New authors always hope their books become bestsellers despite knowing how utterly beyond unlikely it is, and that goes for me as well. Yet I also always hoped – again despite knowing the unfathomable odds against it coming true – that The Last War would get its own Book Trailer (I know, I REALLY dreamed big). Well, if the downside of self-publishing is that you must do everything yourself then, by the same token, that is also the upside. So I put my admittedly very limited video and photo editing skills to the test and made my own Book Trailer which is now on YouTube. (Yes, I have my own YouTube channel; and no, it was not made for publicity purposes regarding my book.) I think it came out rather well, but I will let the public be the judge of that.
Hall of Fantasy
- The Spirit of Tolkien
- Types of Fantasy
- The Nine Magics
- I am Ian E.S. Adler
- The Bookshelf
- Hidden Gems
- Song Triad
- Riddle Mastery
- Heroine Archetypes
- Champions of Light
- The Role and Proper Usage of Magic Thingamajigs
- GRRM the Anti-Tolkien
- Rumors of the Wheel
- Race in Fantasy
- The Power of Names
- LGBTQ+ in Fantasy
- Here Be Dragons
- The Final Lesson
- The History (& Golden Age) of Fantasy
- Fantasy Book Tiers
- Artist vs. the Art
- Magic vs. Mental Illness
- How to make your own System of Magic
- Golden Sun
- Contact Me?
- The Cynnahu Saga
- Winds Untamed
Friday, June 24, 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Yet once again does Tolkien reach out from the Timeless Halls beyond the circles of the world, for now comes yet another book by J.R.R. Tolkien! The Fall of Númenor will be published on 10th November 2022! As stated by the Tolkien Society, "The book brings many of Tolkien’s writings together, and uses The Tale of Years in the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings in order to present the content in an order and a style that works well for readers. This convenient volume will tell the story from the foundations of Númenor, the forging of the Rings, and the Last Alliance against Sauron that ended the Second Age."
A solid and worthy tale as, before now, the only way to learn the full story of the Downfall of Númenor was to read The Silmarillion and The Book of Unfinished Tales (which of course I, and many diehard Tolkien fans, have). Perhaps now more people will realize that GRRM's Doom of Valyria was not as unique as all that, yet I digress. More the point, this book looks incredible, my single complaint being that Tolkien called it the Downfall of Númenor (or the Drowning) more often than the Fall, hence either of those really should be the title.
For those who desire context, Númenor was an island between Middle-earth and the Undying Lands and its people, Númenóreans would in time – following the Downfall – become the Dúnedain (i.e. the people of Gondor and Arnor). Elendil and his son Isildur, Aragorn's royal ancestors, were born on Númenor.
"Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinomë maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta." (Translation: "Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world.") - Oath of Elendil
Monday, June 20, 2022
He was Tiger, born of the desert winds. She was Del, born of ice and storm.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes keeps looking more interesting and more...I have no idea what. Watching the below trailer, in concert with all previously known, I feel at once joyful and horrified. The idea of Byleth and Sothis being our enemy... Ah, Fire Emblem doing what its does best: twisting our heart in knots while we scream with happiness and sorrow. Two things I can say, though, is that it will be lovely meeting the Ashen Wolves this time – I never played the DLC in Three Houses (not yet, anyway) – and that, with all this uncertainty regarding who is friend and foe, I must trust in Edelgard all the more. Where I stood beside her in Crimson Flower, I shall again in Scarlet Blaze. For the fate of Fódlan.
(Yet I find one more thing quiet interesting. In none of these trailers is even hinted the status, or existence, of those who slither in the dark.)
Saturday, June 4, 2022
“Well, Potter, this meeting is to talk over any career ideas you might have, and to help you decide which subjects you should continue into the sixth and seventh years. Have you had any thoughts about what you would like to do after you leave Hogwarts?” – Professor McGonagall to Harry
We have all taken at some point in our lives a quiz to determine which Hogwarts House one would be in, and some of us for Ilvermorny. I am Ravenclaw for Hogwarts and Horned Serpent in Ilvermorny. Yet never have I found a quiz that asks the question Professor McGonagall does Harry and indeed and all Fifth Year Gryffindors in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Until now. Follow this link to learn Which Wizarding World Career Is Right for You? I got Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and while this might seem odd to those who know me since I am a scholar by inclination, keeping the world save from evils would take priority over anything else. In short, knowing the dangers of the Dark Arts I would bend over backwards to get tops marks in my Defense Against the Dark Arts class so as to avoid falling victim to them.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
"Do you want to hop on a train of adventure and go beyond the normal fantasy twist of stories? The Last War is filled with electric moments that keep a reader on the edge of their seat, and make you want to continue to read just to stand alongside the vivid characters!
This was a fantastic read! As an aspiring author, I always look for prologues that speak clearly and avoid info dumps, because I myself plan to write one for my story idea and personally do not care for them in other books. But enough about me, the point is that this story provided a fantastic prologue! The storytelling mixed with the authenticity of character and backstory makes this fantasy story have a realistic spark.
There are many obstacles intertwined with the action between the main characters, but that helps the stakes to continue to raise and keep the reader on the edge of their seat. The antagonism aspects of invasion works very well with the character Emrys, who is my personal favorite.
The story is so intricate and packed with detail that one page skipped could leave a reader in the dust. And for that reason, I can only say so much in this review in order to avoid spoilers.
The dialogue is a great leeway throughout the novel to understand the characters better and to foreshadow further acts, and the plot is most definitely driven by the characters.
If not already apparent from this review, I loved the characters! Adler does a great job making them jump off the page no matter how relevant one is to the story.
If you are a reader of fantasy or science-fiction or are just in the mood for a call to adventure, definitely pick this one up! And get ready, there are more from this author to come in the future!"