Release Day: Conviction’s Pain – Book 2 of The Mahaelian Chronicle

Hey everyone, I hope this finds you well. 🙂

Book 2 of The Mahaelian Chronicle is available!

Avidar and its people are reeling in the aftermath of a deadly attack. Alun Dronald, now Lord General of Avidar’s armies, must contend with a murder investigation, political games, and growing religious fervor, while Del’Ahrid, seemingly the most powerful man in the kingdom, plans his next move. Elsewhere, Brice Serholm serves an enigmatic, powerful being with direct ties to the growing conflict and its ancient roots, while Khyber, the only free Elvayn, makes a discovery which could put an end to millennia of war and strife. The Mahaelian Chronicle continues. And the true enemy will finally be revealed…

Get it from Amazon and add it to your Goodreads shelf, and let me know what you think of it! 😀

Oh, and book 1, Betrayal’s Shadow, is currently free and will be until Sunday, so grab it if you haven’t yet. 🙂

Until next time,


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Posted by on December 2, 2020 in Uncategorized


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The Mahaelian Chronicle – New Editions and Translations

Hey everyone, hope you’ve been well. 🙂

I hit ‘publish’ on the 3rd edition of Betrayal’s Shadow yesterday, so that’s out there again. Book 2 will follow in December, and Book 3 should be finished and out by March ’21. 🙂

Here’s the cover, Amazon and Goodreads links, in case you’re interested:



I have also joined up with BabelCube and have had ‘A Song of Sacrifice‘, the prequel novelette, translated:

French Edition: Translated by Rosine Ekobe



Portuguese Edition: Translated by Rafael Juck



Spanish Edition: Translated by Carolina La Rosa and Jorge Ledezma



Next up for translation, hopefully, will be Betrayal’s Shadow, and then Conviction’s Pain (book 2), at which stage I’ll also attempt to get ‘A Song of Conflict’ translated. I’ll keep you all up to date on things. 🙂

Book 3, Redemption’s Price, should be done and available my March next year. 🙂

I’m kind of ecstatic that my work has been translated into three languages! 😀

Thanks for sticking with me and continuing to check out my work – I hope you’ll consider supporting these excellent translators, too. 🙂

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Posted by on October 2, 2020 in Uncategorized


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Review: Shadows of Faerie by Martin Owton

Since reading Martin’s previous novels, ‘Nandor’ and ‘Exile’, I became a fan of his world building and characters, and the fact that Martin is a really good guy and also supports many writers in the SFF community, plus his writing and story-telling ability, made it so that I know everything he publishes is quality. Shadows of Faerie is no exception.

In this book, Martin introduces the reader to a kind of mash-up world: shades of police procedural, portal fantasy and urban fantasy combine with interesting magic and world building, and these all connect believably and interestingly with our world.

The main character, Charlie Somes, is struggling with his studies, the trauma of a broken familial relationship, and life in general. Despite the problems he faces, he’s not an unlikable character – far from it. But Charlie also has an interesting gift – one which adds to his problems. His gift ends up linking him, despite his fear and misgivings, to police investigations: the murders of women, and the dealings of gangsters and drug dealers.

Charlie shows different sides throughout the tale and reacts in believable ways. He’s a complicated young man trying to deal with everything already on his plate, and offering up information to the police after coming across a murder victim not only adds to his problems, but also draws him into a relationship he might not be ready for.

When the world and the people more intricately linked to his gift begin to intrude, Martin takes us into the positive and negative consequences these changes bring to Charlie’s life. He needs to learn how to navigate escalating danger, unexpected relationships, and the consequences these have on his studies.

Once the mythical and magical trickle into the tale, Martin manages to keep everything balanced. I mention this because most writers either remain too fixed in the ‘mundane’ or focus too much on the fantastic/strange/different, but Martin retains his focus and control of the various plot threads.

