Monthly Archives May 2019

SPFBO Review: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madsen

The SPFBO contest is over and done, but I still have quite a number of finalists to read and review. Good thing I wasn’t affiliated with the contest or I’d be quite late! The latest finalist that I read, We Ride the Storm by Devin Madsen, ended up tied for second, which was well deserved in my opinion. I have not yet read the winner — I’ve been reading the finalists in the reverse order of the placements as they stood when, on a whim, I decided to do these reviews — but I would not have been surprised if We Ride the Storm had ended up taking home the grand prize. Storm is an incredibly professional and well-crafted story, worthy of all the praise it has gotten so far.

I suppose I should add the disclaimer that I have interacted with Devin a lot online and think she is an awesome ...

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SPFBO Review: Aching God by Mike Shel

Aching God

This is a continuation of a series of reviews for the top 10 finalists for the 2018 Self Published Fantasy Blog Off. Usual reminder that I am not associated with the contest and my review has no bearing in the contest’s final score.

This book tells the story of Auric Manteo, a retired member of the Syraeic League, a guild of Indiana Jones-style adventure archaeologists in a medieval fantasy setting. Auric struggles with PTSD after his last dungeon crawl went terribly wrong, and only seeks to enjoy a quiet life in the countryside. Unfortunately, he is called back into his old life when he learns that his daughter is in terrible danger.

On the surface this premise sounds a lot like Kings of the Wyld — aging adventurer is pulled out of retirement in order to rescue his daughter, who is...

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