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Title: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: JMack on March 22, 2015, 05:58:12 PM
Dear @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297):

OK, this won't really be a love letter. But it's a good hook.  ;D

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.

Here's an example: In the dialogue between Sebastian, Wydrin and Frith, you often tell us who's speaking by switching the action to the speaker, then following with the speaker's dialog. No need for "said Sebastian."

And, you give us believable thinking and timing. Frith asks if Wydrin is trustworthy. I might have just had him answer right off.  Instead, "Sebastian looked up at the sky..." We immediately understand his thoughtful nature, and we believe it when he comes back with a wry story that supports his partner while not being entirely complimentary.  (Now I'm not pretending there aren't other wonderful writers or that any of this is new, I'm just saying it's really well done here. I just finished Dreamer's Pool and for all it's good qualities, the writing often felt slow and stiff.)

And, it's all so much fun. This reminds me of Goldman's writing in the Princess Bride, though obviously a different tone. And PBis one of my favorite books.

So, now it's down into the Citadel, wondering how exactly they'll face the terror that seems to have done away with our poor Gallo.

Goody!

Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on March 22, 2015, 06:18:23 PM
That's so nice!
And you haven't even got to the best parts, in my opinion :D

(I would love to have got a lot more action at the tree/glass house, before it got burned and she killed :'()
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: xiagan on March 22, 2015, 06:28:02 PM
It's on my bedside table, so surely I will know soon what you're talking about. ;)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 22, 2015, 06:30:59 PM
That's so nice!
And you haven't even got to the best parts, in my opinion :D

(I would love to have got a lot more action at the tree/glass house, before it got burned and she killed :'()
Yes, but @ScarletBea (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=32020), how far do I have to read before I should look i the spoilers?  :o
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on March 22, 2015, 06:33:12 PM
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on March 22, 2015, 06:35:19 PM
Dear @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297):

OK, this won't really be a love letter. But it's a good hook.  ;D

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.

Here's an example: In the dialogue between Sebastian, Wydrin and Frith, you often tell us who's speaking by switching the action to the speaker, then following with the speaker's dialog. No need for "said Sebastian."

And, you give us believable thinking and timing. Frith asks if Wydrin is trustworthy. I might have just had him answer right off.  Instead, "Sebastian looked up at the sky..." We immediately understand his thoughtful nature, and we believe it when he comes back with a wry story that supports his partner while not being entirely complimentary.  (Now I'm not pretending there aren't other wonderful writers or that any of this is new, I'm just saying it's really well done here. I just finished Dreamer's Pool and for all it's good qualities, the writing often felt slow and stiff.)

And, it's all so much fun. This reminds me of Goldman's writing in the Princess Bride, though obviously a different tone. And PBis one of my favorite books.

So, now it's down into the Citadel, wondering how exactly they'll face the terror that seems to have done away with our poor Gallo.

Goody!

Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

And The Princess Bride is one of my favourite books ever. To even be mentioned in the same post is ridiculously cool. :D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 22, 2015, 06:45:08 PM
Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

And The Princess Bride is one of my favourite books ever. To even be mentioned in the same post is ridiculously cool. :D
Congratulations! {doffs cap}  Hopefully, I'll be able to say the same one day soon.  ???

Meanwhile, so happy to have hit good timing for a compliment!  ;D {puts cloak down across the mud puddle of every writer's need for adoring fans}  ;)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 22, 2015, 06:46:12 PM
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Well, you sort of hinted about him in the "Some of my best friends are..." post.  :)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on March 22, 2015, 07:05:42 PM
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Well, you sort of hinted about him in the "Some of my best friends are..." post.  :)
You were not supposed to read the spoiler!!!! Bad J >:(
(although to be honest, I forgot to put which book I was talking about outside the spoiler tag, duh! :-[)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on March 23, 2015, 10:18:09 AM
erm... I think very close to the end... sorry :-[
The spoiler is related to a particular character/scenes that will only show up later.

And have you figured Sebastian yet? :D
Well, you sort of hinted about him in the "Some of my best friends are..." post.  :)
You were not supposed to read the spoiler!!!! Bad J >:(
(although to be honest, I forgot to put which book I was talking about outside the spoiler tag, duh! :-[)

Well to be fair it's not the biggest spoiler ever... ;)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Saraband on March 23, 2015, 11:23:10 AM

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.


I loved The Copper Promise for those reasons as well, together with an added bonus which I have often said about this book: the story feels like a very classical fantasy tale, of adventure and heroism, but portrayed with in an incredibly modern tone. It feels like it's leading the way towards the future of young (and less young, too) fantasy writers, in terms of prose, plot and characterization.