This isn’t a large-scale epic, but it doesn’t need to be. The story is close and personal, and Martin does a great job of setting up the premise, characters and world, before taking the reader on an entertaining ride. I hope to read more about Charlie and his unfolding world, and I’m very glad to be reading Martin’s latest novel, which you will all be reading in due time. 😉

All in all, Shadows of Faerie was an entertaining page-turner, and I highly recommend it. 🙂


To order your copies, click here for Amazon, and don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads shelf. Have a squiz at Martin’s website, too.

Until next time,


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Posted by on July 6, 2020 in Uncategorized


A Writing Update

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well. Even though we’re all going through some trying times, when you sit and think about it, there’s a lot to be thankful for.

One way to remain hopeful and positive is to stay off social media – or to at least take a break from it. There’s a lot of negativity out there – it seems that some people, feeling down or angry or demotivated, want to share their misery, and seriously, you have no-one but yourself to blame if you allow what others are thinking or saying to affect you.

It’s easy to forget that we all have choices in our online lives, and that those choices have consequences; we’re not just hiding behind keyboards. If there’s one thing that our current troubles have shown me, it’s that some people have been hiding their true colours for a long, long time. There’s all kinds of anger and hatred being revealed.

I’ve tried different ways of dealing with it all, and the one way that works is to step back and concentrate on what makes you happy – seeing as so many people seem to want to surround themselves with what makes them sad or angry. Consequently, I’m hardly ever on FB anymore – I have two accounts; one I’ll be using for the business side of writing, networking and leads, that kind of thing, and then an account for my close friends and family. And it doesn’t matter which account I log into, I make a point of not spending too long online.

One of the upshots of stepping back from social media is that I’ve given myself more time to be creative. 🙂

I’ve been hard at work these last couple of months getting my books ready for re-release, and some more exciting stuff has happened, too.

The first bit of cool news is that there will soon be translations of “A Song of Sacrifice” available. The prequel novelette to my trilogy will be available in Portuguese and French, and those translations will hopefully lead to “A Song of Conflict” being translated, too, as well as the novels making up The Mahaelian Chronicle.

I’ll keep you all updated regarding the translations and when they’ll be available.

On the novel front, I should be re-releasing “Betrayal’s Shadow” sometime in September or October, and then “Conviction’s Pain” should follow in November or December. Once I’ve finished writing the final novel, “Redemption’s Price”, I’ll continue working on my standalone Horror novel, “A Canticle of Cloud”, and if all goes well, the completed Mahaelian Chronicle and the Horror novel will all be available next year.

And while I’m busy with all of that, I’ll hopefully be editing, too, so I’m looking at keeping myself busy. 🙂

I’ve got ideas percolating for other projects, but those will have to wait in line.

So, that’s where I am at the moment – busy, and steadily getting everything squared away.

As I said, I hope you’re all well – let me know in the comments how you’re doing. Social media may not be a happy place, but there’s nothing keeping us from remaining positive elsewhere online. 🙂

That’s it for now – look out for new reviews coming during this week and next week: one for a cool Urban Fantasy novel from Martin Owton, and reviews for a grand SF epic from Greg Egan and Larry Niven. 🙂

Until then,


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Posted by on June 15, 2020 in Uncategorized


Review: A Collection of Obsessions – The Short Stories of Michael R. Fletcher

This review has been gestating for a long time… In fact, I went to Thailand and back. That long. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

First off, isn’t that cover wonderful? 🙂 Designed by his daughter, it’s the kind of cover I wish more folks had the courage to create and show, and a cover you would probably never see from any big name-‘brand’ publisher. It’s beautiful and encapsulates the contents of Michael’s collection perfectly.

Now, to the meat. This collection, as Michael states in his introduction, serves as ‘a wander down memory lane’. If short story collections could be translated into photographs, this collection would be an album. It begins with some of Michael’s earliest tales and continues, giving the reader a backstage and intimate look at the kinds of stories Michael wanted to tell at specific times, as well as letting the reader closer to experience Michael’s growth as a writer and storyteller.

