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Ozmander: Review + Author Interview

Title: Ozmander

Author: Luke Taylor

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The first book of The Woven Worlds, Ozmander is the epic tale of a young healer accompanying a mysterious man on a dangerous journey.

My Review:

First off, this book stands out from the normal YA fantasy books I usually read. Second off, I was all about the dragon parts. Can I have some dragon milk, please?

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I am pretty good at guessing stuff, and there was some stuff in here that I didn’t guess! I loved the lead character, Ros, and she was not your normal whiny character. She was great, and she had some great sass.

This book had fun action and great character interaction, and I did not want to put this book down!

“They were puppet masters. Shaping the Woven Worlds as they saw fit.”

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Author Interview:

What made you want to become a writer?
When I was 7 it was just something I started doing and couldn’t stop myself from doing. It was just always a part of who I was. It’s the way I was made.
Who is your favorite character in Ozmander?
Daisey! I can’t compare any of the characters, they’re all great, but Daisey is my favorite for the obvious reasons.
Where did you get the dragon’s milk idea from?
My imagination! I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, always have been, and so everything just sort of happens. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And in this world, yes, there are reptilian dragons, but there are also mammalian dragons, and they are, for all intents and purposes, just giant dogs with wings, and they are a lot of fun and very lovable.
What made you want to write Ozmander?
I have always loved fantasy and for the longest time I wanted to remove all the limits from myself and my writing and write a fantasy series that I was committed to doing for years and years, something that was completely imagination unhindered, and could touch some pretty big concepts and ideas but keep it light and simple and fun and still deep, if that was possible, and thank God, it was the right time, and Ozmander is the right story to open the flood gates to a fantasy world that I hope never stops growing.
What is your next book project?
I have several. I am currently working on the YA Sci-Fi/Horror novel Exospherica, a comic book adaptation for Ozmander, and book two in the Woven Worlds series.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! Truly, everything.
Who is your favorite author?
Roshani Chokshi! I am utterly convinced she is the best writer of all time but her work speaks for itself in that regard.
What advice do you have for writers wanting to be authors.
If you have a story to tell, there is someone that wants to hear it, so write it and make sure it’s finished! There are so many avenues to get your story into people’s hands, but the biggest advice I can give is to be humble and always know the reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Always know the motive behind your writing.
What is your favorite color?
Sapphire Blue!
What is your favorite book you have written and why.
Vault of Dreams. It’s my favorite because it’s the most personal, but also, it balanced everything I wanted to communicate on a thematic/heart level with everything I wanted to do on a technical level. It felt like a very special book from the moment Aerlyn stole the show. I was swept away just writing it, and I hope that readers will always feel that when they read Vault of Dreams. The whole experience was very liberating and enriching and started me in writing YA Fantasy, which I truly believe is where I belong.
There are some unique terms you use such as Tempus, sanctus, and mystis. Can you describe those?
Yes, those are mind, body, and spirit. Mystis is mind, Tempus is body, and Sanctus is spirit. In the Woven Worlds, there is Craft, or magic, related to each one of those. MystisCraft, TempusCraft, and SanctusCraft. When they are used in complete balance and harmony, that is CovenCraft. I wanted to have a series where the world-building was essential to the character development, and a fantasy universe where the world and the universe was directly shaped by those you read about. Not something that was super dense and just exists for three books for our characters to have their adventures, but something that is completely interactive with the characters both good and bad throughout the course of the series. The Woven Worlds is an interconnected multiverse and it is radically altered, shaped, and affected, by the characters through either mind, body, or spirit, or the combination of all three. As one reads on they will find how these things can be incredibly divisive and cause great conflict, and several books will deeply explore the possibilities of the magic system through the characters.
How many books do you have planned in this series?
I say 10 – 15 just to be safe, but I can guarantee at least 7 books that introduce the main characters of the series. These first books establish all of the heroes that will later join up in the arcs that connect each other and build up to series finale. So, that said, it’s not a solid number, but I say 10 – 15 just to be safe. Also, remember, they will be comics, too! Let us not forget that!
Who designed the cover?
The cover was made by Laura Gordon, whom I have worked with for years. Each one will have a geometric symbol, a one word title, and be a different color. When the series is finished a big old stack of them all together should look pretty cool.
What do you consider to be each of your character’s strengths and weaknesses?
That’s such a great question but I want to answer that without spoilers or giving away the journey and the plot. I don’t really know if I can. I would say, in one way, each character’s weakness is themselves, and you can see in the way that they interact with each other that they are really helping each other get past that. Also, in the same token, certain character’s weakness is another character in the story, and that is addressed as well. I think Nurmedov’s weakness is anything baked, and his strength is his attitude. I hope he shows how essential a great attitude is to survive and overcome extreme difficulty.

 

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Review: Vault of Dreams

Title: Vault of Dreams

Author: Luke Taylor

Date of Publication: July 27th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Albanland. Emerald hills and ice blue lochs, bordered by Nørds raiders and the haughty monarchs of South Angle, each dynasty eager to seize lands weakened by a civil war in which a usurper has risen to seize the cloven throne.
Morgance, Faer Princess of the Night.
And by her side, the fearsome Ultan Skölhammer, sworn Guardian of the Crown.
But Rhoswen, rightful heir to the throne, princess in exile, leads a final uprising from the depths of the forest, an uprising that twists together the lives of the most unlikely companions.
A notorious thief accused of a crime she did not commit.
A baird apprentice searching for the meaning of life.
A pair of brothers who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
And a gypsy bound to the ancient artifact known only as the Vault of Dreams.

My Review:

I mainly wanted to read this because it’s a stand alone fantasy, and sometimes I am tired of everything being a trilogy or longer. Not to mention that cover captured my eye right off the bat.

When I started reading this, the prose sucked me in right away. I didn’t know each sentence was going to be so thorough and imaginative. So basically, I loved the writing and was blown away!

Vault of Dreams is told in multiple point of views. Sometimes this is a win for me in fantasy, and sometimes it’s a lose. But, each of the characters here had a unique voice, and I could connect to each one. The brothers were my favorite! The gypsy is a close second!

If you love world building, then you will get it here. I could visualize everything that I was reading. The action was spot on. There is some romance if you like that, but not too heavy. I even shed tears several times in this book!

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Overall, I would recommend checking this one out. I feel like if you liked the writing in The Star-touched Queen, then you will definitely like it here! I couldn’t put this one down!

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