Besides, @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) is part of the Fantasy-Faction family, and she has been nothing but incredibly nice in our online exchanges.

I cannot wait to get my hands into The Iron Ghost. And congratulations on wrapping up the first draft of the third book  ;) I know there's must still be a considerable amount of work & rewriting to be done, but the feeling must be great  anyway!
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on March 23, 2015, 11:39:26 AM

I am barely into The Copper Promise but I'm already in love with the book. It's got a wonderful blend of characters, fantasy tropes and cool story. But mostly it's the prose I'm enjoying for how incredibly readable but delightfully skilled it is. I feel as though in addition to the story - the center of the experience, of course - I'm getting a master class in writing.


I loved The Copper Promise for those reasons as well, together with an added bonus which I have often said about this book: the story feels like a very classical fantasy tale, of adventure and heroism, but portrayed with in an incredibly modern tone. It feels like it's leading the way towards the future of young (and less young, too) fantasy writers, in terms of prose, plot and characterization.

Besides, @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) is part of the Fantasy-Faction family, and she has been nothing but incredibly nice in our online exchanges.

I cannot wait to get my hands into The Iron Ghost. And congratulations on wrapping up the first draft of the third book  ;) I know there's must still be a considerable amount of work & rewriting to be done, but the feeling must be great  anyway!

Thank yooooou! As you say, still loads of work to do but I'm actually looking forward to beating it into shape :D Feels pretty surreal to have written an entire trilogy now....
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Elfy on March 24, 2015, 01:09:27 AM
I've been thinking of getting this one. So little time, so many books, but after seeing this it's going straight to the top of my must buy and read list.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Hedin on March 24, 2015, 01:53:32 AM
Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

Not not you're not trying but any idea on a US release?   I can order the books here but not quite sure you would get credit for it or not.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on March 24, 2015, 09:19:33 AM
Oh my gosh!

Thank you so much. I finished the first draft of the third book today, feeling hollowed out and exhausted, so this is such a tremendous boost, I can't even tell you.

Not not you're not trying but any idea on a US release?   I can order the books here but not quite sure you would get credit for it or not.

Unfortunately this isn't something I have any control over, and there's no sign of a US publisher buying them up just yet. However, buying a copy of the book from wherever you can is usually good for me :)

Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: CameronJohnston on March 24, 2015, 09:28:51 AM
I opened this thread with a measure of trepidation ;)

I fully agree, it's FUN and adventuresome, a nice change from the relentlessly Grim fantasy that is everywhere at the moment.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 24, 2015, 05:32:25 PM
Page 214.
I know when I'm into a book when I have to cover the right hand page with my hand while reading the left.  ;D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on March 24, 2015, 06:31:21 PM
Page 214.
I know when I'm into a book when I have to cover the right hand page with my hand while reading the left.  ;D

!!!
I've returned the book to the library, so I can't check what that is, but I do that too! Particularly when the right hand page is the end of a chapter. I thought I was the only (crazy) one hehe
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Elfy on March 24, 2015, 11:27:09 PM
Page 214.
I know when I'm into a book when I have to cover the right hand page with my hand while reading the left.  ;D
Never actually tried that, but I may have to in future to stop my eyes from wandering. I guess that's one advantage on an ebook, you only get one page at a time.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 24, 2015, 11:28:41 PM
Page 214.
I know when I'm into a book when I have to cover the right hand page with my hand while reading the left.  ;D
Never actually tried that, but I may have to in future to stop my eyes from wandering. I guess that's one advantage on an ebook, you only get one page at a time.
True and I read a lot  ebook. But in this case, I'm enjoying having the physical book and the sensation of constantly resisting the temptation for the eyes to wander ahead  :)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 27, 2015, 11:13:41 AM
Finished. I wanted to write a poem, and I had a start in the shower. Something about

"Heaving a sigh, I closed the book
on Wydrin, Seb and Frith's inward look.
What lovely mayhem, what marvelous fun,
so glad the story is just begun"

Thank the gods I didn't write it down. It might be cruel to inflict it, even if the meaning is, er, meant.

Wonderful book!
Buy it, read it. (In that order please.)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on March 27, 2015, 12:26:55 PM
Buy it, read it. (In that order please.)