My first introduction to Michael’s work was the short story ‘Fire and Flesh‘, which is also included in this collection. I loved how concepts such as emotions and mental illness’ fed the magic systems in this weird, incredible Fantasy world. The characters, too, repulsed me and intrigued me at the same time.

So, when I began reading the collection and found that the first story was more SF than F, I was immediately curious. And then Michael introduces the concept of ‘memory plugs’… It felt like I had been dumped into a world directed by Christopher Nolan and scripted by Michael Fletcher. If you haven’t read ‘Intellectual Property‘, you might agree with me. At the very least, you’ll find yourself wondering how you would use a memory plug, or how your boss would, or a massive corporation…

One of the stories, ‘Just Like the Rain‘, left me in tears. And I mean that as a compliment.

Others offer more insight into how Michael developed his worlds and magic systems for the novels he’s written, specifically ‘The Obsidian Path‘ and the ‘Manifest Delusions‘ novels. I dearly want and need to read his novels. 🙂

There’s a lot more to discover in the collection – Michael manages to deftly weave cutting humor into his tales, drops those ‘damn, I really have to think about that’ moments throughout, and above all, shows that he really loves writing and being a storyteller. He’s also not afraid to let the reader in, which doesn’t happen with most writers.

So, in closing, I can confidently state that reading this collection made me more intensely curious about Michael’s work. If you follow him on Facebook you already know that he’s one of the more insane writers out there (also a compliment), but it’s also great to know that he’s a damned good storyteller and writer, too.

Not only am I looking forward to reading Michael’s novels, but also to reading more of his short story collections. Being allowed to peek behind the curtain while also being entertained  is damned cool, so, thanks, Mr. Fletcher.

9 \ 10

To order your copies of ‘A Collection of Obsessions’, click here for Amazon, and here to add the book to your Goodreads shelf. And don’t forget to visit Michael’s website, either.

Until next time,


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Posted by on June 9, 2020 in Reviews


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And So a Writer Begins Teaching…

Hey everyone – it’s been a while, hasn’t it? 🙂

For those who don’t know, I have moved to Thailand, spent just over a month prepping and learning the in’s and out’s of teaching ESL (English Second Language), and on Monday (19 August) I will begin teaching English for Communication at Princess Chulabhorn Science High School in Nakhon Si Thammarat, in the south of Thailand. 🙂

To say that I am both tremendously excited and absolutely terrified would be an understatement… BUT as with any new and challenging experience, I am embracing this venture and journey wholeheartedly.

What does that mean for my writing and reviewing? Well, it’s going to take a while to get back into my passions, especially since I have to put all my focus into being a teacher in Thailand, which means creating lesson plans, teaching High School kids, learning to speak Thai as well as I can manage, assimilating into Thai culture, learning how to buy street food and haggling, and, well, basically, building a life here.

I’m still reading SFF – make no mistake about it. But my time needs to be focused on the more important tasks of living and working in Thailand, and until that all becomes as second-nature as living in a western society was, my passions will have to simmer and burble in the background. 🙂

You’ll be glad to know that the first book I purchased in Thailand was Robert V. S. Redick‘s sequel to the truly excellent ‘The Red Wolf Conspiracy‘, namely ‘The Rats and the Ruling Sea‘. I found a copy at an amazing store in Bangkok and it’s simply deliciously ironic that the epic journeys in the books are mirrored by the epic journey I’m busy undertaking. 🙂

So, I’ll check in with you all from time to time, and you can follow my exploits on Facebook and Instagram if you’d like. Until then, keep on reading and loving genre fiction – support it and those who write it wherever you are, and most importantly,


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Posted by on August 18, 2019 in Uncategorized


Review: Distaff – A Science Fiction Anthology by Female Authors (edited by Rosie Oliver)

Hey everyone, hope you’re all well. 🙂

I’m back with a review of a wonderful anthology and I hope my review will make you curious enough to get yourselves a copy. 🙂

The first tale, The Broken Man, by Jane O’Reilly, has a beautiful allegorical feel to it, almost as if it’s a myth which had been handed down through generations, while also being a look at the impact waste and pollution have on society. It follows the efforts of a girl, Kiko, to save a man who fell from a city in the clouds, and how what she does changes her and the man she rescues.

