Looking for Beta Readers

My first novel, Oblivion, is in its final round of beta reads and I am looking for people to read it and give an honest opinion. The book is average length for a fantasy, 350 pages. If you are interested in helping out, then please either contact me through this site, or email betas@andyblinston.com. AllContinue Reading

Book cover finalised

Book cover finalised

My first book has been years in the making, and I’ve taken the first step in getting it published. For the last few weeks I’ve been working with a cover designer and we have come up with a design that I am very happy with.

The money-shot for me is the glowing blue eyes, which I stipulated I wanted from the beginning. This was important for me to convey immediately the type of story this is: epic fantasy with god-like warriors walking the lands.Continue Reading

Steelheart on sale

Steelheart on sale

I promise this isn’t a Brandon Sanderson blog, but I just heard that Steelheart is on sale on Amazon Kindle. [UK link] [USA link]

This is Sanderson’s YA Reckoners series, and although I prefer more adult prose, I did really enjoy it because of the gripping characters. It also has one of the best prologues I have read in fantasy, so take a look and see if you like it, it’s less than £1.

My favourite book was the second one, but the whole trilogy is worth a read. If you like superheroes and want a slightly different take on them, then this should be right up your street. Continue Reading

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to my blog. In this first post I thought I would go over the book that I’m currently reading. It gives a good flavour of the type of books I like and the content I will cover in this blog.

The book is Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings. It is an epic fantasy, truly living up to the name being a huge 387,000 words. To put that in perspective, the average novel is 80,000 words. It is Book 1 of The Stormlight Archive, a larger series still being written and promising to be a very large project that Sanderson says took over a decade of work.

Sanderson is great at hooking me into stories. The last books of his I read were the Reckoners series, which had one of the best prologues I have ever read in terms of hooking me into a story. Way of Kings has a brilliant first line (I’m not including the prelude)Continue Reading

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