Why that order? I do a lot of reverse order ;D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Henry Dale on March 27, 2015, 12:59:09 PM
Can someone give me a blurb or a link to this book please? I'm looking for something to read and this thread made me curious.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on March 27, 2015, 01:01:56 PM
Here you go:

http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/the-copper-promise-ghosts-of-the-citadel-by-jennifer-williams (http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/the-copper-promise-ghosts-of-the-citadel-by-jennifer-williams)

 :)

Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Henry Dale on March 27, 2015, 01:49:59 PM
Here you go:

http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/the-copper-promise-ghosts-of-the-citadel-by-jennifer-williams (http://fantasy-faction.com/2013/the-copper-promise-ghosts-of-the-citadel-by-jennifer-williams)

 :)

Thank you ^^
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on March 27, 2015, 03:27:29 PM
Finished. I wanted to write a poem, and I had a start in the shower. Something about

"Heaving a sigh, I closed the book
on Wydrin, Seb and Frith's inward look.
What lovely mayhem, what marvelous fun,
so glad the story is just begun"

Thank the gods I didn't write it down. It might be cruel to inflict it, even if the meaning is, er, meant.

Wonderful book!
Buy it, read it. (In that order please.)

Ha, that's brilliant! I shall file that in my "lovely review" folder  ;) So pleased you enjoyed it!
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on March 28, 2015, 09:45:06 AM
Just ordered Iron Ghost from a UK re-seller. Ouch. That was expensive. Double the coat of Copper Promise.  Maybe I need to start a campaign to get te books published here in the US. :)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on March 28, 2015, 11:32:26 AM
Just ordered Iron Ghost from a UK re-seller. Ouch. That was expensive. Double the coat of Copper Promise.  Maybe I need to start a campaign to get te books published here in the US. :)

That would be really handy...  ;)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Rostum on March 31, 2015, 08:49:08 PM
On the strength of this thread I ordered my copy and will start reading it tonight... Word of mouth err forum does work.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on April 10, 2015, 01:50:48 AM
On the strength of this thread I ordered my copy and will start reading it tonight... Word of mouth err forum does work.
@Rostum (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40251)... Verdict?
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on April 10, 2015, 01:53:38 AM
Yay! iron Ghost just arrived, suitably singed by messenger dragon.
Big ass binding! At 533 pages and huge paper, does this count as a door stopper?  ;)

My TBR order may have just gone to pot.  ;D
Meanwhile, my daughter now has my copy of Copper Promise. It had better come back one day.  >:(  :)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Raptori on April 10, 2015, 02:07:49 AM
Yay! iron Ghost just arrived, suitably singed by messenger dragon.
Big ass binding! At 533 pages and huge paper, does this count as a door stopper?  ;)

My TBR order may have just gone to pot.  ;D
Meanwhile, my daughter now has my copy of Copper Promise. It had better come back one day.  >:( :)
Lucky you! We haven't even ordered it yet...  :-[

I've actually barely read anything in the last few days, just a couple of chapters each of Eli Monpress and Wee Free Men. I have what should be a fairly acceptable excuse though: 6,700 words have been written instead.  :P
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Rostum on April 12, 2015, 07:01:46 PM
Quote
@Rostum (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40251)... Verdict?

Sorry for the late reply.
I only finished the Copper Promise this morning having put it down Wednesday and picked it back up this morning.
I took me back in the direction of some books I read as a teen and in that sense it was a breath of fresh air. Promise felt a lot more like the fantasy romps that got me into the genre. (Sorry Jen) I wont be rushing out and buying the Iron Ghost and putting it on top of my TBR pile but I will pick it up as time and money allow and stick it on the bottom of the pile. It was a good read but did not grab me and shake me as hard as some of the books I have read in the last year. I really wish I knew why I am not as enthusiastic as others in this thread....But don't take my opinion as anything other than that and read it yourselves.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on July 28, 2015, 12:06:08 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/KdUTL6r.jpg)
In the cabin, on vacation, Celia, reading @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297)'s Copper Promise

Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Elfy on July 28, 2015, 12:08:12 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/KdUTL6r.jpg)
In the cabin, on vacation, Celia, reading @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297)'s Copper Promise
So you're adding a member to the cult? On Senny related news, she was nominated for an award the other day.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: sennydreadful on July 28, 2015, 07:22:02 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/KdUTL6r.jpg)
In the cabin, on vacation, Celia, reading @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297)'s Copper Promise

Wow, that looks like the perfect place to read a book! :D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on July 28, 2015, 03:00:33 PM
Wow, that looks like the perfect place to read a book! :D

Actually, a sofa or a bed is better (for me) - somewhere to be comfy reclined ;D

(and Jmack, she definitely looks like a teenager, hehe - are you sure she's over 19?)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: JMack on July 28, 2015, 03:05:30 PM
Wow, that looks like the perfect place to read a book! :D

Actually, a sofa or a bed is better (for me) - somewhere to be comfy reclined ;D

(and Jmack, she definitely looks like a teenager, hehe - are you sure she's over 19?)

