Welcome to #Drew-vember here on Textual Love. This month’s Author Spotlight falls on Drew Hayes. We’re going to be having an interview with the Author himself as well as Character Interviews from some of your favorite books as well as reviews of all of his books plus a giveaway or two throughout the month.
Fleeing from a vengeful king has sent the former NPCs across Solium’s borders, into the kingdom of Alcatham. As wanted fugitives, they head to the small farming village of Briarwillow, hoping to blend in, lay-low, and avoid trouble at all costs.
Unfortunately, Briarwillow has problems all its own, and its troubles quickly become theirs. If they hope to survive long enough to escape, they’ll have to tackle an all-but-forgotten mystery buried at the town’s border, as well as seek the wisdom of a mysterious group of mages.
With time, magic, and at least one god against them, it will take everything they’ve got to save Briarwillow, and themselves.
We’re back with the adventurers who aren’t. They’re traveling through a neighboring kingdom trying to lay low and just make it through, but life is never so simple for these guys. They head to a village of Briarwillow to help the citizens with their illness when it turns into something much more sinister and terrifying. And our group (who picked up a fifth member) needs to split up to do what needs to be done. Each of them grow more into their destined roles as the time goes on. On the flipside, we cannot forget about the human element of this story. Tim and Russell found a new group of people to play the newest module with. This time they didn’t meet up with our little group, but they managed to get into enough crazy scrapes of their own.
I’m really coming to love the characters, even those we’re not seeing as much. It’s clear to see that the adventures aren’t over for the traveling troop and the mystery has yet to be solved for the players. That being said, I’m anxiously awaiting the next story. I cannot really say much more than that, because there’s so much going on. To mention it would be to give away something from this book or from NPCs.
Mr. Hayes takes a motley group and makes them moreso by defying the typical tropes for their characters. And the human element is funny, just enough mystery to make one feel slightly crazy. That’s always a good combo. I love the way that these characters break stereotype. It feels natural and true to the character, even before we knew it. And the best part, Mr. Hayes allows them to figure this out as well because they originally fell into their stereotyped roles. This book is good for the gamer geek in all of us. This book is good for the fantasy heads and for those who like something just a little bit different. So would I recommend this book? Yes, I would! This is good for most anyone who loves a fantasy romp with a good story behind it.
Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. You can read more of his growing work at his website, http://www.drewhayesnovels.com, send him mail and movie offers at Novelistdrew@gmail.com, or just follow his twitter: DrewHayesNovels. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.