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Violette Malan

Violette Malan fantasy authorViolette Malan lives in a nineteenth-century limestone farmhouse in southeastern Ontario with her husband. Born in Canada, Violette’s cultural background is half Spanish and half Polish, which makes it interesting at meal times. She has worked as a teacher of creative writing, English as a second language, Spanish, beginner’s French, and choreography for strippers. On occasion she’s been an administrative assistant and a carpenter’s helper. Her most unusual job was translating letters between lovers, one of whom spoke only English, the other only Spanish. Read excerpts of her novels at Violette Malan’s website.

The Mirror Prince

The Mirror Prince — (2006-2012) Publisher: Max Ravenhill was happy with his life as a history professor — until he met Cassandra. Told he was more than a thousand years old and his life as “Max” had been implanted in his mind, he’s also been warned that he’s in danger, and that his only chance for survival is to flee to the realm of Faerie. Together he and Cassandra must separate the truth from the lies in a dangerous new world.

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The Mirror Prince: Couldn’t see the forest for all the Trees

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The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan

As a result of losing a civil war in the Elven Kingdom, the Guardian Prince has been exiled to the human lands and stripped of his memories, with only a small band of Riders to protect him. Now, as the exile is coming to a close, the Hunt has appeared, set upon destroying him before he can return to reclaim his place. The Guardian Prince has to regain his memories to save himself and the Elven Kingdoms, but how?

I was excited when I opened The Mirror Prince. I really enjoy Violette Malan’s Dhulyn and Parno series, and was hoping for another fun tale as I turned to this earlier book by her.

However, all the elves had names based on elements of nature, which got confusing very quickly, and everyone had Very Important Titles and mus... Read More

Dhulyn and Parno

Dhulyn and Parno — (2007-2010) Publisher: Masters of weapons and martial arts, Mercenaries Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane have just saved one of the Marked, those gifted with special powers, from a mob that appears to be under the influence of a priest of the Sleeping God. Learning that this is not an isolated incident and realizing that Dhulyn’s own unique gift will make them a target, the two take ship for safer climes. Once ashore the partners take on a seemingly simple mission of escorting a young woman to distant relatives. But not even Dhulyn’s talent can warn them of the threat that awaits at the far end of their journey.

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The Sleeping God: Not your standard Sword & Sorcery

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The Sleeping God by Violette Malan

The Sleeping God is the story of Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane, Mercenary Brothers who share a Partnership that cannot be broken, even in death. This first novel in the Dhulyn and Parno series focuses on the Marked, people born with special powers to Find, or Heal, or Mend. Dhulyn is one of the rarest of the Marked, a Seer. However, her gift is sporadic and can be as much a curse as a blessing. When a vision sends her and her partner into a burning building to rescue children trapped on the second floor, they are drawn inexorably into a battle for the future of Imrion between the New Jaldeans, a fanatic religious group, and the Marked they are targeting, claiming that the Marked are trying to awake the Sleeping God and destroy the world.

The Sleeping God is an interesting mix of story types. It ... Read More

The Soldier King: Malan excels at character-driven action novels

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The Soldier King by Violette Malan

The second book in the A Novel of Dhulyn and Parno series, The Soldier King is a fun sword and sorcery romp featuring engaging characters and an entertaining, multi-faceted world. Picking up about a year after The Sleeping God leaves off, Violette Malan starts the story on a battlefield at the end of a war. The Mercenary Brothers Dhulyn and Parno accept the surrender of the prince of the opposing side’s army. Their own commanders want to hold him hostage as a bargaining chip in opposition to the Common Rule of the Mercenary Guild, so Dhulyn and Parno smuggle Edmir, the young prince, out of the camp and make a run for his capital. On the way, they discover that it was his own army that had been subverted, and his own country is no longer safe because of power machinations of the mys... Read More

FanLit Asks: October 9, 2012

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Got any news to share?
Gail Carriger: I'll be at the Nimrod Conference for Readers & Writers in Tulsa, OK October 26-27. And the National Council of Teachers of English convention in Las Vegas, NV November 17-18.

Alex Bledsoe: I'll be a guest of honor at HalCon in Halifax, Nova Scotia this October 26-28. My third FIREFLY WITCH three-story chapbook, Back Atcha, is now available. My short story "Sprig" will be in an upcoming issue of Apex. I'll have a Christmas collection of three stories, including a TU... Read More

FanLit Asks: November 27, 2012

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Alma Alexander: Short stories all over the place -- I have stories in the anthologies Dark Faith: Invocations, Scheherazade's Facade, and Airships and Automatons, all either coming o... Read More