John Scritchfield spends his days caring for his four children and his nights wearing costumes and pretending to hit people with blunt weaponry. There is very little money it. He holds an MFA in Acting, which he puts to use as the Creative Director for the Calvin Theatre Company at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he also teachesIn his free time, he enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, children, and two cats (Jasnah and Vin). Oh, he's also the Booknest co-Admin.

Before reading this SPFBO review, you may want to take a look at my SPFBO experience over at sonofascritch. Writing a book is hard and I don’t want to leave anyone discourged.

The Gossamer Globe (Gossamer Globe series Book 1) by Abbie Evans is the first of five novels I’ve been assigned as part of SPFBO5. The story takes place in the land of Zatoria, where a bloodless revolution has recently overthrown their tyrannical Queen and established a democratic government. Things kick off with the annoucement of the country’s first elected Prime Minister, commoner Lucia Straw. Lucia galavants around her victory party, assigning people to political office all willy-nilly until finally she receives a call from her greatest political opponent…who accuses her of rigging the election. Conspiracies abound as Lucia works to uncover the forces opposing her, manipulating circumstances through the Gossamer Globe network (the internet in fantasy-land).

Gentle reader, I will do everything in my power to limit them, but there will inevitably be some SPOILERS for Priest of Bones and Priest of Lies. Viewer discretion is advised.

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth Our Lady, and I am Her priest.”

Priest of Lies (Book #2 in the War for the Rose Throne series) picks up shortly after the end of Priest of Bones and deals with some of the fallout of that event. The power dynamic in Ellinburg has been forever changed and the town stands on the brink of war with the Skanians. Bloodhands, who readers of Priest of Bones will remember, has assumed full command of the artists formerly known as the Gutcutters and now pulls the strings on Ellinburg’s governor. This new gang, rebranded as the Northern Sons, is really the only other crew of note in Ellinburg. There are a few secondary gangs of note, but they generally support either the Pious Men or the Sons.

I have a soft spot for Norse mythology. Like Neil Gaiman, I was first introduced to the Norse pantheon in the pages of The Mighty Thor. I am a lifelong fan of superheroes, and yes that does include the Big Lethorski featured in Avengers Endgame. It wasn't until my introduction to Odin in Final Fantasy VIII, however, that I decided to begin exploring Norse myths, picking up hefty tomes from the library next door. I am so glad I did. In the author's note preceding this collection of stories, Gaiman expresses his desire for the reader of Norse Mythology to share these stories with each other and to envision an older time of Vikings. I hope you do.