Space Rocks, by Kerry Buchanan, follows the return of a crew to Earth after they’ve collected some interesting rock-samples. These samples turn out to be much more than what they appear to be, and the tale does a great job of exploring how seemingly innocent actions can have wide, even dangerous, ramifications.

The Ice Man, by Rosie Oliver, is a clever murder mystery sans spaceships or aliens, and may seem out of place in this anthology, but it’s one of my stand-out stories; I really enjoyed this one! 🙂

A Cold Night in H3-II, from Juliana Spink Mills, is a claustrophobic and tense look at how a colony continues to dwindle after most of its population was struck down by a mysterious sickness. It’s tense and pacey and reminded me of The Thing (Carpenter’s original). Great tale!

The Colour of Silence, by Damaris Browne, explores the lengths parents will go to to protect and save their children. In this tale, humanity’s future, our children, have been infected with a terrible disease, and the only hope for them is the technology of an alien race.

Holo-Sweet, by E. J. Tett, is a cute, fun tale about love, AI’s, and the search for actors. Having enjoyed ‘Love, Sex and Robots’, I think this tale would translate wonderfully to that show. 🙂

My Little Mecha, by Shellie Horst, is a tale which explores what happens when children break free of the limitations and narratives forced on them by their parents, using an orbital defence station and an attack on it as its vehicles. Well written, and another stand-out story.

Ab Initio, by Susan Bolton, is a tale which explores the changes a deadly disease outbreak wrought on society, and cleverly uses age and how it affects our need to create as one of its vehicles.

The Shadows Are Us And They Are The Shadows, by Jo Zebedee, cleverly explores the aftermath of global devastation from the perspective of an interesting people. I won’t say more than that, in an effort not to spoil the story. It’s memorable and different, another great stand-out.

All in all, this anthology works wonderfully in showing that SF is still a genre which has a lot to say and has so many ways in which to say those things. Filled with great ideas and characters, Distaff is, hopefully, the first volume in what I hope will be an anthology series, and deserves to be widely read and enjoyed.

9 / 10

For more info about the anthology, the talented story tellers and their tales, check out this site. The anthology will be released on August 15 and is available for pre-order. 🙂 Also, go ahead and add Distaff to your Goodreads shelf.

Until next time,


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Posted by on June 28, 2019 in Reviews


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Blog Tour: The Plague Stones by James Brogden – Excerpt (Titan Books)

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well and having a great week so far. 🙂

Today I’m participating in a multi-blog tour to promote a new Horror novel published by Titan Books, and I’ve got an excerpt for you!

Fleeing from a traumatic break-in, Londoners Paul and Tricia Feenan sell up to escape to the isolated Holiwell village where Tricia has inherited a property. Scattered throughout the settlement are centuries-old stones used during the Great Plague as boundary markers. No plague-sufferer was permitted to pass them and enter the village. The plague diminished, and the village survived unscathed, but since then each year the village trustees have insisted on an ancient ceremony to renew the village boundaries, until a misguided act by the Feenans’ son then reminds the village that there is a reason traditions have been rigidly stuck to, and that all acts of betrayal, even those committed centuries ago, have consequences…

I’ve got this coming up soon to read and review, and I’m really looking forward to it! But without further ado, here’s that excerpt:

Toby jerked awake with a cry. For a moment he couldn’t remember where he was. There was no familiar street light here or sound of traffic on the busy road outside. It was altogether too dark, too quiet. His phone had just fallen to the floor, uplighting the room and pulling the shadows high towards the odd-angled ceiling in skewed perspectives. He checked the time: 1:43.

