupt god, then you'll want to find some fantasy books of substance. These type of fantasy books with substance are called "literary fantasy." In short, they are the result when a truly talented writer decides to pen a fantasy book.

In a genre filled with hack writers and wasted tree pulp, it's hard to find a fantasy novel that actually explores MORE than just fighting some dark lord or completing some boneheaded quest. Literary fantasy explores the meaning of life or looks at real issues. Often, the fantastical landscape is just a means to posing a bunch of questions. Sometimes the quest the hero faces is in fact an allegory for something else. Literary fantasy tends to be written by men and women who can actually write -- not only are the words and sentences pregnant with meaning, but they are often beautifully constructed. Literary fantasy is often more than the sum of its parts; that is, there is more "to" the book then just the words.”

So please enjoy the review, and then enjoy the book, hopefully you will agree that there is more to The King’s Voice than just the words.

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