A review of my most recent four book series (in two duologies) came out yesterday. Â Duology 1 isÂ The Creative FireÂ andÂ The Diamond Deep, and Duology 2 isÂ Edge of DarkÂ and Spear of Light. All of them came out from Pyr. The second two books came out because after I finished the first story, I wanted to explore the world more deeply (Worldbuilding is one main reason I write SF instead of contemporary fiction). So they are two complete and loosely linked stories in one world.
As an author, I usually don’t talk a lot about reviews, except maybe to point people to good reviews in hopes it will encourage them to try my work. Good reviews make me happy. Â Bad reviews make me sad, but if they’re thoughtful enough I can learn something about the reader experience from them. Â I don’t argue with reviewers. I’ve seen writers do that, and I’ve never seen that turn out well.
So why do I want to talk about this one?
For the first time, I’ve had what feels like a review of a body of work, rather a point in time in my career, and:
- That feels pretty special (there are moments when you realize you’ve taken a step in a writing career.Â Sometimes someone else notices first. Â I finished that workÂ under deadline and moved on, still slammed with deadlines, and this review reminds me to stop for a minute and take a breath).
- Someone was interested enough in this work to really think about it. This is a fast paced, crazed world. So that’s a real compliment.
- The reviewer (Paul Weimer), gets the series. HeÂ did review the first three books individually.
Here’s a link to the review, which is over at Skiffy and Fanty.