Stone Cottage. New home. Not the flat.

Obviously there was nobody sitting at his bureau. Just another intruder nightmare brought about by staying up too late on his phone. Nothing to see here, folks, move along. All the same, he got up and went to the window just to be sure, listening to the strange new creaks of the floor under his feet, wondering how long before they became familiar, before this place would feel like home. This place is safe. It’s protected, they’d said, but they’d lied.

Because there was someone in the back garden.

Toby’s breath stopped.

A girl, he was fairly certain of that, from the slightness of her figure, the shift-type dress that she wore, and her long hair. Beyond that he couldn’t tell much because of the darkness that left her face in shadow, but her pale arms looked somehow blotchy. She was standing in the middle of the lawn, right by the parish stone.

She wasn’t doing anything, just standing there. It occurred to him that she might be a junkie, either looking for something to steal or simply too high to notice where she was, although he couldn’t imagine how she’d got in because the back gate was firmly locked; she’d have had to climb the fence and she didn’t look strong enough for that. In fact, given that it was still only April and had been raining all day, he wouldn’t have been surprised to find that she’d caught her death of cold. She didn’t look dangerous. For a moment he wondered whether he should get his parents to call an ambulance or something – maybe that shift thing was a hospital gown. Maybe he should let her in for some warmth and shelter.

‘Some have entertained angels without knowing it,’ he murmured.

The girl’s head snapped up, staring straight at his window. Her face was still in shadow but now there was the glitter of eyes deep in sunken sockets.

Staring straight at him.

He yelped and fell back. It was impossible that she could have seen him – almost as impossible as her being there in the first place.

Warily, he approached the window again, expecting to find the garden empty.

She was still there, still staring. However, the ground around her was busy now with small, dark shapes, tumbling about her bare feet as if playing. Rats. The sound of their chittering reached him clearly.

She raised her arm, and beckoned to him.

Come down.

There we go, a nice little surge of gooseflesh for you! 😉

You can order your copies of The Plague Stones at the following links: Amazon UK and Amazon US, You can also head over to James’ blog for more info on him and his work, and below are all the blogs / sites that have already participated in the tour and the stops coming up. 🙂

That’s it for now – see you back here soon for a new review. 🙂 Until then,


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Posted by on May 23, 2019 in Blog Tour, Excerpt


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Review: AfroSF – Volume 3 – edited by Ivor W Hartmann (StoryTime Publishing)

You might remember that I reviewed the first volume of AfroSF back in 2013, and although I missed the second volume, I was glad to be able to read and review this third volume.

This anthology features writers also had work published in the first and second volumes – voices who have quickly become a well-deserved barometer of the growth of African Science Fiction, and writers I haven’t read before.

The anthology opens with Njuzu from T.L. Huchu, and explores the roles grief and long-held beliefs co-mingle off-planet. The tale is heartfelt and gentle, exploring a mystery not easily understood – but the mystery of the tale adds to the sadness and Huchu leaves it up to the reader to decide whether the mystery is important or not. Follow Tendai and his work at @TendaiHuchu.

The Girl Who Stared at Mars by Cristy Zinn explores how we always take with us what we’re trying to escape from. It is a lyrical, soft and yet intense read which many, many readers will love, even though it might call upon some of their own painful memories. Head over to for more info about Cristy and her work.

The EMO Hunter, by Mandisi Nkomo, explores a variety of themes by way of a kind of cyberpunk personality-crisis meditation on the extremes of climate science or beliefs. Sounds like a bit of a mouthful, but the tale works on both the detailed, character-focused level and the more encompassing top-down level. Visit for more info and Mandisi and his work.

The Luminal Frontier, by Biram Mboob, is one of the best time travel tales I’ve ever read. One thing that has always bugged me about time travel is the inherent paradox at the heart of every plot – and Biram answers this in a mind-bending manner even Christopher Nolan would be blown away by. I will be very surprised (and both saddened and angered) if this story doesn’t appear in Best Of’s and Mammoth Book Of’s later this year. Mind-blowing stuff! Follow Biram at @BiramMboob.

