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Witchy Eye Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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About the Author
D.J. (“Dave”) Butler grew up in swamps, deserts, and mountains. After messing around for years with the practice of law, he finally got serious and turned to his lifelong passion of storytelling. He now writes adventure stories for readers of all ages, plays guitar, and spends as much time as he can with his family. He is the author of City of the Saints, Rock Band Fights Evil, Space Eldritch, and Crecheling from Wordfire Press, and Witchy Eye from Baen Books. Read more about Dave and his writing at http://davidjohnbutler.com, and follow him on Twitter: @davidjohnbutler.
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That last point is important. With F/SF/alt-history novels, the world setting tends to be laid out early, often telegraphing where the story arc will have to go. With Witchy Eye, the world setting keeps getting larger and more detailed, all the way through to the end of the novel, with much merely hinted at or noted in passing. Butler promises (at least) two more novels, but I wouldn't be surprised to see other authors ask to play in this sandbox as well; there is so much that could be done.
And it's a fun read. I got my copy out of the mailbox in the morning, started reading, and finished the novel late that night. I plan to re-read it soon. Highly recommended.
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I got to read an early version of Witchy Eye and as always whatever Butler touches turns to gold. He is a writing Midas with an imagination, wry sense of humor and depth to rival anyone.
Witchy Eye is a bold re-imagined American crossroads of empire with various magical characters all in a place that might have been. Maybe should have been.
Something I think is great is that we get to go somewhere outside of the usual psuedo-European fantasy and encounter a mythos that is decidedly American, including the fae, mound-builders and beast-men while also acknowledging the magic and legends of the newcomers from the old world - which are a major source of conflict. I had to chuckle to myself over Oliver Cromwell, (who gets a bad rap about everywhere) because once he becomes a necromancer it gets serious. Full of action and surprises this is not to be missed.
This is also one of those books where I know I'll want to read it again because there are dozens of references and in jokes, that I may have missed. Butler just has so much knowledge and wit to share that it's impossible to get it all in one go round. Its the book that keeps on giving.
He also has a prologue of sorts available at the Baen website tells a key moment in the Witchy Eye backstory, in which John Churchill takes England pagan, for arcane defensive reasons. So check out - DEI BRITANNICIA: Prologue to Witchy Eye