The Dark and Forbidding Land – My Own Review

The Dark and Forbidding Land (New Cover)My thoughts about The Dark and Forbidding Land (and The Young Sorceress) reflect what I was feeling when I was writing them.  I had already poured my heart and soul into a three book series, and her I was, trying to slide two other books between the three.  It was hard.  Therefore in my mind, these two books have always seemed less than the other three.

Having read them again for the first time in a long while, I have an entirely new perspective.  I actually like them better than the others.  There’s a pretty simple reason for this.  I got better as a writer over time.  The Dark and Forbidding Land is a lot of fun.  It really highlights some characters that otherwise don’t get seen so much.

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Magic Battles: The Dark and Forbidding Land

The Dark and Forbidding Land (New Cover)Noticing that Finkler’s Bakery was open, Senta started across the square toward it. She wasn’t hungry, having just finished tea, but was interested to see what service at Port Dechantagne’s first eating establishment looked like. Halfway there she suddenly stumbled, sprawling across the gravel, wet and muddy with melted snow and scratchy with rock salt and jagged pebbles. Looking toward her feet, she spied a large rock that had obviously been the cause of her tumble. But how could she have missed it? Looking toward the pfennig store, she saw Streck laughing heartily. Jumping to her feet, she aimed a spell at him.

“Uuthanum,” she said, and six or seven gallons of water appeared in the air above the Freedonian’s head, dousing him.

Senta could see him mouthing the magic word even though she couldn’t hear it. Her feet flew out from beneath her, plopping her onto her bottom in the wet gravel. She fired right back, causing the pfennig store door to fly open, smacking Streck in the back of the head. With a shout in Freedonian that was no doubt profane, he made half a dozen determined strides toward her before remembering himself and coming to a stop in the middle of the square.

“Why don’t you shoot a lightning bolt?” he called to her. “Or perhaps a fireball?”

“I don’t want to burn down Mr. Parnorsham’s store.”

He sneered, then raised both hands toward her and said. “Talik Uuthanum.”

It was the first magic above the most basic cantrip that Senta had seen him do, and because the spell was an unfamiliar one, she didn’t know what to expect.

“Prestus Uuthanum,” she said, throwing a shield up around herself. She felt the magic bounce off and she saw Streck’s eyes widen. She mentally flipped through the spells with which she could counter-attack, but she didn’t use any of them. She waited to see what he would do. He stared at her for a moment, and then turning on his heel, he strode swiftly from the Town Square.

“Too right,” she called after him. “And don’t come back.”

Brushing off her coat, Senta turned to see about twenty people watching her from in front of the bakery. Their expressions were not difficult to read. There was concern, curiosity, and yes there was definitely fear. Some turned and went about their business, but most continued to watch her as she slowly crossed the square toward them.

“How’s the food?” she asked, when she was just a few steps away.

“It is of course, excellent,” said Aalwijn Finkler, stepping forward from the back of the group. “Would you like me to wrap up a couple of sandwiches and some soup for you to take home for dinner?”

“Um, I don’t have any money.”

“I will be happy to extend you credit.”

“Alright then.”

Senta waited outside the bakery, half watching to see if Streck would return. By the time Aalwijn came out with a small box loaded with wrapped packages of food, most of the gawkers were gone.

“I added a nice large piece of strudel—my gift for anyone who fights the Reine Zauberei.”

“So you know about them, eh?”

“There has been much talk of them and of him, among the Zaeri colonists.”

“Well, don’t get your corset in a twist. He’s just a wanker.”

The Dark and Forbidding Land – Update Ebook

The Dark and Forbidding Land (New Cover)Having just announced yesterday a new and improved version of The Voyage of the Minotaur, I’m following that up today with a new version of The Dark and Forbidding Land.  There were far fewer errors corrected in this book than the previous one, but by the time I die, I plan to have found them all.

Just as with the other book, if you have previously purchased The Dark and Forbidding Land, you should be able to download the latest edition from your ebookstore. If you haven’t yet tried out the Senta and the Steel Dragon Series, I invite you to do so.

You can read Brechalon right here, or download it free from Smashwords, then get The Voyage of the Minotaur and The Dark and Forbidding Land, wherever fine ebooks are sold.

The Dark and Forbidding Land – $2.99 for nook.

The Dark and Forbidding Land (New Cover)Two years have passed since Senta, the sorceress Zurfina, and Bessemer the steel dragon arrived in the strange land of Birmisia. Now it is up to the settlers to build a home in this dark and forbidding land, ruled by terrifying dinosaurs and strange lizardmen. Ten year old Senta must discover which is the greater threat, a would-be wizard or the ever-increasing presence of the tyrannosaurus.

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The Dark and Forbidding Land – $2.99 at ‘txtr

The Dark and Forbidding Land (New Cover)Two years have passed since Senta, the sorceress Zurfina, and Bessemer the steel dragon, and hundreds of colonists arrived in the strange land of Birmisia. Their new home, Port Dechantagne is under construction in this dark and forbidding land, ruled by terrifying dinosaurs and strange lizardmen. Ten year old Senta must discover which is the greater threat, a would-be wizard or the ever-increasing presence of the tyrannosaurus. Meanwhile, former maid Yuah Korlann must negotiate living among the aristocratic Dechantagne family and deal with their new servants, the aboriginal “lizzies.” And young militiaman Saba Colbshallow finds himself in the middle of espionage intrigue.

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The Dark and Forbidding Land – Now in Paperback

The Dark and Forbidding Land (New Cover)Two years have passed since Senta, the sorceress Zurfina, and Bessemer the steel dragon, and hundreds of colonists arrived in the strange land of Birmisia. Their new home, Port Dechantagne is under construction in this dark and forbidding land, ruled by terrifying dinosaurs and strange lizardmen. Ten year old Senta must discover which is the greater threat, a would-be wizard or the ever-increasing presence of the tyrannosaurus. Meanwhile, former maid Yuah Korlann must negotiate living among the aristocratic Dechantagne family and deal with their new servants, the aboriginal “lizzies.” And young militiaman Saba Colbshallow finds himself in the middle of espionage intrigue.

The Dark and Forbidding Land is now available in paperback.  This issue contains the Encyclopedia to Senta’s World and is available now for $5.99.  Purchase your copies now by following this link.  The Dark and Forbidding Land is also available in ebook format at iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and wherever fine ebooks are sold.

No Changes for Brechalon After All

Brechalon (New Cover)Well, the other day I announced that I was going to change the Senta and the Steel Dragon series, by making Brechalon part of book 2 and offering The Voyage of the Minotaur as a series starter.  The idea was that I could offer it for 99 cents, or maybe even for free, encouraging people to read it and the subsequent books.  I forgot about the big A problem.

Amazon doesn’t let authors sell books for $0, unless they become exclusive to Amazon.  I don’t want to do that.  They also prohibit an author from selling a book at Amazon when they sell it cheaper somewhere else (perfectly understandable).  Anyway, I couldn’t offer The Voyage of the Minotaur elsewhere for $0 and at Amazon for say, $.99.

So, Brechalon stays as it is.  I probably will still lower the price of The Voyage of the Minotaur, at least experimentally, to 99 cents.  I may go ahead and attach Brechalon to The Dark and Forbidding Land, but I’m going to leave it available where it is for free.  Incidentally, Amazon’s rules about free books are why Brechalon can’t be found at Amazon.