The Far Side by Gabriella Muwanga seems almost unfinished, or perhaps ‘unfocused’ would be a better description. The tale follows what a father will do for his child, and on the face of that, works – but the story is marred by the sometimes almost childish reactions and spitefulness of the main character, which leech a bit of the emotional strength of the story. Still, it will make readers think, and succeeds.

Drift-Flux by Wole Talabi is a great example of how much one can cram into a short story to make it exciting, pacey and entertaining. There’s a wonderful feel of The Expanse and Firefly to this tale, and the main character’s Nigerian-Idoma roots play an important part in the plot. It’s well-written, with great pace and excellent action. Check out Wole’s site for more info about him and his work.

Journal of a DNA Pirate by Stephen Embleton is a nasty, vicious, exciting tale – it shows how of group of extremists plan to ‘reset’ humanity, and works well enough despite what some may think is excessive swearing and, perhaps, the story’s setting. The ideas present and how they were explored have definitely put Stephen on my keep-a-look-out-for radar.

The Interplanetary Water Company by Masimba Musodza was a bit of a disappointment; the tale opens with what reads like a pages-long infodump to set the scene, and by the time I was done with that I wasn’t really interested in reading it further. It also features terms which would be more at home in 1940’s pulp SF – but without communicating that nostalgia to the reader. But even though it’s the weakest tale in the anthology, it remains entertaining and clever in places. Check out more of Masimba’s work at @musodza.

Safari Nyota: A Prologue by Dilman Dila is a wonderful example of how a self-contained story can feel as if it’s part of a greater narrative without leaving the reader feeling as if they’ve missed something. The tale takes place on a generation ship, transporting colonists to a new world, watched over by androids, and explores morality and the price of choice from a synthetic (yet identifiable) point of view. The short story is also part of a larger project, so head over to Dilman’s site for more info.

Parental Control by Mazi Nwonwu is a complicated and emotional tale, taking place both in virtual space and the real world, and explores the core of what makes a family – or what most believe ‘family’ means. It hits hard, so be prepared to think about this tale and what it leaves behind.

Inhabitable by Andrew Dakalira is an unwieldy tale in which the themes of camaraderie, the struggle to survive and betrayal don’t retain enough of their power to be really effective. It’s as if there was too much to fit in, and some of the story’s meat was removed in editing to stick to a wordcount. That might not be the case at all, in fact, but it’s the feeling I got from reading it. Nonetheless, Andrew is now also a writer I’ll be watching out for.

Ogotemmeli’s Song by Mame Bougouma Diene is pure, joyous and far-seeing space opera. One of my favourites from this anthology, and also something I hope Mame is considering expanding into a saga. This is the tale that captures the heart and soul of AfroSF. Check out Mame’s Twitter for more info.

If there’s one thing anthologies such as AfroSF continue to show, it’s that Science Fiction (or more broadly, Speculative Fiction) has depths and colours unheard of or imagined, and that we all (humanity) continue to share the same core loves and needs and hopes and fears – as well as the capacity to imagine. I truly think we are only still witnessing the birth of non-Western Speculative Fiction, and AfroSF is a small but important part of its continued expansion and growth. Nicely done, authors, and Ivor. 🙂

8 / 10

Click here to order your copies of AfroSF Volume 3, here  to read a great review from Jared Shurin on, and check out the StoryTime site here.

