The Torcian Chronicles

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P.J has written a tale of depth and intrigue...with multi-faceted characters you can absolutely cheer for," by Allie M.

Calling All Harry Potter Fans!

“CALLING ALL HARRY POTTER, LORD OF THE RINGS AND GAME OF THRONES FANS! 🌙 If you thought those books/films were good, give this a read! 📚 (This is better btw...)”  by Sapphire 

5* Review from Amazon

Anyone who enjoyed The Lord of the Rings and all things magic will certainly enjoy The Torcia Chronicles: Defiance. Torcia, a peace-loving nation is under threat from the Mivirian hordes intent on the total destruction of Torcia and its people.Follow Mesham, who possesses 'The Awesung Magic' on his quest to save the kingdom.
P J Reed does an excellent job of describing in detail, people, places, monsters, and battles throughout the entire book. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read, which I highly recommend by H.E. Joyce

A 5* Review

I really enjoyed this fantasy adventure. This is a well written and nicely structured novel. What lets down so many fantasy books is not enough attention to world building. Not so with this story. Torcia became very much alive for me. The author adds to this strong backbone with some strong characterisation particularly that of Mesham who's special abilities carry the plot well. I would highly recommend this to all fantasy fans. You won't be disappointed by Nicky

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Welcome to Torcia

Mesham the Warlock

Mesham sits dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as the lands of Torcia fall to the magically-enhanced army of the infamous Mivirian Horde. One of the last surviving ancient warlocks of Torcia, Mesham knows he is marked for death.

The Torcian king knocks on Mesham’s door later that evening and offers him the chance of rejuvenation in return for a seemingly impossible mission into the heart of Mivir. Mesham reluctantly agrees, only to realise the evil of Mivir has spread to the very top of the Torcian government.

As Mesham undertakes his quest to complete the mission, he finds himself hunted by his king, by the mighty Torcian warbands, and by the Horde.

But he cannot fail, for the fate of Mesham’s beloved Torcia rests in his hands.

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P.J. Reed

P.J. Reed - writer of warlocks and other magical creatures.

P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University,  an MA from Bradford University and has dabbled in psychology with the OU. She is an outrageously eclectic writer.

Her work has appeared in a wide variety of online and print magazines, books, collections, and podcasts. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the National Poetry Anthology award.

Her high fantasy novel The Torcian Chronicles is set in the kingdom of Torcia, a country desperately fighting for survival against the invading magically enhanced armies of the Mivirian horde. After decades of persecution, only one great warlock remains in Torcia. Will he stand and fight against the massed Mivirian armies or turn his back on a country that rejected? 

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Spinning Daleks

Last Sunday I was at Somerset ComicCon, crossing the border into unknown fantasy territory. It was a huge event but surprisingly spacious and everyone had room to roam which was great. I am not one to stay chained to my author table for long so my day was broken with frequent sorties to other stands. For this event, I decided to go a little outside the author box and try to make my table less about the books and more about the Torcian experience. So I had candles, a goblet of sweets, and my dogeared map of the two lands., which is looking more authentically battle-worn each time I have it on display.

One of the things I look forward to most at ComicCons is meeting fellow lovers of high fantasy. You meet some very interesting people. One of my favourites atSomerset was this young man who wanted to know about my magic system which was quite exciting for me to explain - I don't know if it was as exciting for him though.

I also one man came up to inquire if I had elves in my book, to which I replied that I don't have elves, dwarves, goblins or orcs, that would be a little book called Lord of the Rings! And that I have my own stable of fantastical creatures. This seemed to please him as he bought a book regardless or perhaps because of the elfless nature of my work!

Another random happening was a real live actor actually came over to me and shook my hand. He was in Rogue One - one of my favourite Star Wars films ever and I  thought do I ever wash this hand again? Needless-to-say hand has been washed but memory not deleted. When TheTorcian Chronicles is made into a movie I would love to have  Daniel Eghan in it! 

 As with all good conventions, there was a tight security with constant Daleks patrols. The funniest moment was Dalek versus wheelchair when a lady in a wheelchair was chased passed my table by a Dalek screaming. 'Exterminate! Exterminate!'

I also met Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons. I do not know anything about Game of Thrones but what I did learn was never to go round the back of a dragon as their tails have a tendency to whip unsuspecting peasants in the face!

After SomersetCon I  had the cutest message ever from a parent saying her son had taken 'The Torcian Chronicles' into his school to show his friends - which I thought was adorable :)  





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WiDo Publishing™ submissions editor Allie Maldonado found this high fantasy novel fascinating and exciting. “P.J has written a tale of depth and intrigue, complex but not confusing, with multi-faceted characters you can absolutely cheer for. Pretty amazing for a first novel. It’s a great foundation for a series.”

The author is in the process of writing the sequel. It deals with the three heroes–the mage, the messenger and the soldier–regarding their escape from Stantorr Dungeon, their cross-kingdom flight and the retribution of the land of Mivir. The characters are very important to Reed, and she works at making them real, identifiable and continually interesting.

“P.J. does an excellent job of giving her characters life and variety. I kept reading as much for them as for the plot,” says Maldonado.

“Being a published poet, P. J. knows how to use economy of language to create a scene and build a world. I think she’s a natural at writing fantasy. We look forward to having a long, prolific relationship with her,” Maldonado states." from Wido Publishing

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Of Fantasy Authors and Rock Concerts

Life as an author is weird and often expected. The same can probably be true of authors in general particularly those of the fantasy disposition, who are not known for their attachment to the constricting boundaries of reality. That being said when asked to venture away from the chains of their fantasy life for the fantasy author usually goes rather abstract. So, while most authors are flocking to the studious literary festivals such as Budleigh and Hay this summer –  the fantasy crew of the EAA and I have been invited to perform at a music festival!
I took recorder lessons at primary school, so I feel very well equipped for this.
I really do not know how many other genre writers would be asked to go this but as a fantasy author, it's usually a case of they are weird enough already and will undoubtedly attract an audience.
Of course, I jumped at the chance to channel my inner Billy-Jo Armstrong. Fortuitously, for any prospective audience, I will not be reliving the glory days of school recorder ensemble – I am coming as a fantasy author doing living my book in the guise of a performance artist. This should be interesting as ‘The Torcian Chronicles’ is a dark fantasy, sword and sorcery adventure full of lethal monsters, evil villains, and desperate battles for survival- quite, a challenge to recreate in a marquee in the middle of a music festival.
However, nefarious plans are underfoot involving robes, black cloaks, explosions, and dry ice.
 A touch of Torcia will be descending on one unsuspecting music festival this summer – enjoy and prepare to enter a darker magical world of warlocks, magical creatures, and intrigue.