A Swirl of Purple is a portal fantasy. Three Young children from a small town in Australia step through a magical portal into another world, in search of their brothers, who have been taken by a dark creature.
First off, I have to celebrate how cool it is to have Australia used as the anchor point in our world. Fun as it is to read about Americans and British people travelling to other worlds, it is extra special to see familiar Aussies entering into this kind of adventure.
The role of the children in this story was quite different than in the typical portal fantasy. Rather than the conquering heroes, they spent their time apprenticing, learning and growing. In that regard, they are not so much the heroes of the story. This book felt more like an origin story, for the heroes they will soon become.
Much of the internal conflict in this book took for form of misunderstandings between children and adults. The character points of view were very well written, which resulting in my identifying strongly with the frustrations felt by both parties.
A Swirl of Purple sets up some interesting possibilities, and raises some intriguing questions. Questions not often addressed in secondary world or portal fantasies, such as why do familiar animals like horses exist in the ‘other’ world.
The book delves into multiple societies, keeping you guessing who are the ‘good guys’, and wondering if perhaps there are no ‘good’ and ‘bad’ guys, but rather different groups who simply have opposing goals, as if often the case in real life.
This book opens up a series with a lot of potential. I look forward to seeing where things go from here.
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In my latest monthly reading wap-up video, I talk about all that I’ve read during May 2016.
- Medieval Mars: The Anthology. Edited by Travis Perry.
- A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes
- Goodreads Giveaway
- For Us Humans by Steve Rzasa”
- Weird Things People Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
- Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson
- For Honor We Stand by H. Paul Honsinger
- Daystar: The Days are Numbered by Anne Hamilton
- Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson
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This month, I filmed my monthly reading wrap-up video on location at the Huon Bush Retreat. Learn more about the cool books I read this month in the video below.
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mistborn Secret History by Brandon Sanderson
Ctrl Alt Revolt by Nick Cole
Michael Bunker’s article on the Ctrl Alt Revolt controversy
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Here is the first of my monthly wrap-up videos. I completed 5 books this month. These are discussed in the video below. You’ll also see a few glimpses of scenery from Launceston Tasmania.
In celebration of the release of the Glimpses of Light Anthology, I am giving away a paperback of one of my books. For full details see the post on my new website.
I’ve just crossed a milestone. My novella Lynessa’s Curse has been included in the Medieval Mars Anthology. This collection of nine stories by nine authors is available now for Kindle.
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Kerry Nietz does it again. I was eager for a sequel to Amish Vampires in Space. It raised a lot of interesting questions and I hoped the author would delve deeper into the origins of the vampires. He does just that in this book. We get to see all the old familiar faces as they gradually come together. The progression of the characters’ lives is natural. Jeb and Sarah now live on an Englisher planet, straddling the line between their former world and their new one. Greels is out of jail, with no resources or purpose. Darly spends all her free time investigating those who created the vampires in book 1. Seal and Singer live together on their own ship, and the Amish in Miller’s Resolve have successfully rebuilt their lives.
As with the vampires in book 1, the zombies in this book were unique and awesome. The scientific basis that Kerry used to explain them gave the book a fun edge and set it apart from the usual fare.
This book explores both the light and darkness of humanity. Through one particular character we get to see the horrifying result when a person fails to value human life. Through others we see the hope and beauty of forgiveness.
Once again, this book explores the Amish culture in a very sensitive way. It pays great respect to them while not putting them on a pedestal either.
There are also a couple of fun Easter eggs in here for those who have read some of Kerry’s other work – hinting at a larger story universe.
The book brings the saga to a very satisfying conclusion – while still leaving room for a potential follow-up should the author decide to write one.
I heartily recommend this series to anyone who loves thoughtful science fiction mixed with a fun adventure and some monsters for good measure.