The Burning Times (The Europas Cycle Book 0) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Peter A. Smalley was not so much born as he was the object of a suitably ominous origin story. If only Marvel had been more attentive, I, Writer might even now be a successful comic and movie franchise starring Colin Farrell. So it goes.
Like so many writers and mad scientists, Peter knew from an early age he was different from the other children. In the third grade he told his teachers he wanted to be a 'cemist' (sic) and although he has since fulfilled that precocious goal, his youthful ambitions in science came too late to fully obscure his first love; he had already written his first work of fiction a year prior, the accurately entitled A Second Grade Tragedy. Since that tender age these twin abiding passions have illuminated the oft-crooked path leading through both his formal and informal educations.
Peter was raised in Seattle, Washington. In 2011 his picture appeared in the New York Times for something that had nothing directly to do with writing, but coincidentally, his first self-published work also came out in 2011: a speculative fantasy novella titled The Burning Times (amzn.to/NnWUkS). This was quickly followed by the full-length fantasy novel Grimme (amzn.to/NQ6mMf), which likewise took place in an alternate-history setting known as The Europas Cycle. He co-edited and contributed to the acclaimed recent anthologie 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey (amzn.to/LouVko). His Shakespearean Steampunk novella Full Fathom Five (amzn.to/SqSvgX) appears in the anthologie and as a stand-alone ebook. Disbelief, his first Paranormal Romance thriller, came out in Summer 2012. He is also the founder of Kindling Press, an independent epublishing imprint, along with co-founder Jason Vanhee.
Peter can be found on Twitter, FaceBook, Google Plus, and occasionally hither but more often yon.
- ASIN : B004URRZH0
- Publisher : Peter A. Smalley; 1st edition (March 31, 2011)
- Publication date : March 31, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 257 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 31 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,819,136 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is a sort of steam-punk, alternative version of historical Europe in which there is a wonderful mix of magic and steam technologies. It's clear the author did a ton of research into medieval Europe, all of which make this slightly-fantastic version seem like the real one and the real one the fantastic.
You owe it to yourself if you like fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, steampunk, or lyrical novels to give this novella a try.
I am ANXIOUSLY waiting the release of the subsequent novel that this novella is a harbinger of: Grimme. The Burning Times (The Europas Cycle)
About that world building: although this is, as noted, a shorter piece, it still and already creates a fully formed milieu in which the action takes place, and to do so in a confined space like The Burning Times is a truly sterling accomplishment.
I would have loved to have more description of the Woodfolk, and background of their conflict with Kaarin's people, but I imagine that's what the full novel Grimme is for. This is an excellent introduction to the author's work, and, in my experience, substantially better than most 1st novels on Kindle. I look forward to diving in Grimme next.
Honestly the flavor of your writting has me thinking of detective/suspence kinda things. Like I'm being drawn in and pounced upon lol.
I wanted to give you a brief E-mail about the novella. It was FANTASTIC, the book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! I love the characters, and the mystery you left around the evil "Folk of the Wood" added to the suspense. I have started on to the novel Grimme, and it has already hooked me. You write great introductions, and the body of the story is no less impressive. With plot twists and turns, you keep the reader intrigued, and finish each chapter with a bang! The battle sequences I find especially impressive. If you choose to write more in the future, I will be the first to buy it, and begin to read!
Your friend and loyal reader,