The first market review of Winds, and it’s a juicy one…
So here's a weird thing about being a debut novelist (and there are many weird things, or so it seems to me): my history up to this point has been as a short fiction author, and although I've been in over a dozen anthologies and magazines, the state of the industry is such that short fiction doesn't get reviewed much, and when it does, you're as likely to get mentioned as not. So while the reviews I've gotten for my short fiction have been positive, there are also not heaps of them.
As I was gearing up for the publication of The Winds of Khalakovo, I collected some magazines (both print and e) that might review the book and forwarded them to Night Shade's publicist. He, of course, had a list of magazines as well. Eventually the ARCs got printed and were sent out, and it felt like things had been tossed over the transom, so to speak. I won't say that I haven't thought about those reviews since then, because I have. I've been looking forward to them. A lot. But I'm also in the position, as I mentioned above, where reviews are still a fairly foreign experience.
So imagine my glee when my friendly neighborhood Google alert chimed and led me to Alethea Kontis's review of Winds. Here's a small excerpt (and my favorite part):
The Winds of Khalokovo is filled with clean prose, intelligent language, and brilliant imagination. Reading this fantasy was like sinking my teeth into a rich and exotic dessert.
You can read the full review in Princess Alethea's Magical Elixir.
Believe me, it's rewarding to get any review—from fellow authors and readers—but somehow it feels, I don't know, more official when the magazines are starting to weigh in.