The Water of Awakening – Chapter 1-1 “The Farmwife and the Volva”

The Water of Awakening A Novel of High Adventure Here begins my latest book, The Water of Awakening is set to be released on July 7 on Amazon. In in, Helga the farmwife sets out on a quest to save her husband, who is sick with a mysterious illness. The adventure turns out to be much more dangerous than she was initially led to believe – full of monsters both familiar and unfamiliar. If this free preview piques your interest, please consider pre-ordering it. If you join my mailing list, you can get more free books and content, and if…

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The Chronicles of Narnia Analysis/Review (series overview)

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, besides being a significant achievement in children’s literature, is often the first fantasy series that readers are exposed to due to its widespread popularity, solid stories, and accessible language. In the video below, I go over what you can expect from the series, including its christian allegory, its format in relation to the development of children’s literature, and why I think it is still worth reading today. I will continue this series, going over each book in the series in greater detail and analyzing the themes and stories present in more depth.

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David V. Stewart is a fantasy and Historical Fiction writer, the author of Muramasa: Blood Drinker and Prophet of the Godseed.

The Hobbit Movie Adaptation SUCKS!

Matthew J. Wellman joins me once again to discuss the many, many problems with Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s classic epic fantasy tale The Hobbit. How could he be so successful with Lord of the Rings and yet fail so spectacularly with The Hobbit?

Writers of the dawn is:

David V. Stewart – Fantasy and Historical Fiction Author, musician

Matthew J. Wellman – Urban Fantasy author, musician

Return of the King Movie Adaptation – Analysis

Fellow fantasy author Mattew J. Wellman joins me to talk about Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s Return of the King, the third part of Tolkien’s epic fantasy classic, The Lord of the Rings.

Writers of the dawn is:

David V. Stewart – Fantasy and Historical Fiction Author, musician

Matthew J. Wellman – Urban Fantasy author, musician

The Two Towers – Movie Adaptation Analysis and Review

Writers of the Dawn (Fantasy authors David V. Stewart and Mattew J. Wellman) break down Peter Jackson’s adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s second volume in The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers. What sacrifices were made during production to make the movie adaptation function? What was done well? We also discuss the pushing of the original ending into the final movie.

Writers of the Dawn is:

Matthew J. Wellman – Fantasy and Urban Fantasy

David V. Stewart – Fantasy and Historical Fiction

Reading Fantasy – What books should you start with?

So, are you looking to get into fantasy, or at least do a little exploration of this massive genre? In the video below, I go over some books that I think are a great place to start. I tried to curate the list to include titles that are diverse in terms of setting and style, so if one doesn’t appeal to you another might, and I did my best to talk about titles that are accessible for a wide audience and don’t require you to already have a large amount of experience in the genre to understand. This list, for…

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A Walk at Dusk, “The Search for the Unclean,” part 4

David’s head darted back to the road to see the silhouette of a man waving beside a bridled horse. David took a deep breath (careful to keep a hand on his musket) and waved back. “What are you doing camping out here, stranger?” David said. The man took staggered breaths as he walked forward. “Is this your land?” David looked out the woods. Bugs and birds chattered in the overgrowth. “The Piney Woods are nobody’s land.” “Then nobody will mind me setting up camp.” The man’s voice was deep and very matter of fact, almost monotone. “I wouldn’t camp here…

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Dissonant Tides: Chapter Five, part 1

Chapter 5 The bedroom was sparsely decorated, with an old mattress on a low cracked wooden frame next to an occasional table with a single small chair. Charlotte put her bag against the door after she closed it, then put the pistol on the table. She sat on the mattress, which was creaked as it sagged under her weight, and clenched her fists in an effort to get her hands to stop shaking. “Sorry I got rattled,” she said, staring into her lap. “I knew this would be dangerous. I guess I just wasn’t prepared for the violence.” “Don’t be…

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The Bright Children, chapter 2-3 “Eld of the Light”

“Thank you Tyterus,” Zyteus said, looking to his son. Aphella rarely heard Ty’s full name spoken, and usually that was when he was in trouble, never with such a neutral intonation. “It is good to see you well, Aphella,” Warka said, smiling warmly. “I am sorry I could not be quicker out the gate to help you.” She gestured to an empty seat opposite hers, near at hand to the strangers. “Please, have a seat.” Aphella nodded and sat in one of the wrought chairs, leaving two empty between herself and the large, grey-haired dim-man. “We were lucky Frey and…

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