Category: Reviews

Two new reviews for some of my Edward Willett novels

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While the most recently released book is always the one that generates the most reviews (although reviews for Masks have slowed tremendously since it first came out), older books can still spark reviews at unexpected intervals, and recently a couple of reviews popped up for some of my older books, written as Edward Willett. Outworlder …

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Dark Faerie Tales calls Masks “a thrilling ride from beginning to end”

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Dark Faerie Tales gives Masks 4/5 stars…er, ravens, saying: “Young adult books can sometimes be hit or miss with me, depending on how I feel about the protagonist. Luckily, this book was a big hit. From the first page, it had me hooked…it was still a thrilling ride from beginning to end….it’s not for the …

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Some thoughts on reviews

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One of the…um, eye-opening…things about having novels published (and at this point, under both this name and others, I’ve had quite a few) is the realization, as the reviews start to come in (if you’re lucky enough to even get reviewed), that not everyone thinks you have written the most amazingly wonderful book of all …

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School Library Journal says Masks encapsulates “the best features of a good teen title”

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School Library Journal gives a good review to Masks. Kathy Kirchoefer of Henderson County Public Library in North Carolina writes: “Encapsulating the best features of a good teen title, Masks is sure to resonate with readers…With an intriguing setting and a suspenseful story line that will hook readers, Masks is the first of a promising …

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Masks a Locus Magazine “New and Notable” book

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Locus Magazine, the leading news magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field, named Masks one of the “New and Notable Books” for January 2014: “A young woman’s masking is supposed to confirm her as a Gifted magic uses, but instead sends her to slave in the mines in this powerful fantasy novel, the first …

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Masks makes Sci-Fi Chick’s list of the best of 2013

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I was very pleased to see Masks on Sci-Fi Chick’s list of the Best of 2013. In her review, she wrote: “Masks is a fresh and original take on a coming of age story. Fantasy fans will want to check this one out. I loved the concept of the masks that hide everyone’s faces, yet …

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YA or not YA? Qwillery review of Masks hits on a salient point

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I haven’t been posting about all the reviews Masks has been getting because there have been quite a lot of them–more than I’m used to, and a function, I think, of this being my first hardcover release and getting some early favorable attention from the likes of Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews. There’s also …

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Masks named to Fantasy Faction’s list of best fantasy novels of 2013

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This is nice: Masks has been named to Fantasy Faction’s list of the top 25 fantasy novels of 2013. And I get compared to Garth Nix, which is an honour anytime. Marc Aplin writes: Masks is a book that took me by complete surprise. Not since the likes of Lirael or Sabriel have I enjoyed …

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Good review for Masks in Locus Magazine

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Locus Magazine, the news magazine of the science fiction/fantasy field, has a good review of Masks in its December issue. The review isn’t online, but Faren Miller begins: “Masks, first in a fantasy series by E.C. Blake…chronicles the trials of a Gifted though largely untrained teenage heroine in an exotic, perilous world of magic, after …

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“A good book that will appeal to fans of young adult fantasy”

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Bookworm Blues says of Masks: “The magic and world is rather fascinating and well done…There’s a hint of romance and the possibility of a love triangle in future books, which is all very young adult, but it’s balanced by the world and the magic, which have a very adult feel to them. This makes Masks, …

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