Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.
Thank you, Mr. Brian Rathbone
The first book of the series was published in 2008. How, in your opinion, the fantasy literature changed from then and how this change influenced the Series?
First off, thanks for hosting this interview, and a warm hello to all of your readers.
One of the things I love about fantasy is its potential for timelessness. In many ways, this series is a tribute to the numerous fantasy series I've read since the 1980's. There have been sub-genres surging in popularity recently, such as vampire and werewolf fiction and steampunk. I'm happy to see such things, since they drive the popularity of books and speculative fiction in general. I rather like the steampunk aesthetic and have integrated my own style of this into the latter part of the Godsland series.
You published in 2013 “Wayward Spirits: A Prelude to the Dawning of Power” – Why was need of this short story separately and what is your opinion about the importance of such novella in a series?
Wayward Spirits was written on request for the Podioracket Presents: Glimpses anthology. The premise of the anthology was for authors with podcast novels to provide glimpses into their world in audio and ebook form. I took the opportunity to tell a tale of some key characters in their younger days. This allowed me to enhance the original storyline without creating any spoilers. The short story is packaged seperately from the anthology in order to gain as much exposure as possible. By giving the ebook version away, I allow readers a quick and free way to see if the Godsland series suits their tastes.
The Godlsand series tells the tale of an evolving world, where the landscape itself changes over time, and this excites me as a fantasy reader. Each trilogy tells a self-contained story that fits into the overall story arch, and as time passes, the challenges the people of Godsland face continue to evolve.
What an author should avoid in a fantasy story?
The reader's suspension of disbelief can be a fragile thing. I've found myself turned off by works that were simply too fantastical too fast. There are cases where this can be made to work, but fantasy writers should always be aware of the danger. Depending on the story, it may be better to ease the reader into the high fantasy elements.
With a good review everything is clear. But what about bad one? When, how, why a bad review could be good?
As an artist, bad reviews can be difficult to read. Writers would love for everyone to enjoy our stories, but reality is quite different. Some negative reviews are well written and well intentioned. These can point out areas where your writing might need improvement. If multiple negative reviews point to a singular flaw, it's wise to give such feedback consideration. Some negative reviews are downright...well...negative, and those should be taken with a grain of salt. A single 1-star review will generally not ruin your reputation as a writer or kill your sales; it's more likely to make your book look like a legitimate seller. Books with all 5-star reviews often seem suspicious.
As a business person, I've seen the benefit of bad or even mediocre reviews. "I'm glad I didn't pay more for it." is hardly an endorsement. Yet, when that review was posted by a popular reviewer, my sales spiked for some time afterward. If all else fails, I have an emergency stash of skin thickener.
The books in the Godsland series:
Call of the Herald (Book One) - FREE
Inherited Danger (Book Two)- FREE
Dragon Ore (Book Three)
You can also find it in one bind up called The Dawning of Power Trilogy Omnibus.
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As this is only the first trilogy in the World of Godsland series.About the author:
Brian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and, more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed was Brian's love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on writing, The World of Godsland became real.
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