Book Review of The Razvak Hunter

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The Razvak Hunter by Arel B. Grant is a debut fantasy novel that will have you lost in fantasy like Tolkien.

The Razvak Hunter by Arel B. Grant. Aelwyd is known as “The Fairest One”, pure and powerful, she carries the burden of the Rose of Vallenthar, a blood ruby that has formidable powers. She can never be truly touched by anyone except in private, and is haunted by the shadow creature that almost killed her in the past, The Razvak. Now, it has returned, and if she doesn’t kill it, it will destroy the Elven world.

But she can’t do it alone. Dalbran has been the ward of a warrior woman most of his life. He’s learned the arts of warfare at a painstaking pace throughout his life. No effection was spent on him, just hard lessons to craft him for battle. When his final test to hunt in the forest near his home finds him almost killed by the shadow creature stalking his dreams, a unicorn comes to save him. Together, they may be what Aelwyd will need to final hunt and destroy the Razvak once and for all.

This was a hard book to put down. Grant really builds an Elven world worthy of Tolkein proportions. It’s easy to get lost in it. You really feel the struggle of Aelwyd, and her burden of power. Dalbran is a brilliant counterpart to aid with Aelwyd’s quest. This is the first in a series, and it builds you up nicely for the next book surely to follow. Nice place to get lost, Vallenthar. If you enjoy a good, basic fantasy complete with elves, warriors with swords, and unicorns, this is a book for you.

***The Razvak Hunter is available on Amazon and as a Kindle Unlimited title. 

 

Interview with Arel B. Grant

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Arel B. Grant is the author of The Raznak Hunter, her debut novel.

For my second April author interview, I had a chance to ask Arel B. Grant about her secrets. Arel writes classic fantasy complete with elves and dark, mysterious shadow villians. It is no secret that she is a fan of Tolkien. She lives in Florida drowning in the fav fantasy authors I share with her like Anne McCaffrey and J.K. Rowling. Secrets about her writing, her books, and tips for future fantasy writers are all revealed in the following interview.

1) Which book do you wish you had secretly written?

For Romance, I would love to have written Acheron, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s a wonderful book in which the characters just jump out of the pages, and takes the reader through all the emotions in the spectrum. Truly well written.

For Fantasy, definitely Tolkien’s The Return of The King. This is my favorite fantasy book ever. I love the epicness of it all and how Tolkien weaves a marvelous conclusion to a story that was already incredibly good. I think every writer’s dream is to write something as remarkable and iconic as this.

2) What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Never give up! There are no things in life that come easy, and for those you really want, you have to fight hard, dirty and bloody. Writing is not going to be fun, is not going to be simple once you commit yourself to it. It’s a job like any other and it’s even harder because you are the one who decides when to start and when to finish. You are not likely to make much money of it either. Still, giving up is the worst thing you could possibly do. You have a voice, you have something to say, and somewhere in this world, there are people waiting to hear it.

3) What is your biggest ambition as an author?

I would definitely like to get to best-seller someday, but more than that, I think I just want to create something people believe in. I go to festivals and look at the people dressed like Luke Skywalker or Frodo or Harry Potter… that is my dream. For my world to impact someone so much that they will want to be a part of it, they will want to share it with the world and let everyone know they are passionate about it.

4) Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little of both, I pants (or is it pantser?) my way through a novel most of the times, but I also have detailed character sheets and background sheets. I have summaries for the books and world-building information I take guidance from, although the specifics of the story are normally pantsed. I know what is supposed to happen, but not how or how the characters are going to get to that point. What do you make of that?

5) Do you have plans for any other books after the Razvak series has ended?

I have a “To Do” file larger than the yellow brick road! I have several other fantasy sagas planned, but these are probably not going to be as long as the Razvak Series. Also, I plan to release a Romance penname sometime next year, and also have plenty of material to fuel that one up. Right now I’m learning my way around this publishing machine, but when I do, I plan to take it all up with a vengeance.

For more information on Arel B. Grant: arelbgrant

Interview with author J. Armitage

As we head into the nicer weather, it’s time to think about spring and summer reading. From the feedback I received from my paranormal romance blog tour in October, many followers loved hearing about other paranormal and fantasy authors and their books. So, I’ve enlisted some author friends to help with this. Over the next few weeks in April, I’ll be posting interviews and book reviews.
My first interview is with fellow paranormal author, J. Armitage. She’s participated in my paranormal romance blog tours, and I thought she’d be a great author to start out with. I check in with Ms. Armitage in regards to current projects, what motivates her, and what we can look forward to in the future.
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J.Armitage is the author of “The Labyrinthians”. Book 2 in the series comes out on May 1.

1) What is your writing routine?

J. Armitage: I work full time and have children so I go into work two hours early and write. I put in two hours a day every week day and have weekends off.
2) What is your favorite thing a fan has said about your books?
J. Armitage: I’ve had so many lovely things said about my books. I love it when fans email me or contact me via social media. I think my favourite was when a fan said I was her favourite author. With all the amazing authors out there to chose from, I found that high praise indeed
3) What helps you motivate to write?
J. Armitage: One day I’d like to write full time. It’s that dream that motivates me. It means I can live anywhere in the world and not be tied to one place. It also means that I can go and do all the kids school things that I’ve missed because of work.
4) How would you summarize how writing is for you in one sentence?
J. Armitage: Like reading a good book but I get to control where the story goes. Maybe I’m just a control freak 🙂
5) What other projects or books are you working on right now?
J. Armitage: The Labyrinthians (The Labyrinthian Trilogy 1) is on pre-order now. Due out 10th April – My 21st (ahem 40th) birthday! The Labyrinthian Diamond (book 2) is out May 1st and I hope to have the last in the trilogy out June 1st. I’ve got a couple of stand alones half written and then a few ideas for a new series later in the year.
***J. Armitage’s books, The Labyrinthians, is available at Amazon. The next book in the series, The Labyrinthian Diamond (Book 2) is available on May 1st and is available for pre-order.