A New Interview and More Reviews

A New Interview and More Reviews

  • date
  • March 1, 2014

The folks at the Book Plank were kind enough to interview me about The Barrow and have posted the interview here.  And a few more advance reviews have appeared, with the sexual content in the book seemingly being the primary dividing line for reviewers (which is, I suppose, to be expected).  A mixed review from Don D’Ammasa, but still he says: “If you’re in the mood for an epic quest story, this should be on your shopping list.”  From another mixed review by Alister Davison at Starburst Magazine (who also appears to be the first reviewer to note the Player’s Handbook homage in the prologue):  ”On one hand it’s a cracking story, populated with interesting (although not all entirely likeable) characters who give the plot enough twists and turns to surprise even the most cynical of readers who think they’ve seen it all. It’s well-written, with a final act that grips and refuses to let go until the last page is turned… [But w]e’re given too much detail, too many times…a shame, as beneath all this there lurks a fresh and original fantasy story set in a unique and fascinating world.” Your mileage may vary.  And finally some first thoughts from Bookworm Blues, with a full review to apparently follow: “Despite how much I keep telling myself to not like this one, I keep loving it. Readers should be aware that this book is graphic, in all senses, and it could easily offend or cross the line into way-too-much territory, but if you don’t mind that kind of thing, The Barrow is one of those novels you’ll want to pick up if you’re in the mood for a sprawling epic with fantastic depth and detail mixed with some grimdark.”

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