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The final book in the Quintessence Cycle series.

To rise or fall. Crowned or chained. The fate of the Dracodar, and the world, will be decided.

The Winds of War blow across Mareshna. Swords are brought to bear. The end of the world looms.

The armies of the western horde stand between King Ainslen Cardiff and his mad dream to conquer the world. But even as he’s massed his forces at the Swords of Humel, another enemy has taken advantage of the opening he leaves behind.

Queen Terestere maneuvers her pieces across the board to complete her vengeance, see her people rise, and to face a man she has often dreamed of killing.

Keedar and Thar battle to weaken the Farlander forces and discover the truth of a frightening secret.

Winslow trains among the Dracodar for the greatest undertaking of all.

But none of them could have anticipated the power or the goal of their true foe.

KINDLE: https://www.amazon.com/Crown-Souls-Quintessence-Cycle-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS4SJOR
B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crown-of-souls-terry-c-simpson/1125446955?ean=2940157234300

Small Press & Self-Published / Soulsworn; A Quintessence Cycle novel
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:38:10 AM »
The newest book in the Quintessence Cycle universe has been released. Soulsworn takes place between the events in Game of Souls and Soulbreaker. Priced at 99 cents as a new release sale.


Madness. Death. Bounty hunters. A fanatic cult. Assassins. A ruthless king. That is what seven year old Clara Rostlin faces now that she has called upon her soul magic.

Follow her mother, Aidah Rostlin, as she tries to save Clara and Elysse from the ruthless King Ainslen who wants to feed on the young ones' souls, from the Farlanders who wish to slay Clara, and from the Order of the Dominion who would use the little girl's powers for their own purposes.

Once a countess, Aidah has lost almost everything. With Lomin, the last of her Blades, for protection, Aidah must seek help and safety in a distant land whose people despises her kind. Possessing no magic of her own to call upon, no skill in combat, will Aidah's knowledge and faith show her the way? Or will the Gods leave her a gift of grief?

If, like me, you're a shameless fanboi, or girl, of the Cosmere, Stormlight Archive and most things Sanderson, then here's a new story Tor posted set after Words of Radiance.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Tower Lord
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:46:11 PM »
Bloodsong was one of my favorite books. I'm liking Tower Lord but don't quite know what to think yet. It's so ... different from Bloodsong. I see that it's taking somewhat of a beating in reviews on Amazon, and quite a bit the same on Goodreads with people disappointed with the changes in POV, magic, and general plot lines. I'm sure others here have to be reading it. Any thoughts? Remember to use spoiler tags please.

Book 2 to one of Amazon's rated Best New Releases of March 2013.

The second volume of Terry C. Simpson’s Quintessence Cycle, a sprawling epic of magic, war, adventure, and intrigue in a world full of mysteries.

Chaos rules in the wake of Succession Day, even in the heart of the Empire’s capital, Kasandar, where commoners revolt and counts and priests plot. All across the world, armies rise to strike at King Ainslen’s fledgling rule.

Queen Terestere is captured and returned to the city where they murdered her husband, intent on saving her people, and set on vengeance. Keedar and Winslow hone their skills, one for a test that could mean his death, and the other to help save the man he once called his father. Delisar languishes in a prison, soul magic siphoned by King Ainslen, while his brother, Thar, plots to free him and discover a way to defeat the Farlanders.

One thing will determine who lives or dies, wins or loses. The power of the soul.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / 2013, the Best and Worst you read.
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:51:14 AM »
Seeing as the year is drawn to a close maybe we could all list the top 5 best books you read this year. Doesn't matter when they were released. Throw in the worst one if you see fit, and which book came as a surprise sleeper.

My list:

1. A Memory of Light - Loved this series and my favorite complete series of all time.
2.Blood Song - Just an awesome book
3.Cold Days - Have to pay homage to the Za'Lord
4. The Blinding Knife - Lightbringer just gets better.
5. Emperor of Thorns - Jorg was still the man!

Worst Book: I didn't start any books this year that I considered bad.

Surprise hit: Blood Song

Embers of a Broken Throne, the fourth volume in the Aegis of the Gods epic fantasy series has been released!

In the aftermath of a titanic battle, Ancel and the remnants of his people are fleeing to Benez, a city reviled by the world. Hunted by Tribunal assassins and shadelings, he must fight to see them survive even as corruption creeps across the land, and his father battles for sanity.
Ryne continues to hold fast to his secrets, but suspicious of those around him, he makes a shocking discovery of his own, one he dare not reveal.
Still struggling with the loss of her parents, her feelings for Ancel, and her hate for Ryne, Irmina comes into her power as a Beasttamer, and is exposed to knowledge that could kill them all if the enemy sees through her act.
Meanwhile, the Nine continue to pull strings, and the armies of the Tribunal and Amuni’s Children march, their ultimate goal to see an end to Ancel and the Eztezians, and to breach the prisons of the gods.
But true to form in Denestia, many things are not what they seem.

