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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Thanks, EruditeFool. And, imo and ymmv, i prefer having a map like shown above instead of no map at all (even if that example is pretty...basic. But in our present internet-age, it is trivially easy to get a well-done map. Sure, if you can't do it yourself, you have to hand over some cash but there are a lot of talented mappers out there at your disposal. For example here: www.cartographersguild.com). But then i'm a visual person and i just love maps of fictional places ;) The setting sounds fun (who doesn't love magic swords, eh ;) ). I'm not a big fan of guns in my fantasy but i think i will download your free sample and see where it takes me. Thanks again for the info. And all the best with your books!
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Hey EruditeFool, Nice cover...! Can you elaborate a bit on what is meant with "...The prelude novella to a brand new epic fantasy series..."? How many more books in this series? Oh and no map? Why not? Care to tell us a bit about the books and the world it is set in?
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Hi everyone, I am new here. First post has to go into this topic :D Fantasy (not much into Sci Fi): Malazan Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson) Epic is the only word that does it justice. It's huge and sometimes it is slow, but over all one of the best series ever (imho). The world buildng is superb and Erikson also has a way with words (above average prose). If you like epic military fantasy with a lot of powerful protagonists, this is for you. Prince of Nothing (R. Scott Bakker) Another one of those series with superb world-building. Scott's prose is superb. The man can write! The story is very dark and not to everyone's taste (some really disturbing things happen to some of the characters in the book - not for the faint-hearted). For me, there were no really likeable characters but in the end, i still liked the books. It is a fantasy holy war in a mediterranean kind of world (so it is a refreshing change to all the european middle-age like settings). Sunsword (Michelle West) One of the most underrated authors, if you ask me. She has also a very nice writing style and a very distinctive voice imo. Read the Hunter's duology first, if you can. It is not strictly necessary to understand the Sunsword series, but you have a much better picture of the world if you do. Michelle's strenght, besides world-building (yes, worldbuilding is an important fact for me as a reader :D ), are here characters. She can invoke emotion in the reader, or at least she could invoke them in me. She has very threedimensional characters. As another recommendation, but in a more general way: Anything by Guy Gavriel Kay is always worth a read. I really enjoyed the Fionavar Tapestry but some of his standalone books are also very good (for example Tigana or A Song for Arbonne). He also has a stronge prose and he is, besides the above mentioned Michelle West, the best when it comes to characterization. That's it for now. Looking forward to a lot of interesting discussions on these forums.