Monthly Archives: July 2013

Pentia A-Z: F is for Flight

These things I am about to tell you, reader, are unknown to the Pentians. Even the present Shora do not know most of these details of their past. Why did they leave their southern island? Why are they here? The Shora’s endless wars between its two rivals, the Aquari of the west and the Esteri of the east […]

National Cultures of Pentia: The Shora

Capital City: Aquari: Aquos, Esteri: Cressos Estimated total population: Aquari: 340,659, Esteri: 296,703 Estimated military size (absolute maximum strength): Aquari: 62,000, Esteri: 54,000 Typical appearance and social/cultural traits: The Shora have dark, red coloured hair, and bright cyan eyes. They are super-human in strength, speed, and intellect. They also, by appearance at least, possess less emotion. This is […]

“The Bonehunters” Review

THE BONEHUNTERS (Malazan Book of the Fallen #6), by Steven Erikson 4 out of 5 (Really Liked It) The Seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha’ik is dead. One last rebel force remains, holed up in the city of Y’Ghatan and under the fanatical command of Leoman of the Flails. The prospect of laying siege to […]

So many books, so little time

I have reached an exciting, yet terrible point in my life as a reader of science fiction and fantasy. Over the past week or so I have been looking around for new fantasy series and also science fiction works to add to my Goodreads “want to read” shelf. I have found a great site that […]

National Cultures of Pentia: Talinar, “The Blue”

Capital City: Blesina Estimated total population: ??? Estimated military size (absolute maximum strength): ??? Typical appearance and social/cultural traits: The people of the former nation of Talinar of the south, now living on the continent’s largest island against their wills, have almost black, navy-blue hair and gold coloured eyes. Stereotypical racial values include ambition, opportunism, commerce, and hard-nosed […]

Project Tango

It is always healthy to maintain more than one writing project at a time. Project Tango is my side project that is still in its infancy. Well, it hasn’t really been born yet. It is little more than an idea and is far, far away from its first words. To be honest, I do not […]

Holy [expletive], I just brutally killed one of my characters!

So, um…yeah. All of the corners in my bedroom are occupied by furniture or something else, so where am I supposed to crawl into a ball and weep? Alright, let’s be serious here, killing off your characters is tough. Who but we, the authors, have a greater connection to our characters? It can be a […]

National Cultures of Pentia: The Kanari

Capital City: Kanar Estimated total population: 1,292,308 Estimated military size (absolute maximum strength): 84,000 Typical appearance and social/cultural traits: The Kanari have light brown hair and rusty, red/brown eyes. Kanar is the oldest civilization and culture in Pentia, as all of the Pentian races originally came from the deserts. Although there are unique cultural differences […]

Progress Journal Entry 4: Chapters 16-20

Phew! That was the most difficult section, so far. I just finished chapter 20 a couple of days ago. I got hit by two different forces at the same time, which both made my writing per day less than I wanted. First off, all of these chapters were hard to write for different reasons. Two […]

Pentia A-Z: E is for Exile

This Exile is not the aforementioned POV character “The Exile”. It also stands for a landmark in the southern nation of Sola. It is the name of the westernmost mountain of the Cloud Tops, and for the immediate surrounding lands at the foot of the mountain. Beneath Exile lies a labyrinth of natural dark tunnels […]

National Cultures of Pentia: The Askarians

Capital City: Askar Estimated total population: 1,681,319 Estimated military size (absolute maximum strength): 153,000 Typical appearance and social/cultural traits: The people of Askar to the north-east have dark blonde hair and grey eyes. They are known for their expert craftsmanship, and there are no finer smiths in the world than the ones in the nation of Askar, […]

POLL!: The Lieutenants: Choose your favourite characters

Now that all of The Eleven have been revealed, I wonder, who do you like best? By choosing your top four (you can choose 4 of the 10 options), it helps me know initially what readers think of them. This is especially useful since as I am writing this post here and now, most of […]

The Lieutenants: 1st, Otannus

“There is a greatness that comes only once every few generations. A talent so rare, some are born and die without witnessing its mark on history. Otannus does not belong to that highest order, for he is greater. He is the anomaly of time. His is the talent that comes only Once. He has no […]

“Midnight Tides” Review

MIDNIGHT TIDES (Malazan Book of the Fallen #5), by Steven Erikson 5 out of 5 (Loved It) After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur have finally united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But peace has been exacted at a terrible price — a pact made […]

National Cultures of Pentia: The Polarians

Capital City: Pola Estimated total population: 666,667 Estimated military size (absolute maximum strength): 104,000* Typical appearance and social/cultural traits: The people of Pola have pitch-black hair and green eyes, and are akin to the Solans in the south, although both cultures have long since gone separate ways. They are passionate and skilled in the arts. They also have […]

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