Pandragon Dan

Pandragon Dan

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All Hail Emperor Gothon

Hey guys! You guys may have noticed the new background on my blog (or not), showing the number of novels I have out currently. You may also notice another one that isn't out - yet.

 

Well, good news! I am pleased to let you guys know of the next book that I have coming out within the few weeks. All Hail Emperor Gothon is the first Trapped on Draconica prequel novel that is based around the character of Emperor Gothon. A synopsis of the piece (as well as the front cover) is below.

"The road to the Necroworld was built from stones forged on human kindness."

 

In Trapped on Draconica, Emperor Erik Gothon III was a seemingly unstoppable tyrant - sending out his armies across Draconica in the hope to save his wife from a disease that no medicine could cure. The truth, however, was far darker than anyone could imagine.

 

Before all that, however - before the incident that destroyed his mind - Erik Gothon was an idealistic, if somewhat naive young man that sought to save the Baalarian Empire from the hell that his father had made it. However, his good intentions will eventually destroy those around him - even that of the woman he loves.

 

Set years before the events of Trapped on Draconica, All Hail Emperor Gothon is a dark tale of one man's descent into madness - and the genesis of Trapped on Draconica's most complex and tortured character.

 

 

The book is much darker than my previous works and not one that is recommended for younger readers. Inspired in part by great Shakespearne tragedies, this is the first of what I hope to be a few spin off novels that I have planned. Hopefully you guys will like reading it and find it an interesting companion piece to Trapped on Draconica. I'm kinda excited by this and hope that others will be to.

 

Release date for the novel is 21st April 2012 (which is the Queen's of England's birthday, so it seemed kinda appropriate). However you can read a sample chapter of it NOW by following this link and following the instructions.

 

ALL HAIL EMPEROR GOTHON SAMPLE CHAPTER

 

Please feel free to comment me below with any questions. And don't forget to check back here on the 21st April 2012 when I'll be officially announcing the released of the book!

 

Thanks guys!

 

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Tailor Made Book Trailers

As part of a special favour to my very good friend Kate at Read2Review, I am letting you all know that she has recently set up a special side project where she will be offering authors the chance to have their own book trailer made to their specifications.

 

She makes some truly amazing videos, please check out the one she did for Author Harrie Brooks.

 

DREAMS COME TRUE

 

Her services include pictures and music and her prices start from a very reasonable $100. She is then offering on top of that the ability to add in images and video clips at additional prices.

 

So for those lookng for a truly awesome trailer for their book - please get in touch with Kate at admin@read2review.com. She would love to hear from you!

 

Thanks guys.

 

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Pandragon

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Why I Love A Song Of Ice And Fire

Even though it had been out for years before I started reading it, I first got into the Song of Ice and Fire series after hearing of the TV series Game of Thrones (which is the first book in the series). This was one of the most built up shows leading up to it’s premier (and I thought the trailers looked pretty cool - I'm a sucker for fantasy type shows in general as you know), so I decided to read the first book in preparation for it.



As a quick synopsis, A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of fantasy novels set in the world of Westeros, ruled by a king who sits on the Iron Throne. After the death of the current king, many lands battle for the throne in a war that rages across the land. Not only that, but the true heir to the Iron Throne gathers forces from across the sea - and in the North, an undead enemy not seen for many thousands of years has started to rise up in the forests.



My first impression on reading the book was “Wow! Why did I not get into this sooner?” I love this series of books as it's completely unique to any other fantasy series out there. The plot is expansive, including themes of dominance, war, greed, treason, betrayal and even incest. It's not intended for younger readers, but adults will certainly get enjoyment out of this. The story is fairly complex, but twists and turns so that you never know which way it’s going to go. And just when it looks like something is going to happen, another thing jumps in the way that totally changes the arc. This really keeps you on your toes and makes you want to read one to find what happens.



Rather than having chapters, the books sections are told from a POV of one of the characters of the story. This is a great technique as you only see that part of the story from that characters eyes - meaing that most of the time we aren’t getting the full story at first, but gradually build the pieces as they fall into place. It also means that we get to know the characters thoughts on the situation and some of the little “asides” the character has are a really nice touch.



There are lots of characters in this series, so much so that sometimes I have trouble keeping up. But the characters have interesting personalities which make them stand out from characters in other fantasy novels. There are no real heroes or villains, just people with their own motivations. Some are more noble than others, but even the the nastier characters do have a certain charm to them. As more characters are introduced, some other ones are pushed to the back, which is a shame as some of my favourites tend to get overlooked later on. But author George R.R. Martin has enough skill to make it that every character makes full use of their time on each of their respective chapters.



The books are huge (usually about 700 plus pages) and the twisting story means that this is not the sort of book that you can pick up and casually read - you have to really sit down and pay attention. Due to the many plotlines that often happen at once, I do find myself having to backtrack now and then. However, if you commit to it and give it the time of day, then I highly recommend this series. It’s a really intelligent political thriller and a definate change to the usual “swords and sorcery” fantasy. This is the sort of fantasy novel that I WISH I could write and it gives a whole new meaning to the world epic.



Currently I’m about to start book 4 A Feast for Crows, trying to catch up to book 5 A Dance With Dragons. And with two more books in the series to be released, I got a LOT of reading to do - and you know what? That suits fine with me. If I read no other book series in my lifetime, I would be happy knowing I read this one.



Oh, and in case you’re wondering - yes I do recommend the Game of Thrones TV series as well. It truely does the books justice, but it’s also an entertaining show if you just want to sit down and watch a good fantasy. And the casting is just spot on, particularly the children actors. I think my favourite is Peter Dinkage as Tyrion. He is my favourite in the book and his on screen portrayal is just entertaining to watch!

 

Final words - read this series!

 

 

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A Song of Ice and Fire and all the Novels within the series were written by George R.R. Martin - and I highly recommend you check out his work!

London Anime Con 2012

Hey guys - just a quick reminder that there is still time to get your tickets to London Anime Con 2012. This will be a great event and one that I'm really looking forward to, Gonna be some great guests there - including Masako from Team Four Star and a composer of Studio Gibli films!

Oh, and I'll be there as well with copies of my book, Trapped on Draconica. So come down one and all - even if it's just to see little old me! (Or maybe not). Heck, I may even sign a copy of the book for ya!

Just click on the link below to find out details of how to get tickets and what's going on!

 

http://www.londonanimecon.com/


EDIT - Deadline to prebook your tickets is Sunday 5th! Please head up to the links above and prebook your tickets now! You can still pay for tickets on the day, but why not save yourself some pennies and order in advance!

The Wandering Valkyr

 

I'm pleased to announce the release of a brand new ebook from yours truely - our now through Smashwords.

The Wandering Valkyr is set in the same world as my first novel Trapped on Draconica, but contains new characters and a story set around the coming of a vicious new evil that threatens to destroy the world unless our heroes, Alix and Dylan can stop it.

Also, check out the video advertisement below to see the links of where to buy it.

 

You can find out more about this book and any other of my books on http://www.pandragondan.co.uk

 

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Pandragon Dan

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