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Servant of Rage by A.Z. Anthony

The Mongol Horde. Warriors armed with rage-powered magic. It’s time for war.

AZ Anthony’s entry into this year’s Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off is Servant of Rage. Set in a fantasy world inspired by Mongol Empire, it follows Subei, hunter for the khan. The heavens open and lightning strikes and Subei hits the cosmic jackpot. The power of the ancestors, magic to make him near-unstoppable – fuelled by a rage that threatens to consume him utterly.

I came to this after reading Conn Iggulden’s mostly non-fictional history of the Mongol Empire. This is a more personal tale of Subei’s struggle with a power that now defines his life, but its set against a familiar backdrop of the conflict between the Mongol-like Ghangerai and the China-like Zhong. Similar to Guy Gavriel Kay, Anthony uses a period from our history to bring a fictional world to life. He does an excellent job capturing the feel of their society and the details of their nomadic existence.

I liked Subei. He has a distinct voice. He’s loyal to his hunter brothers, he does his best, messes up and puts things back together as best he can. I’m curious to see what happens to him next.

SPFBO Book Sale – Books, Many Books, for 99c/p

Fellow SPFBO author and apparently highly organised person Andrea Domanski has marshaled many of this year’s contestants into a sale. About a hundred authors are participating. Until the 5th of August, you can get books, many books, for 99c/99p. Get thee to the sale page, scroll down the list, find a read or three you might enjoy. See how they’re organised by genre? Didn’t I tell you that Andrea is highly organised?

I’m currently reading AZ Anthony’s Servant of Rage. A fantasy world inspired by the Mongol Horde, with rage-powered magic. More on that when I’ve finished it.

The bloggers participating in SPFBO will start publishing their reviews as of this week. I’m looking forward to reading them and I hope my fellow authors all have a great time participating.

Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off

Last week, I entered Ghost Electricity into the fourth Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off.

The idea is simple. Every year, author Mark Lawrence sends out the call for three hundred indie fantasy novels. Ten bloggers – some co-ops, some lone wolves – will spend the better part of a year reviewing and judging them. At the end, one book is crowned the winner and the author is awarded a selfie stick.

I’m not expecting to get far, as it’s more about fantasy than urban fantasy. But so far it’s been a lot of fun. It’s also proven a great way to discover fantasy written by indie authors. You can find the winners and finalists at the above link. I’ve already begun downloading samples and I’m sure you’ll see me post about a few of them here on the blog.

So go take a look. Your next awesome read could be waiting for you there among the contestants.

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