Book sequence: Although the Shadowbearer could be read first, the recommended sequence is Etchings of Power, The Shadowbearer, Ashes and Blood, Embers of a Broken Throne. Expect the fifth book in this series soon. Cheers and Enjoy!

Amazon for Kindle
Barnes and Noble for Nook
Apple Itunes for Ipad, Iphone

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:53:06 PM »
A departure from the way he normally writes for Sanderson, but Steelheart was an excellent book. As usual, an intricate magical world with near endless possibilities. Awesome technology. One part of the plot became obvious to me, but that didn't take away from it for me when it was revealed. Enjoyed the characters, although Sanderson still needs a little work on his humor. Won't give any spoilers. I gave the book a 5 because it was that enjoyable.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Brent Week's Broken Eye Cover Reveal
« on: August 16, 2013, 03:15:42 PM »
Big fan of the Lightbringer series. Good to see the book 3 cover and anxiously waiting for the book itself.


Small Press & Self-Published / Shadeborn - Urban fantasy
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:17:49 PM »

What you believe about myths and legends is about to change.

If Death had a child, it would be Shadeborn.

Mike's a misguided thug haunted by bad luck, tragedy, and a psychopathic brother. Darius sits atop a world he's ready to abandon. Sheila is just looking to make a meal of the magically gifted.

What do they have in common?

People they know are being killed. And a slew of supernatural creatures, the Arcane Police, and the N.Y.P.D all want them either dead or captured.

Oh, there's also Phil. But when Phil's around, people die. Lots of them.

So what's to be done when the hunt is on, death or worse comes a calling, and immortals decide to shape the life of men?

P.S : For fans of Terry's Aegis of the Gods and Quintessence Cycle series, this book includes the Prologue for Embers of a Broken Throne (Aegis Book 3) and Chapter 1 of Soulbreaker (Quintessence Cycle Book 2)

Shadeborn is available on:

AMAZON KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/kindle-store/dp/B00DWXXSZG

B&N NOOK: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadeborn-terry-c-simpson/1116049880?ean=2940148400134

KOBO: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Shadeborn/book-stWe0CrbfEmXn5_WpWTNug/page1.html?s=2iyVYSvI40KnfQsxJrsdsQ&r=1



Game of Souls - The Quintessence Cycle Book 1

On Amazon

Your soul is your magic. The nobility will stop at nothing to steal it.

 Keedar Giorin still remembers the night when soldiers killed his mother. The Night of Blades. He was three, but the memories are written in his mind in blood, flames, scales, and his mother's mad cackles.

Assigned by his father to save two young noblemen or risk a repeat of the massacre on his home in the Smear, Kasandar's most lawless district, Keedar dives headlong into the mission. He uses his most secret skill, a magic that could bring the King's Blades hunting him, a magic that could be a death sentence if reported to the wrong ears.

But even that risk is part of his father's calculated plan. A plot to determine who was behind his mother's death, while securing a new ally for their guild, and seeing their people rise from squalor and oppression to strive for the identity and power they have all but forgotten.

Plans, however, do not always follow the path drawn out. What will Keedar do when a count takes interest in his magic? Where will he run to when the hunt begins? Can a young man now growing into his power find a way to defeat the most ruthless of assassins?

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / A Memory of Light review
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:34:34 PM »
Death’s lighter than a feather. Keep those words in mind. They become a recurring theme throughout A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time.

Wow. The final book in the Wheel of Time. When Jordan died, I never thought I would see, mourn, and celebrate this day. Through a friend of mine, I began this journey in 1991. Twenty-two years later, it is over.

It has been epic in every sense of the word.

People praise and others criticize this series. For those who claim, it’s so cliché, or has so many common tropes, remember when it began, those things were not quite so cliché then. For me, when I picked up Eye of the World and began, it was a wondrous world that reminded me of Tolkien and sucked me in. There I lived. There were great books and a few let downs in between, and then some great books. Jordan died. Sanderson picked up the reins and breathed life into the series even if he didn’t nail some of my favorite characters.

And now we have A Memory of Light.

