Liviu C. Suciu at Fantasy Book Critic has published the first review of Avempartha, and while I could not be more pleased with his write-up, I hesitate to send those of you who haven’t read the book there, as he does give away a few minor spoilers, which to his credit he clearly announces. Mr. Suciu has done very well by me. He was one of the very first to review The Crown Conspiracy, and now is the first to publish a review of Avempartha.
For an author who has few means of publicity, any form of exposure is welcome. Luckily, it would seem Mr. Suciu likes my books. My wife and I were beside ourselves this morning when we read the paragraphs:
I am happy to report that not only did “Avempartha” meet expectations, but it took the series to another level, ensuring that the future installments will be must-reads...
Overall, I really loved “Avempartha”. In fact, I immediately re-read “The Crown Conspiracy” the next day to try and catch any little details I might have missed the first time, and I definitely recommend reading the first book again for added depth. In short, “Avempartha” is highly, highly recommended and a novel that raises Michael Sullivan’s The Riyria Revelations to “major league” status..
This being the very first official response to the novel, I don’t mind saying that I counted the number of times Mr. Suciu used the word “superb” (three.) I am delighted and wish I could thank him with a post on the Fantasy Book Critic site, but that just feels like bad manners—an impolite intrusion. Critics need to be able to post what they feel without the concern that authors will comment on it. The only reason I am brining this one up here is because this is the first, and after so much anticipation, I can’t deny I am very pleased. I may soon face negative reviews, but for now, I can enjoy this one. And while the positive review is wonderful from a marketing standpoint, I am honestly most thrilled right now merely that Mr. Suciu “gets it.” I really didn’t know until now that anyone else would.
Mr. Suciu, you made my day.