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10 Questions with Dale Lucas

I found the first novel in your Fifth Ward series to be a refreshing departure from a typical epic fantasy novel. What made you decide to go in that direction?   Frustration, mostly (he says with a chuckle). When I first set out to write fantasy, it was in an...

Fifth Ward: First Watch by Dale Lucas

This novel was so different from any epic fantasy novel I have ever read.  It was refreshing to read a novel that featured orcs, dwarves, and elves but didn’t involve some massive quest with the fate of the world at stake.  That’s the blueprint of the overwhelming...

The Gathering Storm by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan

I had really soured on the most recent books in The Wheel of Time series.  The books had gotten long winded.  They meandered aimlessly and seem to be leading nowhere.  There were a million characters that I could no longer keep track of, let alone care about.  I...

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

I wanted to like this novel because I found the concept to be interesting, but there were too many hurdles to leap over to actually find it enjoyable.  There were problems with the characterization and the writing, which weren’t particularly well done, but the biggest...

Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke

Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke

This series started off so strong with God Save the Queen.  I enjoyed the concept, the writing style, the characters, and was digging the novel.  I was lukewarm about the second entry into the trilogy, but still had hopes for the final addition.  Unfortunately, it...

The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon

The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon

I was glad to see Robert McCammon return to Matthew Corbett and his circa 17th-century novels.  I’m both a fan of historical fiction and McCammon, who is one of my all-time favorite writers, making his mark in the horror genre.  Making it even better, I had a chance...