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Aug. 9th, 2016 | 07:22 am

The Historical Fantasy Storybundle is coming to an end! Our last day will be August 10, so if you’re on the fence about this one — maybe you already have my books, and don’t know if you’d like the others — let me offer some comparisons.

If you like the way I wrote Elizabethan England in The Armor of Light, you’ll like Judith Tarr’s Lord of the Two Lands and Pillar of Fire, and Jo Graham’s The Emperor’s Agent. All three books are deeply grounded in their periods — the campaigns of Alexander the Great, the rule of Akhenaten, and Napoleon’s France — and all three use magic as it was believed to exist in its time to add depth to their stories. These are wonderful novels that let you immerse yourself in an entirely other yet believable world.

If you like the way I used the history of early modern Europe to create the city of Astreiant, you’ll like Martha Wells’ The Death of the Necromancer and the short story collection Between Worlds, and Heather Rose Jones’ Daughter of Mystery. They both use somewhat later periods than the Points, but both create entirely imaginary worlds — countries and cities — that owe an obvious debt to the history of our own world. Ile-Rien exists in its own space, while Alpennia lives in the same dimension as Ruritania, but they are fabulous creations populated by fascinating people.

If you like the fast-paced adventure and secret history of the Order of the Air, you’ll like Geonn Cannon’s Trafalgar and Boone and Stag and Hound, and David Niall Wilson’s The Offyreus Wheel. Trafalgar and Boone is grand adventure in an Edwardian world not quite our own — I’ve seen it described as “Indiana Jones, only with extra bonus lesbians,” which is  pretty accurate. I also love the rivalry between the title characters, which never quite resolves the way one expects. Stag and Hound places werewolves in the French Resistance, and the tension never lets up until the very end. The Offyreus Wheel switches between past and present — one of my favorite tropes — as the protagonists unravel the secrets of the eponymous device.

You can get the first 5 books in the bundle for a minimum payment of $5, and for $15, you get 6 more novels; through your purchase, Storybundle will make a donation to Girls Write Now and Mighty Writers, two groups offering classes, mentoring, and support to young writers in underserved communities.

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from: the_stowaway
date: Aug. 9th, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder and the comparisons. I just bought and dl'd the whole bundle - so much good reading!

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from: mescott
date: Aug. 10th, 2016 11:23 am (UTC)

Yay! I hope you enjoy - these are a bunch of my favorite books right there.

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