May 2009, Love Spell
Read Chapter One Here
Ever heard the saying "The Pen is Mightier than the Sword"? Well, when it comes to this book, that could not be closer to the truth. You hear authors say all the time how their characters talk to them and sometimes take over the story insisting it go this way or that way, that they seem so real to them. Imagine if that were to really happen; a character becoming a living, breathing person.
Words were his strength, his weapon, his shield. With words he could do anything.He spilled them upon the screen like blood across a battlefield. He drained them from his body, from his very soul. pg. 155That's exactly what happens to Brandon Alexander Davis. He is a writer of an extremely successful fantasy series. However writer's block hinders him from writing the final book and for reasons unknown to him, Brandon's leading female protagonist Serilda appears in his home! Brandon thinks she's a lunatic fan, and Serilda thinks he's a powerful wizard who used magic to bring her to his world.
Thinking this lady is a wacko fan, but not sure what to do with her, Brandon begins to wonder if maybe she really is who she says she is. He's constantly thrown off guard when Serilda mentions something that is part of backstory that only he, the author, knows as backstory! How could she possibly know...Unless she is from his make-believe world?
Brandon realizes by the end of the book that just because he is ready to end a series, does not mean his characters are ready for that end!
I thought this was a fine book. I enjoyed it and appreciate the uniqueness. And Elysa Hendricks has a great writing voice, very smooth flowing. When I first discovered this book a few months ago I thought it would have some quirkiness, not be too serious. I thought it would be kind of a fun humorous tale. Especially considering the heroine, Serilda, is from a fantasy world that has a historical feel to it. So when she discovers phones and cars and electricity and other things of our modern world, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the characters reactions were not silly. The story had a seriousness to it that I'm glad it did, even though I assumed it would be more on the humorous side. I mean some of them made me chuckle, like this little scene...
I edged closer behind him. It looked like no carriage I had ever seen. Its massive, boxy frame looked too heavy to be pulled by any horse. I sniffed the air, it smelled not of straw and manure but of metal and some pungent odor I didn't recognize. "where are the horses?"I don't know what else she has in the works other than a fantasy series with Imajinn Books, but I'd sure pick up something else of hers in the future.
He patted the front portion just below another expanse of glass. "Three hundred horses under the hood of this baby."
For a moment I forgot he was a wizard. "How did you squeeze three hundred horses in there?"
His laughter rasped across my already raw nerves. "Well, if nothing else you're good for a laugh. It doesnt really have horse under its hood. It's a machine. It has an engine. We measure the power of the engine by horsepower."pg.62