The book begins with battle and ends with battle, the best battles this series has seen. It resolves many questions, many plots, and while some of it hurt, I was more than satisfied. It is a dream book for me, a catalogue of action, magic, and intersecting plot lines from so many points of view that comes together so seamlessly, I kept reading, mouth open many times, trying to absorb it all. Oh, it had its misses sprinkled in, the odd moment where the prose might have felt too modern or a character a little off, (Mat specifically, although I must admit Sanderson does a much, much better job with him this time around), but not once did I feel jarred out of the story. It was almost like reading Eye of the World again, but better. I was sucked in, and it would not let me go.

Sanderson got his bits in there, characters that were just him, like Androl and Pevara. Their storyline was quite enjoyable, to see that side, to see the Black Tower.

Egwene, Elayne, Aviendha, Nynaeve, Min, the women in general, are different. In a good way. You see their growth, you feel their decisions, your heart hurts for them, and at times you have no choice but to smile.

Perrin and Mat. What can I say? Finally, I did not feel as if I wanted to slap some sense into Perrin. Mat made me laugh, sometimes out loud. And when he got to show me his expertise in battle strategy, I was left breathless. It was as close to the old Mat as Sanderson has come, but still not the old Mat, because that one died in Jordan’s books.

One of my most enjoyable moments, and it’s a simple thing, was seeing more of the Shadow’s world through one of their eyes. I still say there should have been more of that in the series. I like world building though, so that really appealed to me. Ah, the Red Veils.

When it comes to Rand, I could follow his character all day. I felt a part of him, one with his goal, his struggle. I wondered how he would resolve it all and I was not disappointed. Tam’s POV in all this was a welcome breath, and at one point, pretty awesome.

However, my favorite character in the entire book is one, al’Lan Mandragoran. God he was good. So entertaining, so painful to see what he went through, and oh, oh so fulfilling at the end. ‘Death’s lighter than a feather.’ I smile.

The book is not without its surprises: the Horn of Valere, for one. And it is certainly not without its deaths.

People die. A lot of people. Some who you loved. Some who you hated. Some will go up in a blaze of glory. Some will die with a whimper and deserve better. They die nonetheless. Prepare yourself.

The end? Some had their issues with it, and you the reader, will see why. I have none. I could draw a myriad of conclusions from the ending, and I think that’s the point. You, the reader, must use your imagination and give that last bit whatever spin you wish. I’ll say if the Dark One can do it, why can’t the Creator? For me, the theme was freedom.

And so I put to rest my review of A Memory of Light. It will take a fantastic book to top this one for book of the year for me, maybe of the last few years.

The Wheel of Time lives even as it has come to the end of its lifespan. Death’s lighter than a feather.


Small Press & Self-Published / Ashes and Blood, Aegis of the Gods Book 2
« on: November 22, 2012, 01:27:44 AM »

Ancel Dorn has gained the first of his power. And now he's a wanted man.

Ryne Waldron wants to teach him. The Nine want him to be taught before they kill him. Galiana Calestis wants him to live, and learn, and hopefully accomplish what she never was able to do: save their people. Irmina Nagel wants to love him again. Stefan Dorn, his father, wants him to lead and pave his own path.

The Tribunal and the shade want him dead.

All he wishes is to save his mother if she lives; rescue his father from the Tribunal's clutches; find love again; help his people. And to learn how to harness his power before it drives him mad or kills him.

Cities will burn. The innocent will die. The dead shall rise. Nightmares will stalk the land. Guardians will wreak havoc.
Can he, Irmina, Galiana, and Ryne help to stem the tide? If so, at what cost?


Ashes and Blood, Book 2 in Aegis of The Gods is now available on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble. Itunes version will be up shortly.

Small Press & Self-Published / Free epic fantasy on Kindle and iTunes
« on: November 03, 2012, 10:46:15 PM »


A tale of the sacrifices, trials, triumphs, and tragedies of one man's life in his quest to save those he holds dear.
Knight Commander Stefan Dorn, leader of the Unvanquished, has known only war, death and, victory. All in the name of his loyalty to King Nerian the Lightbearer, a man he idolized.
Until now.
Everything he thought he knew about the King, his people, and his world is coming to an end. At a time when there should be peace, he's once again called to war.
Torn between shocking changes at home, his family, loyalty to his men and his King, Stefan wishes only to enjoy life away from the battlefield. But with the new campaign comes a rabid, unforgiving enemy and a potential cataclysm.
Follow him as he fights to save his family, his people, his honor, and his birthright from the grips of the shade. Can he save them all? If not, which will he choose, which will he lose?
The Shadowbearer is a rousing and engaging prequel to Etchings of Power and a worthy addition to the Aegis of the Gods series.

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Anne Rice on Writing
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:59:03 PM »
This is phenomenal and inspirational. Whether you're a writer or an aspiring writer it's worth a watch.
Anne gives writing advice 09.18.12

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