27 in September!
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: ScarletBea on July 28, 2015, 04:13:25 PM
Wow! I guess we two should form a club then :D
(not that I look like a teenager, but people tell me I don't look (or act ;)) my age either hehe)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams - spoiler free Copper Promise
Post by: Elfy on July 29, 2015, 02:21:43 AM
Wow! I guess we two should form a club then :D
(not that I look like a teenager, but people tell me I don't look (or act ;)) my age either hehe)
I could also be a member of that club. I get told the same thing a lot.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: ScarletBea on September 11, 2015, 09:43:46 AM
(@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), could you maybe remove the reference to the first book name in the thread title? Or add 'and all her books'?)

I finished Iron Ghost last night.
Wow!
I mean, I liked Copper Promise, but I *really liked* this one. It was so amazing, so great, you can see Jen's growth in writing, in plotting, in character development, in character relationships, in addressing 'big subjects'...

I can't wait for the next one - but the great thing is, it's a trilogy where you're not on tenterhooks to know what happens next, each book is perfectly contained (what was it someone said in another thread - it's a serial, not a series?)

Just one little down point >:(
Why did Dallen simply disappear? Hmmm? No proper goodbyes, no romantic last scene, just a touch of eyes across the harbour? They deserved better, both of them. hmmm...

Edit: calling @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) because I think she'll like to hear all these good things (and she might answer my spoiler question hehe.
I am *so* glad I bought the 2 books :D (I'd read the first one from the library, now it's all mine!)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: sennydreadful on September 11, 2015, 02:55:22 PM
(@Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), could you maybe remove the reference to the first book name in the thread title? Or add 'and all her books'?)

I finished Iron Ghost last night.
Wow!
I mean, I liked Copper Promise, but I *really liked* this one. It was so amazing, so great, you can see Jen's growth in writing, in plotting, in character development, in character relationships, in addressing 'big subjects'...

I can't wait for the next one - but the great thing is, it's a trilogy where you're not on tenterhooks to know what happens next, each book is perfectly contained (what was it someone said in another thread - it's a serial, not a series?)

Just one little down point >:(
Why did Dallen simply disappear? Hmmm? No proper goodbyes, no romantic last scene, just a touch of eyes across the harbour? They deserved better, both of them. hmmm...

Edit: calling @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) because I think she'll like to hear all these good things (and she might answer my spoiler question hehe.
I am *so* glad I bought the 2 books :D (I'd read the first one from the library, now it's all mine!)

Aww, thank you so much! The second book was extremely hair-raising for me and I sweated blood over it (difficult second album etc) so it really means a lot when people enjoy it.  ;D

As for your spoilered comment...

What can I say? Seb's actions were, to Dallen, fairly unforgivable  :'( It was likely less painful for them to part that way...

More hijinks, monsters and yes, even romance in The Silver Tide, which is out next year ;)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: Elfy on September 12, 2015, 01:26:00 AM
I have to agree with Bea. The Copper Promise was great fun, but everything got dialled up to 11 in The Iron Ghost. It's one of the best books I've read this year. Very eager for The Silver Tide and Jen's new series after that.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: sennydreadful on September 13, 2015, 11:17:02 AM
I have to agree with Bea. The Copper Promise was great fun, but everything got dialled up to 11 in The Iron Ghost. It's one of the best books I've read this year. Very eager for The Silver Tide and Jen's new series after that.

*likes infinity plus 1*
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: Lady Ty on September 16, 2015, 08:23:08 AM
Great interview with Jen Williams where she talks about all three books and more about the characters.


http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/interviews-2/interview-jen-williams/
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: Rostum on September 26, 2015, 09:40:37 PM
Bump, look what I found

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S6HKGLM?refRID=0EPXADV9H2ZRK3NA9DKK&ref_=pd_rhf_ee_s_qp_2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00S6HKGLM?refRID=0EPXADV9H2ZRK3NA9DKK&ref_=pd_rhf_ee_s_qp_2)

Jen you should have let us know!
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: Saraband on November 18, 2015, 06:39:06 PM
I am now about 60% through the Iron Ghost, and just wanted to share how much I am loving it.

I thought The Copper Promise was already a brilliant book, but @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) / Jen seems to have perfected some of her finer points to an even better degree of masterfulness over her writing. Excellent, addictive story and engaging characters.

And... Sebastian ;D

If you ever come to Edinburgh tell us, I'll be very happy to get my copy signed!
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: sennydreadful on November 18, 2015, 08:51:28 PM
I am now about 60% through the Iron Ghost, and just wanted to share how much I am loving it.

