for 'Queen of the Warrior Bees'
Waiting for the first responses to a new book is nerve-wracking and much as I love new readers, I don’t want to disappoint my loyal fans. Will they enjoy the new novel, especially if it’s a switch in genre? When those fans are also writers, then they don’t give praise lightly because their own reputation will suffer. So I am chuffed to bits that the first two advance reviews give ‘Queen of the Warrior Bees’ a big thumbs-up.
Paul Trembling – Writing also writes fantasy so his honesty as to what he thought I might do wrong makes an interesting read for any writer of historical fiction or fantasy, as well as for readers. I was so pleased to get this response. ‘From the very first sentence, the reader is immersed in a world that is all-too believable. The Citadel is a place of subtle horror. There are no ravening monsters or demonic creatures here, but the sense of all-pervading wrongness is always present. It is all the more ominous because it is only the main character, Mielitta, who seems aware of it. To everyone else, The Citadel is a place of safety, where they are protected by the power of the Mages from the terrors that lurk outside its walls in the Forest – a place whose name they cannot even say after adulthood.’
Read the review from Paul Trembling here.