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Posted by on April 26, 2019 in Reviews


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Review: Captain Marvel – Liberation Run by Tess Sharpe (Titan Books)

Hey everyone, I’m back with a review of one of Titan’s Marvel Universe novels, focusing on Captain Marvel herself. 🙂

I’ve been a comic fan since grade school, and although my first love has always been DC comics, I’m a Marvel fan, too (shocker – it’s possible and okay to be a fan of both!). My first ‘meeting’ with Carol was in the pages of Civil War 2, in which she led the side opposing Tony Stark’s stance on a provocative and dangerous Inhuman threat. So, I haven’t followed her career from the beginning, though I do like her current uniform and hairstyle more than her previous looks. Carol struck me as a strong, determined, self-confident person, willing to stand by her convictions and to fight for what she perceives as ‘right’. In fact, in Civil War 2, she surpassed Steve Rogers, in my opinion. But I didn’t know or understand Carol and her motivations, even though I could see the value in them.

I was hoping that Liberation Run would also serve as an introduction to the character for readers who weren’t familiar with her (like me), and in that, Liberation Run disappointed me. Carol is the carol I met in Civil War -as strong, determined and principled as I expected- but this book was written for readers who have a long-standing reader-character relationship with Carol. There are mentions here and there of how she received her powers and events that moulded her motivations, but readers (such as me) who are meeting Carol for the first time might feel (as I do) that they have read an entire novel starring her without having been able to get to know her. In terms of giving Carol / Captain Marvel a well-rounded introduction to new readers / prospective fans, the novel disappoints.

And unfortunately, it also disappoints in terms of setting. 😦

There is a definite difference in the aspects of storytelling which are obvious and important when comparing comics to novels, which is as it should be. If i think back to John Byrne’s depictions of Krypton, I remember how different and exciting the landscape and architecture was, how Byrne showed us that we were on Krypton – on a different planet. But where the majority of Liberation Run takes place (a different planet, among an alien species) has human-centric buildings and landscapes, English is spoken by everyone, the clothing styles are human (evening dresses, for example), the alien species looks relatively human (yes, there is an expected anthropomorphism in comics, but you can tell just by looking at him that Thanos isn’t a human being, for example), and the technology, when compared to what would conceivably exist on Earth at the same time, is the same (except for a cool spaceship). What we have is an alien species living on a different planet being and acting and looking like humans with human technology – which begs the question: why did the majority of the novel take place on a different planet?

Now, another thing which gets to me a bit is when characters with superpowers show inconsistent power-levels – such as in the CW shows, Supergirl and The Flash. Sometimes Supergirl can pick up something massive and other times she struggles with something vastly smaller; sometimes The Flash reaches a location in split-seconds and sometimes it takes 5 or more seconds, when there’s no apparent reason -such as increased distance / fatigue- for such inconsistencies. And there was one glaring inconsistency in Liberation Run, with something Carol did early in the book and then seemingly couldn’t do later on – catching a spaceship, and then having no choice but to let the spaceship crash. I might be nitpicking, but inconsistencies are glaring – if Captain America can’t take a punch from an average Skrull but can stand against a punch from Thanos, there’s a problem.

My review is not all doom and gloom, though. 🙂

The Inhuman character who shares the spotlight with Carol, Rhi, is a good example of how to handle character growth and to keep a character’s arc interesting and engaging. The other Inhumans we meet manage to populate the narrative memorably and don’t just function as mouths for extra dialogue and padding. The plot, while a bit held back by the unfortunate setting, was fast-paced there were cool set-piece battles, with well-handled tension.

So, as an introduction for those who don’t know Carol Danvers’ backstory, and for those seeking a fleshed-out, well thought-out setting, the novel unfortunately falls short. But looked at as a quick, fun romp for a group of superheroes as they go about righting a terrible wrong, ‘Liberation Run‘ does its job well. 🙂

I’ll have to give it a 6/10.

You can order your copies from Amazon here, and check out the rest of Titan’s Marvel Universe novels here. Tess Sharpe has written much more than ‘Liberation Run’ so do visit her website to see the rest of her work. The next Marvel novel from Titan I’ll be reading and reviewing is Thanos: Death Sentence by Stuart Moore.

Until next time,


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Posted by on April 12, 2019 in Reviews


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