I thought The Copper Promise was already a brilliant book, but @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) / Jen seems to have perfected some of her finer points to an even better degree of masterfulness over her writing. Excellent, addictive story and engaging characters.

And... Sebastian ;D

If you ever come to Edinburgh tell us, I'll be very happy to get my copy signed!

Oh thank you! I am dead chuffed you're enjoying the book. :D Hopefully I'll make it up to Scotland one day soon - I've always wanted to go!
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: JMack on March 10, 2016, 12:02:08 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kosttVc.jpg)

This came in the mail today.
Thank you, Dom @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) (awesome friend and mail man) and Jen @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) (author extraordinaire)

(http://i.imgur.com/bhWmnvf.jpg)
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: sennydreadful on March 10, 2016, 06:34:59 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/kosttVc.jpg)

This came in the mail today.
Thank you, Dom @Nighteyes (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=272) (awesome friend and mail man) and Jen @sennydreadful (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=3297) (author extraordinaire)

(http://i.imgur.com/bhWmnvf.jpg)

Hooray! It was my pleasure - and I'm glad it got to you safely :D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: Nighteyes on March 10, 2016, 07:48:15 PM
Ooooh. That was quite quick then! The Royal Mail did a great job collecting my package in the post, and the American post did a fine job delivering my package in the mail.
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: ScarletBea on April 01, 2016, 08:39:16 AM
Ok, so, here I am, after staying up late last night because I.just.HAD.to.finish.it!!!!
Oh, I'm talking about The Silver Tide, by the way, hehe - I tried not to include spoilers.

Oh.My.Gawd.
I'm speechless (says her, before going on to gush endlessly).

This book is so incredibly amazing, great, awesome, fantastic and just has the most perfect ending. It made me cry, sure, but also left me with a huge smile on my face.
You start, and you think things are moving on a bit fast for the size of the book, that adventure is just going at the right pace, but what else can happen? And then the unthinkable happens, and an even better and more amazing adventure comes along.

Everyone is perfectly in character, not an action or reaction out of place. And that includes the words coming out of their mouths, I can just hear each and every single one and recognise them even without speech tags ;D

This is one of, or actually 'the', best book for diversity that I've ever encountered, it's got the most diverse set of characters ever, and that doesn't feel forced for even 1 single second. All perfectly natural.
And I have found my perfect couple role model :D
I so love reading about Xinian and Selsye, they just fit so amazingly well together!

Love, love, love, so come on, what are you waiting for? Go get it *now* 8)

I know, I could never be a proper reviewer ;)

And I have to deeply thank F-F for making me discover these books in the first place, and of course Jen for being such an amazing writer and for being around F-F too and making me also curious enough about them back at the time of book 1 to give it a try ;D
Title: Re: Love letter to Jen Williams
Post by: sennydreadful on April 01, 2016, 09:47:44 AM
Ok, so, here I am, after staying up late last night because I.just.HAD.to.finish.it!!!!
Oh, I'm talking about The Silver Tide, by the way, hehe - I tried not to include spoilers.

Oh.My.Gawd.
I'm speechless (says her, before going on to gush endlessly).

This book is so incredibly amazing, great, awesome, fantastic and just has the most perfect ending. It made me cry, sure, but also left me with a huge smile on my face.
You start, and you think things are moving on a bit fast for the size of the book, that adventure is just going at the right pace, but what else can happen? And then the unthinkable happens, and an even better and more amazing adventure comes along.

Everyone is perfectly in character, not an action or reaction out of place. And that includes the words coming out of their mouths, I can just hear each and every single one and recognise them even without speech tags ;D

This is one of, or actually 'the', best book for diversity that I've ever encountered, it's got the most diverse set of characters ever, and that doesn't feel forced for even 1 single second. All perfectly natural.
And I have found my perfect couple role model :D
I so love reading about Xinian and Selsye, they just fit so amazingly well together!

Love, love, love, so come on, what are you waiting for? Go get it *now* 8)

I know, I could never be a proper reviewer ;)

And I have to deeply thank F-F for making me discover these books in the first place, and of course Jen for being such an amazing writer and for being around F-F too and making me also curious enough about them back at the time of book 1 to give it a try ;D

Aaaaah thank you so much, you have made my Friday  ;D ;D ;D

I also love
Xinian and Selsye - I just had to bring them back somehow for the third book. And Joah too, although I understand not everyone is as fond of him as I am ;)

Also thank you for your comments about the diversity in the book, that means a lot.  :)