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Offline MoleThrower
21 May 2015, 07:15 PM | Post: #1

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The War of Undoing - a fantasy novel

This post was last modified: 09 Jul 2015 10:54 AM by MoleThrower.
The War of Undoing is a fantasy novel I've been working on, sporadically, for over half my life to date. For the past few years I have been focused on getting it ready for publication, but only last month did I become happy enough with it to hit that intimidating 'publish' button on Amazon. Here's a blurb:

‘My name is Tay Raining, and this is my brother Ellstone. I wonder if you’ve heard of us ... I have a birthmark shaped like a question mark on my hand, I think it might mean something but I’m not sure what. My brother is probably important too, though I can’t imagine how. I’m rambling now, sorry. The point is ... the point is, we are the Rainings, and we’re here to save you.’

War is brewing in Kyland, as the shadowy, spell-weaving vumas rebel against the human government, but both sides have secret weapons at their disposal. The humans’ secret weapon: a plan that could be the undoing of the world. The vumas’ secret weapon: three young humans abandoned in the smog-shrouded town of Tarot – Tay, Ellstone and Miller Raining. The Rainings could be the key to winning the war, but first they’ll need to work out whose side they are really on...

In the fantasy tradition it is quite a chunky read, veers between serious and silly, and is the first in a planned series. I may be writing a short prequel soon, but the full-length sequel will not be along for a while, so there's plenty of time to read this one! You can download a fairly large free sample in various formats from my website, or buy the complete book (currently £2) from Amazon or Smashwords.

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Offline MoleThrower
25 May 2015, 04:41 PM | Post: #2

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RE: The War of Undoing - a fantasy novel by Alex Perry

Remember everything I said above? Yeah, that again. Here's that all-important Amazon link. Smile

Also, in case anyone's opinion is swayed by cool fantasy maps, here is the map from The War of Undoing!

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(Made with a little help from the same artistically talented friends who made the cover.)
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25 May 2015, 06:53 PM | Post: #3

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RE: The War of Undoing - a fantasy novel by Alex Perry

Good luck with it, Alex. Clapping hands
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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
26 May 2015, 05:39 PM | Post: #4

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RE: The War of Undoing - a fantasy novel by Alex Perry

Because I am afraid to review this on Amazon in case they work out that Alex and I share the same Prime account, I posted a review on my blog a little while ago and thought people here might be interested in it.

'The War of Undoing' - review
Some fantasy novels tell the story of an epic war between good and evil*, with an underlying theme that you have to make sacrifices to fight on the side of good and win but it’s worth it in the end. There is often little room for doubt in these other novels about which side is good and which evil. The captain of team evil surrounds himself with evil imagery: eternal winter or dark castles, swamps, giant spiders, smelly unprepossessing underlings and decaying vegetation. Then the hero rides in on a sometimes metaphorical white horse with a magic sword and defeats evil, usually at great personal cost to himself. Or, less frequently, to herself.
Although the word ‘war’ is in the title, and I am by no means an expert at excavating the underlying themes from books so I could be quite wrong, I don’t think the main theme of Alex Perry’s novel, ‘The War of Undoing’, is that it’s admirable to fight on the side of good and win, even if it takes sacrifice along the way. For one thing, it is difficult to tell which side is which in this war, especially as the main protagonists go their separate ways and are apparently destined to fight on different sides. In fact, though I will try not to give too much away here, the novel’s theme or underlying message, just at the point when it looks as if it will fall into the classic fantasy mode after all, turns out to be something rather different.
There are some other interesting and unusual features about the novel. There are four narrators, each with a different voice and a unique perspective on events. In many ways it’s a complex family situation that is at the heart of the story, although events outside the family are tightly integrated into the plot as it develops. The world of the novel has its own mythology but without the need for a whole new language, something I always find self-indulgent and pretentious (yes, even in ‘Lord of the Rings’). It’s built up and explained gradually without too much straight description. There is humour, and there are gripping action sequences, including my favourite scenes involving Ellstone, the youngest protagonist, scenes which the author was forbidden to monkey around with too much, on pain of death, or at least on pain of no more pizza orders on Friday nights.
What else can I say? The writing style seems so effortless that you hardly even notice it. The book is long enough for you to become completely immersed in the story, but at the same time you don’t want it to end.

*sorry to over-simplify – I can’t claim that fantasy is a genre I read very much of, so I got these ideas mostly from reading ‘Lord of the Rings’, especially the spiders.
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11 Jun 2015, 07:02 PM | Post: #5

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RE: The War of Undoing by Alex Perry - currently 99p

My sort of serious, sort of silly fantasy epic The War of Undoing is currently 99p on Amazon UK (and similarly cheap in other territories)! If you like fantasy, why not grab it before the price goes up again?

Link to buy the book (subliminal, eh?)
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08 Jul 2015, 02:19 PM | Post: #6

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This post was last modified: 08 Jul 2015 02:20 PM by MoleThrower.
Today is the last chance to grab The War of Undoing for 99p on Amazon, before it reverts to its regular, extortionate price of £2.

It is a big, ambitious fantasy book which I spent many years writing and rewriting, and which tries above all to capture what I loved about fantasy as a child. (See cool map above.) No one has reviewed it on Amazon yet, so I don't know how else to sell it to you, other than: it's actually pretty good! Well, I think it is, and so does my mum. (See review above.) That's what counts. Tongue

If that's not impartial enough for you, you can get the first section of the book for free on my website, but be quick if you want to take advantage of the 99p offer!

Link to buy!
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Offline cecilia_writer Reading Murder by the Glass by Lynda Wilcox
16 Jul 2017, 05:08 PM | Post: #7

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RE: The War of Undoing - a fantasy novel

I'm just resurrecting this thread of Alex's (because I don't think he will) to say that he has been nagged into entering this book in the SPFBO* competition for 2017, and things are going all right so far, in the sense that it hasn't yet been knocked out and one of the bloggers who are the judges will soon be reading the whole thing. I just hope he has set aside enough time!

*Self Published Fantasy Blog Off - 10 fantasy review bloggers take 30 books each and, after various different stages, each put one of them through to the final. At the moment Alex is in the sort of semi-final stage where 26 books have been eliminated in his group and his is one of the 4 remaining ones.
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RE: The War of Undoing - a fantasy novel

Well done, Alex! Fingers crossed...
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28 Jul 2017, 12:43 PM | Post: #9

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Thanks Kath.
We were going round Tesco's* this morning when Alex got a notification on Twitter that his book has been chosen as the finalist from his review group, so now it will also be reviewed by the other 9 fantasy book bloggers taking part, along with the 9 book choices from the other groups. I think that part of the competition will take quite a while as some of the other bloggers haven't even chosen their semi-finalists yet.
There is an absolutely great review now live here: http://www.pornokitsch.com...
Don't worry about the name of the blog - it is just a fantasy review blog and nothing dodgy as far as I can tell!! Hope it doesn't set off any alarms anywhere.

*The other shoppers in the toothpaste aisle were a bit taken aback by our celebratory jumping about I think.
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