"The links between the Nine Worlds of Creation are deteriorating. The Gates to the Underworld are closed. A veil of shadow shrouds all the land. Rumors of a dead savior reemerge.
Einsa finds herself without memory of her past and her origin, held prisoner by the Löwa, a species of warped monsters bent on using the Children of Mann for their horrendous experiments. She and her companions are merely lab rats waiting to be plucked by their captors—until they decide to make their escape. Einsa’s only hope for survival in the fallen world that awaits her rests with Klinde, an ancient and infamous warrior who is just as cunning and bloodthirsty as the enemy.
Nothing in this gray world is quite what it seems…”
So as a lot of you have been noticing (& probably being a little annoyed by), I’ve been posting and sharing things about a new book series called Grauwelt. I was a part of the making of the first book, and will continue to be a part of the team throughout the writing of the next 5 installments, so I’m going to promote it, damn it!
It’s heavily inspired by Germanic and Norse mythology and also draws a good bit of inspiration from the author’s childhood nightmares. In my head it has a visual feel of Dark Crystal and Silent Hill, and if it were made into a film Guillermo del Torro would be the perfect candidate as director. It’s frightening, dark, strange, and unnerving. There is a decent bit of violence, but I don’t think it’s unnecessarily over-the-top or the like. The author has a long history of being a GM in numerous RPG sessions, so his writing style definitely reflects that aspect of him. There are strong levels of world-building, and whatever is in store for the future installments has me incredibly curious as to what the rest of the Grauwelt is like, along with the creatures who inhabit it.
The other main element about this story is that it isn’t a romance story. There is no love interest which is something I find highly refreshing, as I tend to stay away from most fantasy stories (& most YA books in general) of today because there is always that kind of plot-line, and I usually find it to be a bit cheesy and overdone. I don’t mind at all if the characters in the story are meant to go on an adventure or quest of some kind and learn and discover more about themselves and grow without the expected love interest. Sometimes I just want a story about strength in friendship and the ups and downs that accompany that kind of relationship along the way. I think Grauwelt has that. And I enjoy it.
A main focus of the author’s is also to make this something bigger than it being just a book series. Growing up with a love of the (original) STAR WARS films, Victor has a vision of creating a world in which fans can live and imagine despite it being a fictional setting. He wants to give back to others by creating something that is larger than just a book series and allows people to explore their imagination.
If you’d like to learn more please check out the sites below. (And please re-blog if you wish!)
Grauwelt Main Site: http://www.grauwelt.com/
Amazon Page: http://tinyurl.com/n5r3sso
(Free shipping. Purchase the paperback copy and get a copy on Kindle for free.)