The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off Review

My first self-published novel, Knight’s of Elevar, has been reviewed by Bob Milne as part of the The Great Self-published Fantasy Blog-off. It looks like I won’t be going through to the next round but I’m really pleased with what he has to say.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It helps that it’s a rather short novella, at just 127 pages, but I was well into the latter half of it before I thought to check whether I’d passed the first 50 pages. The writing was solid, and the dialogue fit the characters as well as their world, which I’ve found is often a challenge in self-published fantasy. The pacing was just about perfect, which makes sense given that it was originally published as 5 short stories, although the format does make for some abrupt scene breaks that were a bit jarring in places. Overall, I thought the world building was exceptionally strong for the length of the tale, especially since Goff accomplishes it without info dumping on the reader.

Stoo Goff

Stoo Goff is a writer, musician and programmer hailing from Norwich and now living in Glasgow. When not buried beneath a mountain of programming code or torturing guitars he can be found creating strange new lands and conjuring dreams from nothing. He regularly promises himself that he will finish the next novel and album.

He is heavily influenced by a number of writers and musicians, including: Tom Waits, Ursula Le Guin, Trent Reznor, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Gene Wolfe, Frank Miller and a host of Finnish Folk Metal.

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