Doug Strider

Helpful votes received on reviews: 62% (13 of 21)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 821,517 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 21
It Began With Ashes (Wroge Elements) by D. E. M. Emrys
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic Excellence, 1 Mar 2013
Having read the short story 'From Man to Man' and enjoying my brief time in the world Emrys has created, I was very eager to read more and to see where he would take things.

'It Began With Ashes' opens up that world spectacularly well and, as a bit of a fan of heroic fiction, I immediately felt comfortable as the story unfolded.
I'm very partial to reading David Gemmell and I felt the hints of influence in this book and was prepared for a similar experience but the atmosphere was quickly claimed by the author as his own and on more than one occasion I had the rug pulled from under me, keeping me alert and switching off my sense of knowing what was going to happen next… Read more
From Man to Man (Wroge Elements) by D. E. M. Emrys
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Short, 14 Feb 2013
I really enjoyed this.
Nice little nugget of a story introducing Draven that gives you hints of his past that no one will quite let him escape.

Was completely in the mood for this type of story and was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and the world that Emrys has created in such a short tale. Really does leave you wanting more.

This story came with an excerpt from 'It Began With Ashes' which has already, in my mind, opened the door to a wider world and it's one I will be more than happy to step into. Have already got this on my Kindle ready to go and am really looking forward to it.
The Copper Promise: Ghosts of the Citadel by Jennifer  Williams
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There is, in my mind, something of a bit of a kind of a stigma regarding the world of self-publishing. I don't tend to hold a lot of faith in it.

Sure there are good writers getting stuff out there but unless someone points me in their direction then I generally wouldn't risk it.
My reticence is waning however as it's becoming more apparent that works that are out there are done as thoroughly proper as is possible with beta readers, proof readers, endless editing and fine tuning and suchlike and so forth and this, The Copper Promise, is one of those polished nuggets.

It's a fast-paced fantasy, and I will use the word "romp" here, romp that is a commuters dream… Read more

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