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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.

Epic battles and head spinning magic! 5* Review

Wow-did I just read that? I asked that repeatedly throughout Torcian Chronicles as page after page caught fire with magic of both the good and dastardly varieties. Once I reached the last page, I was stunned and captivated by a startling finish to a magical story. by Paul DeBlassie III

An awesome high fantasy filled with action - 5* Review

 
If you love high fantasy, the Torcian Chronicles is for you.

Join a Warlock named Mesham, a messenger named Shadral and a powerful knight in their quest to save the land of Torcia. In a land where magic is feared and kept in check by the kingdom of Torcia, Mesham must find a way to save the kingdom from the magic strong land of Mirivan. The Mirivan military, possessed of powerful magic, have destroyed much of Torcia in their insidious raids.

I will not give any spoilers. I will say that this book is filled with high adventure and amazing imagery. You may cringe at the Dwellers and shiver at the undead warriors. This was truly a fun read and I hope to read more soon by James T.

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

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 

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

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. In 2018, P.J. won the Forward Poetry 'Circle of Life' competition for her poem 'The Empty Chair.'

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? 

A Travellers Guide to Torcia

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How Do You Like Your Villains?

Antagonists are the characters in a story that opposes the hero of the tale.

They are in the story to create conflict and build up tension within the story as you never know what they are really up to. They can be antiheroes like Mesham from The Torcian Chronicles, who reluctantly agrees to attempt to save his country from the Mivirian invaders. His only other choice being certain death coming from either country…

       ‘Warlock Mesham … We command you, open in the name of His Royal Highness, King Athemar!’ shouted the menacing voice.

The warlock wrinkled his nose, cross at being disturbed once more and stiffly eased himself from his armchair, knowing the dire implications of disobeying his king. Warily, he unlocked the door and was abruptly thrown against the wall, as two huge Royal Guards dressed in black body armour emblazoned with the gold royal dragon strode through the doorway. Ignoring, the dishevelled warlock they took up position by the dust covered windows. Two more guards filled the doorway, towering over a little man resplendent in a blue silk robe.

Two dark brown eyes stared sharply at the warlock.

The Warlock bowed stiffly and King Athemar entered the hovel.

Suddenly, the whole room, blazed white with a blinding flash of lightning. King Athemar caught completely unawares by the sudden strike jumped and screamed in terror. The Royal Guards stood firm at their posts, their faces a stern mask of unswerving loyalty and devotion. The warlock’s eyebrows rose, and the corner of his mouth twitched but he continued to look firmly at the floor in front of Athemar’s feet.’ The Torcian Chronicles, P.J. Reed

Antiheroes can be characters who did not fit into the traditional heroic role of good-looking, honest, law abiding citizens. Such as the womanising, slightly criminal Star Lord versus the perfection of Thor in the Marvel comics. It is the human flaws in our antiheroes and the fact their actions prove their noble intent in the end, that endear them to readers and cinema goers alike. For as fellow flawed human beings we can relate to their problems and behaviours.

One great example of a flawed hero is Peregrin Took.

‘Fool of a Took!" he growled. "This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be no further nuisance.’ The Lord of The Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Clumsy people, myself included, can easily identify with poor Pippin, when he accidentally knocks the rock into the well causing the orc drums of Moria to sound.

However, some characters are so bad they have no endearing qualities for us to relate too.

In Stephen King’s It, Pennywise the dancing clown is bad. Hopefully, he possesses no behaviours we can relate to and yet he triggered a menacing clown epidemic in 2016. It was his abnormal wickedness which people could not understand.  This aberrant behaviour fascinated people and created his huge fanbase, as they tried to understand the reasons behind his actions.

The truly wicked villains allow people to experience all the emotions of being chased by the psychotic or the wickedly supernatural and the corresponding adrenalin high but in a safe environment. They provide a conduit for the basest feelings such as fear, lust and anger. This release of adrenalin can ease symptoms of anxiety. It gives stress and feelings of nervousness a safety valve. Watching a villain rampage is a way to escape the fears of real life. You know you are in a safe environment and that what you are see is not real, but your adrenalin responses are very real.

So, fictional villains are good for your health.

Even the worst villains can also provide us with a guilty pleasure.

Normal people are brought up to socialize effectively, to act with a moral conscience, and to respect societies laws. However, the literary villain offers a window on a life completely free of these restraints, and they are fascinating to watch from a distance, behind the safety of a television screen, a book, or the cinema. Their world is so alien to us that we want to understand and explore the perpetrator of such heinous crimes and the reasons behind their psychopathy. We want to know why serial killers perform acts which are outside the realms of normality. It is the shocking nature of their crime which enthrals the onlooker as we search for answers. For example, why did Hannibal Lector develop a taste for human flesh? And what drove Professor Moriarty, a mathematical genius, to become a criminal? Was it just as Holmes states,  

‘The man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, which, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers.’ The Final Problem, Arthur Conan Doyle.

or was there something more which triggered his descent into criminality?

 It is these unanswerable questions which make literary villains so much fun to observe and dissect from a safe distance.

Therefore, enjoy your villains but do not copy them!

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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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A Dangerous Spell could be one Wizard's undoing.

The Torcian Chronicles is filled with relatable well rounded characters, especially Mesham, the aged wizard of the novel.

A dangerous spell is required to save Torcia and it is not an undertaking that can be approached with disdain. The world created around the central figure, the wizard, is filled with creatures both malignant and beneficent, draws the reader into the fantasy landscape easily, allowing you to become immersed in the story, magic, and dangerous endeavor Mesham is forced to handle, review by Book Goddess Leah