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Dyrk Ashton

Dyrk Ashton

Dyrk Ashton is a Midwestern U.S. boy who spent some time in Hollywood. He teaches film, geeks out on movies and books, and writes about regular folks and their trouble with monsters. Author of The Paternus Trilogy, of which book one, Paternus: Rise of Gods, placed third out of 300 entries in Mark Lawrence's SPFBO 2016.

Pool of Knowledge (The Hidden Wizard Book 1) by Vaughan W. Smith 18, Oct

This year I once again have the privilege of being an SPFBO guest judge for Booknest, and today I am reviewing Pool of Knowledge by Vaughan W. Smith, the first book in The Hidden Wizard series, and the last of the five books in my group. Of my group, Pool comes closest to being a classic 'farm boy' fantasy, with a touch of magic school thrown in. Both of those storylines are very popular, and this book might be right up your alley.

A Noble's Quest by Ryan Toxopeus 17, Oct

This year, like last year, I have the honor of being an SPFBO guest judge for Booknest. My job is to review five of the thirty books in Booknest's batch, though with no ratings, and then forward my pick as semi-finalist. Today I'm reviewing A Noble's Quest by Ryan Toxopeus. After what felt to me to be a rocky start, this story rockets into a fun and fast moving storyline that I really enjoyed.

Spark City: Book One of the Spark City Cycle, by Robert J. Power 17, Oct

This year I have the honor of being an SPFBO guest judge for Booknest. My job is to review five of the thirty books in Booknest's batch, though with no ratings, and then forward my pick as semi-finalist. Today I'm reviewing Spark City by Robert J. Power. It took me awhile to figure out just what kind of fantasy this was, but once I found my feet, I could not stop reading. And though I finished it weeks ago, I still find myself thinking about it.