Friday, October 10, 2014
Rough Magick - GnomeSaga (Book 1) - by Kenny Soward - Well imagined world with a great story
Although I enjoyed The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings trilogy and a few other Fantasy novels over the years, for the most part, I really don't read or enjoy much in the way of Swords and Sorcery Fantasy.
I am happy to say Rough Magic is a charming exception. I decided to read this for a couple of reasons. I'm a fan of the Dead West series and Kenny Soward was a contributing author on the first two books, and it's published by Ragnarok Publications and they've yet to disappoint me.
I've often mentioned that what makes a great zombie book is the story. The zombies are basically all the same, so it comes down to what an author does with the characters. I guess it's the same with Swords and Sorcery Fantasy novels and in this case, the author has created an amazing world called Sullenor populated by Gnomes.
One gnometress in particular, Niksabella Nur, is a tinkerer who has used her skills and a bit of sorcery to create a never-ending energy source. The High Council, especially First Wizard Raulnock, wants her stopped. Then there's Jontuk, leader of the Stonekin, a stone-like race from one of the ultraworlds who has an interest in Niksabella's invention.
The Stonekin are at war with the Baron and his legions and by the end of the story, it seems the gnomes are under attack from similar forces.
Rough Magick is a story which evokes wonderment, laughter, a sense of foreboding, anger, and involves every possible emotion.
If you love Swords and Sorcery Fantasy, I can all but guarantee you'll enjoy Rough Magick. If you're a fan of a great story, you should check out Rough Magick even if not necessarily a fan of the genre.
Rough Magick, from Ragnarok Publications, will be released for the Kindle on October 13th, 2014 and is available now for pre-order.