The Torcian Chronicles

Enter The Kingdom of Torcia

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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

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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

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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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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Reporting from Bath Comic-Con

Well, this week I was at the inaugural Bath Comic-con. I was slightly worried that I would get so lost I would miss the entire show but in a completely unexpected turn of events, I got to the Pavilion on time and without getting lost.

I set up my little epic dark fantasy stall on the Exeter Authors Association Fantasy Department row with Jennifer Ash (Robin Hood author) and Richard Dee (Sci-fi and steampunk). Then watched as snow poured from the sky. I was slightly concerned on 3 parts

  1. Would I make it home again?
  2. Would I be having an unscheduled weekend break in Bath?
  3. Would anyone be willing to trek through the snow and come?

The doors opened promptly, and a deluge of people poured in. So much so the entrance featuring the messenger owls of Harry Potter and a couple of baby Velociraptors was packed and barely shuffled along at times. Fortunately, in the event of a fire spell being cast, my books and I would be perfectly safe as we were opposite the fire exit!

One of the high lights of comic-cons for me is meeting the cosplayers. This comic-con held a box full of surprises.  Chewbacca was in a cheeky mood and pulled my hair and then blamed it on some stewards! Unfortunately, being 7 feet tall - stealth actions do not work so well…

I also met Boba Fett who was having a day off from bounty collections.

The coolest costumes were a heavily built guy in a beard dressed up as Princess Leila and Alistair from Bristol was decided to do an anti-cosplay cosplay by dressing up in a cardboard box with armholes. In a world of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and anime characters this box caused a big stir and whispered rumours of box trolls.  It takes a lot to stand out as special in a comic-con and these two did, so much respect to them.

I also met the lovely Colin Baker, a beautiful soul, and discussed the seemingly innocuous experiences that had had massive implications on our lives and set us down the path of acting and writing.  

Further, on my travels, as I refuse to be tied to my book table, I met Clive Russell from Game of Thrones and other TV series. He was also very interesting to talk to with an inquiring sharp mind. Apparently, according to my daughter, he played a mean character in GoT but I found him very pleasant.

When I was forced to return to my book table I met some fascinating followers of high fantasy. One question that I had never been asked before was what world is The Torcian Chronicles set on?

Which I will answer for the curious -

The Torcian Chronicles is actually set on Earth. According to multiverse theory, every action taken creates a whole new reality and universe. The Torcian Chronicles is set in an alternative Earth reality where society stayed in the Feudal times with warriors wielding bows, swords, and great war machines such as trebuchets. The society did not need to advance anymore technically because they had one element we do not have in this reality – faulstan crystals. The power behind all magic and the reason for the invasion of Torcia. For great magic requires great sacrifice.

By P.J. Reed author of 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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How Do I Write A Story?

One of the questions people me is how do you write your stories?

This is a difficult question to answer because I am dyslexic brain, so I guess the answer is quite weirdly…

I find the story comes easily. It just plays through like a film in my mind and I act as a recorder and just write the events down as they unfound. This is why I always get very excited when a new character appears in the story or some background information on a character is revealed – it’s usually as surprising for me as it is for the reader.

Therefore, at the end of each chapter, I have to write a chapter summary of what has actually happened and any developments in any of the characters. I then update my maps to show new places and their position in the world. Finally, I draw lines all over my scribbled spider diagram of information, interpersonal relationships, and spatial relationships. I probably spend more time on this background information sorting than writing but I do like complicated plots. So, I actually think I plan my stories backwards.

I much prefer to write freely and let the characters and places tell me what happens rather than inflicting my ideas on the story and limiting the characters actions to the confines of my plans. Subsequently, when I start the story I have a vague notion of what it's going to be about and after that I let the story tell itself… and that is the way I write!