Our friend Roger Llewellyn (woebegonebuthopeful) has just published a new book available on Amazon, Of Patchwork Warriors: (Being Vol.1 of the Precipice Dominions). While I would love to be able to write a review to include in this post, I cannot, for while I have read a few chapters here and there, as Roger posted them on his blog, my own schedule was such that I missed more than I read. So, here is the introduction from the Amazon page:
“There came an era when the threat of incursion from the infernal other world realm of the Zerstorung was strong, placing the survival of entire unsettled Oakhostian Empire at risk and thus disparate forces began to marshal, to take up any cause or seize any opportunity.
There in the background The Ethereal, The Stommigheid or The Astatheia just a few names for the force which had arrived upon The World in Ages faded from record. Viewed either as a pernicious creature seeking to control, a power for good, an aspect of Nature to be treated with caution or a means to an end, it remained a constant. With an oft forgotten tendency to engage with the unwilling, the unassuming and the unruly from the ranks of lesser folk whose consequential and various struggles would unsettle many a careful plan.
This is the tale of three such, an innocent housemaid, a dutiful soldier and a self-appointed scourge of evil quite unaware the safety of an Empire would soon be resting on them.
They did not take uniformly or conventionally to the task, for that was the way of things, when involved with The Ethereal, The Stommigheid or The Astatheia.”
Though I cannot review the book as yet, I can tell you from the bits I have read that this tale is fun and the characters whimsical and delightful. I found one who reminds me much of me … I will not tell you who … you can figure it out as you read the book.
Roger likes to make up words … he sometimes makes up words for me to use in lieu of others in my somewhat … colourful vocabulary. For this book, he has almost invented a whole new vocabulary, words for which he helpfully provides brief explanations at the beginning. Some are so much fun that I may take to using them on occasion, for example “Twonk – Elidian term of insult. Means ‘fool’” (Surely I can think of a few people to call twonks!). Or one of my very favourites “Kerfluffeg – A Karlyn word for confusion or confused” (I can use that one on myself most often!)
Roger also designed his own cover for this one, and I think he deserves kudos for both a book well-written and a charming cover. Now, obviously, I wish all my readers would hop straight over to Amazon and buy this book. It is only $0.99 USD … c’mon guys, that’s less than a bottle of water! But if you prefer, at least download the free sample and read that … at which time you will know that you must buy the book! Or at the very least, pop over to Roger’s blog, heroicallybadwriter, and congratulate him, for I know that he has worked long and hard on this book.
Congratulations, Roger … beautiful cover, beautiful book, and a job well done! I will read and review as soon as humanly possible. And thank you, my friend, for the mention on the dedication page … you brought a huge smile to my face with that!
Now readers … go check out the book!!!