Beyond Falcon's Reach

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Five Star Amazon (UK) Review by author, blogger and reviewer Philip Ide:
"Beyond Falcon's Reach by Jay Northearn, is a mish-mash of high fantasy, gothic-horror, steampunk and electropunk, with a dash of semi-intelligent machine-learning AI's thrown-in to boot. Yet for all of this, the world Northearn has created is homogenous and holistic - two watchwords I'll bang on about until the cows come home, to anyone who'll listen. Giving everything in your world a place and a reason for being there is something that every writer should always keep in mind. You could learn a thing or two about this from Northearn.

There is magic, but it's subtle. This is not a Harry Potter world. There are god-like creatures, but they interact with the world in etheric ways. There are strange creatures aplenty.

Many of the characters wouldn't feel out of place in a Titus Groan novel, and there is a large cast to play with - large but not too large. Each of them is beautifully unique, wonderfully realised and exquisitely portrayed. They don't just come to life, they fairly leap off the page. The humour hits the right spot every time, and when it's time for a bit of gravitas or action, Northearn knows how to handle that too.

If we ignore the 'plot' of the story and concentrate on the plots the characters themselves are involved with, involved in, or weaving, it doesn't take us long to see there is plenty of grist to this story. Plots within plots. Devious plots. Machiavellian plots. Everyone has a role to play, and not everyone you thought you'd labelled as a black-hat or a white-hat made that label stick.

As for the main plotline, there's a surprise there too. More twists than a drunken snake playing Twister. The scenery and landscape is epic in scale, which suits the story right down to the T, and the only gripe I have with the story is we don't see enough of it. He's teasing us, of course. Hoping to whet our appetite so we come back for more.

There are a few frustrating typographical errors that should have been weeded out, and a small handful of grammatical errors, but don't let that bother you - the story is going to outshine anything like that into submission.

Every story needs three things: A great story, well written, well told. Beyond Falcon's Reachhas all three in spades. It is artfully constructed by a master of the genre. I had to read this novel twice to review some of the subtleties he'd woven in, and there are plenty of them. I hear he's writing a follow-up, and I can't wait.

Put this on your 'books-to-read-before-you-die' list. Right now."
Philip Ide, June 2019

Table of Contents

Prologue


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Chapter 1


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Chapter 2


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Chapter 5


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Chapter 9


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Chapter 10


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Chapter 11


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Chapter 12


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Chapter 13


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Recent Comments

McKnight

It's well written and definitely engaging. This M'Mourde guys sounds frightening, but I like him. I like this.

i have to makeit short cuz I'm being rushed out of the house but this is a very good prologue and sweet first chapter. Can't wait to read more.

Thu, December 29th, 2016 11:34pm

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Hi McKnight, I'm still not used to this Booksie commenting system. I have replied to your generous comment, but as other seperate comments by mistake, before I saw this Reply function. Duurgh!
They are there though. Thanks again!

Thu, December 29th, 2016 4:23pm

Amy R. Beckett

A great start! I would agree with the note at the top that this page is quite long, but I think simply putting the prologue and first chapter on two separate pages will solve the problem. I do think it's important to make the first few chapters quite snappy and instantly engaging in order to get people invested in the story and wanting to read on as quickly as possible. Content-wise, I think this is fine as it is: just maybe do fiddle a bit with how it's presented?

But as I said, a great start. So far I'm getting a mix of gothic/horror/steampunk, medieval fantasy, and speculative dystopia in terms of genre, which is really interesting and makes the story feel very original. I look forward to finding out more about the different people in this world and their way of life. The characters are good too - I like Tianna, especially in regards to her father's love for her: 'she does not know how to die!' was a great line. And Mourde seems intriguingly twisted - again, I look forward to finding out more about him and his past...

Good job! I will be reading on...

- ARB

Wed, April 19th, 2017 10:08am

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Hi Amy, thanks so much for taking a look at B.F.Reach and taking the trouble to say why/how it grabbed you. I will seperate the Prologue and Chapter 1 as people are suggesting. What has really encouraged me in your feedback is the blend of genres you refer to ... namely that feelng of a medieval technology of the Mountain people, superimposed upon a more primitive ( Saxon ) society of the Landfolk. I can't see this going further than 30 Chapters, so hopefully getting to journey's end for this book. The sequel 'The Usurper Incendus' is already forming like a twisted demonic embryo in my head. Now, since you've been so good to comment ...
anything you want me to take a loom at. I try to be constructive and positive .... writing is not easy and anyone who has a crack at it deserves a medal! Thanks Amy

Wed, April 19th, 2017 3:46am

Keke Serene

I do like the way this comes together. Beautiful storytelling. I just wish for a touch more imagery, but that is just style I think

Thu, December 19th, 2019 11:18pm

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Thank you! The full book is available in E format and paperback from Amazon and Lulu. I think you'll find lots of imagery if, as I hope, you stick with the story. All the best. J.

Thu, December 19th, 2019 3:28pm

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