Yeehaa! Prince’s Man has now sold in excess of 2000 copies in the 5 months since it released, and has been consistently in the Amazon UK Top 100 for Sword and Sorcery:
Now with over 40 reviews (combined UK and US) and of those 28 are 5*, I couldn’t be more thrilled with how my debut novel is performing.
And don’t forget my latest, urban fantasy DESPRITE MEASURES, out for just over 2 weeks now, is STILL on sale at 99c/77p until the 5th of January. 3 reviews so far, all 5* !
Here’s the latest:
Cassie Lake is an immortal elemental, a water sprite. She is capable of holding a human appearance, and lives a dual life, human by day and water elemental by night. She has a selkie (Were-seal) lover, friends and a job. A comfortable life, that only exists before page 1 of the book, where we find her trapped by a human magician in a bubble that he is squeezing smaller and smaller. Unfortunately, also trapped in the same bubble is another elemental, the equal and opposite fire sprite. If they touch, ‘bye-bye Scotland’. A grand wee setup. 🙂
We go on from there, stirring a couple of covens, a druid and some familiars into a tale that reveals the magician’s purpose and greed. We get a cameo performance by a vampire, a couple of scenes with what might be a fairy or an elf, and one with what might be a devil, or an angel. Good is sort of triumphant and some massive hooks are left in for the next of what’s apparently planned to be a five part series.
It’s well done, with a light touch, appealing characters, and scenes that made me yell ‘Noooo!!! Cassie, don’t do that’ without making me think she was a twit / TSTL. The world building is light but well constructed and consistent. The villain has an ambiguity during the story, which Jay disassembles at the end. I’m not sure about that, but I certainly didn’t expect it, and I can understand it in light of the moral quandary of the denouement and Cassie’s internal journey.
All of which just makes it another good book. It’s the subtexts that raise it above that.
Appropriately enough for an elemental, a concern with the environment is woven through the book, and provides the structural support for the strong main plot line, but the real twister is Cassie’s journey. Acting human has started to develop Cassie’s soul. As an elemental, she doesn’t expect to have one. Others certainly don’t. And with the soul, of course, comes pain and grief as well as love.
To reveal more would be to give spoilers, and I won’t do that.
In my scoring, it’s normally difficult for book 1 of a series to get a five until I’ve seen book 2. I want to know that the mythic quality blossoms in this series, I want to see that dark underlying fairy tale, even if it means that the series is not a Disney HEA. Fairy tales have a taste of blood and iron, which are lurking beneath the surface in Desprite Measures. I’m looking forward to book 2.
Huge thanks to Mark for that lovely review, and if YOU haven’t bought it yet – WHY NOT?
You only have a few days left before it reverts to standard price of $2.99/£1.99….