Category Archives: Day, Robert

Ashar’an Rising (Book 2 of the Nexus Wars Saga) by Robert Day

5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy    Word Count:  186,000

Where to purchase:

Amazon US: $0.99      Amazon UK: £0.86       Barnes and Noble: $2.49

Smashwords:  $2.49       Sony:  $2.49

Description:

In this second book of the Nexus Wars Saga, the first being Demon Gates,  the scope of the story has been widened to not only include Valderion, but also the struggles of others whose lives are being affected by both the demon presence and the strategic maneuverings of the Ashar’an .

Excerpt:

Valderion barely registered his friends words as a multitude of thoughts and emotions ran through his mind.  Pain, Anger, Sorrow, Guilt, Regret, Shame.  He was reminded of the great weight he carried with him in the form of his quest, and wondered if the fulfillment of it was worth the losses, and how many would pay dearly for being associated with him, or what he was fighting  for.  He still did not have a firm idea of that, knowing it was something he was ‘born to do’, but still he did not have to like it. 

Review:

I cannot say enough good things about this book.  If I had to sum it up in one word, that word would be ‘Wow’.  Robert Day’s talent allows him to write scenes that are simply enthralling. Especially, the battle scenes.  Not only does he include blow-by-blows of the battles that make them very riveting, but he also emphasizes the emotion, and the tragedy that goes along with it.  The result is impressive, and sometimes heart-wrenching.

In addition to that his writing brings his characters alive.  There are so many fantasy novels where the secondary characters are passive or enigmatic, but Day gives all of his characters a personality and life of their own which adds to the depth and breadth of the saga.

If Day can keep this up the Nexus Wars Saga will be one of the best fantasy series ever written.

Content Rating: 

This book is very clean.

Formatting:

it’s nicely formatted, but does not contain a table of contents.

About the Author:

Robert Day was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. His family moved to the small town of Gloucester when he was 10. He was introduced to Fantasy books by a friend soon after, and from then on hardly a day seemed to go by when he was not lost in some fantasy land rather than doing homework or chores. Around age 15 he discovered Dungeons and Dragons thanks to his older brother Jamie, further fuelling his imagination.
It was during a time when he had seemed to have read most fantasy available to him that he thought “How hard can it be?”
The answer being, of course, “Very Hard!”
Twenty years later, after turning what was originally one enormous manuscript into 2 moderately huge ones, he brings you Demon Gates, book 1 of the Nexus Wars Saga. This, his debut Novel, is the beginning of what will eventually be a 5 – 7 book series.
Robert now resides on the Central Coast of NSW with his beautiful wife Kerri, 2 cats, and a border collie dog named Jasper.

If you would like to learn more about this author and his other works you can find his blog at http://robertdaybooks.blogspot.com/ or go to his website at http://www.robertdaybooks.com/

Demon Gates (Book One in the Nexus War Saga) by Robert Day

4 out of 5 Stars

Genre:  Fantasy    Word Count:  150,000

Where to Purchase:

Amazon US:  $0.99      Amazon UK:  £0.69    Barnes and Noble:  $1.99

Smashwords:  $1.99     Sony:  $1.99

Description:

An old evil is arising, and the people of Kil’tar are ill-equipped to deal with it.  The ones who should have the knowledge and strength to deal it with it have forgotten and grown weak.  The unsuspecting who are forced to deal with it need to learn and train.  Yet all will need to fight.   Some will live.  Some will die.  This is a story of that time.

Excerpt:

With the evening  came the eventual rise of the brother moons, shedding their mystical luminescence over the land, turning the lifeless scene below into one of eeriness as the orange glow bathed the ruins.  Valdeiron dozed restlessly, waking as the waning moons were almost touching the grey outline of the dawn-filled horizon.  He could not remember how long he waited and watched; only that neither sight nor sound had he seen of Cash or Trolls.  Ruing the missed rendezvous, the shouldered his pack and rose, stretching against the light of the new day.  Turning his gaze again to the south, he pictured in his mind what roads lay beyond the horizon.

