Necromancer by Greame Ing Review + Interview

Hello my fellow little munchkins. I said I was back. And I am back so HELLO! I am extremely tired. I can’t wait for the end of this week so I can be done for two weeks and just sleep. You know? I will be posting like a mad men on the two week break. I have been doing a lot of research for my book and OMG I FEEL LIKE I CAN TAKE THE BAR EXAM AND BECOME A THOUSAND OTHER THINGS JUST BECAUSE OF ALL THIS RESEARCH.

Anyways, why don’t we get ahead to the post?


NecromancerNecromancer
by Graeme Ing
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Age category: Adult

Blurb:
A primeval fiend is loose in the ancient metropolis of Malkandrah, intent on burning it to a wasteland. The city’s leaders stand idly by and the sorcerers that once protected the people are long gone.

Maldren, a young necromancer, is the only person brave enough to stand against the creature. Instead of help from the Masters of his Guild, he is given a new apprentice. Why now, and why a girl? As they unravel the clues to defeating the fiend, they discover a secret society holding the future of the city in its grip. After betrayals and attempts on his life, Maldren has reason to suspect everyone he thought a friend, even the girl.

His last hope lies in an alliance with a depraved and murderous ghost, but how can he trust it? Its sinister past is intertwined in the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Can only evil defeat evil?


Review:

  • This book is very different.
    • It is dark, mysterious, and the plot is extremely different compared to most books which is neither good nor bad.
  • The plot of this book was weak compared to the cover.
    • I Believe that the cover was better then the actual contents of the book but there was some good things inside the book.
  • The pacing was off.
  • The characters were a little cliché but it ended up allowing for me to be closer to the characters.
  • The setting was a little weird but it ended up being okay.
  • The internal and the external aspects of the book were both suited well but felt like it could’ve been added upon more to make it better.

In conclusion, I give this book 3/5 stars.


You can find Necromancer on Goodreads

You can buy Necromancer here:
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Also available on Kindle Unlimited

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Graeme IngAbout the Author:

Graeme Ing engineers original fantasy worlds, both YA and adult, but hang around, and you’ll likely read tales of romance, sci-fi, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk or any blend of the above.

Born in England in 1965, Graeme moved to San Diego, California in 1996 and lives there still. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, mostly in the computer games industry. He is also an armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, sailor, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with more cats than he can count.


INTERVIEW:

What is your writing kryptonite?
Procrastination! Sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and write or edit. Sounds nuts, right? But writing is hard. Harder than most people think. The crazy thing is, once I’ve sat down and written for fifteen minutes, I’m loving it, loving the words take shape, loving the characters’ personalities shining through. But somehow, I can’t seem to remember that love of writing the next time I have to sit down and write. Writers are strange people.

What made you want to write this book?
I’ve been noodling with the concept of Emergence for several years. I love books that are like layers of an onion. I think I know what is going on, then the author hits me with a revelation and I realize there’s a deeper truth! Then I start guessing again, and… boom… another revelation. Now I’m hooked trying to figure out the truth and what’s really going on in the book. I adore that. So much fun trying to predict the ending. So I set out to write such a book.

Have you ever had difficulty coming up with an idea for your story?
I seriously have files and spreadsheets full of over a thousand story ideas, from single sentences to fully fleshed-out outlines. I couldn’t write them all if I lived to be five hundred. The difficulty I find is when I discover a gaping flaw in a book I’m halfway through. Disaster! Now I have to come up with an idea to fix that flaw, but one that fits into the plot without me having to rewrite great chunks. That’s a challenge, but a fun one. The neat thing is that usually my fixes are better than my original idea.

As a writer what would your spirit animal be?
A male lion. As a lazy lion, sometimes I have to force myself to get up and hunt, but once I sink my claws into something, I’ll worry it and play with it until I have it just right. I’ll pounce on plot holes or boring scenes with a roar. Okay… who am I kidding? I’m more likely to be a crazy duck – pretending to be all sophisticated and authorly on the surface but paddling like mad underneath to stay on top of everything.

While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
Argh! Does this make sense? Is this boring? Will the reader get this? Have I over-explained it? Would my character really do that? What is that stupid word on the tip of my tongue? Am I missing a gaping flaw? Is that dialog natural? Did I get the color of her eyes right? Did he have blonde or brown hair? Am I repeating myself? Is this book even readable? Why am I doing this? – Yeah, you really don’t want to know what goes on in a writer’s head. ☺ Remember that duck?

What word would sum up your book?
Adventure. Mystery. Secrets. A hidden truth. Okay… that’s lots of words, but you can’t ask a writer to choose just one.

What is your writing process like?
First, I’ll write a premise – a one or two sentence nugget of what the book’s really about. This is the heart of the story and must figure into everything I write. Then I’ll brainstorm ideas and scenes, characters, settings – this is where I explore the premise and work out the story. From that I’ll generate a detailed outline. I’m a big planner. I’ll sit down and run over the outline in my head, playing each scene like a movie, searching for boring or slow bits, and looking for flaws. If I can find the flaws now, it’s a lot easier, but often I don’t. Finally, I sit down and write the first draft – no editing, just all the way through to the end. This is the hardest part for me. If I get better ideas, or find problems, I’ll make a note but carry on writing. For the 2nd draft I’ll start to revise, rewrite and edit, and this is where the book really takes shape, where the magic happens. It’s at this stage that I’ll share it with my critique partners. In the 3rd draft, I’ll revise again, incorporating comments from my critique partners and maybe a betareader or two. This is mostly polish, smoothing out the transitions, making sure it all makes sense. Then it’s off to my pro-editor. A final draft incorporating her changes and suggestions, and… done! Phew!

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I use a pro-writing program called Scrivener, on my Mac computer. I usually create on my laptop (in the sunny garden when I can), but edit on my large-monitor desktop. Sometimes I’ll experiment with dictating into Dragon, which converts speech to text, but I don’t naturally write that way. The book gets moved into Microsoft Word for my editor, and then I use Vellum to format the ebook and paperback.

How did you decide to pick out your book cover?
I believe covers are very important and must speak to the genre of the book more than the actual story. While I write the book, I usually come up with some ideas for the cover, but I always let my amazing cover designer do her thing. I love her covers! She’ll usually take my ideas and rocket them to a whole new level. The Emergence cover, for example, has fantastic use of color and there are clues in that cover that will make sense once you finish the book. ☺

How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
My website (www.graemeing.com) has links to all my books, but I can be found here also:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GraemeIngAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraemeIng
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Graeme-Ing/e/B00A1IOUD4

Where do you see publishing going in the future?
To guess, I’d say that ebooks probably won’t steal much more of a market share in the US. Growth seems to have levelled out there, and paperbacks will never go away. The rest of the world still has a long way to go to see ebook saturation though, especially in countries like Australia, Japan and China. I think more books will adopt technology like Amazon’s x-ray, where an ebook is littered with links that a reader can click on for more information, or pictures, or video. There will also be more inroads into interactive fiction and Virtual Reality fiction, but I think we’re decades from them becoming the norm. The biggest thing missing from publishing right now is a means for readers to efficiently discover new books, since there are so many out there now. Book reviewers and bloggers are a large part of that I think – bringing a personalized service to their readers.


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