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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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Requiem for Servalan, Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation

In the dim recesses of my childhood memories there is ship floating through the blackness of space, an AI and a group of rogues wagging war against an evil empire. I can still hear the powerful, opening music calling everyone to battle for the freedom of the galaxy.

This was my introduction to the world of science fiction and freedom from the monotonous confines of this world. 


I still recall its name and the logo and wanting to join the crew in their fight against the Terran Federation. Blake's 7 lifted me out the boredom of childhood reality and showed me what you could achieve with your most powerful tool – your imagination. 


Blakes 7 had everything you wanted in a great sci-fi show - spaceships, wicked empire enslaving humans, robots, galactic empires, and aliens. It always had an air of darkness and the stark reality that not everything in life has a Disneyfied ending. The story revolved around a group of escaped prisoners including among a changing cast - Roj Blake, played by Gareth Thomas, the leader of the group and a former political prisoner, sentenced for opposing the Terran regime, Jenna Stannis, played by Sally Knyvette, a smuggler and brilliant pilot who seemed far too glamorous for the life she led, and Olag Gan, played by David Jackson, a convicted murderer, having killed the guard who murdered his girlfriend and had been fitted with an 'electronic limiter' to stop him being violent again. I found this to be a fascinating concept of human cyber modification, which is why I am always slightly concerned when I hear of people being fitted with computer chips. 


My favourite characters were the flawed and the damned. 


Vila Restal, the thief, lock picker and coward played by Michael Keating.Vila was a skilled thief and lock-picker but was the most unlikely freedom fighter with a depth of flawed character which made his character relatable and likeable. Although you probably would not want to rely on him in a battle. 
Another of the stand out characters for me was Kerr Avon, played by Paul Darrow. Avon was an electronics and computer expert who once attempted to steal 5 million credits from the Federation banking system. He was another you would not really trust to have your back in a shootout with the Federation guards. Primarily, motivated by greed and self-preservation his relationships with the other members of the Liberator were always strained and therefore interesting to watch.


The final iconic member of the cast was Servalan played by Jacqueline Pearce who sadly passed away this week. (September 2018). 
In a time when woman in space were mainly all breasts and hair. Servalan with her black crop and intelligent stare showed that women in space could rule the galaxy through cunning and superior military strategies just like their male counterparts. She was a strong leader and worthy adversity to the Blakes 7 crew. In the end she took everything she wanted in true dystopian style. 


A great woman and ruthless leader who will be missed throughout the Terran Federation. 

 

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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 Fantasy Department Does Chilcompton Fringe Festival 2018

It has been a scorching hot summer in Devon – with everything turning hayish shades of yellow. Then two weeks ago the weather changed, and withering plants revitalised into a dark green jungle. While the wet weather was a blessing for plants, animals, and over-heated humans. Outside events did not fair so well in the summer deluge.

Last year Chilcompton Fringe Festival ’17 was so deliciously hot, the authors had to leave their tables and hide inside the marquee for shade. This year it was like being in a different country. Torrential rain and plunging temperatures caused everyone to f…

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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