15 April, L A.S.
Book Recommendation: “Vineyard: Chapter One of the Thirteen Knights of Death,” by M.R. Stover
Today on my lunch break, I finished chapter one of M.R. Stover’s The Thirteen Knights of Death. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and recommend it if you like fast-paced, action-packed, and brutal dark fantasy. Here’s my brief review from Amazon:
This is a fun and intriguing dark fantasy read. Stover’s writing is direct, fast-paced, and doesn’t hold back anything in terms of action, violence, and sex. I appreciate the thought he put into this fantasy world, which is full of dark swords-and-sorcery, with a visceral, sort of Conan-esque style that I think would work awesomely in a graphic novel. I hope Stover can collaborate with an illustrator on that some day, especially once all the chapters are finished! The setting and conflict so far remind me of the period of brutal Medieval conflict between Vlad the Impaler’s Romanians and the Ottoman Turks: the history geek in me loves the homages.
The word “bad-ass” comes strongly to mind, too! Good, dark, and brutal fantasy fun.
I had the pleasure of meeting Stover himself on my recent trip to Tucson. We got some great beer and wings at a local brewery he took me to. We had great conversation about writing and video games!
Till next time,