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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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Origin Wars - A Review

 One of the great things about Netflix is that the choose of sci-films has increased exponentially. I came across Origin wars quite by chance, decided to give it a try and explore the new world it offered.

I must confess the start did not enamour me with the little girl narrating over world building images about her lost daddy and their family issues. I was very worried it was a gloried chick-flick wrapped up in an outer space setting. Fortunately, things did improve.

The plot was one of escape and evade. The evil corporation threatening to destroy a whole new world colony after a prison block riot unleashed genetically modified prisoner/monsters who killed everything in their path, in order to protect their company’s terraforming reputation.

The prison scenes were gritty, realistic, with filthy prisoners in a desperate situation gradually being worked to death while hearing rumours prisoners never returning from the isolation ‘tumble dryers.’ Their situation was then neatly spliced into the wealthy lives of the company people in charge of the orbital circling the planet and the prison colony below.

After the prison riot and the company’s’ decision to overheat the reactors and nuke Osiris it became a chase with Lt Kane and Sy a very descent prisoner trying to save Kane’s quite annoying 11-year-old daughter Indy. On their travels they meet a desperate bunch of vagabonds that seemed to have been beamed up directly from the deep south including the step sibling, druggie lovers and the gun shack owners. The fight scenes and running gun battles were great in this chase.

The flashbacks to the events that put Sy in prison were interesting and an important part of his character building, so you actually understood the reasons for his actions.  Lt Kane’s flashbacks were a bit more evasive – he seemed to have got drunk and failed to give correct orders to the men he was commanding and they all died. However, this was not enough to get him incarcerated instead he changed jobs. Then felt very guilty about being an absent father. A theme which cropped up with alarming regularity and spoiled the action sequences of the film.

Another issue with the flashbacks were that they were watching the film and suddenly the scene goes white and you get a chapter heading and Roman numerals completely covering your screen. Immediately, this has the effect of pulling you out of the world that Shane Abbess has carefully created.

If you can get passed the abrupt chapter changes and the Daddy Issues this was a good, solid sci-fi movie which is entertaining and fun to watch.

I recommend this film to sci-fi lovers.

 

P.J. Reed is the author of the dark high fantasy novel, The Torcian Chronicles.

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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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The Red Shirt Effect

 

I do enjoy watching rather off-centre films particularly the sci-fi post-apocalyptic ones which are on offer on Netflix – I am also quite partial to the small budget, independent ones. They all have something to offer even if they are hated on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’. However, the last two films I watched, I noticed a slightly unnerving pattern occurring.

The colonies under attack were both led by elderly but physically strong, black men who mentored a younger, more attractive (white) male. In each case this proved disastrous as the elderly leader died protecting the colony and the yo…

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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