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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.

The Golden Unseen 17, Oct

Once again, this year I have the honor of being a guest judge for Booknest in the SPFBO. 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 The Golden Unseen by L.W. Fells. This classic epic fantasy fits the mold perfectly. Neither grimdark nor noble-bright, it follows the adventures of members of a family that must split up to flee the city they call home due to an impending attack by an unbeatable army of Northmen. Unbeatable as the enemy may be, one noble member of the family stays with a small force to defend the city for as long as possible.

Sir Edric and the Plague (The Hero of Hornska #3) 16, Oct

This year I once again have the honor of serving as a guest judge for Booknest in the SPFBO. It's my job to read and review five of Booknest's batch of thirty books (no ratings), and forward my pick of the lot as a semi-finalist. Today I'm reviewing Sir Edric and the Plague by Thaddeus White, a bawdy comedic romp through elven lands teaming with bizarre monsters and often even more bizarre allies.

The Ember Child (The Godsbane #1) 16, Oct

My fifth and final review for the SPFBO! This a review of my last (but not least) book as a guest judge for Booknest in this year's competition. I guess I'm going to have to make a choice as to which book I put forward as a semi-finalist soon. It's not going to be easy. Today I'm reviewing a really terrific book called The Ember Child, by Anthony Mitchell. As a starting point, think Macbeth meets 300...