Review:

Robert Day is a very talented author whose storytelling abilities are refreshing and, for the most part, unique.    There are some similar scenes between this novel and those in  Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.   And while Day does a good job with the combat descriptions they all tend to end the same way which gets a little redundant  and predictable.  Which is sad because the rest of this book is anything but predictable as Day is a gutsy writer, like George R.R. Martin, in that he is not afraid to kill, or cast off secondary characters.  As a matter of fact, how Day has approached secondary characters in this book is one of the reasons that this book is so good.

Unlike many other novels where the secondary characters reason for being and their actions revolve around the protagonist, in Demon Gates Day has given each of the secondary characters their own stories.  Yes, they are introduced to the reader because they have some connection with the hero Valdeiron, but their fate is not necessarily tied up with his.  It’s more the case of events occurring on Kil’tar and each person has to deal with them the according to who they are and the circumstances in which they find themselves.   While the heroes interests and the secondary characters coincide they stay together, when they don’t they part.  A very rare thing in a novel which makes for a truly good book.   

Content Rating:

The book contains no swearing.  It does have some graphic combat scenes, and there is one disturbing sexual incident.

Formatting:

Weird formatting:  more like its typewritten, then the regular font we’re used to seeing on the Kindle.  It does not include a table of contents, but other than that it’s perfectly fine.

About the Author:

Robert Day was born in Newcastle, New South Wales. His family moved to the small town of Gloucester when he was 10. He was introduced to Fantasy books by a friend soon after, and from then on hardly a day seemed to go by when he was not lost in some fantasy land rather than doing homework or chores. Around age 15 he discovered Dungeons and Dragons thanks to his older brother Jamie, further fuelling his imagination.
It was during a time when he had seemed to have read most fantasy available to him that he thought “How hard can it be?”
The answer being, of course, “Very Hard!”
Twenty years later, after turning what was originally one enormous manuscript into 2 moderately huge ones, he brings you Demon Gates, book 1 of the Nexus Wars Saga. This, his debut Novel, is the beginning of what will eventually be a 5 – 7 book series.
Robert now resides on the Central Coast of NSW with his beautiful wife Kerri, 2 cats, and a border collie dog named Jasper.

If you would like to learn more about this author and his other works you can find his blog at http://robertdaybooks.blogspot.com/ or go to his website at http://www.robertdaybooks.com/

Kudo’s to the Self-Published Author

I know that I previously said that I would normally just post on Monday’s, but as I was falling to sleep last night it struck me what a great contribution the self-published author is making to the reading world and I just wanted to give them kudos.

Fresh Perspectives:

That’s what they are bringing to the reading world.  This is what I’ve been seeing in the books that I have been reviewing.  It’s not the same old stories written in the same old tone.   I’ll tell you I actually stopped buying pop fiction a few years back because every book seemed to be the same.  I got so sick of it I boycotted them and decided to read all of the classics.  Yes, it’s true that the mainstream publishing houses will come out with something new and different every once in a while, but that doesn’t happen very often.  For the most part if they find something that sells, they bring in more authors to write more of those same stories.   But those days are changing.  The market is getting blown wide open to fresh perspectives.

  • The warmth and goodness that Rita Hestand brings to the romance novel in Chief Cook and Bottle Washer rather than that constant tension between protagonists that you find in most romance novels.
  • The great sense of humor portrayed by C. L. Bevill in Bubba and the Dead Woman.  I can count on one hand, and still have some fingers left over, the number of authors that made me laugh as much.
  • The history of and memorial to Torpedo Squadron 4.  What Gerald W. Thomas brought to this in Torpedo Squadron 4: A Cockpit View of World War II, because of his experience, was not only an extensive historical record, or a list of battles, but he added a level of humanity to it and, thereby, memorialized those who flew.
  • Robert Day in Demon Gates:  Book One of the Nexus Wars Saga (review upcoming) with his ability to portray all of his characters with their own stories.

Kudos to you all!