Book Review - Fire Pool by David E Owen
Have you ever written a fantasy novel or would you like to write one? If you are interested in how a published author starts out in imagining their book, check further down this article for the "Imagining A Book" section.
The Prophecy Stones is an exciting and imaginative trilogy by David E Owen. The Prophecy Stones control the ancient Elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air in the world of Mundo a large landmass split in two by a giant range of mountains a thousand miles long. There is something special about this ancient mountain range for it calls people to the world of Mundo - people called "Arrivers" and in this world they have magical powers.There is already unrest, for the original inhabitants - the "Belongers" - have no such magical powers and resent the Arrivers' powers.
The story opens immediately with a wild and breathless night time chase, and we learn that the ancient protectors of the Prophecy Stones are losing their powers and the evil and wicked Lord Mool is on the move, along with the one who betrayed the Protectors and who wants to gather the powers of ALL the Prophecy Stones into one set of greedy hands.
Only one person - Nesta - ten years old and a powerful, though untrained wielder of magic, stands between the Prophecy Stones and those who would pervert their powers. She is joined by a failed soldier and two creatures, the beautiful Wireni and the powerful Huffer. On the opposing side is the betrayer, turncoat soldiers and the evil skyke and umbra.
The story moves through different areas of Mundo and climaxes within a volcano, at the Firepool, where Nesta and the Betrayer meet for a final battle.
And yet, even after the final battle, there is still work to be done, the Prophecy Stones are no longer active and Lord Mool is still on the move. Books 2 and 3 in this series are also now available and David E Owen has since written another novel, Evolvere, a thriller that involves a new virus from a Martian meteorite! The fourth book in the Prophecy Stones series has been written, so I am told, and could be published soon.
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What is Fantasy?
Carl Jung, the Swiss Psychologist had some things to say on Fantasy, "All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination." and
"Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.", quotes obtained from
Fantasy is one form of fiction writing that often uses events and abilities outside our known ones in this world, including magic and different laws of physics. Just a few famous fantasy writers include Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) Terry Pratchett (the DiscWorld series - also totally hilarious) JK Rowling (Harry Potter) C S Lewis (Narnia series) Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) Lloyd Alexander, (Chronicles of Prydain) Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials) and Terry Brooks (Shannara series).
All of these writers include some kind of supernatural phenomenon in their works, such as talking animals, magical abilities, dragons, fairies, wizards, witches and elves. While all of these authors may write at different levels, their books can be enjoyed by anyone of any age because the stories they write contain truths that apply to this world and life as much as to their fantasy universes. Some of these books, for instance, C S Lewis's "Narnia" series, are seen as allegories, where the surface story can be enjoyed by anyone, including children, while the deeper meaning is perceived by older readers.
The term "Fantasy" has also been applied to science fiction (Sci Fi) novels. Science fiction readers and writers, however can probably be divided into two camps, those for whom science fiction is "hard science", that is, based on what can be extrapolated from what we can already do and Science fantasy readers and writers who also read or write about worlds and universes far away but ones that are not necessarily based on the laws that we understand to operate here and now. I have had science fiction readers and writers deride the use of the term "science fiction" for books that they term "science fantasy". I do not see much of a division myself, after all, Terry Pratchett's books on Discworld include stories about magic, witches and wizards, yet there are several books available discussing the science of discworld in quite scientific and scholarly terms!
Seeing The Story
Imagining A Book
If you are interested in writing your own fantasy novel or even if you are just interested in finding out how an author thinks up their story, you may be interested in how this author, David E Owen first imagined THIS Novel.
He was a teacher and he used imagination with his students to help them with their writing. He describes the process on his web page for the novel as, "It all started through asking my classes to close their eyes and imagine scenes as I described them aloud. These included the students and their school chairs rising up through the classrooms above ( I was based in a block with many floors ...). As they rose, still seated, I asked them to notice the look of shock on other students' faces, feel the wind in their clothes and hair as they ascended out of the block, and visualise the landscape ahead of them,....
From such beginnings, we moved on to visit other planets where few humans lived but strange creatures lurked, and so, ... the world of Mundo was born." You can read the rest of this information and more on his web site at http://prophecystones.co.uk/
This must have worked with at least some of his students because at least one is now also a published author and when he comments on blogs, many of his former students also comment, showing they are interested in following him.
Improving As An Author
As with any skill, authoring improves as the skill is practised. I have noticed improvements in authors' styles, characterisation, story layout, and how stories are presented in many series I have read. Sometimes an author goes "back in time" to write a novel that should have formed a prequel to the original books and it is possible to see how they have had to twist the story to fit with what has already been published and also to see how their style has evolved. With some other series, I have stopped reading around about volume 12 or 13 because much of the new books have been repetitions of previous volumes or there was such a lag between the publication of volumes and the plots were so complex that I had literally "lost the plot" in reading them.
It is possible to see therefore that even published authors can improve their style and technique as they continue to practise their craft.
If you want to improve as an author, then write, write, write. It does not have to be published, although that provides opportunities for constructive criticism, just continue writing.
- The Prophecy Stones Web Site
The official web site for The Prophecy Stones
The Prophecy Stones
The Prophecy Stones was originally a trilogy but will shortly become a quadrilogy or a quartet. Book 1 is available either as a Kindle book or as a paperback published by Austin & Macauley. Books 2 and 3 are available in a Kindle edition. All are fast-paced page-turners and are suitable for anyone from teens upward. As an adult, I enjoyed this book and I would class it in the same area as that of Philip Pullman's works (His Dark Materials) and even Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books. If you have read and enjoyed either of those, you will enjoy this series too, although the Artemis Fowl books would be classed more as funny, whereas the Prophecy Stones are more of a serious read, like Philip Pullman's work.
Are you convinced?
You have quite a bit of information about Fire Pool, Book 1 of the Prophecy Stones, a Fantasy series. You also have information about the process of imagining such a book and the importance of imagination in life.
Has this description helped you make a decision on whether or not you want to read Fire Pool?
Fire Pool - Three books available
You can read Fire Pool for yourself, either as a paperback or in the Kindle edition. The three books are "FirePool", "Light Seeker" and "Dark Betrayer". The fourth book in the series, "Exile" should shortly be published.
The first book in the series - introduces Nesta and her helpers. Thrust into something she doesn't understand, Nesta has to learn to use her great power to save herself and her world.
Prophecy Stones - Trailer
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